The EcoAngler Report
Planning a trip to Golden Trout Creek? Get scientific based angling intel in The EcoAngler Report - Golden Trout Creek.
Detailed information on Golden Trout Creek's native California golden population along with a map and directions to access this remote Sierra Nevada stream can be purchased here.
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California's Native Fish Crisis
CalTrout issues a detailed status report of California native fish. Warning: Large PDF File.
California Golden Trout
This subspecies of trout is the aquatic, poster-child for the state of California. Consequently, the Department of Fish and Game actively manage golden trout in its native range. California Golden trout are native to Golden Trout Creek and the South Fork of the Kern River. But due to human tranplanting, golden trout have been scathered across the Western United States. The non-native range includes many small lakes in the Southern Sierra Neveda.
Some populations, especially in the Rocky Mountain States, have taken hold outside their native range. However, most of these populations have been hybridized with either rainbows or cutthroats.
California Heritage Trout Challenge
The California Golden trout caught, photoed, and released in its native range qualifies for the California Heritage Trout Challenge. What is the California golden trout's native range? Send an email to the EcoAngler and I can recommend some waters to fish.