The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and
lake trout. Brown trout are considered the most difficult to catch
and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival
of the trouts and the brook trout is the most sensitive to temperature.
The others are comfortable in slightly warmer waters.
Trout Fishing Lakes In Northern California
Northern California has clear cold water lakes which the trout
adore. You can find trout in Lake Almanor, Lake Berryessa, Bullards
Bar Reservoir, Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma, Lake Oroville, Lake Shasta
and Trinity Lake. Feeder streams and waters coming out of the spillways
may also provide some exciting trout fishing. Lake Natome holds
the state record for rainbow trout.
Trout Fishing Lakes In Central California
Consider trying your luck for trout at Lake Camanche, The Delta,
June Lake, Lake Don Pedro, Lake McClure, Lake Tahoe, Millerton Lake, New Melones Lake, Pine Flat Lake and Silver Lake. It's always a good idea to stop by the marina
or local bait store and pick up some local gossip about where the
best stringers of trout are coming from.
Trout Fishing Lakes In Southern California
With generally warmer waters in Southern California, trout fishing
opportunities are limited to some larger, deeper impoundments like
Big Bear Lake, Lake Cahuilla, Lake Castaic, Laguna Niguel Lake,
San Vicente Lake and Lake Silverwood.
California State Record Trout Waters:
Brook trout - Silver Lake
Brown trout - Upper Twin Lake
Bull trout - McCloud Lake
Cutthroat trout - Lake Tahoe
Golden trout - Virginia Lake
Lake trout - Lake Tahoe
Rainbow trout - Lake Natoma
Visit the California Department of Fish & Game website for information
regarding trout stocking
Oncorhynchus aguabonita aguabonita
Native to Golden Trout Creek, Volcano Creek and the South Fork
Kern River it is the California state fish. Native golden trout are
generally found in locations above 10,000 feet, like the high
While it may be difficult to get to the remote areas where they
reside, golden trout are often easily caught. Fish for them like
you would their cousin, the rainbow trout and you should do well.
Roe (eggs) or flies mimicking roe is a favorite bait of many golden
Organizations & Resources
The states list to the left can direct you to information about
trout fishing in other states.
All About Fishing for Trout in California.