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California Fish Species

Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Bullhead
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon
Common Carp
Creek Chubsucker
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Flathead Catfish
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Kokanee
Lake Chubsucker
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Tilapia
Steelhead
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Threadfin Shad
White Bass
White Catfish
White Crappie
White Perch
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch

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FishExplorer Lakes with Lake Trout
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Lake Trout
The largest of the char family, lake trout, also referred to as Mackinaw, can reach enormous proportions, in the range of 50 inches and 100 pounds.  Lake trout are mostly gray above, with a white belly and creamy mottling on the back, turning in to spots along the sides. Their tail is distinctly forked.
 
Mackinaw, are deep, cold-water fish. During the spring and fall, when the water is still in the 50’s, lakers may be shallow. Lake trout are roamers, moving widely and may go several hundred feet deep. They prefer 50 degrees waters.  Mature lake trout feed primarily on fish.  Younger fish will feed on plankton, crustaceans, and insects.
 
These fall spawners use the same spawning beds.  They deposit their eggs after dark, often on shoals. While they may clean their spawning area, they do not build nest like most salmoniods. Sexual maturity occurs at 6-7 years of age, for this long lived fish, whose life span can exceed 25 years.
Most Recent Lake Trout Forum Posts
Boat Rental Lake Tahoe ? 07.15.14 by IceFishingFool
2 cycle outboards, where not permitted ? 11.30.13 by IceFishingFool
Lake trout Tahoe, or other lakes ? 01.31.12 by IceFishingFool
Lake Trout Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Another Satisfied Winter Giveaway Winner 06.10.14 by Tracy Featherston
Blog: Blue Mesa Fishing Report 05.12.14 by Robby Richardson
Blog: Old Guy's continue to rule 01.13.14 by David Coulson
Blog: Granby area fishing report 01.01.14 by Bernie Keefe
Blog: Trouting from a Kayak 12.30.13 by Brady Garrett
Blog: Blue Mesa Fishing Conditions 12.09.13 by Robby Richardson
Blog: Water Levels Effects on Granby 11.09.13 by Bernie Keefe
Blog: Fishing without Bernie... 08.08.13 by Chad LaChance
Blog: Boomerang Tool Co. Grip 11.07.12 by Joshua Christensen
California Lake Trout Photos by Fish Explorer Members
by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet -
Recent CA Condition Updates
San Joaquin/Sacramento Delta07.11.14
Oroville Lake06.22.14
Whiskeytown Lake06.22.14
New Melones Lake06.21.14
Sunbeam Lake06.18.14
Piru Lake06.07.14
Lake Morena05.25.14
Cachuma Lake05.06.14
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