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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

Rainbow Trout

The rainbow trout is one of the most respected and sought after of all game fishes.  Rainbow trout have the typical streamlined salmonid form, although body shape and coloration vary widely. Color of the back varies from blue-green to olive, with a reddish-pink band along each side.  The belly is typically white and small black spots are present over the back, upper fins, and tail.
 
Adult rainbows usually seek out the shallow, gravel riffles in late winter, or early spring to spawn. Female use their tails to prepare redds where they deposit up to 8,000 eggs that are fertilized by a male, and covered with gravel.  Depending on water temperature incubation can take from a few weeks to months.  After hatching the fry assemble in groups and seek shelter along shore lines.
 
Opportunistic feeders, rainbows feed on variety of food items ranging from small insects to crayfish. Stream trout often feed heavily on terrestrial insects. Rocky streams produce a many aquatic invertebrates that are also fed upon. In lakes and streams crustaceans, snails, leeches, small fish, and fish eggs also serve as food.
 
Rainbows are popular with anglers for their willingness to take a large number of baits and lures.  Add that they are easily reared to catchable sizes; rainbows are stocked heavily in many states to offer recreational fishing opportunities for many.
 

Most Recent Rainbow Trout Forum Posts
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Rainbow Trout Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Stop complaining, and start fishing 03.12.21 by Bill Prater
Blog: Winter and early spring float tubing 03.05.20 by Bill Prater
Blog: Spinfishing open water in winter 02.03.20 by Bill Prater
Blog: LFC Senior Fishing Derby 09.26.19 by Matt Snider
Blog: Unconfirmed Rumors? 05.26.19 by Mike McConnell
Blog: 2019 South Park: Season Premiere 05.01.19 by Mike McConnell
Blog: Night Ice Fishing in Steamboat 01.10.18 by Matt Snider
Blog: First Ice Trout 12.07.16 by Bernie Keefe
Blog: Urban River Fishing 11.09.15 by David Coulson
Recent California Rainbow Trout Photos by Fish Explorer Members
by Toad Wrangler - by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet - by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by BeastModeVet - by bigbearfish - NEVERMIND MY CAMERA DATE, ,SORRY IM NEW HERE...Local Mark, next door to Windy Point, on the West side, caught a 5+ pound Trout,  a real beauty, he told me power bait, and also said the bite was better at sunset.