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California Fish Species

Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
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)
Lake Chubsucker
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Tilapia
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 Rainbow Trout
Almanor Lake
Amador Lake
Antelope Lake
Bass Lake
Berryessa Lake
Big Bear Lake
Blue Lakes
Bridgeport Reservoir
Britton Lake
Bucks Lake
Bullards Bar Reservoir
Butt Valley Reservoir
Cachuma Lake
Calero Reservoir
Camanche Lake
Casitas Lake
Castaic Lake
Chabot Lake
Convict Lake
Corona Lake
Crowley Lake
Del Valle Lake
Diamond Valley Lake
Dixon Lake
Don Pedro Lake
Donner Lake
Eagle Lake
Eastman Lake
Elizabeth Lake
Englebright Lake
Folsom Lake
Gold Lake
Green Valley Lake
Lake Gregory
Lake Hemet
Hensley Lake
Hume Lake
Iron Gate Reservoir
Irvine Lake (Santiago Res)
Isabella Lake
Jennings Lake
Kaweah Lake
Laguna Niguel Lake
Lobdell Lake
Loon Lake
Lopez Lake
Lundy Lake
Martis Creek Lake
Lake Mary
Lake McCloud
Lake McClure
Merle Collins Reservoir
Millerton Lake
Lake Morena
Murray Reservoir
Natoma Lake
Oroville Lake
Pardee Reservoir
Perris Lake
Pine Flat Lake
Pinecrest Lake
Piru Lake
Puddingstone Lake
Lake Rollins
Salt Springs Reservoir
Santa Ana River Lakes
Santa Margarita Reservoir
Scotts Flat Lake
Shasta Lake
Shaver Lake
Silver Lake (June Lake)
Silverwood Lake
Skinner Lake
Stampede Reservoir
Success Lake
Lake Tahoe
Thermalito Afterbay
Trinity Lake
Tulloch Lake
Twin Lakes (Bridgeport)
Twin Lakes (Mammoth Lakes)
Virginia Lakes
Whiskeytown Lake
Wishon Reservoir
Wrights Lake
FishExplorer Rivers with Rainbow Trout
Only lakes in the Fish Explorer database are included in this listing. Lakes we feature on this website are hyperlinked.
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.

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Rainbow Trout Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Winter and early spring float tubing 03.05.20 by Bill Prater
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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
Blog: Stocking reports 07.31.15 by Dale Daugherty
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.