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Waters released for trout stocking by DFG

In response to many inquires, here is a list of the current waters that the California Department of Fish and Game has completed the EIR/EIs reports and are now available to be stocked with catchable trout. This list is updated by the California Department of Fish and Game weekly usually on Fridays and can be viewed through

DFG Catchable Trout (1/2 lb fish) release waters as of 8/26

DFG recently responded to a legal action challenging its hatchery and stocking operations, and completed an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) that considers species and habitats affected by hatchery-raised rainbow trout. One of the conditions of the EIR/EIS is that every water planted throughout California must go through a Pre-Stocking Evaluation Protocol. This evaluation requires DFG to consider each sensitive or listed species in every water relative to the stocking of trout. The waters listed below have been approved for stocking.

(Viewers are also invited to visit the “Fingerling Trout Release Waters” and the DFG “Fishing Guide”' web pages)


Region /County/Water Name

1 - Northern Region


Del Norte        Dry Lake

Del Norte        Muslatt Lake

Del Norte        Sanger Lake

Humboldt        Black Lake

Humboldt        Blue Lake

Humboldt        Fish Lake

Humboldt        Freshwater Lagoon

Lassen             Ash Creek, Lower

Lassen             Bailey Reservoir

Lassen             Blue Lake

Lassen             Buckhorn Reservoir

Lassen             Caribou Lake

Lassen             Clear Creek

Lassen             Crater lake

Lassen             Cypress Lake

Lassen             Deer Heart Lake

Lassen             Dodge Reservoir

Lassen             Eagle Lake

Lassen             Eleanor lake

Lassen             Emerald Lake

Lassen             Evelyn Lake

Lassen             Goodrich Creek, Lower

Lassen             Goodrich Creek, Middle

Lassen             Holbrook Reservoir

Lassen             Long Lake, Highway 44

Lassen             McCoy Flat Reservoir

Lassen             Nelson Corral Reservoir

Lassen             Round Corral Reservoir

Lassen             Upper Susan River

Lassen             Shotoverin

Lassen             Silver Lake

Lassen             Smith Flat Reservoir

Mendocino      East Branch Russian River

Mendocino      Hammerhorn Lake

Mendocino      Howard Lake

Modoc             Annie Lake

Modoc             Ballard Reservoir

Modoc             Bayley Reservoir

Modoc             Briles Reservoir

Modoc             Brown Pond

Modoc             Delta Reservoir

Modoc             Diamond Reservoir

Modoc             Duncan Reservoir

Modoc             Fee Reservoir

Modoc             Lily Lake

Modoc             Pine Creek Reservoir

Modoc             Rainbow Pond

Modoc             Reservoir C

Modoc             Reservoir F

Shasta            Baum Lake

Shasta            Burney Creek Lower

Shasta            Burney Creek Middle

Shasta            Everett Lake

Shasta            Eiler Lake

Shasta            Fall River Lake

Shasta            Grace Lake

Shasta            Grey Rock Lake

Shasta            Hat Creek Middle

Shasta            Hat Creek Upper

Shasta            Hufford Lake

Shasta            Iron Canyon Reservoir

Shasta            Kilarc Reservoir

Shasta            Magee Lake

Shasta            McCloud Reservoir

Shasta            Nora Lake

Shasta            Sacramento River

Shasta            Shasta Lake

Siskiyou          Eden Ponds

Siskiyou          Juanita Lake

Siskiyou          Kanagroo Lake

Siskiyou          Kelley Lake

Siskiyou          Kidder Creek Orchard Camp

Siskiyou          Greenhorn Reservoir

Siskiyou          Medicine Lake

Siskiyou          Orr Lake

Siskiyou          Siskiyou Lake

Tehama          Battle Creek, South Fork

Tehama          Camp Tehama pond

Tehama          Deer Creek

Trinity               Boulder Lake Little, Trinity Alps

Trinity               Carrville Pond

Trinity               Emearld Lake, Trinity Alps

Trinity               Granite Lake, Trinity Alps

Trinity               Ewing Gulch Reservoir

Trinity               Ruth Lake

Trinity               Trinity Lake (Clair Engle Lake)


Region 2 - North Central Region


Alpine             Alpine Lake

Alpine             Blue Lake, Lower

Alpine             Burnside Lake

Alpine             Caples Lake

Alpine             Carson River, East Fork

Alpine             Indian Creek Reservoir

Alpine             Markleeville Creek

Alpine             Mosquito Lake, Lower

Alpine             Mosquito Lake, Upper

Alpine             Red Lake

Alpine             Silver Creek

Alpine             Wood Lake

Alpine             Carson River, West Fork

Tuolumne      Spicer Meadows Reservoir

Amador          Bear River Reservoir, Lower

Amador          Camanche Reservoir

Amador          Pardee Reservoir

Amador          Lake Amador

Amador          Lake Tabeaud

Amador          Silver Lake

Butte               Desabla Reservoir

Butte               Paradise Reservoir

Butte               Philbrook Reservoir

Colusa           Letts Lake

El Dorado      American River, SF (Camp Sacramento)

El Dorado      Dark Lake

El Dorado      El Dorado Forebay

El Dorado      Folsom Lake

El Dorado      Icehouse Reservoir

El Dorado      Jenkinson Lake

El Dorado      KirkwoodLake

El Dorado      LoonLake

El Dorado      Stumpy Meadows Reservoir

El Dorado      Union Valley Reservoir

El Dorado      Walton Pond

El Dorado      Wrights Lake

Lake               Blue Lake Upper

Lake               Indian Valley Reservoir

Nevada          Boca Reservoir

Nevada          Donner Lake

Nevada          Faucherie Lake

Nevada          Fuller Lake

Nevada          Jackson Meadows Reservoir

Nevada           Lindsey Lake, Lower

Nevada           Prosser Reservoir

Nevada           Rollins Reservoir

Nevada           Scotts Flat Reservoir Lower

Nevada           Scotts Flat Reservoir Upper

Nevada           WeaverLake

Placer             Coldstream Creek Pond

Placer             French Meadows Reservoir

Placer             Halsey Forebay

Placer             Hamilton Branch Creek

Placer             Hell Hole Reservoir

Placer             Lake Valley Reservoir

Placer             Sugar Pine Reservoir

Plumas          Antelope Reservoir

Plumas          Bucks Lake

Plumas          Echo Lake

Plumas          Feather River Middle Fork, Graeagle

Plumas          Feather River, North Fork, Beldon Ranch

Plumas          Feather River, North Fork, Almanor

Plumas          Jamison Creek

Plumas          Lake Almanor

Plumas          Lake Davis

Plumas          Little Grass Valley Reservoir

Sacramento  Gibson Ranch Park Pond

Sacramento  Granite Park Pond

Sacramento  Hagen Park Pond

Sacramento  Mather Pond

Sacramento  Southside Park Pond

Sacramento  William Land Park Pond

Sacramento  Willow Hills Pond

San Joaquin Oak Grove Park Lake

Sierra             Gold Lake

Sierra             Little Truckee River Hwy 89

Sierra             Packer Lake

Sierra             Salmon Lake, Upper

Sierra             Smithneck Creek

Sierra             Stampede Reservoir

Sierra             Yuba River North Fork

Yuba               Bullards Bar Reservoir

Fishing Reports

Walker Lake drained by PG&E
Some of the thousands of dead fish litter the waterless Walker Lake, photo courtesy of Huff Post
By Mike Mogler 
10/03/15 -- I recently had conversation with a local angler in Shingletown and our conversation turned to the drought. We talked about kokanee fishing at Whiskeytown and what a weird year it has been... Full Story
Recreational Spiny Lobster season opens
Spiny lobster, photo courtesy of CDFW
10/02/15 -- Thousands of lobster fishermen are eagerly awaiting the start of the sport season for California’s spiny lobster, which opens Saturday, Oct. 3 and continues through March 16, 2016.There is currently a strong El Niño event occurring... Full Story
Salmon season opens to bubble aficionados
On Oregon Waters by Larry Ellis
10/02/15 -- The 2015 Chetco River Fall Chinook Ocean Terminal Area Season (aka the Bubble Season) officially opened its doors last Thursday to throngs of anglers trolling anything and everything from anchovies spun... Full Story
Sacramento River salmon fishing improves
Eli Horton of San Francisco with Sacramento River fall-run Chinook salmon, photo by Jeff Goodwin
Article and photo by Jeff Goodwin
10/02/15 -- The 2015 Sacramento River salmon season finally appears to be on step with what everyone expected a month ago. This years salmon run has kept river guides and anglers guessing ever since the river opened...Full Story
Early fall fishing outlook outstanding
Sacrament River Salmon, photo courtesy of Kirk Portocarreo's Professional Guide Service
By Gary Heffley
10/01/15 -- The beginning of fall, cooler mornings, shorter days and biting fish. Angling success is picking up in many areas throughout the North State. Once again anglers will be faced with choosing the best options, basic... Full Story
Fins, Fur and Feather summary
3 boys holding fresh bass for dinner. Photo by Chuck Giles
By Chuck Giles
10/01/15 -- It just isn’t funny anymore, is it? This drought has reaped havoc with almost every facet of our lives, particularly the outdoors people. Fishing, when you can find a credible source, has been fair to middlin’ at best from a boat... Full Story
Memoires of the World Series Troll
Bug eye lure, Photo courtesy of Google Images
By Gary Heffley
10/01/15 -- For those sports fans like me who grew up fishing in the Bay Area early October meant two things, the World Series which during my young years excluded my beloved Giants and Striper fishing. More specifically living... Full Story
Tough fishing continues on the Klamath
Sebastopol resident David Prudhomme landed this nice Chinook,  Photo courtesy of Alan’s Guide Service
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
09/30/15 -- Last week, the ocean finally laid down enough to allow the Eureka sport fleet to set their sights on the oh-so-elusive Albacore tuna. A bunch of boats made the 25 or so mile trek out of the Humboldt entrance on Thursday...Full Story
Bass bite best bet as fall season begins
Orobille Waters by Craig Bentley, author badge,
Oroville Waters by Craig Bentley
09/29/15 -- Fall pattern begins in Oroville area waters as bass bite picks up at Oroville Lake and Afterbay, while kings continue moving through the lower Feather River up into the cooler waters of the low flow. Hunting season opens for... Full Story
Tale of Two Waterbodies
San Francisco Bay Sunrise, photo courtesy of FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO 
09/28/15 -- Discussing the health of the San Francisco estuary quickly becomes a tale of two waterbodies with diverging narratives. The recent State of the San Francisco Estuary meeting in Oakland, Calif., focused...Full Story
Curing eggs for salmon fishing
A fresh pair of salmon skeins, photo by Jeff Goodwin
Article and photos by Jeff Goodwin
09/27/15 -- Salmon fishing on the Sacramento River is going strong and anglers are catching salmon just about everywhere in the Sacramento River system. We really got off to a late start this year, but the tough fishing... Full Story
Collins Lake to get huge trout plants By Kathy Hess, Lake Reporter
09/27/15 -- There is some exciting news for anglers who like fish here. Collins Lake’s Fall Trout Planting Program will begin in mid- October! Between then and the end of November the lake will gain over 7,000 lbs. of trout... Full Story
MWD/WWD eye land in path of tunnels Posted on behalf of Restore the Delta (RTD)
09/22/15 -- On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., behind closed doors, MWD's executive committee has scheduled what appears to be the purchase of parcels for the proposed massive Delta Tunnels project.... Full Story
Trout plants continue at Hat Creek
lady with brook trout from Hat Creek, Photo courtesy of Mike Mogler
By Mike Mogler
09/22/15 -- I had the opportunity to fish Hat Creek Thursday and was pleasantly surprised with a few late morning brook trout. I had planned to fish this week with the crowds of campers and anglers back to work... Full Story
Extra 2M smolts raised by Stamp Funds
Enhancement King caught off Pillar Point.  Photo courtesy of GGSA
09/22/15 -- Salmon fishermen should enjoy better fishing in a few years due to an extra two million salmon smolts that will be raised and released in 2016. The extra two million hatchery fish will be bred at the Mokelumne and Feather... Full Story
GGSA Red Bluff Salmon Derby is Oct. 10
Golden Gate Salmon Association annual salmon derby poster
09/22/15 -- You can support California’s top salmon conservation organization while having fun and a shot at $1,000 in the annual Golden Gate Salmon Association Red Bluff Salmon Derby Saturday, October 10. The derby is open... Full Story
Re-opening of OR razor clamming on hold 09/21/15 -- Razor clamming at Oregon’s popular and productive Clatsop County beaches will not open Oct. 1 as scheduled.Razor clamming along the entire Oregon coast has been closed since May 14 due to elevated levels... Full Story
Salmon on California's Climate Seesaw
Juvenile salmon, photo couresy of FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
09/21/15 -- California has a reputation as a balmy "bubble" of unchanging weather-however, such consistency couldn't be further from the truth when it comes to the amount of rainfall the state receives from year to year. The wide swings...Full Story
Sacramento River plug fishing
Jaynie Goodwin with her Sacramento River rainbow trout. Poto submitted by Jeff Goodwin's guide Service
By Jeff Goodwin
09/17/15 -- Each and every year there comes a time for me when it becomes necessary to gather up or purchase the bulk of the items I will need to keep me fishing for salmon, trout, and steelhead all year long. This includes hooks... Full Story
NMFS explains overfishing determinations 09/14/15 -- NOAA Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Services' most recent quarterly stock status update included a determination of overfishing for four stocks of Pacific salmon. Notice of this determination was published...Full Story
Fat Fishes in Food-Limited Locations?
Mexican Cave Dwelling fish photo by H. Zell, FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
09/14/15 -- Food can be hard to come by for fish in harsh environments, such as the dark isolation of freshwater caves. Because caves are typically devoid of light, plants of any kind are limited or absent. Furthermore, the aquatic...Full Story
Golden Gate rockfish hot-hot -hot
vermillion rockfish caught at the South Farallon Island. Photo courtesy of Dennis Heffley
By Gary Heffley
09/11/15-- The only thing hotter than the weather this week in the San Francisco Bay Area was the excellent rock fish and ling Cod fishing found off the coast. I joined my brother Dennis on Wednesday and ventured...Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
Sacramento River trout love Dick-Nite spoons
Sacramento River rainbow trout, photo by Jeff Goodwin
By Jeff Goodwin
08/16/15 -- Trout fishing continues to be very good in the Redding area. All summer long, trout fishing has provided plenty of action for anglers who enjoy fishing for them. Early on, our lakes and reservoirs were producing very well, but as the... Full Story
Crystal Lake fish planting going well
Elizondo explaining to Linda Colvin about fry at the Crystal lake fish hatchery, by Lace Photography
Article by Alex Colvin photos by LACE Photography
08/16/15 -- This year The Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery will stock 1.8 million trout. In addition to the 16 counties in California which they normally supply, they are also supplying fish to the Darrah Springs Trout Hatchery east of Redding and the Mount... Full Story
Upper Sac River: Elbow room & lots of fish
boy holding up trout with a stick, photo courtesy of the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce
08/15/15 -- No traffic on 1-5 and no fishing traffic on the water! Now that the kids are back in school and the crowds are elsewhere, the river is full of fish and not fishermen. It’s wade-able, crystal clear and cold as the days shorten... Full Story
The Importance of Fish Physiology
Phtoto courtesy of FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
08/10/15 -- When salmon and trout are exposed to very high temperatures, they often die. Thanks to the study of physiology, we now know that one cause of death in fish living at high temperatures can be a heart attack...Full Story
Dunsmuir: Headquarters for the Upper Sac
Woman smiling ear to ear holding her trout she caught on the Upper Sacramento River. Photo courtesy of the City of Dunsmuir
By Gary Heffley
07/14/15 -- For a fly angler looking to ply the trout rich waters of the Upper Sac a stop into Dunsmuir and a visit to the Ted Fay Fly Shop is a must. The shop in downtown Dunsmuir at 5732 Dunsmuir Ave is the place for my current... Full Story
Finding Fish from Discarded DNA
Bluegill, photo by FISHBIO
By Erin Loury
06/22/15 -- To round out our series on environmental DNA (eDNA), in which we've described the basic concepts of this technique* in aquatic research, as well as its challenges and limitations**, here we highlight... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
Pacific halibut 2015 regulations in effect
Angler with Pacific halibut, photo courtesy of CDFW
05/01/15 -- The recreational Pacific halibut fishery will open May 1 for the 2015 season. This year the fishery will be held to a federally established quota of 25,220 pounds. The season dates will be May 1-15, June 1-15, July 1-15, Aug. 1-15... Full Story
Agencies halt commercial sardine fishing
Commercial fishing boats dragging their fishing nets, CADFW
04/30/15 -- All large-volume commercial sardine fishing in state and federal waters off California has been prohibited as of Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The closing will remain in effect until at least July 2016. “This may be an end of... Full Story
F&GC adopts in-river sport fishing regs 04/23/15 -- The California Fish and Game Commission adopted changes to the Central Valley and Klamath River basin salmon sport fishing regulations for the 2015 season on Friday, April 17. The changes include fall-run...Full Story
Fishing the Klamath below JC Boyle Dam
 Brian Buckingham with one of the larger fish from this section. This trout, estimated at 2 lbs., was caught near the BLM campground on the west shore six miles down the JC Boyle Dam on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon. Photo by author
By Trouteagle
03/02/15 -- Year round trout action can be found on the Klamath River within the 20 or so miles of free flow within Oregon and California. While fishing below the flumes at the JC Boyle powerhouse, it can be difficult to know just when...Full Story
The Mystery of the Middle Fork, Part IV
Jim Broshears, author badge,
By Jim Broshears
11/10/14 -- This trip was to be the final chapter in the saga that began three years ago but is actually over 20 years in the making. As Bruce, Tuck and I journeyed back to the Middle Fork of the Feather River we made...Full Story
Climbing Terms for the Fisherman
Trailhead Tales by Jim Broshears
10/14/14 -- For those of us who prefer to fish the rugged and remote streams and rivers for the elusive wild trout, rock climbing is a skill that is required to reach the special places where catching the big one is a “sure thing.” The skills...Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek.
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers,
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story
Fishing with Phideaux
By Phil “Flip” Akers
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story
A primer on fishing Lake Shasta By Gary Heffley
01/01/12 -- Shasta Lake draws more visitors to Shasta County than any other single attraction. While it is often a challenge to fish, it is more likely to produce stringers of fat trout or spotted bass. Trout to four and five pounds are caught here routinely...Full Story
Lake Oroville; 'tis the season By Chuck Giles
01/11/12 – Lake Oroville is probably one of the best lakes for sheer numbers of Spotted Bass in Northern California. This is not just on a seasonal basis, but year round. To start, I have a list of baits that produce decent results... Full Story


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