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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

Early closure of 2015 halibut season
Beyond the Breakers by Tom Marking, author badge,
11/28/15 -- In January of 2015 the, the International Halibut Commission (IHPC) allocated 970,000 lbs. to the 2A zone, 25,220 granted to California (CA receives 4% of the non-tribal portion of this allocation). Due to our success... Full Story
Gear up for winter steelhead
Tristen Holmes from Grants Pass, Oregon caught this chrome-bright king while fishing on the Chetco River, Photo by Larry Ellis
On Oregon Waters by Larry Ellis
11/27/15 -- Fresh schools of chrome-bright Chinook pushing 30 pounds were the name of the game on the Chetco River last week, and anglers were able to catch them by pulling plugs and deploying bobbers-and-bait rigs... Full Story
Groundfish – A look forward to 2016
Beyond the Breakers by Tom Marking, author badge,
11/26/15 -- The 2015 season has come to a close and now begins the task of constructing the groundfish regulations not only for 2016, but for the 2017/18 next biennial spex process. The 2016 season should be essentially the same... Full Story
NOAA shows concern for canary rockfish 11/26/15 -- Effective today at noon, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting the use of midwater trawl gear in the Shorebased IFQ (Individual Fishing Quota) Program for the remainder of 2015, shoreward of... Full Story
A time of transition on Shasta waters
Jaynie Goodwin with husky Shasta Lake spotted bass. Photo by Jeff Goodwin
By Jeff Goodwin
11/25/15 -- With the end of November just around the corner, the fall transition on Shasta County waters is now in full effect. Water temps are dropping with the cooler weather and recent precipitation, and the techniques and tactics for... Full Story
Cooler water, weather doesn’t stop bass
Oroville Waters by Craig Bentley, author badge,
11/24/15 -- Oroville area waters have cooled down again as another cold storm this week promises rain with snow in the mountains as the fall bite at the lake continues with anglers catching good numbers of bass, a few trout... Full Story
GGSA: ‘NO genetically altered salmon' 11/21/15 – The Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) has announced it is disappointed in the federal Food and Drug Administration's approval of genetically altered salmon as being fit for human consumption... Full Story
OR delays Dungeness season coast-wide 11/20/15 -- The commercial Dungeness crab season along the Oregon coast normally opens Dec. 1, but can be delayed to ensure a safe and high-quality product to consumers. Testing of crab in recent weeks showed elevated levels... Full Story
2017-18 groundfish mgmt. up for review
Vermilion rockfish, CDFW photo by Athena Maguire
11/18/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold five public workshops to discuss groundfish management in California. Attendees will hear an overview of recent groundfish management and science... Full Story
Upper Klamath River yields lots of steel
Jonathan holds a fish with the lake and mountains in the background, photo by Scott Caldwell
By Frank Galusha
11/17/15 -- For the last couple weeks fishing for winter steelhead on the Upper Klamath River has been excellent. “Steelhead in the 1/2 to 7-pound class are active and biting on a variety of offerings,” according to Scott Caldwell, of SC Guide... Full Story
Breathing Under Water
Water hyacinth, photo by Fishbio
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
11/16/15 -- Oxygen is the key to life. All vertebrate animals require oxygen to live, and most of us cannot survive beyond a few short minutes without a generous oxygen supply. As we wrote in a previous blog post, it is much harder... Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
CA F&GC delays crab start; El Niño blamed 11/05/16 -- [Updated] The California Fish and Game Commission today voted 3-0 in favor of an emergency rulemaking to prohibit recreational take and possession of Dungeness crab and all rock crab from ocean waters, including bays...Full Story
NOAA Fisheries issues US 2014 Report 11/01/15 -- U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.5 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.4 billion in 2014, according to the new Fisheries of the United States report, which was released this past weekend. The continued... 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
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
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
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
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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