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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 www.ca.dfg.gov.

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


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