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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

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Laurie and Bob Manley with chinook Salmon, by Larry Ellis
On Oregon Waters by Larry Ellis
10/22/16 -- As I'm writing this article, I am looking at the Chetco River Gauge, and I like what I'm seeing. The river was blown out and spewing thick, brown mud on Sunday at 35,200 cubic feet per second, and over the last four days it has...Full Story
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Gary Heffley with Steelhead
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Klamath River, CDFW photo
10/20/16 -- North coast anglers are about to meet their seasonal salmon quota in another popular spot, triggering new restrictions on the Trinity River fishery. Monitoring efforts show that anglers above Cedar Flat on the Trinity River will...Full Story
​Coastal rivers full of kings
salmon, by Mike Coopman
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
10/20/16 -- Last week’s deluge was just what our rivers — and our salmon — badly needed. From the Chetco to the Eel, all of the rivers saw huge flow increases, allowing the late run of fall kings to make their way from the estuaries...Full Story
2017 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal 10/18/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Watershed Restoration Grants Branch will hold a public meeting to discuss its Draft Fisheries Habitat Restoration 2017 Proposal Solicitation Notice (FHR 2017 PSN)....Full Story
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Wild steelhead salmon, by Jeff goodwin
By Jeff Goodwin
10/15/16 -- It seems like it's a bit early for a multi-day storm system to be rolling through Shasta County, but I guess a little rain this time of year never hurts, or does it? Typically, the section of the Sacramento River below Battle Creek in...Full Story
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family with chinook salmon, by Larry Ellis
On Oregon Waters by Larry Ellis
10/15/16 -- It is always a sad day for estuary aficionados like myself when fall Chinook action in the Rogue and Chetco bays starts to chill out. I mean, it was just last Wednesday when Mark Roberts of Gold Beach was catching so many...Full Story
ODFW: ‘Environmental DNA’ to track fish
Dr. Shaun Clements, research scientist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, tests the waters of the upper Deschutes River for environmental DNA. Scientists are now able to use eDNA to tell what species are present in aquatic populations. This technology will help reduce the cost of fish monitoring and provide an early warning if invasive species are present. (ODFW photo)
10/11/16 -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is moving into the next generation of monitoring fish populations — one of the toughest challenges in fish management — by using new environmental DNA (eDNA) science to quickly...Full Story
OR: Wild Coho salmon bag limit regulations 09/30/16 -- Fishery managers issued a temporary rule earlier this week to clarify bag limit regulations for the wild coho salmon fisheries in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Lakes. The action was taken because the bag-limit portions of the...Full Story
​Kokanee in Shasta?
Kokanee salmon, by goodwin guide service
By Gary Heffley
9/28/16 -- Kokanee fishing is becoming more and more popular for anglers throughout the state. Reports abound of great fishing in many lakes, and tournaments provided by organizations such as Kokanee Power continue to grow...Full Story
​Getting out of the North Valley heat By Gary Heffley 
9/13/16 -- The Redding area has been hot both in temperature and the fishing. Nothing can beat the outstanding trout fishing on the Sacramento River in Redding, the Kokanee fishing of Whiskeytown or the trout trolling successes enjoyed by...Full Story
Poachers fined for illegal abalone
CDFW patrol boat Thresher, courtesy of CDFW
09/13/16 -- Two Southern California men have been convicted and fined for abalone poaching and other resource crimes, stemming from a September 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) enforcement case...Full Story
CDFW Makes Buying a License Easier
Location map, by CDFW
09/03/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is making life easier for anglers when it comes to purchasing a license and checking your local fishing regulations. CDFW has made the online license...Full Story
Buoy 10 Chinook season goes to Sept. 14 09/01/16 -- Recreational anglers will get an additional nine days to harvest Chinook salmon at the mouth of the Columbia River under a season extension approved today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington...Full Story
A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek
A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
07/25/16 -- I’ve been exploring Northern California’s streams -- above and below the surface -- for most of my life. One of my most memorable adventures took place on a hot summer’s day in 1964, not long after my sixteenth...Full Story
Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...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
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
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
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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
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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


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