Recent stock intoductions
Amongst the species recently introduced are Golden Trout and these are deserving of a brief explanation.
What Are Golden Trout?
Originally the golden trout was described as a subspecies of the salmon species, with a name Salmo mykiss aguabonita. It is still often considered a subspecies. (Now called Oncorhynchus Mykiss Aguabonita) along with several other rainbow trout subspecies.
How to Fish for Golden Trout
Caddisflies and midges are most effective. Though many have been caught with spoons, spinners, worms, salmon eggs. As well as small crustaceans and various small insects. The following are fishing methods used to catch golden trout:
The best way to target the golden trout is to use fly fishing gear. This species is small and very wary. Use utmost stealth when targeting golden trout, with your best casts. Small flies, size 16 or smaller would be a good start. Tempt them with an elk hair caddis on the surface. If you don’t get a bite, switch to a zugbug with a bead head. A 5 weight fly setup should be sufficiently heavy for any golden trout you encounter.
Golden Trout Final Thoughts
This trout is truly a beautiful and unique species of trout. They are a lot of fun to catch, and getting to them in many cases is half the battle.
This trout is one of the more native fish species to California, yet it is also the most threatened.
If you decide to fish for this trout, it is highly recommended to practice catch and release. With proper conservation and catch and release by anglers, it is hopeful and possible for the numbers to begin to rise.
This trout can live up to nine years old but more common is six to seven years old. This limits the number of times the golden trout can successfully spawn. This also contribute to their rapidly declining numbers.
These are a beautiful species of trout we all want to see around for generations to come. Enjoy catching them but practice safe catch and release to give them a chance to still be here for those future generations.