California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kern River Rainbow Trout

Kern River Rainbow Trout

California Heritage Trout Challenge
Qualifying Trout

California has a large and diverse collection of trout that are native to the state’s waters. The state’s Legislature recognized the special value of these trout by passage of an act (Fish and Game Code Sections 7260 and 7261) that acknowledges the importance of designating Heritage Trout waters to provide angling for the following forms of California native trout.

These three subspecies of cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii) and eight forms of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) are your targets to complete the Challenge.

Catching six different forms of native trout from their historic drainages may take you to varied locations around the state. Some may be caught in roadside waters while others may only be caught in wilderness areas.