The Golden Trout is a beautiful creature that lives in the rivers of California and Arizona. They are also known as the “Golden King” for their beauty and rarity. If you are an experienced angler, it can be tempting to fish for golden trout only when they’re plentiful. But if you want to experience this amazing species at its finest, then there’s no better time than now! In this guide, we’ll answer some common questions about fishing for golden trout, offer useful tips on how best to do so, and provide fun information about what you might see while out on the water.
What Is A Golden Trout?
A golden trout is a type of fish found in streams and lakes. They are identified by their light coloration with mottled gold patterns on them that will glow under sunlight or blacklight. It has been said that some people who have eaten this type of fish claim it gives them energy boosts, but this needs more research to be substantiated.
How to identify a Golden Trout?
Golden trout are a variety of rainbow trout that have gold hues on their bodies. They can be identified by the following:
- The back is golden brown with grayish-green spots and has an olive sheen to it
- A distinctive pattern of pale blue or green specks on their sides, which gives them a “peppered” look
- Both males and females develop small hook-like projections called spines at maturity (though the males tend to be more pronounced)
Their dark shadows among lighter surroundings and move quickly. Golden trout are coldwater fish, native to the Eastern United States. They’re primarily found in small streams and rivers with slow currents or sluggish pools of water.
- To find golden trout, try these areas under rocks, submerged logs, overhanging branches, and other protective covers. Always be on the lookout for feeding signs like surface disturbance caused by minnows being chased into shallow water by hungry trout!
- Be patient – it can take some time before they show up when you start fishing around a particular area. When looking at underwater structures from above the surface (i.e., fallen trees) use your polarized glasses so that you’ll spot any changes in the water’s surface, as these can indicate a golden trout feeding activity.
- If you’re fishing down from above the water and see any signs of fish or currents stirring up leaves on the shore, cast your lure into that area because it may be hiding some hungry trout!
- When starting to fish for golden trout after the small-mouth bass season has closed (typically around June), keep an eye out for lures with treble hooks – they’ll make catching them much easier than just using single hook baits like minnows or worms.
The golden trout is a fish of cold, clear high-elevation streams. They can be found in the Sierra Nevadas and the Rocky Mountains from about 7000 to 11000 feet. The water they live in is usually cool – always below 60 degrees Fahrenheit–and there’s often ice on the rocks at that altitude. It has been suggested that their bodies produce heat through exercise as salmon do, but this hasn’t been proven yet so it’s just what some think might happen with them.
Golden trout will eat just about anything. They’ll take any kind of live bait, as well as artificial lures and flies on the surface–they’re something like a rainbow trout in that regard because they can be lured to hit things with their noses if you have some sort of scent trail from where your lure is sitting until it reaches them.
Golden trout live in arid mountain lakes and streams at high altitudes. They can only be found in the Western United States, primarily California, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Golden trout are native to Lake Tahoe and were introduced into other bodies of water as hatchery fish. These introductions have led to a range expansion due to golden trout’s popularity among anglers for their fighting ability on light tackle fishing gear such as fly or spin trout rods with small lures.
Golden trout are native to California and live in the rivers of Northern and Central California. They were first discovered by an angler named J.N. Taylor, who caught a golden trout on July 31st, 1874 but didn’t realize that it was un-common until he had multiple encounters with them over the next few years when fishing near Redding Creek. Originally classified as Salmo mykiss irideus (a subspecies of rainbow trout), they became their own species called Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita after new research showed significant genetic differences from other varieties of rainbow trout. The name “aguabonita” is translated from Spanish to “little water” or “little river”.
Golden Trout can grow to a maximum size of 20 inches, but most are between 16-18 inches and weigh around two pounds or more. They have a long lifespan with some studies suggesting they could live up to 30 years in the wild! With that said, it is very important to release them back into their natural habitat when caught (this also applies to other types of trout). Golden Trout spawn in early spring and usually die off by late fall due to cold water temperatures. That’s why you will find them primarily on the westside of California rivers from November through May until they migrate upstream where there are warmer waters and higher oxygen levels available for survival during this time period.
The golden trout is a California endangered species of freshwater fish. The Golden Trout has not been seen in the wild since 2002 and there have only been four sightings reported between 1977-2002, making them one of the rarest subspecies on Earth with just 18 individuals left alive today as of 2016.* They are considered to be “critically imperiled” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Golden trout spawn in the summer months, typically August and September. The eggs are laid on stream gravel or bedrock near pools of cool water.
Where Are Golden Trout Found?
Golden trout are found in rivers and streams of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, primarily below 6000 ft. They’re typically found on southern slopes where there is more sun exposure. These northern California fish prefer slower water with stable temperatures at 70 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (21-30 C). Golden Trout can be found from just a few hundred feet up into higher altitudes depending on the time of year, but they rarely live above 7000 ft. Most golden trout fishing occurs during summer months when these coldwater fish migrate down to warmer river patches near foothills or lower valleys for reproduction; it’s not uncommon to find them as far south as Bakersfield!
How To Catch Golden Trout?
The fishing technique for golden trout is quite different than many other types of freshwater fish. Golden Trout are often described as a “leap-fry” type fishery because the best way to catch them is by fly fishing with an artificial lure that imitates small baitfish or insects like stoneflies and caddisflies. The method for catching this high water-loving, cold water tolerant fish varies depending on whether you’re using dry flies, wet flies, or nymphs which we will cover in more detail below:
- Dry Fly Fishing With Artificial Lures – This style is typically done from shore where anglers usually wade out into deep water while casting their light weight rod loaded up with long leaders and tiny hooks(typically size 18 or 20) with a small stonefly-like fly and actively work the area to provoke trout into striking.
- Wet Fly Fishing With Artificial Lures – This style is typically done from shore where anglers usually wade out into deep water while casting their lightweight rod loaded up with long leaders and tiny hooks(typically size 18 or 20) with a wet, larger than life baitfish imitation like an articulated dragonfly nymph. The idea here is to float these types of flies just under the surface tension so they look as natural as possible all across the shallow portions of river banks without getting snagged on rocks, trees, etc.
Best golden trout tackle
When you are fishing for golden trout, the best tackle to use is a fly rod and reel. Other types of bait can be used such as live bait on hooks or lures. The weight should be very light since goldens only weigh about one ounce in size. They also have small mouths so your line must have a minimal stretch when it hits the water surface because they often spit out their prey if it takes too long to get them onto land with good hooking set up.
Best golden trout lures
Golden Trout can be caught using many different types of lures. The most popular are spinners, spoons, and crankbaits because they work the best in calm water conditions.
Best golden trout flies
Golden Trout can also be caught with flies. It is important to use a fly that mimics the natural food that they eat, such as mayflies and caddis larvae when these insects are present in high numbers.
Dark-colored flies like black or cloudy olive work best because Golden Trout have poor vision so it’s difficult for them to see from any distance away what type of fly you’re fishing with. A good rule of thumb is “the more colorless a trout stream, the darker your pattern should be”. For example, if you were on the Henrys Fork River in Idaho with very clear water (a low silt content), dark colors would not be recommended since their visibility would make catching fish easier and more.