It’s no secret that many top game fish come from abroad. Although it is known to have some trout, I have not had good luck fishing here. Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you! This wild, freestone tributary can only be fished by utilizing difficult canyon trails. Fishing the American River: Once planted with pan-sized rainbows from the Naches Fish Hatchery you can expect fair summer trout fishing for brook and cutthroat plus whitefish, using small spinners, and wet flies. However, there are no scientific criteria for what makes a Trout a Trout. They are very finaky and the meat is not near as good as the rainbow. They have spread beyond this range over the years, and now show up all along the Rocky Mountains and sporadically in lakes around the US. You’re right, Golden Trout are native to the Kern River basin: we’re sorry if that wasn’t clear enough. Peacock Bass are Brazilian and Chinook Salmon aren’t supposed to be in the Great Lakes. Their size is actually the easiest way to recognize them, but they also have creamy spots and a much more deeply-forked tail than other species. They have also been stocked all around the world. You fail to mention that rainbow trout and cutthroat trout are actually salmon in the genus oncorhynchus. And what gems they are.. I guess that’s the Char family genes shining through! These guys are much smaller than other Char species. Find out a little about how the different Trout families fit together. This is where things start to get complicated. You can find Rainbow Trout throughout much of southern Canada, in all the Great Lakes, and as far south as Georgia and Alabama. Fly fishing the Upper American River ranges from easy to very difficult depending on the particular area of water you choose to fish. There are a few different types of Rainbow Trout. The best thing to go on is size – Dollies rarely top 10 pounds. Cutthroat Trout may not make the same headlines as their bigger, rainbowed cousins, but they do get a much cooler name. This river is most famous for its Salmon runs but also holds plenty of American Shad, Rainbow Trout, and Striped Bass. I have been scratching my head because I was sure it was a Dolly. Cutthroat Trout are the most varied of all North American Trout species, with a staggering 11 different subspecies alive today. Lucky anglers might catch brown trout up to eight pounds in size, although rainbows between 10 and 12 inches in length are more common. Your Ultimate Guide to Fishing in Russia – Part I. Dolly Varden are one of the most northerly of all North American Trout species. Cutthroat Trout are the most varied of all North American Trout species, with a staggering 11 different subspecies alive today. It lives further north, so the name was borrowed from Celtic, whereas “Trout” comes from Ancient Greek (Thanks, Wikipedia!). The easiest way to know you have a Bull Trout is by their limited distribution and larger size – if it’s 12 pounds or over and doesn’t have a super-forked tail, it’s probably a Bull Trout. Sadly, Golden Trout are considered critically endangered these days. What’s your favorite thing about Golden Trout? The upper section can also be reached from a road. Despite their name, Brown Trout aren’t always brown. The remote and lightly fished Rubicon River tributary to the Middle Fork, which is a wild trout stream up to the Hell Hole Reservoir, provides very good possibilities for brown and rainbow trout. They have been introduced far beyond this native range, though. Brook Trout are generally the smallest and have unusual markings. Replied on September 10, 2019 Brown Trout were brought to North America from Germany. When people arrived in the New World, they decided that Pacific Salmons were worthy of the name, but everything else looked more like a Trout. We are confident you'll be glad you did. This guide will give you some easy tips on knowing your Trout. Rainbow Trout are native to the Pacific coast, from Alaska all the way down to Mexico. I’ve noticed that The Splake and Dolly Varden look very muck alike. Sep 10, 2019. The species native is to the Pacific Coast but is now found throughout North America, as well around the world as far as Argentina and Tasmania. My personal guess is that, originally, everything Salmonish that wasn’t a Salmon (Salmo Satar) was called “Trout.”. They get their name from the signature pink stripe that runs along their side, but that’s not the only way to recognize them. Marble Trout are certainly popular in Slovenia but I haven’t really heard of them in the US. The section can be accessed but only from canyon trails that are very demanding. We have specific imitations of every important insect that hatches on the Upper American River. I’ll update it right away. Here’s a recap of what we’ve covered here. They live in all the Great Lakes except Erie, south along the Appalachian Mountains, and north to the Arctic Sea. Wow, I’ve never heard of a Cutbow Trout before. I did mention Golden Rainbow Trout and their natural range. There’s a good reason for that: They’re actually more closely related to Atlantic Salmon than other Trout. Char all look very similar to each other. As you say, though, they are different species, so I may have to add them in. We haven’t gone into the nitty-gritty of identifying every species because it can vary a lot based on when and where you catch them. Anadromous Brown Trout are called “Sea Trout,” while river and lake-dwelling fish are often called “River Trout” or “Lake Trout.” These have nothing to do with the Lake Trout of North America, though. A big plus of fishing on the American River is its size. This page refers to the small American River that flows eastward from headwaters near Mount Ranier in Washington to join the Naches, Yakima, and Columbia rivers. Good theory, though. They have traveled as far as Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Europe – think of them as the exchange buddy for all the Brown Trout coming over to America. !They’er cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trout Pro uses a variety of social media to keep customers in the loop. It looks similar in shape to Atlantic Salmon and has red spots with silver rings. Lake Trout aren’t as varied as Pacific Trout species, but they make up for it with their wide collection of nicknames. I think trout are able to reproduce more than once whereas reproduction is the end of the road for the salmon. If not, give me a little more detail and I might be able to help. The river is closed to fishing for bull trout, chinook salmon, and steelhead. Splake are a cross-breed of a male Brook Trout and female Lake Trout. In this article, we wanted to focus on the main species and most common crossovers. The North fork of the American River is fairly easy to access because U.S. Highway #50 runs nearby. Spring: The Lower American River, which features steelhead and salmon runs, is covered in another stream description. However, they’re not actually a species of Trout – they’re a genetic variation of Rainbow Trout. When the water isn't too warm or low, early fall on the Upper American River produces excellent fishing.Winter: Steelhead are the ones that first spring to mind for most people. Because of this, they have earned the sinister nickname “Wendigo Trout” after the ravenous beast of Algonquian folklore. Splake and Tiger Trout only really exist in deliberately stocked populations, although they can show up in the wild. Cutbows are another hybrid, Tigers also do not reproduce in the wild, they’re sterile, and there MANY of them in Michigan and other Midwest states. Has this helped you understand the various types of Trout in North America? Oct 14, 2019. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Many more hybrids exist, you must list them, and there are rare arctic char subspecies in maine, called blueback trout, or sunapee trout, brook trout and char can hybridize, and landlocked atlantic salmon exist too. Bull Trout look almost identical to Dolly Varden and Arctic Char. Is this the kind of information you were looking for? You only have to look at them to know why. The dramatic red behind their lower jaw makes Cutthroat Trout look like they’re constantly bleeding. They can be golden or silver, depending on where they live. Aug 23, 2020. Dec 2, 2019. Tiger trout themselves are sterile, however if there are Browns and Brook in the same water it can happen naturally. I tried to keep this article purely Trout-themed, because it’s a confusing-enough group of fish at the best of times. What about Golden Rainbows or Palomino trout stocked heavily in WV and PA waters? Before and after the the spring runoff, sections of the Upper American River provide good fishing opportunities.Summer: There are several species of “Trout” in North America which aren’t actually Trout at all – they’re Char, a northern cousin of Trout and Salmon. These guys may look very different, but they’re actually just the anadromous (sea-run) form of Rainbow Trout. They’re great to eat, even better to catch, and they have some real star appeal to boot. You’re also correct in saying that California Golden Trout can be harvested in small numbers. Do we just use “trout” as a non-scientific name for a group of mostly freshwater salmomidae? The Upper American River, which is a trout fishery, flows for 150 miles to the Folsom Dam. Brook, Bull, Dolly Varden, and Lake Trout live farther north and all look very similar. North America is a Trout fishing paradise. Brown Trout isn’t closely related to any other Trout. Trout of North America: The Complete Guide, Colorado State Fish: Greenback Cutthroat Trout. The lighting is from lamps in a hotel room, so it was hard to edit for really true colors, but I tried to get as close as possible. Aug 11, 2020. Sending link to it:, Replied on August 11, 2020 The best trout fishing of the year occurs in the summer on the Upper American River.Fall: Washington State Fish: An Introduction to Ste... © 2019 They also live in southwestern Canada, and ocean-going Cutthroat Trout can show up as far north as Alaska. The fly fishing equipment you use for the Upper American River will depend on which of the three branches or the Rubicon River tributary you are fishing. Replied on December 3, 2019 I took another look at the points you mentioned and updated them. I might have to add a bonus section on them – they sure are cool! I’ve added a line that they’re stocked beyond that, just to make things clear. Sep 21, 2020. Replied on October 28, 2019 You’re completely right that there are many more Trout hybrids and sub-species in North America. Golden trout are breed in West Virginia and placed in streams around the state. They don’t have the worm-like marks of Brook Trout, either, and their tails are less forked than Lake Trout. Trout University will never recommend a generic fly either. There are only two species of Pacific Trout in North America but each fish varies hugely depending on where you catch it. From remote mountain streams to great rushing rivers, the waterways of the US and Canada are perfect for many different types of Trout. The American River flows for 30 miles from Folsom Lake to the Sacramento River confluence. If you’re set on finding one, the best places to go are Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alberta. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive a free ebook download and to get additional news and updates! I Thank you for your information. Replied on October 14, 2019 They’re more aggressive than most Trout species. They are not critically endangered and can be harvested in small numbers.