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Heritage and Wild Trout Program

Our mission is to protect and enhance California’s heritage and wild trout resources, while providing opportunities for high-quality wild trout angling.

The Wild Trout Program was established by the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) in 1971 and was later expanded in 1998 to include California heritage trout. Major goals are to:

  • Manage designated Heritage and Wild Trout Waters
  • Each year, recommend new waters to be designated as wild trout fisheries to the Commission
  • Protect and restore native trout and their habitats
  • Conduct research and evaluate angling regulations
  • Engage the public

Wild Trout Management Plans

Northern Region

North Central Region

Central Region

South Coast Region

(Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties)

Inland Deserts Region

Fisheries Branch
830 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 | (916) 327-8840

Coastal rainbow trout and fly rod


Heritage and Wild Trout Program
1701 Nimbus Road Suite C
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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