Fish Species Raised at American River Hatchery

Eagle Lake Trout - Known for its resistance to highly alkaline waters, the Eagle Lake trout is a native to Eagle Lake.

Hatching Lahontan Cutthroat Trout
Hatching Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

Kokanee - The common name for a land locked Sockeye Salmon is Kokanee. During spawning these fish take on deep red hue. Kokanee salmon reared at American River Hatchery are from eggs spawned at the Little Truckee River and other locations in California.

Rainbow Trout - This popular fish, native to the tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in North American and Asia, can now be found all over the world. Farmed as food in many areas, it can now be found worldwide for recreational angling and as a food source. Rainbow trout are a premier fish desired by anglers for recreational fishing in California. Rainbow trout are provided for recreational angling are now sterile triploid (PDF).

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout- Independence strain LCT, are maintained in Heenan Lake, our broodstock source in the Sierra Nevada range.  Lahontan Cutthroat Trout are reared at American River Hatchery for release to several waters throughout Region II (CDFW North Central Region).

Adult Kokanee on spawning grounds
Adult Kokanee on spawning grounds

Kokanee egg collection at Little Truckee River
Kokanee egg collection at Little Truckee River