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Golden Trout

Oncorhynchus aguabonita

Trout Family

Freshwater Fish Identification

Golden Trout

Common Name(s):
Kern river trout
This is the only species of trout in which the parr marks on the side of the fish remain prominent throughout the life of the fish. It also has a red streak similar to the rainbow trout that runs along the side of the fish.
Similar Fish:
Brook trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout
Feeding Habits:
The golden trout feed on a diet of worms, salmon eggs, small crustaceans and a variety of small insects.
The Golden trout is found in the higher elevations of Kern and Tulare counties in California, but have been introduced into the states of Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming.
Golden trout are naturally found in clear, cool waters with a temperature of 58-62 degrees at elevations higher the 6000 ft. Although they are being introduced to lower elevations and can now withstand temperatures of 72 degrees. However at these lower elevations and warmer temperatures they do not maintain their brilliant colors.
Typical Size:
The golden trout is a slow grower with the average stream living golden getting to 10-14 inches in length and weighing about 1 pound. They can reach a size of 7-9 pounds in a lake environment and grow to 24 to 28 inches in length. The golden trout lives an average of 7 years in streams and up to 12 years in a lake.
World Record:
11 pounds, 0 ounces (Source - IGFA)