California Freshwater State Fish

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California State Fish: Golden trout

Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita

State Fish Description: The Golden Trout is a native trout to California and is closely related to the rainbow trout. The Golden Trout has a very golden side with around 10 large darker spots and a green back. Golden Trout average around 6 to 12 inches in size and one being over 11 inches would be considered a large Golden Trout.

Where It's Found: The Golden trout is found at higher elevations from 7000 feet to 10,000 feet above sea level, and is native only to California's southern Sierra Nevada mountains.

California State Fish Dedication: 1947