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California Golden Trout

California State Fish

California golden trout; photo © Graham Owen Gallery (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Official State Fish of California

The California golden trout (Salmo agua-bonita) was designated the official state fish of California in 1947. California also adopted a marine fish as a state symbol in 1995. All State Fish

The golden trout is native to California, originally found only in a few icy streams of the headwaters of the Kern River. Hatchery-raised fish have now extended the range of the California golden trout to many waters at high elevation in the Sierra Nevadas and also other states.