(also referred to locally as Trout in the Classroom and Steelhead in the Classroom)
You must have prior permission from CDFW to hatch and release trout.
A valid 772 permit must remain with the eggs/fry at all times. The application
Contact R3CAEP@wildlife.ca.gov or (415) 999-5924 if you have any questions.
A fully completed Form 772 (PDF Form). must be returned to CDFW (or your sponsor, at their request) within 10 days of release of your fish. In the unlikely event all your fish die, the form also needs to be returned. A list of applications received and permits returned is posted on the CAEP blog. We suggest you keep a copy of the permit when you submit it to CDFW.
All fry must be released no later than 8 weeks from the date of delivery. We recommend you release fry 4-5 weeks after they hatch. Fish may only be released into the body of water specified on your Form 772 Permit.
DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES AND SHELTER IN PLACE ORDERS:
Fish may be released in any authorized body of water (regardless of what is listed on your 772 permit) listed below. Rainbow trout may only be released into waters approved for rainbow trout and steelhead only in waters approved for steelhead. You will still need to complete your 772 permit showing the actual release site and return a PDF copy to R3CAEP@WILDLIFE.CA.GOV
This exemption is for this year only.