There has been considerable interest in conserving all populations of native Goose Lake fishes, including redband trout. Anthropogenic factors, including habitat degradation, cattle grazing, water diversions, and the introduction of non-native fishes have threatened Goose Lake redband trout and other fishes in the basin. In addition, drought has played a sizeable role in the status of this subspecies.
Although a natural part of the ecosystem in the arid, high desert of northeastern California, prolonged drought has amplified concerns about future prospects of maintaining adequate cold water habitats. Increasing reliance upon groundwater pumping, in place of instream water diversions, may exacerbate the situation by reducing longer-term groundwater aquifer recharge and prolonged percolation into streams.