Fish Species Raised at American River Hatchery

Eagle Lake Trout

Known for its resistance to highly alkaline waters, the Eagle Lake trout is a native to Eagle Lake.


The common name for a land locked Sockeye Salmon is Kokanee. During spawning these fish take on deep red hue. Kokanee salmon reared at American River Hatchery are from eggs spawned at the Little Truckee River and other locations in California.

Rainbow Trout

This popular fish, native to the tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in North American and Asia, can now be found all over the world. Farmed as food in many areas, it can now be found worldwide for recreational angling and as a food source. Rainbow trout are a premier fish desired by anglers for recreational fishing in California. Those provided for recreational angling are now sterile (triploid (PDF)).

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

Independent strain Lahontan cutthroat trout are maintained in Heenan Lake, our broodstock source in the Sierra Nevada range. Juveniles are reared at American River Hatchery for release to several waters throughout CDFW's North Central Region.

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