Fish Species Reared at Crystal Lake Hatchery

Rainbow Trout (Pit River Strain)

This unique strain of rainbow trout is native to the Pit River in California.

Eagle Lake Trout

Known for its resistance to highly alkaline waters, the Eagle Lake trout is a native to nearby Eagle Lake and its Pine Creek tributary. Due to diminishing flows into Pine Creek, a program was started in the 1950’s to preserve the species. Once found only in its native waters, the Eagle Lake trout can now be found in many waters throughout the state.

Brown Trout

Brown trout, also known as German brown trout, are native to Eastern Europe, but were historically planted into many California waters for recreational fishing. These days, sterile brown trout (triploid (PDF)) continue to provide anglers a quality fishing experience.

Eastern Brook Trout

Originating from the Eastern United States, brook trout were imported to California via rail road in the late 1800’s. As with brown trout, brook trout provided for anglers are now sterile triploid (PDF).

CDFW staff sorting fish
Hatchery staff sorting broodstock
Worker holding fish
Brook trout broodstock
Workers extracting sperm from mature male fish
Eggs and sperm collected in a pan
Egg jars with fertilized eggs
Incubation of fertilized eggs
Concrete raceways
Fish are reared in raceways
Fish being loaded for planting
Fish on their way to a lake or stream near you!