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 - Also known as German brown trout, this fish are native to Eastern Europe. Brown trout have been planted into many State 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!