- Brook trout can be caught in many stream and lake environments across a large portion of California, particularly in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
- In smaller high-elevation streams, brook trout tend to be smaller (< 14”) but offer fast-action fishing (>2 fish/hr).
- Trophy brook trout (>18”) can be caught in some lakes.
- Small lures, a wide variety of flies, and bait are all effective, as brook trout are opportunistic feeders.
- Due to the wide variety of habitats in which brook trout are found, specific recommendations on fishing techniques and terminal tackle are difficult to provide. Check with local fishing shops in the area you intend to fish to get tips on localized conditions and suggested tackle.
Note: special bonus bag and possession limits exist in some portions of the state. Refer to the California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations for the North Coast and Sierra districts.