Kern River Rainbow Trout. CDFW photos by Jeff Weaver
- Generally resembles coastal rainbow trout, but with brighter colors, a slight tinge of gold, and sometimes orange on the belly.
- Coloration in some areas may be influenced by natural intermixing and hybridization with the other two golden trout subspecies.
- Fine, peppery spots are profuse over most of the body and on the fins.
- On many larger fish, there is a broad rosy-red band along the sides.
A description of Kern River rainbow from the 1905 Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries describes an 18-inch specimen, profusely spotted with rich rosy sides, lower half slightly pink and bluish, and with a slight wash of gold. Those in the main-stem Kern River have been known to reach 28 inches in length and specimens weighing up to eight pounds were reported in the early 1900s.