Winter Species Watch: Trout November 19, 2021 By: CDFW Fisheries Staff The winter months can be a great time for both the individual and family to find trout fishing opportunities in the foothills, as well as in more urban environments found in lower elevations. California’s hatcheries work to provide many opportunities for the public to fish for catchable sized rainbow trout up and down the state. To first find where these fish are being released, check out the CDFW’s Fish Planting Schedule. Secondly, to catch these fish, try several techniques that include casting spinners or spoons from shore and slowly retrieving them. Bait also works well for the shore angler, with dough bait or worms fished near the bottom – or salmon eggs fished under a bobber producing good numbers of fish. Boat anglers fishing our state’s larger lakes and reservoirs can have good days trolling flashers with spoons, or trolling stick baits 5-6 feet under the surface. And finally, the fly angler can have great days fishing with purple, orange or white streamers under the surface. Categories: Angler, Species Watch Tagged: species watch trout Related Articles July Species Watch: The Kokanee Anglers targeting Kokanee during the summer months are often very successful. Continue reading to find out tips and tricks to reeling in a kokanee this summer! Fall Species Watch: Chinook Salmon Tips for catching chinook salmon this fall! Angler Update: Winter Catch and Release Angling Tips Catch and release fishing allows anglers to enjoy California’s trout streams without overfishing them. While this is a fun and enjoyable opportunity, it is crucial that you are careful to avoid killing these fish during the catch and release season. Read tips on best practices below. Angler Update: Summer Fishing in Lake Tahoe Summer Fishing in Tahoe blog containing tips on targeting these popular species. Angler Update: Be a SUPer Angler this Summer! Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is becoming increasingly popular, read up on combining SUP and your favorite past-time: fishing! Comments are closed.