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Joni 01-25-2011 09:37 AM

Is there a difference?
Is a Yellow Trout also a Golden?

Frank Whiton 01-25-2011 10:14 AM

Re: Is there a difference?
Hi Joni,

First let me say that I am not a fish biologist and I am just passing along information I have read. However, I have caught California Golden Trout.

The California Golden Trout originated in the Kern Plateau. This fish are a subspecies of Rainbow trout that live at 8000 to 12000 elevations. They have been transplanted to Wyoming and New Mexico. The biggest fish every recorded came from the Wind Mountains in Wyoming.

There are other yellow trout but they don't have the color or markings of the California Golden Trout. Most yellow trout come from hatcheries and are also some form of Rainbow Trout. So you might say they are related but definitely not the same as the California Golden Trout.


California Golden Trout

Yellow Trout

yatahey 01-25-2011 10:14 AM

Re: Is there a difference?
Never heard of a Yellow Trout.

jpbfly 01-25-2011 10:55 AM

Re: Is there a difference?
Joni,don't know if there's a some reservoirs here we can fish yellow,golden or aguabonita trout.
and blue trout

Joni 01-25-2011 10:59 AM

Re: Is there a difference?
WOW! Now I really love BLUE!!!

jpbfly 01-25-2011 11:12 AM

Re: Is there a difference?
Was sure you would Joni:D

Jimmie 01-25-2011 02:37 PM

Re: Is there a difference?
Since those little trout live in my back yard, and I didn't know the answer I studied. The answer "yes", and "no". The native Ca. Goldens were spread all over the country. Many placed in other sections of the Sierras. Most Goldens taken from their natural habitat have hybridized with the Rainbow (and can get big). There are big efforts to keep other trout species out of their habitat in the upper Kern creeks.

Native Golden: 5-7 inches; 10inches is large and rare; lots of spots on top and tail; leading white edge on fins tips; gold body; red lateral line; 10 dark spots on each side of the body. Just like the picture Frank posted.
*here's the tell-the darker and more pronounced the spots on the lateral line the closer to the genetic native.

btlguide 01-25-2011 03:13 PM

Re: Is there a difference?
Amazing looking fish regardless.

Joni 01-25-2011 03:31 PM

Re: Is there a difference?
It is stuff like this that confuses me (which isn't hard...LOL)

palomino trout - Google Search

Jimmie 01-25-2011 04:33 PM

Re: Is there a difference?
Holy cow! Same fish; many different names. I'm confused too:).

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