Native California Rainbow Trout

rainbow trout

In 1855, the first California rainbow trout were “discovered” in Redwood Creek (Berkeley) and named by Dr. W.P. Gibbons, the founder of the California Academy of Sciences. Of course, native Californians were well aware of the existence of these fish long before that.

Both wild and hatchery strains of rainbow trout continue to exist in waters throughout the state.

About Ethan Rotman

Ethan Rotman (Bayareatic) manages and coordinates programs that hatch fish in classrooms for the San Francisco Bay Area. He also chairs the committee that manages these programs throughout the state. Ethan has worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for over 20 years.
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2 Responses to Native California Rainbow Trout

  1. Felicity says:

    Redwood Creek is in Redwood Regional Park in the hills of Oakland, about 20 minutes south of Berkeley. It’s a beautiful creek with an historical marker naming the discovery spot!


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