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Golden Trout in Alberta (Oncorhynchus Aguabonita)

Golden Trout

Golden Trout Identification

  1. orange/red colored cheeks
  2. horizontal band along the lateral line
  3. dark oval marks
  4. Dorsal, lateral, anal fins have white leading edges

Golden Trout Description

Golden trout are not native to Canada, but are most commonly found in California. Introduced to Alberta in the early 1960's they are still very rare, and are only found in a few locations in the southern Eastern Slopes. They have been a part of the Alberta stock program but are only distributed in low quantities at select locations.

Quick Facts About Golden Trout

  • Zones: ES1
  • Diet: insects, worms, planktons, fish eggs
  • Habitat: 10,000 feet above sea level, cold clear water
  • Breeding: late spring, early summer
  • Alberta Record: 4lb 6.5oz