• Marissa Carlisle


    National Recreation Area California


Brook trout swimming in a creek
Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)
Whiskeytown Lake and its tributaries support both native and non-native species of fish. Two federally Threatened anadromous fish species, spring-run chinook salmon and Central Valley (Evolutionary Significant Unit) steelhead trout, spawn in portions of lower Clear Creek below Whiskeytown Dam. These species are closely monitored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In order to maintain recreational opportunities, the California Department of Fish and Game regularly stocks rainbow trout and brook trout in the lake and some perennial streams during the spring and summer months. Historically, brown trout and kokanee salmon were also stocked in the lake and can still be found there today.

Download Whiskeytown's fish list (pdf, 41K).

Did You Know?

Bald Eagles at Headquarters March 28, 2010 022

Whiskeytown is home to four nesting pairs of Bald Eagles.