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What is a Golden Trout

Golden Trout : A Guide to Golden Trout

The golden trout is one elusive species of trout, to be sure. Golden trout have very limited range, as they are only found in high alpine lakes and streams found in the Rocky Mountains and the Cascades. Because of this, reaching good golden trout waters is no easy task – usually requiring a long hike or horse pack in.

Additionally, due to the environment in which the golden trout live in (very cold, low nutrient water), golden trout are generally quite small, as there is just not enough food to support larger trout.

Golden trout, despite the relatively low fishing pressure they receive, can be somewhat difficult to catch, as they tend to be fickle about what they eat. Moreover, not all high alpine lakes and rivers contain these trout – so simply locating waters that have good golden trout populations can be an effort in frustration.

That said, since golden trout live in the most beautiful scenery in the United States, a day spent looking for a fishing for golden trout can never be wasted – even if you don’t catch any. For an angler looking to catch trout in a splendid and scenic environment, chasing the golden trout is the way go.

Picture of a Golden Trout. The gold color of
the Golden Trout, along with the pink/red stripe,
makes the fish hard to mistake for anything else.

It’s hard to miss a golden trout, as the name of the trout says it all. These trout are golden in color and can’t be mistaken really for anything else. The golden trout also has a scattering of black spots and a red striping along its lateral line, belly and gill plates.

Since golden trout are not very common, it is recommended that any anglers who catch a golden trout release it instead of eating it. For the angler who wants something to eat, go get some brook trout instead. Brookies are usually found in the same waters as golden trout are, but are not nearly as rare and, in most anglers’ opinion, taste better too.

~Ref:, Aug 2010