Fifty years ago, Hat Creek, Fall River, the Eel River, and 14 other rivers and creeks were the first to be designationed as Wild Trout Waters. The designations were part of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (CDFW) new Heritage and Wild Trout Program, established – at the urging of California Trout - to protect and enhance California's wild trout fisheries while maintaining public opportunity for wild trout fishing. Today, CalTrout joins CDFW in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wild Trout Waters designation and the far-reaching impacts it's had over the years.
Click here to hear more from CDFW on this incredible 50-year milestone. And explore our Moments That Write History to learn more about CalTrout's involvement in codifying California's Heritage and Wild Trout Program.
Cover Photo: Hat Creek. Credit: Dan Rhodes.