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[*] posted on 4-15-2017 at 07:12 AM

I have heard of Goldens being seen in the area, (native to the upper Kern River water shed) can anyone confirm this or just wishful thinking?
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[*] posted on 4-15-2017 at 07:25 AM

I have only read of the Nelson trout in Baja, Jim. They only existed in one creek until C.E. Utt transplanted them to others in the 1930s. If anyone has data on other species in the San Pedro Martir, please post.

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[*] posted on 4-15-2017 at 09:30 AM

I have caught all four species of "golden" trout (Volcano Creek, SF Kern, Kern River Rainbow, and Little Kern Golden) I believe the Baja creeks water is too warm for those species. Especially the Volcano Creek and SF Kern subspecies. They are rarely found below 9000 feet, and I fish Cottonwood Lakes every year at 11,050 (same as top of Mammoth!) feet. It's golden trout heaven.

Actually, some of those Nelson's Baja trout were brought to the states in the distant past and hatchery raised as a warm water trout species possibly useful to stock lower level creeks with.

Also, rumor has it that the wild trout (if any are left) in the WF San Luis Rey River are a population of Santo Domingo (Nelson's) trout. If I ever make it out to Barker Valley to catch one, I will at least know if the rumor is true or not.

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[*] posted on 5-6-2017 at 08:19 AM

Amazing! Those little fish are quite resilient! Nice work and thank you for the post!
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