The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), following the lead of several other Western States, created the California Heritage Trout Challenge ("CHTC") program as a way to increase awareness of native species, and showcase some of the diverse Trout that call California home.
The term Heritage Trout refers to Trout species that are endemic to the state, which means they evolved here naturally and are not an introduced species (there are a total of 11 Trout species that meet this criteria in California). To take the Challenge, anglers must catch and photograph 6 of California’s Heritage Trout within the watershed they naturally occur (for example, catching an Eagle Lake trout in Eagle Lake, CA would count for the CHTC, but catching an Eagle Lake trout that was planted into a high mountain lake or stream, would not count). Anglers who complete the CHTC earn a certificate featuring artwork of each species by renowned fish illustrator Joseph Tomelleri, as well as a hat.
This talk will be presented by members Russ Carpenter and Sarah Trenschel who are both passionate about California’s Heritage Trout. They completed the CHTC in 2016 and to this day enjoy returning to locations in the remote corners of California to enjoy these wild spaces.
Attendees can expect to learn about habitats and geographic location for each of the native Trout species that one can fish for in California. We’ll cover why this is something you should consider and how to get it done.
When: Thursday, April 23rd at 7 pm PT
Where: Virtually over Zoom (registrants will receive an email with a Zoom link to join the talk)
Registration: We have 90 spots available for this event and you can register online at ggacc.org under the Events Calendar for this calendar event.
Questions?: Reach out to Sarah Trenschel at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope this gives you an opportunity to learn about the value of the CHTC program and spend time now (while sheltering in place) planning trips for later this year.
For more information, a comprehensive guide of the CHTC from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife can be found here: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=137391&inline
Questions? Please direct your inquiries to the appropriate mail box:
Our Mailing Address: Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club · P.O. Box 591476 · San Francisco, CA 94159