When Does Trout Season Open in California?

The state of California does not prohibit trout fishing during a particular time of the year throughout the state. However, certain districts within the state place general restrictions on trout fishing, such as requiring steelhead trout to be released unharmed.

Not all species of trout that are native to California are active year round, and while California doesn't have a specific trout season, it has a tight fishing code that regulates the type of bait and hook that can be used, the locations where fishing is permitted, the type of fish that can be bagged or must be returned and more.