Rainbow Trout flows again at Crystal Lake

Department of Fish and Wildlife restocks L.A. County waterway with rainbow trout for the first time in years.

FALLING SPRINGS—Rainbow trout is swimming again in Crystal Lake. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced Crystal Lake would, for the first time in several years, be stocked with rainbow trout.

Crystal Lake is located in the San Gabriel Mountains, in Falling Springs (north of Azusa/Glendora). The lake can be accessed from the L.A./Orange County metro area by Highway 39 (Beach Boulevard/Azusa Avenue).

The department stopped stocking Crystal Lake with rainbow trout a few years ago due to drought conditions, low lake levels and poor water quality.

Recent rainfall and efforts by Angeles National Forest staff to improve Crystal Lakes’ water quality and habitat, however, allowed for conditions to improve and CDFW staff to allow the inland waterway to be restocked with rainbow trout.

“It’s exciting to be able to bring back this opportunity for anglers in the San Gabriel Mountains,” Inland Fisheries Environmental Scientist Jennifer Pareti said. “Prior to the drought, Crystal Lake was stocked by CDFW for more than 70 years. People often share with me their memories of catching fish as kids at Crystal Lake.”

Pareti added the department’s Mojave River Hatchery in San Bernardino County supplied the trout.

The amount of rainbow trout stocked at Crystal Lake is subject to lake and road conditions, according to CDFW staff.

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