Fishing enthusiasts take note! East Bay Regional Park District is planting some 500 pounds of lightning trout this week in each of four nearby lakes: Del Valle and Shadow Cliffs in the Livermore-Pleasanton area, as well as Quarry Lakes in Fremont and Lake Chabot in Castro Valley.

Lightning trout are golden in color with a bright red stripe along their sides. “They often look like neon lights shooting through the water,” according to a Park District statement.

Lightning trout do not reproduce in nature, but are bred in hatcheries. The District has been trying for years to get a supply to stock its lakes, but they have been hard to come by.

These come from Mount Lassen Trout Farm where, according to an online source, they were first hybridized by crossing a gold-colored rainbow male with a standard hatchery rainbow.

They are known as a great fighting fish, with meat resembling that of a salmon, according to the Park District. At this time of year, they typically bite in the mornings and evenings.

“Lightning trout are a beautiful, unique fish that you don’t get to see every day,” said Park District Fisheries Program Manager Joe Sullivan. “We’ve been trying to get lightning trout for quite some time, but it’s been difficult the last couple of years due to the drought.”

East Bay Regional Park District plants 130,000 pounds of hatchery-raised fish in its lakes every year.

Daily fishing permits and a state fishing license are required to fish in regional lakes. For avid anglers, the Regional Parks Foundation sells an annual angler membership, which covers the cost of parking and fishing permits.

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