Trabuco Creek: Trout Fishing in Orange County’s Mountain Stream

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Trout anglers in Southern California take note: Trabuco Creek, Orange County’s mountain stream, is about to spring into action.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled Trabuco Creek’s first 2024 trout stocking sometime during the week beginning April 21.

The area stocked in this stream is upstream of the community of Trabuco Canyon along Trabuco Creek Road, several miles upstream of Live Oak Canyon Road and O’Neil Regional Park.

This small stream suffers during drought periods and can go completely dry in significant sections. However, during wetter years, it can be stocked several times when stream flows and temperatures allow the survival of cold-loving trout.

Spring is often your best bet for good catches here after it’s stocked.

The typical trout fishing methods, including artificial flies and lures, will work here.

The stream runs through the Cleveland National Forest. You’ll need an Adventure Pass, which now includes a digital option.

Trabuco Canyon Road can be pretty rough. Some visitors suggest high-clearance vehicles.

Note that there is a stream section downriver from the stocked area where fishing is prohibited. See the annual regulations for current rules.

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