Palomino Trouts, What are They and How to Catch Them?

The Palomino Trout belongs to the type of fishes who have made it on the Hall of Fame. Yes, fishes have their own little hall of fame too. But, in their world, the Hall of Fame refers to the visibility of the fishes on the anglers’ eyes. They are the fishes who are mostly the targets of fishermen. Such as the famous Palomino Trout.

This article will tell you about all the things you need to know when it comes to the Palomino Trout. Its habitat, behavior, nature and other information in that light. Most importantly this article will be your teacher and guide on how to effectively catch the Palomino Trout.


Long before the Palomino Trout was brought attention too, it was first classified to be under the rainbow trout’s family. It carries the name Salmo Mykiss Agua-bonita and this was before further research and studies was made. Years had passed and additional science was created, it changed its name to as Oncorhynchus Mykiss Aguabonita but still belongs to the subspecies of the rainbow trouts. Together with the Golden Trout are the Redband Trouts who are also subspecies of the Rainbow Trouts.

Later this decade, at around 2014, the Golden Trout (Oncorhynchus Mykiss Aguabonita) is now recognized as an independent specie. Which means, the Golden Trouts are no longer subspecies of the said Rainbow Trout family.


The Palomino Trout initially resulted when the typical rainbow trout and West Virginia golden trout underwent the process of cross-breeding.

Years and years of research and further study was conducted in order to develop something what is now a trouter’s favorite. The Benner Spring Research Station in Bellefonte, Center Country was the primary laboratory to where this experimentation took place. Then, Voila! The palomino trout was developed.

It was an approximate of five decades ago wherein the pioneers or the fresh batch of palominos were born. The palomino trout started inhabiting in small lakes. Five years later after their birth year, the palomino trout began to increase in number as they now took over both streams and lakes.

The most accurate name for the Palomino Trout is the Golden Rainbow Trout. The Trout tribe is quite complex when you really want to understand them all. Because, Golden Trouts are different from the Palomino Trouts. Especially, those who are California locals. The main difference that both specie carry is the coloration of their body.

Characteristics of a Golden Trout

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission had once explained a clear statement when it comes to the Trout species. They stated,

“The golden rainbow trout originated from a single rainbow trout that was spawned in the fall of 1954 in West Virginia. The trout’s body color was a chimera of golden and normally pigmented tissue. When this fish was crossed with a normally pigmented rainbow trout, the offspring (what we have come to refer to as palomino rainbow trout) were lighter in color.”

The Golden Trout, ironic to its name, is a colorful type of aquatic mammal. This fish consists of different, multiple colors. Hence, it being classified before under the family of Rainbow trouts.

The Golden Trout consists of golden flanks with red horizontal stripes along the lateral lines on its each side. Furthermore, it also has 10 dark, vertical, oval marks. These oval marks are labelled as parr marks.

The different parts of the fins namely, the dorsal, lateral and anal fins have white leading edges. In order to not get confused with all the terms and scientific labels, just remember this. The golden trout is to be distinguished from the similarly named golden rainbow trout, which is also known as the Palomino Trout. 

Are they Easy to Catch?

That is a question every angler wants to answer. The Palomino trout is a sneaky fish. Its looks are pretty deceiving in some scenarios. Come to think of it, it has bright and very visible colors, yet, they are considered to be one of those types of fishes that are hard to catch. Ironic, right? Do not worry because this article will give you all the effective tips that you need to know. In order, to equip you with the knowledge to further your abilities when it comes to catching these palomino trouts.

How to Catch Palomino Trouts?

The Palomino Trout is considered a trophy fish. Why? Because of the obstacles and challenges you face on your journey to catch them. They are considered to be rare catches these days. However, only some knows the tricks and hacks on how to successfully catch the palomino trouts.

There are a lot of ways, in different variations, on how to effectively catch palomino trouts.

There are number of factors that you need to consider beforehand to assure a successful palomino trout mission. You need to determine the right location to where you will catch them, the perfect bait to lure them in and the tactics on how to properly and effectively capture them.

Where is the Perfect Place to Find the Palomino Trout?

If you really aim to catch a satisfying size and number of palomino trouts then Pennsylvania is the place to go to. Specifically, Mahoning Creek in Pennsylvania.

Although, yes, Palomino trouts can be found anywhere. But, their number and visibility rate are quite low compared to Mahoning Creek, Pennsylvania. They are scattered across the United States and you will be lucky if you can catch a minimum of three. On the other hand, the Eastern boundaries holds the largest population of the palomino trout. Especially, in Mahoning Creek, Pennsylvania in particular. This creek is the main headquarters of the palomino trouts. It houses the largest palomino trout that can be recorded all over the world. The palomino trout grows as heavy as up to 13 pounds.

What is the Perfect Bait for the Palomino Trout?

The Palomino Trout is a smart and stubborn fish. It is not easily caught no matter what bait or trout you use. Basically, the palomino trout is teaching us the essence of trial and error. You can opt to choose freshly caught worms or insects to serve as bait or rainbow lures. Either way, the capital to catch a palomino trout is determination and a very long stretch of patience.

There are cases in which a freshly caught worm is used and the palomino trout buys the bait and eats it. However, even before you can reel it in, it had already spitted out the bait. Same goes for using rainbow lures, it may just swim around it for seconds, and swim off. It is like it knows that it is being hunted or some sort of. Nonetheless, heavier baits or lures are found to have worked for catching the attention of palomino trouts.

Effective Tips on How to Catch Palomino Trouts

There are no distinct and exact measurements as to how to catch a palomino trout. As rare as it is, the solution to the problem of how to catch it is also rare. So, we would still be taking advantage of the trial and error process.

On the lighter note, there are certain key points that were tested and proven to have worked for a number of palomino catches.

1. Time of Day

Surprisingly, the time in a day is a significant factor that can help boost your chances of catching a palomino trout. In most cases, an evening setup is usually the one that works. For the reason that, palomino trouts are extremely sensitive to motions. Even just a slight movement of your shadow can trigger the palomino trout to drift away.

2. Always Carry a Fishing Net with you

Palomino trouts are very energetic and powerful fishes. When they are hooked on tight and seem to have no more way out, they jump furiously just to unhook themselves. So, reeling the palomino straight a way or lifting it up from the surface of the water is not a good idea. In order to effectively catch a palomino trout, you need to somewhat mimic its behavior. Not in a literal sense of course. This means, when you see that you have hooked a palomino trout reel it slowly. Make sure that you are not going against its force. As soon as it is already near you, grab the net, dip it down the waters with its hole only showing in the surface and slowly let the palomino trout swim right in the net.

3. Palomino Trouts are Sensitive fishes

Always be extra careful when moving around the parameters wherein you spotted a palomino trout. As much as possible, stand 10-15 ft afar from the palomino trout’s coordinates. A sight of your shadow can easily disturb a palomino trout. Furthermore, the ripples in the water that the fishing line creates upon hitting the surface right after casting is also a red flag for palomino trouts. Which means, an extra supply of patience is required in this face off with the palomino trout. Upon casting your line, it is a normal reaction for the trout to swim away. Just be still, wait for a couple of seconds or even minutes. If you are lucky, the palomino trout will devour your bait. If not, just cast again. Until, it finally bites.

To Wrap it Up

The Palomino trout is not just a rare fish but also a hard one to catch. Therefore, all you need is the patience and determination. Most importantly, the trial and error ability. Each palomino trout reacts differently. Hence, there are also different approaches to catch them.




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