Why is the California state fish golden trout?
They were designated as the official state fish of California in 1947, in recognition of their great beauty and because they are native only to California. Other state symbols, such as the golden poppy — the state flower, were also designated for the same reason; they are distinctive to California.
Does California have two fish?
Clearly, it was a tough choice, because California landed on not one, but two state fish: Golden Trout and Garibaldi.
What if you catch a garibaldi?
Thus the take of garibaldi by anglers in California has been illegal for over 60 years. However, a limited commercial take of garibaldi was permitted until 1995 when the legislature passed a bill (which Governor Wilson signed) placing a three-year ban on the commercial collection of garibaldi.