Sportsmen Support Klamath Dam Removal

The push for congressional approval for the Klamath dam removal is now.

CalTrout, along with a host of other organizations, fly shops, and outfitters, submitted this joint letter to California’s congressmen seeking their support for the Klamath Basin Settlement Agreements.

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Water Talks: New Groundwater Policy and Regional Science – April 30th 2015

For Immediate Release: April 9th, 2015

Meadow Fitton, California Trout 530.859.1411

Siskiyou County-CA
Shasta County-CA

 How will the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act change groundwater management in California? What is the basic groundwater science of the volcanic Northern California Cascade region?

California Trout invites the public to an educational Water Talks presentation, “New Groundwater Policy and Regional Science” on Thursday April 30th 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum located at 1 North Old Stage Road in Mt. Shasta. The program is free and open to everyone.

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Plan to Raise Shasta Dam Takes Hit

It looks like the plan to raise the 521-foot-high Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet has encountered a hurdle that even the strongest salmon couldn’t clear.

As reported in the San Jose Mercury News,

Biologists at the main federal agency that oversees the Endangered Species Act have concluded they cannot endorse a $1.1 billion plan to raise the height of the dam at California’s largest reservoir, Shasta Lake, because of its impact on endangered salmon.

CalTrout published a op-ed on the issue back in September of 2013 and are delighted with the findings by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.  In that op-ed, Curtis Knight, Executive Director of CalTrout, stated,

Shasta Dam is clearly an engineering marvel. It’s our mission to see that it doesn’t become a larger environmental disaster.

Its impacts on California’s fisheries have already been sizable. But we believe proper management and a little vision — like the very promising restoration of wetlands and floodplain rearing habitat — mean future generations of Californians won’t view Shasta Dam as the engineering marvel that killed California’s once-abundant salmon and steelhead fisheries.

To read the full story in the Mercury News, click here.  For the op-ed piece, click here.


A salmon success story during the California drought

The Shasta River is an important and productive spring creek tributary to the Klamath River. As the last major tributary to the Klamath River before Iron Gate Dam, the salmon and steelhead populations here will be the primary sources to recolonize above the Klamath dams once they are removed in 2020. Populations of coho salmon are low and there is increased pressure for private landowners to take action to improve habitat for this species.

To address this conflict, CalTrout, The Nature Conservancy and the Farm Bureau have been working with 10 landowners to identify incentives for private landowners to improve conditions for coho salmon through a state and federal Safe Harbor Agreement.

The success story of Big Springs Creek, a tributary to Shasta River, as reported in the California WaterBlog,  is a harbinger of the things to come from CalTrout’s and partners’ current work.

With habitat recovery in Shasta Basin now underway, other basin landowners can help sustain it. Salmon restoration efforts in the region already enjoy broad support and collaboration among public, private and non-profit entities. Several measures are already established, including controls on irrigation runoff, removal of barriers to fish passage and water transactions that increase streamflows for fish at biologically important times.

Conservation activities at the basin scale are necessary to develop and maintain salmon and steelhead habitat. However, certain ecologically important river reaches are paramount to successful recovery. Good stewardship of these critical reaches leverages the value of all conservation efforts in the basin.

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CalTrout Partners with The Nature Conservancy for 10/17-18 Shasta Open House

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) sends their invitation to the annual Open House at the Shasta Big Springs Ranch, on Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th.  Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  Stream-side chats with expert resource professionals will occur at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m both days.  Don’t miss CalTrout’s Curtis Knight speaking on Spring Creek Food-Webs on Friday October 17th at 11 AM.

Fall Chinook salmon will be in the river.  Past years have afforded spectators an opportunity to see spawning salmon, as well as enjoy up close views of the Shasta Valley and its wildlife.  Fun and educational opportunities will be available, with experts on hand to answer your questions.

Pack your picnic and come spend the day on the Shasta River, at the Shasta Big Springs Ranch!

California Trout is a conservation partner in the 2014 Open House, with CalTrout folks Meadow Fitton and Ally Sherlock spearheading coordination of this year’s event in collaboration TNC’s Mount Shasta office.

For more information, see the attached flyer or call Ally Sherlock at 530-436-5056

F3T Coming to Redding


Now in its 8th year, the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) is fly fishing’s largest independent film event and is coming to Redding’s Cascade Theatre on October 4th, 2014, presented by CalTrout.

Featuring fly fishing adventure films from around the world like Long Live the King, North of Wild and Blood Knot, this is an evening you don’t want to miss.

The Redding F3T show is presented by California Trout in partnership with Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers. Proceeds from the evening will fund CalTrout’s conservation work around the state including the Hat Creek and Fall River Restoration Projects and work on the McCloud and the Shasta Rivers, along with helping to fund STFF’s clubhouse renovations.

Get your tickets today! Tickets can be purchased online here or at The Fly Shop in Redding.

Doors open at 6:00 PM; show starts at 7:00 PM

Eiler Fire Threatens Hat Creek

Two large wildfires burning in the Northern California threaten fisheries and the Hat Creek Restoration Site. The Eiler fire is still only 20% contained and burning less then 10 miles from our Hat Creek Restoration site. The Bald Fire is 30% contained and still threatens the town of Burney. Cassel, Johnson Park and Big Eddy Estates have all been evacuated and a Evacuation Advisory is still in effect for the town of Burney. 

For updates on the fire see the stories at:


HCRP Crowdfunding Goal Surpassed

We’re thrilled to announce that we surpassed the goal of $25,000 for our Hat Creek Restoration Project crowdfunding campaign.  Almost $11,000 was raised through the Indiegogo platform and an additional $22,500 was donated directly to CalTrout bringing the total amount to $33,420. The donations secure a matching grant from Orvis and bring the total funding for the 3-year project to $1.15M.

We’d like to recognize and give special thanks to Sherri Wood whose generous donation on behalf of the World of Outdoors Foundation (WOOD Foundation) put us well above our mark. The $20,000 donation was made in memory of her husband, David, an avid fly fisherman who loved Hat Creek and would certainly appreciate the work being done to restore a robust, vibrant trout fishery for future generations to experience.

Each and every contribution, large and small, will help to bring Hat Creek back to its glory. Thanks to all who supported this important project.

CalTrout Thanks Senators for Introducing Klamath Basin Legislation

California Trout, along with other organizations, extended our thanks to Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley and California Senators Feinstein and Boxer for their work on drafting legislation for the Klamath Basin settlement agreements.

CalTrout is a signatory to the Agreements which will, among others things, restore access to over 400 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead through the removal of four dams on the mainstem Klamath, provide certainty to water users, promote economic stability and help resolve decades of water disputes.

We will continue to provide updates on the bill’s progress. You can read more about the legislation in today’s Times-Standard article.


May 21, 2014


Severn Williams, 510-336-9566


Klamath Falls, Ore. – Senator Ron Wyden introduced a bill today in the United States Senate aimed at implementing hard-won negotiated agreements among a wide variety of stakeholders in the Klamath Basin. The agreements establish a water sharing plan aimed at supporting ranchers and farmers, Tribes, native fisheries and bird refuges in the basin.

In response to Senator Wyden’s leadership in establishing a brighter economic and environmental future for all Klamath Basin residents, agreement stakeholders issued the following statement:

“We thank Senator Ron Wyden for working tirelessly to help us find a lasting solution to our water sharing challenges in the Klamath Basin. We are hopeful that this legislation will finally bring an end to more than a century of challenging times in our community. People came together from all corners of the basin to hammer out these agreements, and the give and take has not always been easy. We are grateful to Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley, Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer for sponsoring this important legislation. Similarly, Governor Kitzhaber and other leaders who have supported our local process have given all basin residents a reason to hope for a brighter future here for our children, our grandchildren, and the fish and wildlife that rely on this region’s natural resources for survival.”

This statement was released on behalf of:

American Rivers
California Trout
Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR)
Karuk Tribe
Klamath Water Users Association
The Nature Conservancy
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA)
Salmon River Restoration Council
Sustainable Northwest
Trout Unlimited
Upper Klamath Water Users

For those interested in the history and details, you can read Senator Wyden’s address to Congress here.

CalTrout Launches Hat Creek Restoration Project Site

With CalTrout’s Hat Creek Restoration Project kicking into high gear, we want to be sure our members and supporters are kept abreast of the latest developments in this 3-year, $1.1 MM  endeavor.  To that end, we’ve created this HCRP micro-site where you can find all you’ve ever wanted to know about Hat Creek, the project plans and the partners with whom we’re collaborating.  We’ll be posting frequently with the latest news and developments so bookmark it, share it, and visit often.

We’ll also be posting to Facebook and tweeting from the field #HatCreek so follow that too!