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.

Download (PDF, Unknown)

A Sign of the Times

Yesterday was a historic day and a sign of the times. 

The main stem of the Truckee river has been disconnected from Lake Tahoe since last October.  Below the spillway is a large pool below the Hwy 89 bridge.  The bridge is dubbed Fanny Bridge because tourist lean over it to look at the HUGE trout that have lived in that hole for decades.  Fishing is not allowed within 1,000 feet and they have become a major tourist attraction.  I have started many a guide trip by stopping there to let people look at and feed the massive fish.  There used to be fish pellet dispensers where you could buy a handful of fish food for a quarter.

Photo credit: Stefan McLeod

Photo credit: Stefan McLeod

Because the pool has had no flow for so long the temperatures were already climbing and the dissolved oxygen was getting low.  The water was super murky and brown when it should be crystal clear.  Local guides and conservation organizations took drastic measures and talked the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Tahoe City into letting us rescue the fish and put them into Lake Tahoe.  The pool is too deep to electro shock and too wide to seine net, so we decided to go with hook and line sampling.  Local fishing guides and Trout Unlimited volunteers turned out to help in the effort.  Thirty fish were caught all together, the biggest being the one I caught, shown here.

Sad day for the Truckee but good to see these fish relocated to some better habitat for the time being.

– Mike Wier, CalTrout Fly Fishing Ambassador

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.

[Read more…]

The Week’s Newsbytes

Water Board Supports Searsville Dam Removal

In a letter to Stanford, the Water Board says it supports removal of Searsville Dam.

“We have been, and continue to be, supportive of alternatives that focus on dam removal,” the letter says. The dam “remains a complete barrier to steelhead migration, greatly reducing the amount of habitat that is accessible, and placing this steelhead population at much greater risk of extinction.”

Read the full story in The Almanac.

What are you waiting for Stanford?


The Week’s Newsbytes

The Week’s Newsbytes

Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition Update

scsclogoSanta Clara River Steelhead Coalition Efforts Forge On

The CalTrout chaired Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition has been extended from June 2015 through May 2017; with generous funds from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP), and additional support from The Rose Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Patagonia, Southern California Edison, and Friends of the Santa Clara River.

The Coalition will pursue six planning and/or implementation projects, such as the Harvey Diversion and 12th Street Infiltration Gallery Fish Passage Restoration Projects led by CalTrout (Read more about 12th Street below), as well as the Santa Clara River Estuary Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Feasibility Study (FRGP 2013); and, IRWM Prop 84 Arundo donax removal and riparian habitat restoration project (read more  on that project here), led by Coalition members the Wishtoyo Foundation and University of California Santa Barbara Riparian Invasion Research Laboratory respectively.

A key recovery strategy has been and will continue to be outreach, education and community engagement. Further objectives of the renewal are to grow and strengthen the existing Coalition of partners. This will be done through a minimum of eight outreach events, from large-scale participation events to a hosted Water Talks Program; expanding on the Mount Shasta model, and sharing our lessons and projects at scientific conferences.

The Coalition is also pleased to announce it has secured its third California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program project to fund the 12th Street Infiltration Gallery Fish Passage Restoration Project

This project is located on the main-stem of the Santa Clara River – a “salmonid   stronghold” that historically supported a steelhead run of 9,000 adults. CalTrout is working with a private diversion operator to replace a gigantic earthen diversion/sand berm; which irrigates local citrus orchards, with an infiltration gallery (essentially an enormous French drain comprised of a matrix of perforated pipes).   The project is truly a “win-win” for environmental and agricultural stakeholders as it will restore fish passage, ensure reliable water infrastructure in this drought era, and reduce the landowner’s recurrent operational and maintenance costs to rebuild the diversion every year.

The Coalition hosts a webpage, Facebook Page and Twitter Account @SCRSC1, and will be producing a host of outreach materials and videos to support this strategy.


TNC Google Image 20140429(1)

CalTrout Supports Drought Legislation


March 19, 2015


Severn Williams,

510-336-9566, c: 415-336-9623

Statement from California Trout in support of drought legislation

california-drought-desalination-2Sacramento, Calif. – Watershed conservation and fish advocacy organization California Trout today announced its support of efforts by legislative leaders and Governor Brown to address California’s drought crisis by enacting emergency drought legislation. Among other actions, the proposed legislation would accelerate the allocation process for funds raised through Proposition 1E and Proposition 1.

In response to today’s announcement regarding the proposed legislation, Curtis Knight, executive director of California Trout, issued the following statement:

“In proposing this emergency drought legislation, Governor Brown, Assembly Speaker Atkins and Senate President pro Tempore de León have signaled that they understand the dire circumstances facing people and wildlife as this drought drags on.

“Climate models predict drought may be the new normal in our state. Many of California’s native trout, steelhead and salmon – all of which rely on cold, clean water for survival – are in danger of extinction within the next century. The right approach to water management has the potential to simultaneously meet the needs of people and fish, and we think much of what was proposed today could do just that. In particular, focusing investment on improvements in water management on the Yolo Bypass has the potential to dramatically increase flood protection for Central Valley residents while also supporting the recovery of imperiled native fish.

“Protecting water quality for fish means that water is also clean for human consumption. Past droughts have resulted in innovative water conservation measures. This drought provides that same urgency for the public and policymakers to become more aware of the inefficiencies of water use and look for creative ways to get the most benefit from limited water supplies.

“We are grateful for the vision of our leaders in Sacramento, and we hope that as this funding is allocated it focuses on the types of win-win solutions that benefit both people and wildlife. For example, investments in improving existing groundwater storage and maximizing the resilience of local water supplies through programs like water recycling and storm water capture all have the potential to improve outcomes for both people and native fish.”


The Week’s Newsbytes