Southern California Region

At one time, Southern California was home to miles of steelhead spawning grounds along a number of coastal rivers including the Santa Clara, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Santa Margarita and Los Angeles.

Sadly, dams, water diversions, development and poor water quality have drastically reduced – in some cases nearly wiping out – the area’s steelhead populations. And coastal Southern California has all but disappeared from many fly anglers’ radar screens.

Matilija Dam on the Ventura River

The silted-in Matilija Dam blocks steelhead migration

Recognizing this dire situation, a number of diverse groups, including CalTrout, formed a coalition in 2000 – The Southern California Steelhead Recovery Coalition. In 2012, CalTrout, with funding from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, formed the South Coast Steelhead Coalition and the Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition.

The Coalitions are focused on arresting and reversing the decline of Southern California’s anadromous fish populations.

CalTrout and the Coalitions it is leading are working to:

  1. Remove impediments to Southern California steelhead in the region’s coastal rivers
  2. Ensure adequate water flows from dams and diversions to support steelhead

Meet Kurt Zimmerman – Southern California Regional Manager

Map of Southern California Region

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click for detailed map in .pdf format

Current Southern California Region projects (click project to learn more)

SanDOC Watersheds Restoration
Santa Monica Mountains Restoration
Santa Ynez River Restoration
Santa Clara River Restoration
Ventura River Restoration