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.
Recognizing this dire situation, a number of diverse groups, including CalTrout, formed a coalition in 2000 – The Southern California Steelhead Recovery Coalition.
The group is charged with arresting and reversing the decline of Southern California’s anadromous fish populations.
Specifically, CalTrout is working to:
- Remove impediments to Southern California steelhead in the region’s coastal rivers
- Ensure adequate water flows from dams and diversions to support steelhead