The Five Rivers Challenge aims to raise awareness of the epic trout waters of Northern California – each being one of the original designated wild trout waters back in 1971. CalTrout was instrumental in establishing the Wild Trout Program 45 years ago, beginning a new era in fisheries management in California. CalTrout has a rich history in this area as Hat Creek was the site of its first major restoration project.
Today, Hat Creek is again the site of a large restoration project. Teams competing in the Challenge may fish near the woody debris structures CalTrout installed earlier this year and see the new bridge over Carbon Flats. It’s been a productive fishery during the last two days with Thursday’s teams of Steve MCanne/Alec Gerbec and Stephen Johnson/Armondo Quintero catching a total of 358.5 fish inches!
The Fall River, where CalTrout and UC Davis Center for Watershed Science are monitoring fish via PIT tags to track wild trout migration, growth rates, genetics, and population structure, has been the lightest contributor to fish caught. After two days of competition just 143.5 fish inches have been netted.
The team of Steve McCanne and Alec Gerbec still lead the competition with a two day total of 1,075.5 fish inches caught. Check back tomorrow for the final results!