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- Bigger projects. Larger scale. More areas of California.
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- Jumping on the #SundayFishSketch train with a guest sketch from one of our members.
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- RT @RiceNews: Jacob Katz of @CalTrout and Roger Cornwell of River Garden Farms in Knights Landing, discussing how #SacValley #CArice fields… ->
- RT @andrewrypel: One of my fav parts of job, fish field trips, sometimes to our backyard. This is Putah Creek in #DavisCA: A Central Valley… ->
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- If you’ve been putting off #FlyFishing in 2018, now is the time to get out there!
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- 14 miles of prime spawning & rearing habitat has been reconnected in Woodman Creek, a major tributary to the… https://t.co/CIcDDcwCcY ->
In early July of this year, California Trout began work on a major project to restore fish passage to Woodman Creek, a major tributary of the Eel River, one of California’s most significant salmon and steelhead strongholds.
Blocked by over a mile of rusted steel rail, salmon have not found their way into this watershed for over a century.
We are proud to announce that the project has been completed with 14 miles of prime spawning and rearing habitat reconnected. Woodman Creek flows once again. Adult salmon and steelhead should have no trouble swimming up this channel and high into the Woodman Creek watershed.
Over the course of 20 weeks, our contractors and field crews have worked tirelessly, excavating the old railroad embankment to create a new channel pathway of over 200 ft.
The channel below the railroad bridge is now plugged. This will prevent the stream from flowing under the railroad, instead being routed down the restored (historic) Woodman Creek channel.
This winter, flows will connect salmon and steelhead to 14 miles of spawning and rearing habitat.
A portion of the railroad grade will be left to prepare for a future “Great Redwood Trail” along the mainstem Eel River.
While flows are currently at a minimal trickle as seen in the video, this fall and winter will be a time to sit back and wait for the fish to rediscover Woodman Creek. With many miles of healthy and abundant habitat in the Eel River and Woodman Creek, it’s only a matter of time before adult runs are re-established in Woodman.
Stay tuned for updates as we continue to monitor this restored fish habitat!
Thank you to our wonderful CalTrout members, staff, and directors for your continued support of the work we do.
Special thanks to our project partners: Mike Love and Associates, Pacific Watershed Associates, Pacific Earthscape, North Coast Rail Authority, Coastal Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife – Fisheries Restoration Grant Program, Ross Taylor and Associates, David Anderson, Ron Christensen, Mickey Bailey. Restoring Woodman Creek was made possible by you!
Year of the Super Trout
By Michael Wier
2018 is hands down the best trout season I can remember in the last couple of decades! Seems like everywhere I go, I have been seeing and catching big trout. And every time I look at social media there’s another photo of a huge trout from a California fishery. It’s not just that I’m targeting bigger fish this year either. I’ve been primarily using the same techniques and flies designed to target larger fish for many years now. There’s simply just more big fish around this season.
My theory: I think there’s an age class of trout (now 4-7 years old) that survived the drought and are now thriving. During the years of drought from 2012-2016, resources were scarce. Fishery temperatures warmed up and the water level dropped down in many of our systems. As the drought worsened in 2014-2016, spawning conditions deteriorated as well. Despite these hardships, some fish prevailed. Especially in systems where trout had access to lakes or cold water springs, which allowed them to lay low and ride out the tough conditions in the rivers and streams. Then the winter of 2017 hit, one of the wettest years on record. All of our rivers, streams, and lakes received a much needed boost of cold water. Because there was so much water, many of the prime rivers were essentially inaccessible for fishing for most of that season which took a lot of pressure off the fish and gave them some time to rebound.
Winter of 2018 provided decent precipitation, though nowhere near as much as 2017. For the most part, the combination of a high water year followed by an average water year created ideal river conditions for trout as well as many other freshwater fishes. These prime river and lake conditions were optimal for successful spawning. Trout, steelhead, and salmon had good spawning conditions and so did many other species we often overlook but that are a huge part of the ecosystem and part of the food web for salmonids. Fish like sculpin, Lahontan redside, chubs, dace, pikeminnow, and various suckers. Conditions in 2018 have also been optimal for aquatic and terrestrial insects to rebound.
I believe those lucky wild trout that survived the drought are now flourishing. River conditions have been great all season and there has been plenty of food around. This, combined with less competition for those food sources, has created a class of super trout! However, all our fisheries are constantly fluctuating depending on environmental factors and these conditions won’t last forever. If you’ve been putting off fishing in 2018, now is the time to get out there.
From what I’ve seen, fishing conditions remain great across the state and fall is one of my favorite times to be on the water. Cold nights bring the water temperatures back down to prime feeding conditions for trout. The summer crowds are dying down and so are the predominant afternoon winds associated with the high-pressure bubble. And of course, you can’t beat the fall colors as our native foliage changes into its winter mode. Remember to always use good catch and release practices for wild trout, handle them with care and as always, #KeepEmWet.
Michael Wier is CalTrout’s roving videographer and storyteller. He’s quick to admit his favorite perk of his job is getting to visit some of California’s best wild trout fisheries and interacting with these beautiful creatures whether it’s photographing or catching them.
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On October 5th, California Trout and the Foothill Conservancy hosted the “Wild and Scenic Celebration!” event in Volcano, CA. About 80 attendees came to watch the film “Run Wild, Run Free” by Shane Anderson, short videos by Michael Wier, and listen to live music from the Risky Biscuits.
With the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, we’d like to take a moment and recognize California Trout’s founding members Richard May and Joe Paul. Over 45 years ago, May and Paul were instrumental in helping pass the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which has helped protect almost 200,000 miles of free-flowing rivers across our state.
It is with great pride that every year California Trout picks outstanding individuals who help carry on that legacy and award them with the Streamkeepers Award. This year we recognize and honor Katherine Evatt and Pete Bell of the Foothill Conservancy and Steve Evans of Friends of the River for their outstanding dedication to help designate 37 miles of the Mokelumne as the latest addition to the state wild and scenic network.
After a 10 years of hard work, the Mokelumne River was officially designated a Wild and Scenic River, signed into law on June 27, 2018 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, becoming the 12th river in our state with this protection status. The Mokelumne River offers critical, cold-water habitat for native salmonids. It is neither stocked nor managed as a fishery in any of the protected sections yet robust populations of wild trout persist in all of these reaches. This is a testament to the quality of the habitat and presence of cold, clean water.
Congrats again to Katherine Evatt and Pete Bell on receiving the Streamkeepers Award. Special thanks to our own Michael Wier for his involvement in the designation process and presenting the awards. Thank you to those of you who came out last Friday to the little town of Volcano CA to help us celebrate 50 years of Wild and Scenic Rivers. Cheers to 50 more years to come!