Can you recall a time when the Santa Ynez River was one of the most productive Southern California steelhead rivers? Or perhaps you’ve only heard tales of people fishing Los Angeles River near Steelhead Park, hoping to fill their creel with the formidable fish.
If you want the full story on Southern California steelhead−their history, why their population has declined so drastically, and what conservation groups have been and are currently doing to recover this threatened species−check out the story below made by US Fish and Wildlife Service. We’re excited, but not surprised, to see CalTrout’s Dr. Sandra Jacobson (a geneticist and avid fly fisher of 35 years) featured prominently for her incredible work leading the South Coast Steelhead Coalition. “Jacobson’s drive for success is contagious, and she is as positive as she is clear about the coalition’s goals, “we are implementing the Fisheries Service’s Recovery Plan, and their steelhead expert, Mark Capelli, provides insight as an active member of the coalition. We are committed to improving habitat and stream connectivity for steelhead. An effort of this scale takes time and people, and this group is filled with great people who are working to make a difference,” she said.”
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Wow, to think that healthy steelhead populations may be able to return to some of their historic range in southern Calif is just amazing! Keep up the great work!
Just following up on a salmon (steelhead?) I caught trolling for Bonita between Dana Point and San Clemente circa 1967!
Not sure why this memory flasehd back today, but thats another discussion!
I now believe this fish was from the san Onofre river area near Camp Pendleton, but it was a TOTAL surprise on that day.
Are there salmon or steelhead still south of Newport beach?