Based on visual observations and growing concern about the condition of Hot Creek, CalTrout has been working with local fly fishing guide, Kevin Peterson, and the Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) to assess the condition of this iconic fishery.
CalTrout, working with DFW and Eastern Sierra Fishing Guides Association, conducted electro-shocking yesterday to get a sense of the numbers and species distribution in Hot Creek. Along with the preliminary fish survey work, CalTrout is monitoring water temperatures and will be partnering with DFW to study the insect populations to better understand the condition of the food-web and if or how it be impacting the fishery.
In October, CalTrout will again partner with DFW and the Eastern Sierra Fishing Guides Association to implement a comprehensive fish population study of Hot Creek. The big cause of lower fish numbers relative to years past is very likely a result of four years of serious drought and the lack of flushing flows needed to “cleanse” the streambed of sediments. The on-going effort is a good example of CalTrout’s approach to restoration — engaging in regional fisheries issues in a collaborative manner while using science as a basis for decision making.
Photo: © Jim Stimson Photography