Thanks to our Citizen Scientist monitors for a successful June monitoring event! It's nice to see conditions with a bit of snow pack behind it: temperatures were on average 3-4 degrees lower across the watershed then June 2015. Flows were also stronger:
Flow at North Fork, June 2015: 7.6 cfs Flow at North Fork, June 2016: 17 cfs
Flow at Middle Fork, June 2015: 43 cfs Flow at Middle Fork, June 2016: 110 cfs (inaccurate due to new swimming dam? Note the total flow at the mainstem)
Flow at Mainstem, June 2015: 18 cfs Flow at Mainstem, June 2016: 62 cfs
But the big news for this monitoring event has to be the presence of fish.
This what the watershed looked like in many places last year--this example is on Camp Creek (courtesy of Don Jongsma). Surprisingly, monitors at many of the sites (including this one) reported literally hundreds of trout fry, and many fish in the 4-6" range for the June 2016 monitoring event. And even some fish larger than 8" at certain sites. So the (very tough) fish that survived last year are doing a great job re-populating the watershed!
Monitors also completed inventories of recreational services/site attributes at the sites accessible to the public. The information will be used to map existing access & to identify areas where more access is needed. The access surveys will be shared with the El Dorado Fish and Game Commission, to support their work.
Next step for the 2016 monitoring season is to schedule habitat analysis at selected sites. Stay tuned! Once again, thanks to our amazing monitors. More great monitoring photos from this event are on the EDTU Facebook page:
Sites looking good....The South Fork is hanging in there much better than last year (photo courtesy Jacob Potter):
Capps Crossing looking good (photo courtesy of Erik Holst):
The California Division of Fish and Wildlife has recognized the benefits of Beaver in the waters of California. Beaver dams create habitat for many other animals and plants of California. Deer and elk frequent beaver ponds to forage on shrubby plants that grow where beavers cut down trees. Weasels, raccoons, and herons hunt frogs and other prey along the marshy edges of beaver ponds. Sensitive species such as red-legged, yellow-legged and Cascade frogs all benefit from habitat created by beaver wetlands. In coastal rivers and streams, young coho salmon and steelhead may use beaver ponds to find food and protection from high flows and predators while waiting to grow big enough to go out to sea.
Beaver activities can cause problems, but before beginning a beaver control action, assess the problem and match the most appropriate and cost-effective controls to the situation. There are two basic control methods used in California: prevention and lethal control. It is almost impossible as well as cost prohibitive to exclude beavers from ponds, lakes, or impoundments.
See the CA DFW WebSite.
The U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Commerce, PacificCorp, and the states of Oregon and California today signed an agreement that, following a process administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is expected to remove four dams on the Klamath River by 2020, amounting to one of the largest river restoration efforts in the nation.
State and federal officials also signed a new, separate agreement with irrigation interests and other parties known as the 2016 Klamath Power and Facilities Agreement (KPFA). This agreement will help Klamath Basin irrigators avoid potentially adverse financial and regulatory impacts associated with the return of fish runs to the Upper Klamath Basin, which are anticipated after dams are removed.
Wanted dedicated anglers and conservationists who have shown involvement with TU and have just completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Come to TU's Teen Summit to meet other TU teens from across the country, talk about how TU can better engage teen members, learn how to become a TU leader in your community, work on a service project and fish! Spend five days with a group of new friends that love fishing, the outdoors and TU as much as you do.
2016 SUMMIT LOCATION and Dates: GEORGETOWN LAKE, CAMP WATANOPA, MONTANA, Sunday, June 19 - Thursday, June 23. COST: $200 includes food, lodging, shuttle from the airport (if required) and all activities. Selected applicants will be asked to pay this fee by late May. See Listing for agenda and information.
El Dorado Trout Unlimited (EDTU) is continuing its Citizen Scientist Monitoring Program for the Cosumnes River in 2016. We monitor key parameters of the river and take structured observations of habitat and species present. Information gathered is part of a watershed assessment, in preparation for restoration work. EDTU is working with partners American River Conservancy, Cosumnes Culture and WaterWays, Fishery Foundation, and Landmark Environmental Consultants to create innovative, win/win solutions that support communities and river health. And good river health leads to good fishing!
April is "Get Ready Month"!
As April days unfold, signs of spring are arriving. Green grass, wildflowers, water quality monitors thinking of their sites by the river...AT EDTU, we're getting ready for monitoring season.
We are excited to officially open enrollment for Trout Unlimited’s Sierra Trout Camp for kids ages 9-12! This camp will take place June 18th and 19th from 9 am-5 pm at the trout ponds at the Resort and Squaw Creek and Sawmill Lake in Truckee, CA thanks to Matt Heron Fly Fishing and Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. The camp costs $150 per person. This fly fishing camp will teach the campers to go from novices to pros within two days! Some of the skills that the campers will gain include: fly casting, fly tying, hooking and landing fish, reading water, aquatic insect identification, knot tying, and much more!
Unlike previous camps, this will not be an overnight camp. Replacing this is two days that the campers can fish on private water that is filled with trout!
If you are interested in signing your child up, or know someone that would be interested in sending their kid to camp, please contact Sam Sedillo: , (408) 718 9897. He will send you further information and an application for the camp.
New Zealand mudsnails have taken up residence in the Yuba River — and the invasive species could pose a threat to the river’s native fish populations. This news should be a clarion call for us all to practice clean angling. Clean angling means we should clean and dry our equipment after use especially when moving to a new water. It is a modest task to clean and dry your equipment after use and it can pay big dividends.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has detected the presence of the aquatic creatures both at the Sycamore Ranch park and campground in Yuba County, and at locations on the lower Yuba River above and below the Highway 20 bridge crossing in Nevada County.
A release from the agency said it’s possible the species originated from a population of mudsnails discovered recently in the lower Feather River; the snails have been known to hitch a ride between bodies of water on the gear of unsuspecting boaters or fishermen. Read More. For more background Read Background.
TU is conducting its women's initiative to increase participation by women in fishing and the TU mission. A video by Todd Moen provides an incentive for their participation. It is also a challenge and a promise to enjoy the beauty of the sport.
Filmed on a little known mountain stream deep within Montana's back-country, this video portrays a fisher-womens solo adventure and the freedom of that particular day on the river. Reflect in the classic experience that most anglers have when they get out on the water alone with a fly rod, fish and nature in its solitude. A magic window of time and space opens up for pure reflection.
Don’t leave your pals behind. Alaska is a grand playground, especially when you share your fishing with kids.
By: Greg Thomas, Photography by: Greg Thomas, Fly Rod and Reel
Many of us travel far to tackle the great flyrod species, such as tarpon, permit, steelhead, Atlantic salmon and big brook trout, but fewer take on the true test of our angling resources, that being how to travel, fish and remain sane with young kids in tow.
I faced that challenge last June when I packed up my girls and headed to Alaska for 14 days on the Kenai Peninsula, following a road system that visits the quaint towns of Nikiski, Kenai, Clam Gulch, Homer and Seward.
The Kenai is a kids’ wonderland, with wildlife viewing available around almost every turn, including glimpses of humpback and orca whales, grizzly and black bears, long-legged moose, sea lions, bald eagles and, for the observant and slightly lucky ones, wolves. But I wasn’t on the Kenai just to see wildlife—I wanted to catch king salmon on my Spey rod and to get the girls hooked into some red salmon.
TU's Women's Initiative was launched in 2011 to address the concern that only 6 percent of all TU members were women, while at the same time women made up 36 percent of all anglers in the U.S.
Since the initiative was started, TU has seen a 25 percent increase in women membership!
The new Women's Initiative Newsletter "On the Rise" is designed to share the best practices and lessons learned by your fellow volunteers in recruiting, retaining and engaging women in TU and in leadership roles.
Join the Movement! Become a Women’s Initiative Chair for Your Chapter or Council! Men are welcome to serve as initiative chairs, too! www.tu.org/women