Spring 2012 Newsletter

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El Dorado Trout Unlimited Newsletter
For All Fishermen and Women?
Vol 1 Issue 1, Spring Edition
May, 2012
Welcome to the Spring Edition of the EDTU Newsletter. Members are encouraged to submit news of interest for inclusion in future newsletters. The newsletter will be published 3 times per year as Spring, Summer-Fall, and Winter editions. To submit articles please email to include "EDTU" in the subject line.

Contents
TU Events ...................................................................................................................................... 1
Pole Survey at Wakamatsu Colony Pond....................................................................................... 2
Member Awareness: Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)..................................................................... 2
Sucking the River Dry – Opinion by Drew Peternell....................................................................... 2
Golden Trout.................................................................................................................................... 3
Fishing the Eastern Sierra, OPENING DAY.................................................................................... 3
EDTU Area Stream Report............................................................................................................. 3
AIS and Float Planes....................................................................................................................... 3
Casting for Recovery...................................................................................................................... 3
Additional Information...................................................................................................................... 4

TU Events (for info and latest updates see http://www.eldoradotu.org/)
· EDTU Chapter Meeting, Thursday, May 17, Kenneth Kundargi, DFG District Fisheries Biologist will speak on the history of Trout stocking in California and the stocking EIR/EIS relating to El Dorado County. See: http://www.eldoradotu.org/for details. Chapter meetings are every third Thursday of the month from 7-8:30pm.
· Pole Survey, Wakamatsu Ranch, Gold Hill, May 12. See article below for information.
· DFG Stream Survey Training, May 19. The California DFG Heritage and Wild Trout Program (HWTP) will conduct training for hook and line stream survey reporting on Caples Creek. The objective is to train volunteers to aid the HWTP surveys in the future. For details or to sign up, contact John Sikora at (916) 502-2433, or .
· Georgetown Kids Fishing Derby, June 9, Walton Pond, for details: www.eldoradotu.org.
· 2012 TU Western Regional Meeting, June 8-9, Sun Valley, ID. For registration and more information see: https://www.tumembership.org/events/west_regional_meeting
· State Capitol Casting Call, June 19, 2012 - 10:00 am, State Capitol north lawn. For details email
· EDTU River Cleanup Day, June 23, contact:
· Great Sierra River Cleanup, Saturday, September 15, 9-noon. For details see: http://www.sierranevada.ca.gov/our-work/rivercleanup/copy_of_the-great-sierra-river-clean-up

POLE SURVEY AT WAKAMATSU COLONY POND
On May 12, 9am-1pm, the American River Conservancy (ARC) has invited our chapter to conduct an informal "pole survey" at the Wakamatsu Colony Pond located at 941 Cold Springs Rd., just north of Gold Hill Rd. ARC requested no more than 20 participants. We are suggesting a donation of $10 each to the ARC for this great offer. Money will be collected upon entry. Bring your float tube, pontoon boat or other small non-motorized boat, or you can fish from the bank; and bring your lunch, drinks and lawn chair. There is no boat ramp. This will be catch-and-release for bass and catfish. For more information or to sign up, please call John Sikora at (916) 502-2433 or reply to this e-mail. There are just 10 openings as of May 2.
During our pole survey, the ARC will be hosting a "Restore-A-Thon" for volunteers helping with trail work, painting, gardening and native plant restoration. Those volunteers will be provided a lunch by the ARC, so bring the non-fishing portion of your family for a fun morning. To register for these non-fishing activities, please contact Elena at , or (530) 295-2190.
Member Awareness: Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
Are you aware of the serious problem posed by the movement of aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as the Zebra and Quagga mussels? Are clean, productive and enjoyable recreational waters important to you? As TU members the answer should be "YES, of course"! As conscientious fishermen/women, we want to know what we can do to help mitigate the spread of these destructive invasives.
The 'problem in a mussel shell'
Zebra and Quagga mussels are native to Eurasia where many millennia of ecological co-evolution have rendered them relatively harmless. However, due primarily to human activity, these dime-sized mussels have aggressively invaded fresh water habitats throughout Europe and North America including the Great Lakes and related water systems, westward into Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and certain reservoirs in southern and central California. One female mussel is capable of producing a million eggs in one year. Absent the controls of their native habitat, newly introduced Dreissenid mussels spread rapidly wreaking havoc to fresh water resources. To date, invasive mussels in the US have caused an estimated $5 billion in mitigation costs.
Experts are unanimous. WE DO NOT WANT THEM IN OUR FRESH WATER SYSTEMS!
What You Can Do NOW
Fishing equipment has been implicated in the spread of invasive mussels. To prevent spread, anglers can do a few simple things.
To remove hitchhiking stages of the mussels, clean all your fishing equipment between transport to different lakes and streams. This includes boats, float tubes, bait buckets, waders, boots (felt or rubber soled), fishing reels and line.
For more information see: http://nas.er.usgs.gov/taxgroup/mollusks/zebramussel/
Also see: http://www.protectyourwaters.net
Sucking the river dry – Opinionby Drew Peternell
The Colorado River is arguably one of the most heavily impacted rivers in the world. A spider-web network of dams and pumps and pipelines delivers water from the Colorado and other Western Slope rivers to showerheads and sprinklers in Denver and surrounding areas.
Already major utilities take about 60 percent of the water that originates in the upper Colorado River basin, draining Grand County to the point that many of its once pristine streams now run dry. The Fraser River, a Colorado tributary where President Dwight Eisenhower spent summers fishing, is among the hardest hit.
The low stream flows take a devastating toll on river health. Studies show dramatic declines in the size and health of trout, and entire classes of aquatic insects have disappeared from the river. Because of low flows and high water temperatures, the Colorado and several tributaries are choked with silt and algae.
Read more: Sucking the river dry - The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/ci_20335840#ixzz1t4ZSQQoz
Golden Trout
Read this excellent article in the Spring 2012 edition of your Trout Magazine. http://www.tu.org/press-room/trout-magazine
Fishing the Eastern Sierra, OPENING DAY
Nate Lishman, Kevin Weddle and his dad, Patrick, fished the eastern Sierra on opening day weekend. Waters fished included the East Walker, Green Creek, Lee Vining Creek and the Upper and Lower Owens. Best fishing was the Walker and Owens with many 12-15 in. mostly Browns caught while Czech nymphing with heavy bottom stonefly and a #16-18 caddis nymph on a tag 6-8 in. above. Anglers took precautions to prevent movement of mud snails between the Owens and the other systems.
Photo by Nate. Lishman
EDTU Area Stream Report
As of May 1, peak run off has occurred on many or most El Dorado Co. streams. Most area streams are clearing up well. Remember how long we had to wait for peak run off last year?
AIS and float planes
Here is a fascinating video about the efforts to keep float planes from transmitting aquatic invasive specieshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luDZptFsQDk&feature=youtu.be
Casting for Recovery
Casting for Recovery is a national, non-profit support and educational program for breast cancer survivors. This quality of life program provides counseling and medical education and incorporates fly-fishing to promote physical and emotional healing. Events are planned for August and September. See www.castingforrecovery.orgfor more information.
Additional Information
June 2012 marks the 1st anniversary of the El Dorado TU Chapter. Congratulations to all the charter members and to all EDTU members who have actively participated in the year's events
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY EDTU!
The El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited is managed by the following Board of Directors:
President- Ron Zigelhofer
Vice President- Bernhard Bahro
Secretary- John Sikora
Treasurer- Barbara Bania
Directors at Large- Stanley Backlund, Eric Holst
http://www.eldoradotu.org/

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