Four Board members of the El Dorado Chapter travelled to Heenan Lake on Highway 88 on May 18 to support the continued taking of Lahonton Cutthroat eggs by the Department of Fish and Game. The DFG were heavily manned and little support was required. However it was a fascinating experience to observe their operation and understand their propagation means. Heenan contains the brrod stock for the state program. This year the was a call for 500,000 eggs to be delivered to Moccasin Hatchery for incubation to fingerlings. Stocks sometimes go to Mojave and another hatchery as well.
The El Dorado Board has selected a Monofilament Collection Bin as its first conservation project. The bin would be assembled in large numbers for installation throughout the county. The bins would be placed at convenient stream side locations where fishing traffic would pass. Locations would include boat ramps, trail heads or other fishery gathering spots. Ron Zigelhofer, our president, has assembled a prototype as seen in the images. We will analyze and refine the design and then built units for installation. A project team will be assembled to critique the design, estimate the number of units to be installed, procure materials, build units, gain approval for installation, procure stickers and accomplish installation. Sign-up on the home page if you can contribute to this project.