CaplesSignDon Krueger and Stan Backlund completed the installation of informational signs  for Caples Creek and Silver Fork. The illustrated sign is at the Kirkwood Creek trailhead to Caples Creek. The signs notify the public that Caples Creek is a designated wild trout water. They suggest release of your catch and emphasize clean angling practices. This sign set was installed at five approaches to Caples Creek. A similar set was installed at four sites along Silver Fork. They replace the wild trout sign with the general regulations for the American River and tributaries.

A limited set of angler surveys have been performed to determine angler success and fish density on Caples Creek. Surveys have not been beneficial as few anglers have been encountered at the trailheads. Readers are encouraged to fish Caples Creek and report their success on the Contact Us page. Favorite spots will not be revealed.

This report summarizes the water quality monitoring data and observations gathered during the 2015 El
Dorado Trout Unlimited (EDTU) Cosumnes River Monitoring Program season. It also includes data
from the California Water Resources "Safe to Swim" report and river community observations. UC
Davis Cosumnes Preserve monitoring data will be included when it becomes available later this year.
 
EDTU has embarked on this long term monitoring program to provide data to support a watershed
scale assessment and restoration effort, which includes the entire watershed basin that drains water to
the Cosumnes River. EDTU is working with a Coalition of partners from a variety of regional
organizations, including non-profit/non-governmental organizations; local, state & federal agencies;
Tribal entities; communities; water districts; and private citizens who have an interest in collaborative,
effective stewardship of the Cosumnes River.
 

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.