Moke Kayaking LRThe California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) has released a draft Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic River Study Report. The draft study finds 37 miles of the Mokelumne River from Salt Springs Dam to Pardee Reservoir to be eligible for state protection as a Wild and Scenic River, protecting it from new dams and major diversions.

But local development interests who still dream of building large dams on the Mokelumne or its major tributaries may dispute the CNRA’s eligibility recommendation and oppose any future legislation to protect the river.

We need YOU to speak out TODAY in support of protecting the river. Friends of the River can describe the challenge and prescribe your way to assist.

Historic records reveal abundant numbers of steelhead once migrated from the Pacific Ocean to Southern California's coastal waterways in search of spawning grounds. The presence of steelhead in southern California is memorialized in places like Steelhead Park, which sits along the the Los Angeles River near Dodger Stadium. In the early 1900s, anglers visited this park in hopes of filling their creel with the formidable fish.

Images from the early twentieth century also portray successful steelhead fishing in Orange County at San Juan Creek, and in San Diego County in lower San Mateo Creek and lower Santa Margarita River.

Today, steelhead are nearly non-existent in Southern California - a strikingly different picture than the one painted by historic accounts. See The Story of Recovery.

Teen CampDo you know a young angler and conservationist who would be thrilled to learn and grow their skills over the summer? If so, head to www.tu.org/camps to view the camps offered across the country and spread the word in your chapter communications to members! Most camps accept applicants from out-of-state. Get in touch with the directors of each camp to learn more.

Are there teens involved with your chapter or council who stand out as passionate and active conservationists and leaders? If so, they may be eligible to attend TU's national Teen Summit, a leadership conference for young men and women from across the country.

Applications for TU's national Teen Summit are available now at www.tu.org/teensummit.

LowerKlamathDSCN6676cropped 0Salmonid Restoration Federation (SRF) is excited to host the 36th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference  on April 11-14, 2018 at the Fortuna River LodgeNorth Coast where participants will have the opportunity to explore innovative restoration projects and participate in technical workshops. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Art and Science of Salmonid Restoration.”

See the SRF Newsletter for complete description and registration means.

The conference agenda will explore a range of issues including aging infrastructure, effectiveness monitoring, temperature impairments, biological responses, salmon reintroduction to historic habitats post-Klamath dam removal, streamflow enhancement and streamlined permitting, and ecological and policy issues that affect recovery.

SteeheadFryHow many steelhead can you fit into a given watershed? Put another way, what is the carrying capacity of a given watershed for steelhead? This question, and its answer, are important for steelhead fishery managers, and anglers, as we collectively try to rebuild wild fish runs up and down the West Coast.

Nothing in steelheading is constant. The intricacies of rivers change daily along with the chosen lies of steelhead. While this can drive anglers mad it is also part of what keeps us coming back. But changes in steelhead angling over the past few decades have contributed to declines in the quality of many of our steelhead fisheries. The popularity of steelhead fishing has increased concurrent with a reduction both in wild steelhead populations and places to fish for them. Simply put, there are now more people crowded into fewer places and fewer fish to go around. See Wild Steelheader

BristolBay2Pebble mine threatens one of the world's last great salmon fisheries. North America's salmon powerhouse, Bristol Bay, Alaska, is threatened by the massive proposed gold and copper mine. Working closely with commercial fishermen, tribes, sportsmen and women, local businesses and many others across the country Trout Unlimited works to protect these iconic and productive rivers and the people they support.

Progress has been made in prior years but the Pebble Mine is filing for permits. Review the current activity and take action now.

YellowCreekHandpicking places for protection is becoming the conservation norm. As mass extinctions and climate flux confront ecosystems with the most unpredictable challenges the natural world has seen in millennia, scientists and land managers are discarding their efforts to resist all change. Cindy Noble, chair of Trout Unlimited’s Feather River Chapter reports “We don’t want to dump a bunch of time and money into a problem we can never fix, We are not going to do this the stupid way.”

Assessing where fish seem to be thriving, and where threats are most prevalent, will allow scientists to prioritize their efforts to protect and restore aquatic habitat in the upper Feather River region. The project is part of Trout Unlimited’s mission to sustain California’s cold-water fisheries. Read the full story to understand the work.

JellysFerryThe final couple of weeks of the 2017 salmon season produced surprisingly good fishing for late fall Chinook salmon in the Sacramento River in the Jelly’s Ferry and Red Bluff areas – and for those targeting steelhead as a record run of sea-run rainbows returns to the Coleman National Fish Hatchery.

The fall Chinook salmon run at the hatchery has fallen 6 million short of producing the annual goal of 12 million juvenile salmon needed to provide mitigation for the spawning habitat blocked by the construction of Shasta Dam.

The better news is the good showing of steelhead at the hatchery. During the same collection period of Oct 3rd through Dec 12, the hatchery collected 9,800 steelhead, the largest return ever to Coleman.  Read the Full Story

MokeSteelheadIt is looking like it may be a big year for salmon and steelhead returning to the local rivers. This writer observed the fish at the Hazel Avenue hatchery on December 7. The access ponds at the top of the fish ladder were full with many very large salmon. I may have seen a cluster of steelhead as well. The hatchery was spawning the fish on a twice a week schedule. Opening day on the American is January 1.

The hatchery on the Mokelumne is reporting record returns of salmon and steelhead. The run is on track to break the record run of 18,000 fish in 2011 that went over Woodbridge Dam near Lodi. That year, 15,922 salmon were trapped by the fish hatchery.

Read a complete report.

BDASquawCreekBeaver Dam Analogs, BDAs, have become popular in meadow restoration. Our chapter has worked with them in Audrain Meadow. Simultaneously they have contributed to a significant restoration in Squaw Valley.

Trout Unlimited believes that conservation work begins with people. This belief was affirmed again when over 75 volunteers gathered recently to renew one of the Lake Tahoe region’s most popular places—Squaw Valley—and begin the process of restoring its namesake stream to a more natural state. Squaw Creek is that stream. Once home to native Lahontan cutthroat trout, it is now the focus of a partnership-driven restoration project with TU at its heart. Read full story

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