This is a great opportunity for budding biologists, ecologists and fisheries management to get field experience and exposure to CDFW, CalTrout and the IFFF. This year could be extremely tough on fish, so let’s give them a hand by removing a stressor (non-native fish), something we can do with immediate beneficial impacts.
Season Two of the Lahontan cutthroat trout recovery effort on Silver Creek is quickly approaching. Last year we had one intern with CalTrout and cleared one mile. This year the clubs of the Southwest Council IFFF are hiring two interns to work with CDFW and 2 CalTrout interns to remove brook trout from two miles of stream.
WHEN: Volunteers are needed over a five week period starting Friday July 18th and ending Wednesday September 10th. You can sign up for a portion of a week too. The schedule is as follows:
Friday July 18 through Wednesday July 23
Thursday July 31 through Wednesday Aug 6
Thursday Aug 14 through Wednesday Aug 20
Tuesday Aug 26 through Thursday Aug 28
Thursday Sept 4 through Wednesday Sept 10
By now you've probably heard that on Tuesday, January 29, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) closed certain coastal waters to fishing in order to protect native salmon and steelhead from low water flows in California streams and rivers that have been significantly impacted by drought. CDFW is also recommending that the Fish and Game Commission adopt emergency regulations on other rivers. The lower American River downstream of Nimbus Dam is one of these other rivers currently under severe angling pressure. Chinook salmon redds built in the last few months have been dewatered; the eggs and fry from those redds will surely die. Additional deaths will result from inattentive wading on redds that are now exposed to shallow water. Endangered Central Valley Steelhead are moving into the river and will suffer, as well.