In 1974, Montana did something that stunned anglers across the state and the nation: it stopped stocking trout in streams and rivers that supported wild trout populations. After decades of use and millions of dollars invested, hatchery production was not helping, and in fact was the leading cause of the collapse of the fishery. Ground-breaking research on the Madison River in the late 1960s and early '70s organized by fisheries biologist Richard Vincent led to that decision. His study results showed that as hatchery production increased, trout abundance decreased, and native stocks were displaced.
Nearly forty years after Richard Vincent's study, Montana is one of America's premier trout fishing destinations. Focusing on habitat and discontinuing river hatchery stocking, trout fisheries have recovered and wild populations are self-sustaining.
On the anniversary of this monumental decision, Wild Fish Conservancy presents The Montana Story: Forty Years of Success. This is the first volume in a series of short videos called the Wild Fish Video Journal. This educational collection is an extension of our printed Wild Fish Journal.


This will be the most talked about subject this summer.

Posted on March 30, 2015 by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

California WaterBlog By Jay Lund


cal drought

Dry fields and bare groves looking west toward the Coast Range, near San Joaquin, Calif. Photo by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis, 2014

This fourth year of drought is severe, but not yet the driest ever. The drought’s impacts are worsened by record heat, which has dried out soils and raised the demands for irrigation, and the historical high levels of California’s population, economy, and agricultural production, and historical low levels of native fish species. There is need for concern, preparation and prudence, but little cause for panic, despite some locally urgent conditions.


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This is what I talked about at the last meeting.  This is from Moldy Chum about the New Mexico stream access.

Saturday, April 4, 2015 At 12:00Am


This sucks.

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law a measure aimed at strengthening current state regulations restricting the ability of anglers to fish and wade New Mexico waters on private property.


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There has been a battle for the removal of this dam for a long time. The dam was built to supply water to San Francisco, but the water was foul tasting. Other articles have stated that Stanford bought it to water their golf course. Now it is 90 % full of silt. Some people have photos of steelhead at the bottom of the dam where they can’t reach spawning grounds. What to do with all this silt? Read the comments for fun. On the Elwah Dam removal they let the silt run out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. But the Elwah Dam removal is another story you can google "Elwah Dam Removal" to read that story.

Moldy Chum   Saturday, April 4, 2015 At 12:00Am


searsville dam

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has sent Stanford University a letter saying the agency supports "alternatives that focus on dam removal" as the university moves toward a decision on what to do with Searsville Dam and its reservoir.

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