Tag Archives: Trout in the Classroom

Students learn science by raising trout

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Walk into Joyce Schildhouse’s classroom at Hanson Elementary School and you’ll find her using a tank of fish for teachable moments. Her fifth/sixth-graders are learning about science while participating in the “Trout in the Classroom” environmental education program designed for elementary through high school students. With a tank of swarming tiny trout in a corner… Continue reading

California’s fishing industry is drying up. We need to think big on climate change

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Fishermen cast their lines in the Russian River in Guerneville. In 1968, the Russian River had a famous run of 50,000 wild steelhead. Now the wild population may be down to less than 5,000. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com By Brian Hines,Special to The Sacramento Bee When I was ten, I taught myself how to fish in… Continue reading

California’s ‘iconic’ native fish facing extinction, with climate change a major cause

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On a tree-shaded bend in Dutch Bill Creek at Monte Rio, three technicians from the Sonoma County Water Agency huddled on a gravel bar to examine the day’s catch, all in the name of science and a sustained campaign to restore one of California’s most endangered fish. Retrieving 163 coho salmon smolts, or young fish,… Continue reading

The Lake Tahoe Takeover

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POPULATION DYNAMICS While Lake Tahoe is famous for its clear blue waters, the ecosystem of the lake is far from untouched or pristine. Stocking and unintended introductions of non-native species over the last 100 years have completely transformed the aquatic community and food web in the lake. Non-native fish stocking dates as far back as… Continue reading

CDFW Golden Trout rescue at Volcanic Creek

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You will find the colorful golden trout in the small streams of the Kern Plateau and in the Kern River of California. Golden trout are threatened because too many other fish species share their water. A special characteristic of golden trout is that they are one of the few trout to keep the dark oval-shaped… Continue reading

The effects of water project operations on juvenile salmon survival in the Delta

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Survival for migrating juvenile chinook salmon has been low for those on the San Joaquin River, averaging approximately 5% since 2002.  Survival is more variable for Sacramento River chinook salmon, and survival data are limited for steelhead.  While water export operations contribute to salmonid mortality by way of direct mortality at facilities, this does not… Continue reading

Heritage Trout Challenge (CDFW, Website)

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Take the challenge! By catching six different forms of California native trout from their historic drainages and photographing these fish you can receive a colorful, personalized certificate featuring the art of renowned fish illustrator Joseph Tomelleri. Your certificate will show six full-color images representing the trout you caught, along with the dates and locations. It… Continue reading

CDFW Releases New Guide to Heritage Trout Challenge

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released the Angler’s Guide to the California Heritage Trout Challenge, a new online tool for those interested in fishing for California’s heritage trout. The guide provides anglers with detailed information on how to complete the Heritage Trout Challenge, including information about where to catch native trout,… Continue reading

CONSERVATION REPORT on Mammoth Creek – Pasadena Casting Club

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John Tobin, Conservation Chair   If you’re looking for a way to lose a couple of pounds and tone up your reaction time while catching a bucketful of fish, volunteer for an electroshocking fish survey at the next opportunity. That’s what I did in late September when Mark Drew, Ph.D., CalTrout’s Eastern Sierra Watershed program director put… Continue reading