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Entries in steelhead (213)


During the dry season 98% of the Eel River flows are diverted to the Russian River

In a last ditch effort to save crashing salmon and steelhead runs, the Friends of the Eel River have brought legal action before the State Water Resources Control Board to get the state to significantly cut back on the diversion of Eel River water to the Russian River. Conversely, the resulting elevated flows on the Russian are also threatening the State and federally listed Russian River’s endangered salmon and steelhead.

Prior to the diversion project the Eel used to get a run of 500,000 salmon and steelhead....the run today averages 15,000 fish.

LINK (Via: The Times Standard)


March Slab of the Month Entry: Oregon Steelhead

Photos Courtesy of Mike Davidchik

Brian Chou's coastal buck ain't the only one with a low hanging jaw...


Steelhead Stimulus

The federal government is considering spending $7.5 million to design and build a new fish ladder to help steelhead trout negotiate Santa Paula Creek in Southern California.

LINK (Via: Scripps News)

Santa Paula Creek, located in southwest Ventura County, California, is one of three main historical spawning tributaries for endangered southern steelhead. 


Worried Yet?

Motivated by my love of fly fishing for steelhead, and my desire to help preserve them and their habitat, I recently joined the board of the Wild Steelhead Coalition. Since joining I've had a chance to see first hand the hard work put forth by the volunteer advocates of these great fish and the places they return to every year. It is work bound together by a desire to save wild steelhead and all to often it seems like a losing fight.

I'd like to make a personal appeal to the entire Chum nation to read the five actions you can take to help save wild steelhead and consider joining the Wild Steelhead Coalition. Every contribution is critical, every voice is vital - and your voice could make a difference.



IHN Outbreak on the Quillayute System

It is time to demand an end to failed hatchery programs.

An IHN outbreak in hatchery reared steelhead has resulted in the culling of all hatchery fish at the Bogachiel State Hatchery. Wild Broodstock fish in the Snider Creek program on the Sol Duc may also be infected and are being closely monitored for the disease.

If the disease spread to the wild population in the Quillayute system, the effects could be disastrous.

LINK (Via: Osprey Steelhead News)


Wild Steelhead Coalition General Membership Meeting

Tomorrow night the Wild Steelhead Coalition will be hosting its annual winter membership meeting at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture NHS Hall. The meeting starts at 6:30 with some free food and drinks followed by a a showing of the film Where Hope Resides. With the recent announcement of closures on the Skagit, Sauk and Green Rivers due to poor returns, now more than ever organizations like the WSC need your support.