Quick mends: Endangered steelhead spotted in Ventura

This story from the Ventura County Star has gone viral in the last several days, according to Pasadena Casting Club’s John Tobin. As the club’s conservation editor and an enthusiastic environmentalist, he was excited by the sighting of this endangered species, adding, “this could be the L.A. River!”

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STEELHEAD STEALTH:  But researchers still spotted this lone fish near the L.A. County-Ventura border. (Courtesy RCDSMM STREAM TEAM)

I share his sentiment and hope that the push to develop the river doesn’t leave out the most important part — a return of Southern California Coast Steelhead.

Of course, after years of drought, spotting a southern steelhead in a creek at Leo Carrillo State Park is a reason for everyone to cheer. Gone are the days of steelhead runs, when an entire industry sprang up to cater to fishermen who traveled to witness and catch these magnificent fish as they made their way from the ocean to their spawning grounds in our local mountains.

“It was so exciting to find an actual steelhead, as they are rare as hens teeth this year,” said Rosi Dagit, team leader and senior conservation biologist for Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, by email. “Only four anadromous adults have been documented thus far, and one died in my hands in Malibu on Wednesday. A lot of future hopes are with this lovely fish and we wish her many babies to help recover the population!”

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Twenty-five-inch steelhead trout caught in the Los Angeles River near Glendale, in January, 1940. (Courtesy family of Dr. Charles L. Hogue)

See you on the river, Jim Burns

Volunteer Opportunity: FoLAR’s Sepulveda Basin Fish Study, Wednesday, June 29

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Red-eared Slider (Courtesy Charles Hood)

UPDATE: Sadly, this event has been canceled due to a lack of grant funding. Stay tuned for the reboot. 

Greeting fellow fish lovers!

We would love help to conduct the fish survey near Sepulveda Dam on Wed 29 June.
Details below! Please RSVP as we are looking for a crew of about 6 volunteers to assist with seining, but can use all the anglers we can find to help with catching by fly or standard rods. You need a valid CA fishing license to participate.

WHAT: Friends of the Los Angeles River “State of the River 4” — The Sepulveda Basin Fish Study

WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at the dirt road turn off Burbank Blvd. Email for exact location and directions.

WHAT YOU NEED:
– Waders if you have them or come prepared in closed toe shoes (no tevas or open water shoes) and be prepared to get wet to your waist.
– Hat, sunscreen, water, lunch, snacks, etc.
– Angling gear and fishing license if you want to fish!

Let me know if you are interested in joining the fun! thanks, Rosi

Rosi Dagit
RCD of the Santa Monica Mountains
540 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, CA 90290
310.455.7528
rdagit@rcdsmm.org

Next up: Fish for science at Sepulveda Dam on Nov. 20

Yucking it up in 1938: Herald-Express photographer Coy Watson Jr. (left) and reporter Fred Eldridge (Courtesy KCET).

Yucking it up in 1938: Herald-Express photographer Coy Watson Jr. (left) and reporter Fred Eldridge (Courtesy KCET).

Update: because of permit issues, this event has been postponed until Friday, Nov. 20.

Hi Everyone,

Attached please find the info for the upcoming fishing day.
We caught more fish in dip nets on our exploratory mission last Friday than we have at all other events. They were juvenile tilapia, but still!

We still need 2-3 more volunteers at least but the more the merrier! Please spread the word!

If some of the anglers want to bring kayaks and or floatie chairs along with their rods, there is a cool place under Burbank to send them.

We will also have lots of seine nets available.

Thanks to Bill for setting this up! thanks to all of you for your help in making it happen! This should be really fun!


If you are interested, please email me at oaksrus@verizon.net and I’ll send you the rest of the info.

Rosi Dagit
RCD of the Santa Monica Mountains
540 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, CA 90290

oaksrus@verizon.net

SEPULVEDA DAM- LA RIVER SAMPLING

 

Friday, 30 October 2015

PURPOSE: To characterize the fish community near Sepulveda Dam prior to the onset of the rainy season.

7am RCD team meets at office to load truck and carpool

RCDSMM gear to bring:

waders                         8 buckets                                 dip nets

seine nets                    GPS                                         cameras

blocking nets               fish measuring board               fish id books

data sheets                  clipboard and pencils              cooler and ice

meter tapes                 ziplock baggies                        fish labels/scale envelopes

8am Meet Bill and other volunteers at the pull out off Burbank Blvd.

(Directions to follow!)

EVERYONE should come prepared to get wet to the waist.

Close toe shoes required. Lots of algae to slip on so please come prepared.

If you want to borrow some waders, contact Rosi with your shoe size!

Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, hat and change of clothes if you wish.

If you have a valid CA Fishing License, please bring it along.

8-12     FISHING! We will be working between the Sepulveda Dam upstream to the

bridge under Burbank Blvd. If there is time, we would also like to sample at a few locations in Haskell Creek.

12-12:30 lunch on site (Rosi will bring cookies!)

12:30 – 3 FISHING!

3- 3:30 Clean and pack gear and samples. Head home after a fun day in the river!