Tag Archives: Trout

Reward Offered to Catch Trout Thieves

Media Contact:
Patrick Foy, DFG Law Enforcement, (916) 508-7095

The Californians Turn In Poachers and Polluters program (CalTIP) will give up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of trout thieves. The thieves are responsible for stealing approximately 1,000 trout from the San Joaquin Hatchery last weekend. The toll-free, 24-hour CalTIP hotline is 888-334-2258. The value of the fish and the cost to repair the damage to the hatchery elevate the crime to a felony.

On Aug. 21, between 3 and 4 a.m., someone forced entry into the San Joaquin Trout Hatchery and stole up to 1,000 large trout. They also killed and left another 70 large trout in the process. The trout weighed three-to-four-pounds each and had been growing in the hatchery for three years. DFG wardens have collected evidence at the scene and hope to get additional information from anyone who may have seen someone trying to sell the trout.

Citizens are encouraged to be watchful for anyone attempting to sell trout on the street, outdoors markets, or markets where trout are not normally sold. Physical descriptions, vehicle license plate numbers, time, date and locations would be extremely helpful.

For details on the CalTIP program, please see www.dfg.ca.gov/enforcement/caltip.aspx.

Project to Save Paiute Cutthroat Trout Postponed

Media Contacts:
Katherine Hill, North Central Region, (916) 358-2935
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and partner agencies are postponing the Paiute Cutthroat Trout Restoration Project until next year. The delay is due to extremely high water flows in the Silver King Creek project area of Alpine County.

Paiute cutthroat trout
Paiute cutthroat trout

DFG worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board to develop the project to restore the rare Paiute cutthroat trout to its historic habitat in Silver King Creek in California’s Carson Iceberg Wilderness.

Project scientists measured high flows of 79 cubic feet per second in Silver King Creek during the first week of August. The unusually high flows will continue through the autumn, making the project extremely difficult to implement responsibly in this near-record precipitation year.

“This rare trout species in Silver King Creek has been decimated by non-native species introduced to the area during the past 150 years,” said Fishery Program Manager Katherine Hill. “After more than five decades of research and restoration activities, public input and planning, we’re disappointed to have to delay the project. But we would rather wait until next year than proceed when the environmental conditions hinder the likelihood of success.”

Interagency survey crews are re-evaluating the project site this week.

Public Meeting on Salmon and Steelhead to be Held on May 18

two salmon, underwater, close-up
American River Salmon

Media Contacts:
Kim Howlett, DFG Fisheries Branch, (916) 445-3935
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will hold a meeting of the California Advisory Committee on Salmon and Steelhead in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 18. This meeting, hosted by the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program, is open to the public.

The Committee will discuss the Fisheries Restoration Grants Program, pending legislation regarding salmon and steelhead, AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards, and the status of the species in the Klamath, Shasta and Scott rivers.

An update on the Sacramento River System and Delta will include the Central Valley Steelhead Monitoring and Implementation Plan, the Draft Delta Plan III and the Trinity River watershed.

The public will have an opportunity to speak before the vote on each action item. The chair may limit speaking time.

The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the DFG Fisheries Conference Room at 830 S St., Sacramento (95811). Street parking is available. People on the north coast may participate by conference call from the DFG Coastal Watershed Planning and Assessment Office at 1455 Sandy Prairie Court, Fortuna (95540).

For more information please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/news/pubnotice/.

Restoring anadromous salmon and steelhead habitat is a commitment this program and partners have embraced. With the populations of some salmon at critically low levels, there are many opportunities for restoration projects that will directly benefit the salmon and steelhead trout in California.