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Not to be left out, Michael Reichmuth, fishery biologist for the National Park Service, provided this update for the other watershed NBTU is involved with:
I just wanted to give a quick update on what we observed after the last storm event. Unfortunately we stand at only 2 coho redds for Redwood Creek and 5 coho redds for Olema Creek. This is a weaker return than what was counted three years ago. That said there was a considerable chunk of time in which we were unable to perform surveys in mid-December that could have resulted in under detection of coho redds.
This in from Eric Ettlinger, Aquatic Ecologist with the Marin Municipal Water District:
The final update on Lagunitas Creek coho for the 2014-15 season is somewhat overdue because of some unusually late spawners. Last week we observed eight fresh coho in Lagunitas Creek, which is exceptionally late for a run that peaked in mid-December. Coho are typically seen spawning in February only when the rainy season is delayed, like last year. Given this year’s early rains the best explanation I have for the extended run is that the parents of these fish may have been late spawners. Back in 2012 the last coho of the season were seen spawning on Valentine’s Day.
This year's outing to Manzanita Lake Campground will be over the June 6th & 7th weekend. Manzanita Lake is at the north entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park and about 4 hrs. from the Bay Area. There are opportunities for fishing, kayaking, hiking and sighteseeing. Kayaks may be rented and float tube fishing or small non-motorized boats are a great way to hunt down the brown and rainbow trout.
NBTU hosted its most recent workday on Saturday, January 31st. This was a special “Hands on Tam Winter Workday” involving three different locations and multiple groups with over 300 volunteers. Twelve volunteers from NBTU joined with several other groups to plant two types of sedges along the lagoon at Muir Beach. We ended up planting over 300 sedges before switching to weeding for the rest of the morning. The volunteers were then rewarded with a chili lunch prepared by Price Sheppy of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. If you are interested in participating in Redwood Creek or other restoration projects, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Redwood Creek Workday – January 31, 2015
First Cast 2014
This year’s First Cast Day, NBTU’s 13th annual, was held at the Marin Civic Center Lagoon in San Rafael on Sep 21, and represents one of the most successful youth introductory fly fishing programs in the nation. Co-sponsored by Fish First Fly Shop in Albany and the French Cheese Factory on the Petaluma-Pt Reyes Rd., this year’s event had 114 participants, including 42 youth between 8-15 years of age.
Our North Bay Chapter has been involved with the Trout in the Classroom program for over a decade. During that time we have assisted nearly 10,000 students and teachers become more acquainted with trout, salmon, and steelhead and how they live. An over-riding goal is to help develop a sense of stewardship for the fish, their watery habitat, and our environment as a whole. We need your help!
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