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Photo by NBTU member Peter Suri of a coho salmon in Olema Creek, part of the Lagunitas Watershed.
This just in from Michael Reichmuth, a fisheries biologist working at Redwood Creek:
The 2014-2015 spawner season is already upon us! Both chinook and coho salmon spawning has already started in Lagunitas Creek. Hopefully with a little more rain we will also start to see coho spawning in Olema and Redwood Creeks. The last time we saw this cohort was during the winter of 2011-2012 when seven redds were recorded on Olema Creek and four were seen on Redwood Creek. Hopefully ocean conditions were favorable during the spring of 2013 and we can surpass the 2011-2012 spawner counts.
NBTU hosted its most recent workday on Saturday, October 25th. Nine volunteers split into two groups with one group removing the “Coho Cabanas” (sheets of burlap suspended over the water to provide protection for juvenile fish) and the other pulling invasive weeds along the creek.
Later in the morning we were joined by a group of entrepreneurs visiting from Salt Lake City. Together we removed the exclusionary fencing installed earlier in the year to prevent deer form eating the newly-planted alders. It was important to get the Coho Cabanas and fencing removed before it could be washed to sea when the rains come. Mother Nature cut us some slack by creating a beautiful window of great weather between rain storms. Congratulations to Rudy DeMay. This was his tenth volunteer outing with NBTU and he joins the very exclusive “Double Digit Club” comprised of eight volunteers who have particiapted in at least ten workdays over the last five years. 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 – October 25, 2014
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!
I received an email today regarding a multi-agency collaborative proposal for the temporary captive rearing of Redwood Creek coho salmon. The plan is to collect up to 200 juveniles during the summers of 2014, 2015 and 2016, with the initial collection date being Aug. 13, 2014. The juveniles would be reared at the Don Clausen/Warm Springs Hatchery at Lake Sonoma and released as mature adults in the winters of 2016, 2017 and 2018.
These actions are necessitated by the prolonged severe drought and past poor ocean-rearing conditions in California which are placing many endangered coho salmon populations at increased risk of extinction throughout the central coast. Recent annual adult coho abundance in Redwood Creek is below 10 individuals in two brood-years and below 50 in the third brood-year. Juvenile coho abundance in 2014 is estimated below 200. Without captive rearing, there is a high risk that Redwood Creek coho will completely disappear in the very near future.
This just in from Michael Reichmuth, Fishery Biologist with the National Parks Service:
For those of you interested in a summary of our 2014 smolt trapping operations I have provided a link below to a short summary of the information collected during the trapping season.
In general this spring started out wet but dried out quickly with only one storm that caused a disruption in our trapping operations. Coho smolt production increased on Olema Creek when compared with the previous time this cohort was seen while smolt production decreased on Redwood Creek.
Follow the link provided below if you are interested in viewing a summary of our preliminary spring 2014 coho smolt trapping results.
FUN AT MANZANITA LAKE!
Fourteen members fished, hiked and ate at the latest NBTU outing over the June 21st weekend. The weather was beautiful and there were plenty of bugs for the fishermen. Saturday and Sunday provided us with a terrific Callibaetis hatch from 12 until 3 PM with a mix of damsel flies. Fish were also caught with beetle, Alderfly and Motorboat caddis patterns. The BBQ featured chicken, tri-tip, Settler's beans, lasagne casserole, hors d'oeveres, libations and wonderful conversation. The usual show of Osprey diving for fish, a Bald Eagle and, of course, the multitude of bats during the evening caddis extravaganza - two of which were caught and released!
North Bay TU received word this week that it has been awarded a grant by the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife to install large wood at eight sites in Devil's Gulch Creek, a tributary to Lagunitas Creek. This will provide improved habitat for the endangered Coho salmon as well as threatened steelhead trout. The work will be completed this summer and will include assistance from NBTU volunteers like you. Thanks for all you do for the fish!