THE SOUTHWEST COUNCIL
FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS
The 23 Independent Clubs of Southern California and Southern Nevada

Contact Nicholas Blixt
Telephone 413-575-2853
Email nicholasblixt@me.com

LAHONTAN CUTTHROAT TROUT RECOVERY – SUMMER 2015

June – September 2015 / Silver and Slinkard Creeks, CA
Volunteers are needed this coming summer for a landmark conservation project in the Eastern Sierras. Take part in the restoration of Silver and Slinkard Creeks as habitat is returned to the region’s majestic native fish, the Lahontan cutthroat trout. This project will occur from late June through September.

Volunteers will work in conjunction with paid interns to clear brush around both waterways, as well as assist in the removal of the invasive brook trout. Experience with hand and power tools will be particularly valuable. Participants will be asked to arrive on a Thursday and contribute through the weekend.

The project is a joint effort of a consortium of the region’s fly fishing and conservation groups, including the Southwest Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, Cal Trout, Trout Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Please join us in this daunting yet rewarding undertaking, and in the process learn more about this coveted species and habitat.
For more information, contact Jack Marshall at conservation@goldenstateflycasters.org or 805-966-7773.

UPDATE

From the Conservation Desk:

Having just returned from the Lahontan Trout Recovery Project, I can feel a true sense of accomplishment. Three volunteers (of which I was one), aided full time employees from CDFW on Silver Creek tending 4 weirs placed at measured intervals. These were placed to prevent the upstream migration of Brook Trout, which in this instance have become an invasive threat to the Lahontan trout’s recovery.

We also assisted in the removal of all brook trout that were collected after being electroshocked in designated stream sections. The Lahontan will no longer have to compete with brook trout that were introduced to the area (with good intent), but with little thought to the long term implications of such an introduction. This will enable the historic resident Lahontan in the Walker River Drainage Basin a better chance to recovery from its threatened status.

The Lahontan which were captured were released unharmed downstream from the electro-shocking efforts so that they could recover to grow to maturity and add to the brood stock for this freestone stream.

This project is sponsored by a joint project of California Trout, Trout Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Southwest Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

* For further information on this project refer to : Recovery Plan for the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, January 1995; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Region #1); Portland, Oregon.

* Short-Term Action Plan for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (Onocorhynchus clarkia henshawi) in the Walker River Basin (Developed by Walker River Basin Recovery Implementation Team for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Reno, Nevada August 2003)