The annual Fall Population Electro-fishing Survey is fast approaching. The Kings River Fisheries Management Program asks you to join us for a day or two … or six to come fishing as part of our annual survey. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, an aspiring environmental professional, or an experienced professional, this is a great opportunity to spend a day in the river networking with a great bunch of people. Due to the on-going Covid pandemic, all participants will be encouraged to wear a mask, and will be required to do so whenever 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained.
We are now actively recruiting volunteers for the 2021 survey. This year’s event is scheduled for November 29 & 30 and December 1, 2, 6, & 7.
Who: You! We need volunteers to help with the survey. All volunteers must be 18yrs or older and in good physical condition. Please note, due to liability issues, volunteers not employed by KRCD, KRWA or CDFW will not be allowed to operate the backpack electro-shockers.
What (to bring): All necessary equipment will be provided. This includes waders, wading boots, and safety gloves. If you have them, you are welcome to use your own bibbed waders (clean and dry if used in other waterbodies) and felt bottomed boots (for safety reasons no rubber outsoles are allowed). Participants should prepare by dressing in layers as the weather can be unpredictable. Sunscreen, hats, jackets, and a spare pair of dry socks are recommended.
Where: All sites are located along Piedra Road between Winton Park and the Hwy 180 Bridge, Fresno County. Maps and directions will be sent out to all people who express an interest in participating. Please note that volunteers for the Avocado Side Channel will need to meet at the entrance to Avocado County Park by 9:00am so that you may be escorted through a locked gate into the site. Also, low clearance vehicles are not recommended for this site.
Monday 11/29/21: Avocado Boulder Channel (Full – Reedley College)
Tuesday 11/30/21: Avocado Side Channel (Limited Spots May be Available)
Wednesday 12/1/21: Winton (Volunteers Needed)
Thursday 12/2/21: Alta (Volunteers Needed)
Monday 12/6/21: Greenbelt (Volunteers Needed)
Tuesday 12/7/21: Wildwood (Volunteers Needed)
When: E-fishing is an all-day activity lasting from approx. 9:00am – 3:30pm. While adverse weather or other unsafe on-site conditions may cause last minute cancellations, we typically survey rain or shine. We will notify participants as soon as possible in the event of a cancellation. Volunteers may sign up for one day or for multiple days as desired.
Why: The annual electro-fishing survey provides the Kings River Fisheries Management Program with a snapshot of the fish assemblage present, population estimates for the species present in sample sites, and the health of rainbow trout within the fishery.
How (do I Volunteer): If you are interested in volunteering, please send a return e-mail with the dates and times that you will be available. You may also contact Lori firstname.lastname@example.org at any time with questions or concerns. Volunteers will be placed on our contact list and an additional e-mail will be sent prior to the start of the survey which will include directions, safety information guidelines and a waiver of liability that must be signed to participate. You may also see our website at https://krfmp.org/volunteer/ for more information.
Hope to see you at the river!
Kings River Conservation District
4886 E. Jensen Ave.
Fresno, CA 93725