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CDFW Information | CDFW Celebrates 50 Years of Wild Trout Waters


CDFW Celebrates 50 Years of Wild Trout Waters

State Designation Protects and Enhances California’s Wild Trout Fisheries
Whereas Offering Distinctive Angling Alternatives for the Public

The California Division of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the primary designated “Wild Trout Waters” within the state, a pioneering wild trout conservation and administration apply on the forefront of the nation’s trendy environmental motion of the Sixties and Seventies and a designation nonetheless benefitting California anglers right now.

The California Fish and Sport Fee created CDFW’s Wild Trout Program in 1971 on the urging of California Trout, the nonprofit, San Francisco-based wild trout conservation group fashioned the identical yr. CDFW’s Wild Trout Program – right now known as the Heritage and Wild Trout Program – was created in recognition of the necessity to defend and improve the state’s wild trout fisheries whereas additionally sustaining wild trout fishing alternatives for the general public. This system was born at a time when the nationwide consciousness was turning into attuned to adverse impacts on pure assets, together with inhabitants declines amongst fish, wildlife and plant species.

In 1972, the Fee designated 17 streams as Wild Trout Waters and has added to these waters yearly since. Beneath the California Fish and Sport Code, the Fee is required so as to add at the very least 25 miles of stream and at the very least one lake to this system yearly. Amongst these first 17 Wild Trout Waters had been parts of the North Fork American River, Hat Creek, Fall River, the Eel River, the Owens River and Sizzling Creek. Most of the first designated wild trout fisheries are nonetheless acknowledged right now by trout anglers all through the nation.

“The founders of the Heritage and Wild Trout Program had been really visionary a half century in the past, and we actually owe them an enormous thanks for the conservation of those very particular locations and these very particular fish,” stated CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “What I most respect about this system is its dynamism. It continues to develop and adapt, including extra waters and extra particular fishing alternatives yearly whereas managing by means of our up to date environmental challenges the founders of this program by no means may have imagined – a altering local weather, epic drought, devastating wildfires and a human inhabitants approaching 40 million California residents.”

“This anniversary is a big milestone,” stated Curtis Knight, government director of California Trout. “CalTrout has been proud to advertise and companion with CDFW on the Heritage and Wild Trout Program since its inception. We imagine this program was progressive and cutting-edge when it was established within the Seventies. At present it has developed and continues to be one of the crucial efficient fish water insurance policies within the nation.”

Earlier this month, the Fee added two new waters to this system: The North Fork Mokelumne River, which flows by means of parts of Alpine, Amador and Calaveras counties, and Silver Lake in Tulare County have each been designated as Wild Trout Waters.

Since its founding, the principle cost of this system has been to handle and improve California’s wild, self-sustaining trout populations. This system was expanded in 1988 to incorporate conservation of native trout species inside their historic ranges and renamed the Heritage and Wild Trout Program. In 2003, the Heritage Trout Problem was launched to encourage anglers to discover waters that help native trout species. Anglers that catch any six of the state’s qualifying 10 native trout species from their historic drainages are acknowledged by CDFW with a personalised award for his or her accomplishments.

Through the years, CDFW’s Heritage and Wild Trout Program has had far-reaching impacts on fisheries administration and angling tradition by:

  • Elevating consciousness and training of California’s native trout species
  • Driving monitoring and formal administration plans for trout
  • Fostering a catch-and-release fishing ethic that right now is commonplace as the usual apply to guard self-sustaining wild trout and different fisheries
  • Managing for genetic integrity by avoiding stocking hatchery trout into designated waters and dealing to stop hybridization
  • Serving for instance for different states to advertise fishing and conservation of their very own native trout species and catch-and-release fishing. The 12-state, Western Native Trout Problem, for instance, was modeled after CDFW’s Heritage Trout Problem.

Extra info is offered by visiting the Heritage and Wild Trout Program internet web page.

Photograph: CDFW picture of a wild rainbow trout.


Media Contacts:
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 215-3858
Farhat Bajjaliya, CDFW Heritage and Wild Trout Program, (916) 215-5330


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