The trout in California’s Fall River — one of the biggest spring creek systems in the west — have apparently adapted to the cold, steady flows by spawning over as much as a nine-month stretch of the year.
This video by Mikey Wier documents a tagging program designed to find out where and when the majority of the river’s sizable trout population spawn.
The project — a joint effort between CalTrout, The Fall River Conservancy, Orvis, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the UC Davis Center For Watershed Sciences — should prove interesting, especially if I can get a look at the fish location and movement data before everyone else.
Hey, this blogging stuff has got to have some benefits.
The Fall River has suffered at the hands of excessive sedimentation and invasives (Eurasian Milfoil), but it still fishes well, and if CalTrout and Fall River Conservancy have anything to say about it, it’ll fish even better in the future.
See you on the Fall River, Tom Chandler