California is a big state, with an impressive abundance and diversity of wild trout, salmon, steelhead and related fishing opportunities. From the salmon and steelhead of the northern redwood forests to the native trout of the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains, California’s rivers, streams, lakes and Pacific coastline sustain 31 distinct kinds of trout, salmon and steelhead – 20 of which are found only in California. It is, truly, a trout angler’s paradise.
With 10,000 statewide TU members, eight active chapters, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, a state council of volunteer leaders and a strong staff located throughout the Golden State, Trout Unlimited in California is involved in a variety of projects and programs to protect our native fisheries; restore degraded rivers, streams and other habitat; reconnect key rivers, streams and other habitat to restore healthy, functioning watersheds, and sustain our fishing and conservation legacy by informing and engaging others in our important efforts.
The numerous volunteers, members, chapters and staff of Trout Unlimited in California are working diligently to protect, restore and sustain our native trout, salmon, steelhead and the rivers, streams and watersheds that sustain them.
Please join us in our important efforts – the future of our fish and fishing depends on it.
Unfortunately, many of California’s fish are in trouble, and the opportunity to fish for trout and salmon in California’s ample waters is diminishing.
Because of a combination of inadequate stream flows, water diversions, poor water quality, increased water temperatures, barriers to migrations, habitat degradation, past and current land use practices, invasive species, hybridization of native species with non-native species and impacts of climate change, fisheries biologists and other experts estimate that 65 percent of California’s native salmonid species will be extinct within 100 years if present trends continue.
We work cooperatively with other fishing and conservation organizations; federal, state and local governments and agencies; timber companies, farmers, grape growers, wine producers and other businesses and landowners on creative, collaborative approaches that include: Protecting key rivers, streams and watersheds that still remain fairly wild and intact; restoring and enhancing habitat in rivers, streams and watersheds; removing barriers to migrations so salmon and steelhead can reach their historic spawning grounds, and finding innovative ways to keep water in our rivers and streams for fish in a manner that meets the needs of landowners so they can continue running successful, profitable businesses.
To help others learn about, and get involved in fishing and conservation, chapters and volunteers also organize and help sponsor events such as the annual Steelhead Festival in Healdsburg; flyfishing and fly tying clinics; fishing and conservation events and clinics for kids and teenagers; Trout in the Classroom programs, and take veterans fishing to help them recover from the wounds and trauma of war.
For those who want hands-on conservation experiences, our chapters organize dozens of events every year to help clean rivers and streams and restore habitat with efforts that include planting vegetation to stabilize streambanks, placing woody debris in creeks and streams to provide shade, cover and resting habitat for fish and helping to collect data and monitor streams and rivers to gain information needed to protect and restore our fisheries.
We’re always open to new ideas and fresh approaches.
In sum: We believe in the simple philosophy that “if you take care of the fish, the fishing will take care of itself.”
California Director, Trout Unlimited