Missouri NLC rep talks climate change

By Jeff Witten As an avid fisherman and long-time Trout Unlimited member, I have become increasingly concerned about climate change and the impacts it will have on fishing.   Accordingly, I undertake various activities to engage the public through things like chairing TU’s Climate Change Working Group, getting involved with local conservation issues, and occasional … Read more

Turning corner at Kerber Creek

 By Jason Willis The Kerber Creek watershed comprises just over 64,000 acres in the northern San Luis Valley of Colorado.  The headwaters drain through the historic Bonanza Mining District, which is littered with left over draining adits and mine waste/tailing piles from decades of mining.  Several flood events in the 1900s breached dams in the … Read more

Responding to warming waters in the Gulf of Maine

By David VanBurgel Picture fly fishing in Maine: canopied streams; cold water tumbling over granite; deep lakes; brook trout as colorful as the streambed gravels of their native waters. The impacts of climate change may not be so easy to see in Maine as they are other places. Still, a recent articleby prize-winning journalist Colin Woodard … Read more

How far will you drive to fish?

by Helen Neville Frequently pegged as geeky, and not always the most graceful communicators, we scientists struggle with how to translate our often wonky results to the public in ways that actually mean something to them.  Climate scientists perhaps face particular difficulty finding ways to help people grasp the nature of climate change and understand … Read more

Tailwaters in a warming world

The White River in Arkansas is an excellent trout fishery, but only because it’s trout section flows out of the bottom of a dam, creating a constant supply of cold water.  By Jared Carpenter It’s safe to say that most TU members fish in the tailwaters below dams at least occasionally. Essentially, tailwaters are the … Read more

Fish from space: NASA extends TU science grant

By Helen Neville and Dan Dauwalter When TU staff consider who might be valuable partners in our conservation work, we typically think of state fish and wildlife agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, or the U.S. Forest Service, to name a few. We certainly don’t usually think of NASA. … Read more

Parasites in brook trout on the rise

Gill lice in a Wisconsin brook trout. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Trout Unlimited. By Jack Williams In Wisconsin, Department of Natural Resources staff are finding increasing rates of gill lice parasitism in brook trout as waters warm. In North Carolina, the same gill lice have been found for the first time on brook trout from … Read more