Welcome to Trout Unlimited of California, the California State Council.

Our mission is to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain California's salmonid fisheries, their watersheds and the diversity of their populations.
In pursuit of this mission, all native plants and animals will benefit, providing a clean and sustainable environment for future generations.


Protect our pristine headwaters on public lands for wild and native fish


Reconnect the segmented, dammed, water diverted streams for cool, clean fish-friendly water flows.


Restore native habitat in cold-water fisheries with sound science-based practices, collaborating with others across our state.


Organizing, education and outreaching to our communities ensures that we will be able to sustain robust populations of native and wild coldwater salmonids, to once again thrive within their native California ranges.

TROUT magazine is a quarterly publication produced by Trout Unlimited covering National issue of interest to all Trout Unlimited members.

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Featured Stories

The River Drains Through It (Read this article for free: browser version)

Transbasin diversions ship vast amounts of water to quench the thirst of growing populations.
By Tom Kenworthy
Camouflage Conservation
How hunters and anglers are shaping the conservation agenda.
By Kirk Deeter

Changing of the Guard
TU’s legislative wish list for the new Congress and president.

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Watershed Planning

The new TU conservation framework: Protect, Reconnect, Restore and Sustain suggests a ‘top-to-bottom’ approach for salmonoid restoration. Many conservation groups and resource agencies around the state are formulating or have completed watershed plans to address the varied needs of a specific watershed. As this planning is often a collaboration of environmental contractors, NGO’s, volunteers, and resource & government agencies, we feel that the sharing or the web linking to, these plans may be a benefit for others to follow and use. A watershed plan often sets the stage for future grant funding.

1.San Juan Watershed Plan—South Coast Chapter, Orange County, CA 2006

2.National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) Salmon & Steelhead Recovery Plan (draft 2007)

California Cast is the name of our quarterly council-based grassroots newsletter. We are currently looking for a volunteer editor who would be willing to coordinate & collect CA staff & grassroots-written articles, photos, etc. to continue the tradition. This newsletter will only be available online and may be downloaded to your home computer. Due to the high cost of postage, we will no longer be mailing hard copies to our 10,000 California member base.

Archive copies available below.

Fall 2003

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The exceptional fish and game resources found in the Modoc National Forest are depending on sportsmen to stand up and demand that they be protected from the surplus of motorized routes that would further degrade water quality and fragment large game habitat. Take action to protect native trout populations in Modoc National Forest. Please visit our online action center today and stand up for native trout populations.
Comments are due by February 11, 2009.

The Modoc National Forest is one of the most diverse forests enjoyed by sportsmen in the West. Two native trout species, the Warner and Goose Lake redband trout, are at serious risk from unmanaged off-highway vehicle use and the proliferation of new roads in the forest. The Modoc boasts exceptional hunting for both upland birds and large game species such as Rocky Mountain Elk and California Mule Deer. Tell Forest Supervisor Stanley Sylva that we have enough roads, and that we sportsmen need more wild country, not less.

In a report sponsored by Cal Trout and others, Dr. Peter Moyle of UC Davis, one of the leading experts on CA trout and their watersheds, published a comprehensive report on the status of salmonoids in CA. All the facts show there is a definite slide in the health of our fish. So much, in fact that, in 100 years from now, up to 65 to 80% of California’s trout, steelhead and salmon species will be considered extinct.

” The southernmost populations of salmon, steelhead, and trout, uniquely adapted to California’s climatic regime, are in deep trouble.”... “Bringing these fish back from the brink of extinction will not be easy but it is possible, thanks to the inherent adaptability of California’s salmonids to changing conditions. However, the growing threats of climate change and increasing human populations, with increases in water use and in intensity of land use, will need to be addressed. In the long run, restoring fisheries for most species, however, will require reducing or at least not increasing human impacts on the California landscape.” (Dr. Moyle)

This is a startling report and a wake up call to all. Water issues promise to be the number one threat to fish in the coming years.

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) was ordered by a federal court to cease stocking trout, steelhead and salmon in selected sites until a comprehensive Environmental Report (EIR) was complied and reviewed. This lawsuit was filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pacific Rivers council on concerns of the possible extinction of select native fish and amphibians due to inadequate stocking management.

While some 180 sites will be banned from receiving stocked fish, over 80% of the total, roughly 770 sites, will still be stocked in 2009.

There undoubtedly will be an economic impact in communities who depend on anglers who fish these ‘put’ and take’ sites for 2009. And, DFG fish stocking will also be undoubtedly more scrutinized in the future.

For those of us in the fish conservation community as well as anglers of all philosophies; let us hope this short-term action forces DFG and its policies to employing a more long-term, comprehensive stocking management approach that factors better protection for native fish & amphibians in their historic ranges.

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