Monday, January 30th, 2023
Monday, January 30th, 2023

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California: Wardens, Scientists and Volunteers Scoop up Wayward Trout

This spring of high water across America is bringing major
challenges to sandbagging crews and straining the resolve of
temporary dikes. In California, it has also brought “upstream”
movements of trout that have swum well beyond the normal finish
line.

The wayward trout are ending up in roadside ditches and tiny
streams that will dry up completely before the fish find their way
back where they came from. So here is what California Department of
Fish and Game, along with volunteers, is doing to save the adult
fish.

California Department of Fish and Game Wardens, County Sheriffs,
scientists and community volunteers saved hundreds of mature trout
from dying near Big Bear Lake in Northern Los Angeles County this
week.

Due to the extraordinary high water levels in Big Bear Lake,
hundreds of trout have been swimming upstream into culverts, dry
stream beds and other flooded areas near the airport at the north
end of the lake and into creeks that wind through residential
areas, trapping the fish in shallow water.

This week DFG personnel rescued more than 250 trout that would have
been stranded in very shallow water and died once the water
receded. The fish were relocated back into Big Bear Lake.

“It was pretty amazing to see 3 and 4 pound trout flopping in 2
inches of water on the side of the road way. We had a lot of people
ask what we were doing and most were very appreciative of our
efforts,” said DFG Senior Environmental Scientist Mike
Giusti.

Department officials will continue to watch the lake levels and
will come back to the area and rescue more fish if necessary.

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