Steelhead Fish Counts for Spring 2019

The numbers are in, and they are looking good!

Photo from Bruce Dormody, San Clemente Rancho

Photo from Bruce Dormody, San Clemente Rancho

According to MPRWD monitoring, steelhead fish passage over the Los Padres Dam is rebounding. After three years of minimal to no observed steelhead population in the upper Carmel River, the number of fish sitings is on the rise. The monthly counts for 2019 are as follows:

  • January: 3 males and 5 females

  • February: 2 males and 4 females

  • March: 13 males and 23 females

  • April 1-8: 6 males and 11 females

Thus, up to April 8th 2019, 67 steelhead have been observed over the Los Padres Dam, a remarkable rebound from previous years! Let’s keep up the good work (and good environmental management efforts from our partners) to restore these numbers.

(Source: Kevan Urquhart, MPRWD)

Steelhead release behind Los Padres Dam. From: CalAm Water

Steelhead release behind Los Padres Dam. From: CalAm Water