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2018 AOTY/DOTY Entry

Topic: First Steelhead Spawning in Alameda Creek Watershed Since 1960s?  (Read 674 times)

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I received this note from the San Jose Flycasters Conservation Chairman and thought I'd pass it along as a ray of hope:

First Steelhead Spawning in Watershed Since 1960s?

The pair of radio tagged steelhead trout that were given a helping hand on February 26th past the BART weir in lower Alameda Creek have paired up and made their way together into Stonybrook Creek in Niles Canyon, where they were observed traveling together and exhibiting spawning behavior for two days in early March. This marks the first time that adult steelhead have attempted to spawn in suitable trout habitat in the Alameda Creek watershed since the early to mid 1960s, a significant milestone in our effort to restore steelhead and salmon to Alameda Creek.

Bonnie (a female steelhead measuring 27 inches long and weighing 8.5 pounds) and Clyde (a male 28 inches and 8 pounds) were initially observed in the Alameda Creek flood control channel in Fremont on February 25th, attempting to jump the BART weir. They were netted by Alameda Creek Alliance volunteers, East Bay Regional Park District biologists, and Alameda County staff operating under state and federal permits on February 26th, fitted with radio tags and moved upstream into Niles Canyon. Both fish are currently holding together in a pool in the creek and could attempt to spawn again - they are being monitored daily via the radio tags.

Please do not attempt to locate or view the steelhead - they need their privacy and are in a vulnerable location where they could easily get spooked. Thank you.