Our 2018 Summer Steelhead Dive has been announced – please join us!
SRF in Fortuna, CA is this week – an excellent conference for those interested in salmon restoration work. There was a trip up to the Klamath yesterday to tour the work being done on Terwer Creek – we saw the very impressive engineering, design and implementation work aimed at increasing the complexity and resiliency to instream and off-channel habitat for salmon and steelhead. The tour was lead by Rocco Fiori, whose firm did much of the work in collaboration with the Yurok and Green Diamond. Good stuff!
I took advantage of the spring weather (early April, before this last wave of wet), and did a quick kayak run down the lower river. I put in at the goose-bend, and took out at the bridge. The river was running at about 1000 CFS, which made for a pretty nice float. I saw quite a few steelhead rolling in the willows, which was great. As the photo shows, I was not the only one who noticed this (photo credit: Dylan Mattole)!
The Mattole Salmon Group supports the CA Water Bond of 2018. For more information go to www.waterbond.org.
Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus or Lampetra tridentata) spawning in South Fork Bear Creek, Mattole River, King Range National Conservation Area, CA in early June 2016.
Photo and video credit: Zane Ruddy – Fish Biologist
Ancestor Creek, Mattole River, CA
June 1, 2016
credit: Zane Ruddy Fish Biologist
Please RSVP by Friday, June 30th. The RSVP date helps us to make everything run smoother for scheduling, so we appreciate your help in responding as soon as possible.
Complete the RSVP Questionnaire by clicking the link below
Friday, July 7: We will meet at A.W.Way county park (directions below) at 8:00 a.m. Please do not be late. We will have coffee and pastries, and gear for those who have reserved it.
Saturday, July 8: We will meet at A.W. Way County Park at 8:00 a.m. When you are done diving, bring all gear and data sheets back to the park where we will host a BBQ for all of our volunteers!
- Mask and Snorkel
- Dive/Wading Boots
- Hood and gloves for colder, upriver reaches
- Wet Suit
- Dry Bag/Waterproof Container for your lunch (IMPORTANT).
- Small Daypack
I know it will be an amazing time, thank you all for making our annual dive possible, and look forward to seeing you soon! Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have questions!
This is the kind of high water that rearranges the furniture for the fish.
I dumped 4.1″ out of the rain gauge today.
Here are some photos taken of the lower two miles, just before dark as the flow reached 24,400 cfs at the Petrolia Gauge, by the bridge.
Whole trees are bumping along in the current, careening off recent plantings.
Chad Smith, while fishing the lower Mattole, must have sent his soul skyward to record this video. Steelhead, people and seals enjoy a spring day in the river.
Check it out.
The 2015 Mattole summer steelhead dive will be Friday July 17th and Saturday July 18th. Conducted annually since 1996, this watershed-wide survey is our primary source of information on the abundance and distribution of adult summer-run steelhead, and also provides information on the distribution of other native and non-native aquatic species. For more information check out our Summer Steelhead Dive page.
We are excited to host this year’s dives again at the beautiful A.W.Way county park. We will have a camp site reserved with limited tent space available for Friday and Saturday night. We will be asking divers for a $5-10 donation to help us offset the costs of camping and day-use fees. There are flush toilets, hot showers and an awesome swimming hole!
For more information and to sign up, please contact Michelle Dow (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PLEASE RSVP by July 7th.