Water Talks: Local Fish and Fishing on June 16th, 2011

What is it about fish and fishing? Get a fish-eye-view on what is unique about fish in the region with a panel of local biologists, conservationists and fishermen at the next Water Talks. Water Talks: Local Fish and Fishing will be held Thursday June 16th 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Highland Room at the Mount Shasta Resort [Note: NOT THE SISSON MUSEUM THIS TIME] located at 1000 Siskiyou Lake Boulevard in Mount Shasta. The Talks are free and open to the public.

“Most people don’t know that salmon used to come all the way into Mount Shasta City to spawn in Cold Creek, Kid’s Creek and Wagon Creek,” explained local historian Craig Ballenger. “The McCloud River was once a prolific salmon stream, and the McCloud River rainbow trout has been exported all over the world,” he said. Ballenger will present on the History of the McCloud River Fisheries.

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Don Flickinger will present on the Klamath River system anadromous fish and the habitats they require for their protection and recovery. “Over the past decade, I’ve been involved in annual salmon and salmonid habitat monitoring, fish habitat restoration work, and consultations under the Endangered Species Act for listed Southern Oregon Northern CA Coast (SONCC) coho salmon,” Flickinger said.

The Talks will also include presentations from Curtis Knight, Conservation Director of California Trout on the area’s unique fish species, John Rickard, fly fishing guide and photographer of Wild Waters Fly Fishing on Fishing the McCloud River, and Andrew Braugh, California Trout’s Mt. Shasta Conservation Manager on “Salmon 101.”

Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of the area’s unique fish species and fisheries issues.

Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational events with local and regional expert presenters sharing on a range of water related topics. Water Talks is a project of California Trout. California Trout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring California’s wild trout, steelhead, and salmon streams. For more information contact Donna Boyd, California Trout, at 530-925-4750.

McCloud Waterfalls Hike on Saturday, May 22

It’s time to enjoy more of our local waterfalls before all the tourists arrive. The Mt. Shasta Trail Association invites you to join us on this easy 4-mile roundtrip river trail in the McCloud Falls area.

We will begin our hike along the McCloud River at the powerful, shooting Lower Falls, originally named Nurum-wit-ti-dekki (falls where the salmon turn back) by the native Wintu Indians. From here we will walk upstream to the impressive, cascading Middle Falls, 70 feet wide and 35 feet high.  Then on to Upper Falls and finally to the clear cold waters behind Lakin Dam.

This event is free of charge. Meet at the fish hatchery where Lake Street meets Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta (central exit) on Saturday, May 22, at 9am, and bring lunch and water. We will return about 3 pm. Further questions, Call Joan Roemer 926 0647.

Lower McCloud Falls Plunge. Photo by John Soares
Lower McCloud Falls Plunge. Photo by John Soares