Thank you to the almost 30 volunteers who came out to spruce up our home water. It was great to meet new faces and introduce them to the Interdam Reach. Some larger items such as tires, an 80 gallon steel drum, and a chair were removed from the riparian area. Steve Karr reported that the cleanup netted approximately 800 pounds of garbage and 100 pounds of recyclables.
As they say, many hands make the work easy and we wrapped up with three hours. Continue to do your part to keep the creek clean –
The passing of Keith Bigelow left the Putah Creek Fly Fishing Forum without an administrator. The forum began years ago after a discussion with Greg Bonovich:
“Keith was the reason I began this website. We met years ago and he was a client of mine, he asked if I had a website dedicated to the creek and at the time I did not. He offered his expertise and I accepted As I’m about as computer illiterate as a 3 year old. For the most part Keith set up and ran this site for little or no money. The vision quickly turned into a catalyst for information important to Putah Creek instead of an advertising tool for my guiding business . It has brought together a great group of people that care a lot about the health and well being of our creek. Keith was probably the kindest most humble person I’ve ever met. Every time we spoke I was reminded of the person that I should strive more to be.”– Greg Bonovich posted on forum November 9, 2020
The forum had gone fallow for a bit but will now be hosted by PCT as a service to the community. We are hoping that it will regain some of its energy as we all come out of the Covid doldrums. Please offer suggestions about how PCT can best host this resource and engage our community with the common purpose to protect and enhance the resource. Go post some good tips or learn about how the fishing has trended over the years.
2021 is going out with a bang as Putah Creek Trout volunteers worked to place new and replace out of date regulation signage as well as mud snail warning signs throughout the Interdam Reach. A HUGE shout out to Dave Jepma and Mike Glazeski as they did much of the actual placement!
PCT volunteers met with Heritage and Wild Trout Program statewide manager Farhat Bajjalia and CDFW Region 3 Biologist Ryan Watanabe at FA5 and immediately got to work. The group placed new and replaced old angler survey boxes.
It was hard but rewarding work. Next time you’re out on the creek, check them out (and fill out those surveys)!
Let’s learn a bit more from Mike in his own words:
I am originally from Massachusetts where I started fly fishing in my early teens. I came to California when I was 19 in the U.S. Navy and have lived here ever since. My wife and I moved to Northern California when I was accepted at the University of California, Berkeley in 1975 and where I first learned of (and started fishing at) Putah Creek in 1976. The creek has been a refuge for me ever since and I have a deep rooted fondness for it.
I retired in 2016 from simultaneous careers as an optometrist in an ophthalmological practice in Alameda, an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, School of Optometry and as a Commander in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Navy.
Now that I have more free time, I enjoy participating in volunteer efforts with Putah Creek Trout. From Steve Karr’s side channel hydrological surveys, to the attempts to lay gravel to improve the breeding areas, to the annual stream side clean-up events, for me it is a way of giving back to a place that I have long enjoyed and an opportunity to meet others who also care for this very special resource.
Thanks again Mike… See you at the next volunteer opportunity!
Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers, the 2021 Interdam Putah Creek Cleanup Day was a complete success!
Steve Karr reported:
“We had 24 volunteers clean 3.5 miles of the Creek on Saturday. We collected 150 lbs of recyclables and filled the 10 yd dumpster with an impressive 1800 lbs of trash including a torn down shed and other construction materials that had been illegally dumped near Fishing Access 2 and Fishing Access 1. Special thanks go to our site team leaders Shawn, Son, Dylan, Dave, Mike, and Richard Loft. Special thanks to Charlie Schneider of the California Council of Trout Unlimited and Roger Wachtler of the John Muir East Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited for their help in volunteer recruitment. Special thanks to Tom Robinson and Fly Fishers of Davis for providing tables and 5 gallon buckets.”
It was great to get back together after the long epidemic hiatus. More hands-on volunteer opportunities are coming soon. See you then!
To sign up for the event, register through the Eventbrite:
Plan to join us if you can – it would be a good opportunity to go fishing afterwards!
Steve Karr, Board Chair-Putah Creek Trout — 530-400-1171
Yolo County has announced today that the Putah Creek Fishing Accesses are reopening today with continued recommendations for social distancing and other measures to continue protecting against the spread of COVID-19
Yolo County continues to recommend social distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals and face coverings when 6 feet cannot be reliably maintained (ie in a boat). Members of the same household are not required to comply with these recommendations. For further details, please see the Yolo County website
Updates to come regarding the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve parking areas around the Highway 128 bridge
3/26/20: Yolo County Parks and the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve have BOTH been closed within the past 48 hours. This will directly impact fishing Putah Creek as there will no longer functionally be access to the creek without being considered trespassing. We will update this post as more information becomes available.
From the website:
STEBBINS COLD CANYON IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. As of March 24th, the Solano County Office of Emergency Services (OES) has requested that Stebbins Cold Canyon close to the public. The Solano County request follows Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home orderimpacting all non-essential activities in California. Narrow trails in Stebbins Cold Canyon make it impossible to maintain the required social distancing, especially given large crowds that have accessed the site in recent days. OES is also concerned that scarce first-responder resources could be consumed by wildland area rescues.
From the website:
**PARKS CLOSURE NOTICE—EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY**
March 25, 2020
All Yolo County Parks, with the exception of those listed below, will be closed to the public until further notice. The Knights Landing Boat Launch and Clarksburg Boat Launch will remain open until 5:00pm on Friday, March 27. All other parks will be closed beginning Thursday, March 26. The Parks Division had hoped to keep all of our parks open to provide opportunities for the public to spend time outdoors while following social distancing recommendations during the shelter-in-place orders. However, with limited staffing during this time, we do not have the resources to adequately maintain our park properties while also ensuring the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Additionally, over the past few days many of our facilities have been the target of vandalism and various forms of waste disposal. While this is not the decision we had hoped to make, it was made in the interest of public health and safety.
Anyone entering closed parks may be cited for trespassing and the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol these areas. The Parks Division understands this is an inconvenience, but in these unprecedented times we ask for the public’s full cooperation in adhering to these closures.
In order to provide some opportunities to recreate safely outdoors, the following parks are scheduled to remain open:
The County may also close these parks if deemed necessary at any point. While using these parks it is imperative that visitors follow social distancing recommendations, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for personal hygiene, and pack out any waste.
For additional information please contact Yolo County Parks at 530-406-4880.