2020 Spawn Season Closure SUrvey REsults are in!

The results of the 2020 Spawn Season Closure Survey have been tabulated and analyzed.  We were very pleased to receive 235 responses.  Thank you all who participated and advertised the survey!

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To increase angler survey participation and data collection for the wild trout fishery, PCT, with support from Solano Water Agency is conducting an on-line angler survey to support the CDFW’s Bay Delta Region and Heritage and Wild Trout Program management of the fishery. This is a long-term angler survey to estimate the distribution size classes of the Native Wild Trout occurring in the Inter-dam Reach. This will help guide future work to improve the fishery. Each survey completed will count as an entry into drawings for prizes.

This survey has three primary elements:

  • Survey boxes with paper forms that are completed by anglers on site at Fishing Access 5 and the highway 128 parking lots near the dam
  • Online survey at putahcreekanglersurvey.com
  • On-stream personal interviews by volunteers (timing TBD)

The goals of the surveys are to:

  • Document the numbers of fish within different size classes (small, medium, large) caught by anglers
  • Measure angler satisfaction of their experience with fishing the creek
  • Incentivize stakeholders to participate in this survey on a regular basis.

To facilitate ease of completion of the angler survey forms, business cards containing the QR code have been placed in the metal survey boxes. The QR code on these cards and also shown below can be used by mobile phones to access the online website easily.

Why is this survey important? Currently, it is the best way to measure the health of the fishery. There is concern that few replacement young fish have survived the scouring flows of two of the past three years which have occurred at the end of the spawning season when eggs are developing in redds. A 2019-2020 survey for found few redds and even fewer fish on them. In addition, two years of Fall season electro-fishing surveys of young fish habitat turned up very small numbers of young of the year.

Anglers completing either box paper forms or the online survey have the option of including your email which will be used to select winners of various items of fly-fishing gear and $50 gift cards over the term of the study. Each completed survey = 1 entry for the drawings. The first drawing will be in mid-April 2020 for spots on the roster of a two-day fish out on private property along the Yuba River above the highway 120 Bridge.

We need your invaluable help to support the fishery. Grab a QR code business card from the survey boxes or complete one of the paper forms in the boxes. Add the website to your phone’s Home screen to make it even easier to access the site (Click to learn how). The onstream personal interviews will begin once the threat of the Coronavirus COVID-19 has diminished [Ed note: as of March 17, 2020].

Thank you,

The Board of Directors of Putah Creek Trout

PCT Board: Gary Chang, MD

PCT welcomes back one of its founding members and former director – Dr. Gary Chang. Gary help form and lead Putah Creek Trout starting in 2007 along with other concerned fisherman.  Here is a bit more about Gary.

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URGENT! PCT would like your opinion regarding potential fishing regulation changes to protect spawning trout.

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4/24/20 : Putah Creek Fishing Accesses reopened

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.

Stebbins Cold Canyon

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.

Yolo County Parks

From the website:


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: 

  • Elkhorn Regional Park boat ramp (picnic areas closed)
  • Capay Open Space Park (picnic areas closed)
  • Valley Vista Regional Park trail system
  • Trails accessed via Road 40 (across low water bridge). Limited parking available along Road 40. Lower site main parking lot and restrooms closed.

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.

The 2019 Spawn is ON! [Repost from 2016]

[This is a repost from 2016 with some updates for 2019-2020]

The 2016 Putah Creek trout spawn is ramping up. Here are some tips on helping ensure the next generation gets a healthy start…

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Take Out the Trash 2019!

It’s that time of year again to enjoy some camaraderie and spruce up the creek!

Friends of Putah Creek: Putah Creek Trout and Fly Fishers of Davis are cosponsoring a cleanup of the Inter-dam Reach of the Creek on Saturday, September 21 beginning at 9 AM and finishing at 12 noon.

Meet at Fishing Access 5 by 8:45am to sign the liability release form, get initial directions, pick-up materials, and divide up into teams.

Children are very welcome, under 12 yrs must have adult accompany them

Consider bringing the following:

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle, cutlery, plate
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Trash picker
  • Garden gloves
  • Folding chair
  • Waders if you plan on crossing or entering the creek

Lunch will be hosted again by the Fly Fishers of Davis. Meet at Fishing Access 1 around noon.

FFD Hosted Lunch

Instructions and sign-ups are available at the link below. 

For more information, contact Steve Karr:
(530)-400-1171 (cell)

PCT Volunteer: Dave Jepma

Thanks Dave for your energy and dedication to the cause! Let’s learn a little bit more about Dave FROM Dave….

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PCT to host Benefit Screening of Patagonia’s Artifishal

The road to extinction is paved with good intentions…

Join Putah Creek Trout 7 – 9:30pm on Saturday June 22, 2019 at the Palms Playhouse in Winters, CA to see a benefit screening of Patagonia’s Artifishal. Read More

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