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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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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Volunteer to Replace Signage and Survey Boxes

Come out Saturday October 23, 2021 to work with PCT and CDFW to replace signage and Angler Survey Boxes

Calling all friends of the Putah Creek fishery! PCT has organized a volunteer participation opportunity that will directly impact our cherished water. We will be replacing outdated or worn-out regulation signs at select access points along the inter-dam reach. 
In cooperation with Region 3 fisheries biologist Ryan Watanabe we will also replace six Angler Survey Boxes (ASB) that have been damaged, graffitied, or otherwise made inoperable since their original placement in 2008.

About this event

Volunteers will meet at Putah Creek Trailhead (FA 5 parking lot) by 9:00 AM to construct signage by attaching signs to back boards or gluing to Kiosk mounting panels within the Interdam Reach. Following Covid Safety protocols will be required including :

1. Covid Vaccination required

2. Face covering required

3. Waiver Forms completed (for new volunteers)

4. Cordless powered screw drivers with flat head bit attachments are useful for attaching signs to back boards. Short ladders (5 ft.) are useful. All mounting supplies provided by PCT

You can get additional information or sign up for the event at the Eventbrite link below, or send a email to PutahCreektrout@gmail.com.

2021 Cleanup Day Success!

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!

2021 CleanUp Day

Join Putah Creek Trout September 18, 2021 between 9am – 12pm as we help keep our home water clean

  • PCT is recruiting volunteers to help with this event; we need from 25-30 participants
  • As Covid-19 continues to be a safety concern at any group event, we have requirements that must be met to participate in the event:
    • No symptoms of illness for at least 10 days prior to the event
    • All participants must have received at least one dose of either Moderna’s, Pfizer’s, or Johnson and Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine two weeks prior to the event
    • All participants will be required to wear a face covering during the event when within 6 feet of other people outside your personal bubble
    • A “face covering” means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth.  A face covering may be factory made, handmade, or improvised from ordinary household materials.
    • Social distancing (6 feet) is to be practiced, whenever practical
  • Access to hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and a hand washing station will be provided
  • Additional information:
    • The event starts at 9 AM; it’s recommended that volunteers arrive at Fishing Access 5 by 8:30 AM to complete the waivers and meet and greet others to form teams
    • Vinyl or Nitrile gloves and collection bags will be provided; volunteers may want to bring garden or work type gloves for protection against potential sharp objects such as broken glass; a 5-gallon plastic pail is useful for holding collected items
    • PCT and Yolo County require the completion and signature of a Liability Release/Waiver Form, available at the event
    • Teams of 4-5 participants will be responsible for cleanup at one of the 5 Fishing Accesses or the highway 128 bridge. A team captain will record data from each site
    • All collected trash and recyclables will be brought back to Fishing Access 5 and deposited in the dumpster or tote
    • Liquid refreshments and light snacks will be provided for participants

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


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)

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