Volunteer anglers needed for Klamath River study

Blue Creek photoThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking volunteer anglers to assist with a scientific study to be performed on the Klamath River near Blue Creek. The purpose of the study is to investigate the potential effects of water temperature on hooking related mortality of Steelhead Trout. This is a rare opportunity to assist CDFW scientists with an important study by angling for steelhead in a wild and remote section of the Klamath River. Anglers of all skill levels may participate. However, some experience fishing for trout, salmon, or steelhead in a river or stream environment is required.

Due to the remote location of the study site, we are asking volunteers to dedicate a full day (sunrise to sunset) to the study; including 5-9 hours angling, plus additional time for training and orientation.

Volunteers will meet CDFW personnel near the town of Klamath. CDFW will provide transportation to and from the study site via jet boat. Volunteers must provide for themselves:

  • Transportation to and from the meeting location
  • Valid California fishing license and steelhead punch card
  • Personal fishing equipment (rods/reels, tackle, bait, flies, etc.)
  • Food, water, extra clothing, and personal safety gear (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, etc.) adequate for a full day (sunrise to sunset) on the river.

Volunteers will be expected to use the gear types and angling techniques specified by CDFW personnel on site.

The study will be performed mostly on weekends from July 9, 2016 through October 2, 2016. Tentative dates for angler participation are as follows:

July volunteer table

To sign up, please contact Brett Anderson (brett.anderson@wildlife.ca.gov) or (916) 323-3422 with the following information:

To sign up, please contact Brett Anderson (brett.anderson@wildlife.ca.gov) or (916) 323-3422 with the following information:

    • Name
    • Phone number and email address
    • Preferred dates
    • Short description of your angling experience

Only pre-registered volunteers will be allowed to participate. We appreciate your understanding, and thank you for your interest in volunteering for this study.