‘Now we just need water’

Juvenile steelhead found in pools on the Calaveras River near Wilson Way (file photo). Courtesy the Fishery Foundation of California.

In reaction to a recent story about the potential to improve Calaveras River steelhead populations, fisherman Roger Johnson writes:

“I can vouch for there still being steelhead in the Calaveras river. I’ve caught and released many fish well over 20 inches. Some as big as 26 inches…

“Fishing the river above the Bellota weir is tricky due to private land surrounding the river. But that stretch of river from the Bellota weir to Hogan dam never dries out. The flows get dangerously low but the fish survive ironically because of the weir.

“The habitat from just downstream of the Escalon Bellota Rd all the way to Hogan dam is prime spawning grounds. Now we just need water.”

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