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HomeSeptember 2015
The Future of Trout and Steelhead
in Southern California
with Dr. Sandra Jacobson

7:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pasadena Casting Club Clubhouse
Lower Arroyo Seco Park
Pasadena, CA 91105

Wandering around greater LA, we can still see hints and clues that our metropolitan area was once a “Sportsmen’s” paradise. Within the lifetimes of our more seasoned club members, steelhead were caught in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers with a catch limit of 50 fish per day, and the Arroyo Seco had flows up to 7000 cubic feet per second!.

Though the past eight decades have brought significant changes to these watersheds, there are still opportunities to protect and conserve our native fisheries. Recent studies of rainbow trout currently in the San Gabriel tributaries show that a high percentage are the genetic descendants of native steelhead. What is the significance of this gene pool for the future of steelhead recovery?

This month’s speaker, Dr. Sandra Jacobson, will share her unique insights on the future of native trout and steelhead in southern California. As project manager for the highly collaborative large scale Southern California rainbow trout population genetic analysis funded by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sandi has been engaged in steelhead population analysis and recovery strategies. With a doctorate in molecular genetics and as a biologist geared toward science-based conservation, she’s worked closely with non-profit organizations and government agencies to secure grant funding and implement environmental projects in Southern California.

Sandi is also a past president of Golden State Flycasters and has been a board member of the San Diego chapter of Trout Unlimited. She’s enthusiastic about applying her knowledge and experience to broaden the impact of the Southern California Steelhead Coalition as they contemplate a myriad of impending changes for our local waters.

What are the new opportunities for PCC members to enjoy and conserve our native fish environment for future generations in this, the largest metropolitan area in America?

  • Will the recent San Gabriel National Monument designation bring much-needed action to conserve our local fisheries?

  • How will southern steelhead recovery efforts affect our local fishing opportunities?

  • With all of that insider intelligence, what is Sandi’s secret fishing spot? (OK, maybe she won’t tell us that, but no harm in asking…).

    SJacobson04 Come join us on Thursday, September 10th, 7:30pm at the PCC Clubhouse to glimpse the future for southern California native fish with Dr. Sandra Jacobson.