September 4, 2018
Topic: California Fish Hatcheries- Pros and Cons
Speaker: Dennis Lee
A PowerPoint presentation exploring the positive and negative aspects of California fish hatcheries and their effect on salmon, steelhead and trout fisheries. The presentation covers the history of fish hatcheries, how fisheries science sheds light on the problems of past practices, and how new techniques help reduce detrimental effects of hatchery influence on wild fish populations.
Dennis retired from the California Department of Fish and Game in 2006 as a Supervising Fishery Biologist after 36 years managing California’s inland and anadromous fisheries. He began his career 1970 as a Fish and Wildlife Assistant at the Nimbus Salmon and Steelhead Hatchery. Throughout his career he worked on various projects and programs including Russian River salmon and steelhead studies; North Coast fishery management including timber harvest plan review, and anadromous stream surveys and fish population estimates; Central Valley and Sierra Nevada fishery management, Klamath River Salmon and Steelhead Research Project Leader, Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program, and supervised staff for the Heritage and Wild Trout Program, Lake and Reservoir Project, and help initiate the Central Valley Anadromous Resource Assessment Project.
After retirement, Dennis was hired by the Department as a Retired Annuitant and responsible for the development and preparation of Chinook salmon and steelhead program Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans for Central Valley anadromous hatcheries. He is currently a member of the Feather River, Nimbus, and Mokelumne River hatchery coordination teams and a member of the 2012 California Scientific Hatchery Review Group.
In 2015, after several years of research, writing, and editing, Dennis and his wife Wendy published “The Half-Pounder, A Steelhead Trout Life - History and Fly Fishing” a limited-edition book that includes 14 chapters, 240 pages and hundreds of full color photographs. Individual chapters cover the origin of half-pounder and steelhead names, evolution and distribution, life history and describes the geography and early history of southern Oregon and northern California half-pounder rivers relating to anadromous fish. Information on run timing, speed of migration, and distribution helps ensure successful fishing. Chapters on half-pounder fly fishing tackle (both single and two-handed rods or covered), fly fishing presentations and methods, and color plates of over 150 historical and current half-pounder fly patterns are included. Copies are available to club members at a reduced price.
Dennis enjoys tying flies and fishing northern California and southern Oregon steelhead rivers. He and his wife Wendy live in Folsom, California.
Trevor Segelke, CFFU Programs Director
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Richard Conzelmann Community Center
2201 Cottage Way, Sac., CA 95825
6:15 p.m.: Fly Tying Demo
7:00 p.m.: Program Presentation
8:00 p.m.: Club Information