Caples Creek Angler Survey Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to conduct angler surveys on Caples Creek. Angler success data is desired by the DFW to formulate actions to improve the angler experience on Caples Creek. Caples Creek was named a Wild Trout Water by the Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2014. Recent EID fish counts in the Kirkwood Creek region found no trout.No other data is available.
Our El Dorado chapter seeks to place special regulations on the creek to prohibit use of bait and allow catch and release angling only. We have thoughts of hatching trout eggs in the creek to grow a sustainable population. We are working to post signage defining the region and discouraging the “take” of fish. The DFW desires population data before initiating any management action.
John Hanson, the DFW biologist will conduct a training day following Memorial Day. Surveys are planned for one week day and one weekend day from then to mid-November. Our early focus will be on the summer months.
Surveys would be conducted at the Caples Creek trailhead at the Fitz-Rantz Bridge on the Silver Fork and the Lake Margaret trailhead on highway 88. Anglers would be asked their origin, hours fished and numbers and size of fish caught. Data sheets will be provided to enter responses.
Please volunteer to assist in this process. Many hands will help to limit the individual demands. Your name, e-mail address and phone number will show your interest and allow scheduling. More volunteers will allow fewer and shorter work days. With eight volunteers we can staff one location with a demand of one workday per month. More volunteers equal more data and fewer work days.
Please post your info on our message board under: Member Resources, Message Board, Local Projects, Caples Creek....