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New program to breed more wild steelhead into Mad River

BLUE LAKE - A first-time partnership between the California Department and Fish and Wildlife and local anglers aims to bring more wild steelhead to the Mad River.

A stewardship program recently trained twenty one local volunteer anglers to help Mad River Fish Hatchery personnel begin collecting wild origin fish during spawning operations. This will help increase brood stock to raise the percentage of wild steelhead in the Mad River.

This program has never been implemented in California before. Similar programs in Oregon have been in place for some time.

Each volunteer steward signed a 3-month agreement. More volunteers may be recruited in the future. For more information on the program, consult the Mad River Fish Hatchery web site.