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Posted on January 25 at 7:39 a.m.
Steelhead are not salmon, they are the ocean going form of rainbow trout. They are in the Salmonid family along with salmon, but of their own distinct species. Genetics is a complex and interesting science. But all these "tails of glory" (oops no pun intended!) about the good 'ol days of catching thousands of steelhead in local rivers like the Santa Ynez, lead me to believe that like it or not... us people are always enhancing things to our benefit. So the real question remains— taking the artificial enhancement of a population out of the equation, i.e. stocking— what are the best estimates of what true wild populations were here locally before we messed with them all?
On Ghost Salmon
Posted on December 19 at 10:27 a.m.
Hey maybeso is not Ken!So if the zoning is AG 360, will they try to change it?
On Cojo-Jalama Ranch's Canadian Connection
Posted on December 18 at 5:36 p.m.
Well, the Bixbys had to sell because too many heirs lost their connection to the land and money talks. I confess I fantasized about buying the land if I had won the lottery and what I would do with it all... create a low key but high end dude ranch with small rustic cabins scattered about that folks could ride out to and spend a few nights playing cowboy/cowgirl, have a central ranch house for base operations, raise quality organic beef, charge an arm and leg to guests for the right to walk out of your rustic beach cabin and surf, try some dry farming, use wind and solar energy, and lobby the government to give me a break for keeping it pretty much "undeveloped" and a working/profitable ranch. Yeah, call me a dreamer.
Posted on December 7 at 5 p.m.
Great- all the out-of-state and out-of-country students will probably snap it up first. So much for a california public institution supported by california taxpayers.
On Attention Engineering Undergraduates!
Posted on December 4 at 4:43 p.m.
"Tis the season to be holly, oops I mean jolly!
On Holidays at the Ah-wine-ee
Posted on November 21 at 3:55 p.m.
disgusting parasitic attorneys- down with them!
On Clark Estate Art Museum in Question
Posted on November 18 at 5:58 p.m.
Don't you mean the so-called endangered Southern California Steelhead? Are all scientists in agreement that the genetic studies really confirm there is a difference? Why not start with seasonal limitations like rivers to the north of us have? If steelhead actually come up a river from the sea, it is usually during higher water flows which typically occur between Dec. and March to spawn. It's not like many people can even get back to the remote Sisquoc or Sespe just to fish during those winter months, it's practically impossible so there is no "fishing pressure". And how do you know it wouldn't be fish from the north that came up our rivers? Also, many other rivers just around the bend allow catch and release during the off seasons between April and November, hence it protects the spawners during the winter.But to begin with, I hope the genetic studies are solid. A wise old F & Game biologist once told me that these fish know no boundaries, that they call them "Fish of a 1000 miles" for a good reason. Also "ghost fish", here today, gone tomorrow.I hear folks did some genetic studies, but were they detailed enough with large sample sizes from both northern and southern rivers? In addition it is now common knowledge that our rivers like the Santa Maria (which the Sisquoc feeds into) and the Santa Ynez—even the Ventura River—were widely planted with hatchery raised steelhead and trout from Washington state hatcheries back during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, to enhance the local fisheries for sport fishing. So the question must be asked: what really was the historical population of these rivers and was it artificially enhanced? For those genetic studies were hatchery raised stock from Washington also included? Doesn't it seem kinda odd to think that there is a magic line drawn across the state and that fish from north of Pt. Arguello don't mix with fish from the south or come up our rivers? Genetics is complicated no doubt. There are so many other pressing issues these days, I can't see my tax dollars supporting this. And for the record, I know where there are some fat fat resident rainbows that are in the 18" + range way behind natural migration barriers (so obviously planted) and I plan to catch and release them no matter what.
On Bye-Bye to Backcountry Fishing?
Posted on November 14 at 10:38 a.m.
Drove down the coast last night... counted at least 8 squid boats right off the coast- literally- from El Cap.
On Squid Fishing in California