Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelhead Initiative and Wild Steelheaders United is an ambitious and hopeful effort to protect and restore the wild steelhead.

Wild Steelheaders United is working to increase the number of officially recognized anadromous streams by using  community science – going to select Tongass National Forest watersheds and surveying the area for steelhead. 


 

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Today, 70 percent of the major steelhead populations in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and California require federal protection and opportunities to catch wild steelhead have diminished dramatically in many rivers.

The Initiative and associated group, Wild Steelheaders United, is a new, organized way for anglers (regardless of whether a person fishes gear or fly, bait or lure) to become more informed about wild steelhead biology and ecology, keep abreast of the latest management and policy issues, to learn about wild steelhead fishing opportunities, and to become educated about

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TROUT UNLIMITED’S CONSERVATION WORK.

Above all, it is a home to anyone who believes in the quest to protect these fish.


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An Attempt to Breed Better Biters Has an Unexpected Twist With Implications for Broodstock Collection

On Oregon’s Alsea River a broodstock program is raising fish using both angler-caught fish and those fish that swim into the hatchery trap. These data beg the question of whether offspring of angler-caught broodstock would be more likely to be caught by anglers than offspring of adults that voluntarily swam into a trap. We dig into a recent study examining this in this edition of Science Friday.

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We steelheaders share a common vision of the future of wild steelhead and know what has to be done to bring them back. Together, we can make that vision a reality. With millions of dollars, countless staff and volunteer hours invested in restoring wild steelhead habitat, Trout Unlimited has launched the Wild Steelhead Initiative to make sure those investments (along with the efforts of countless other organizations) pay dividends. For more information please visit tu.org.