A Trout Ladder for Trabuco Creek Steelhead

November 19, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

Trout Unlimited and California’s State Wildlife Board have teamed up to build a $1.2 million fish ladder to help spawning steelhead in Trabuco Creek. “State biologists spotted southern steelhead trout in May 2003 at the bottom of the culvert, where they hadn’t been sighted in decades. The fish have ranged from 17 to 30 inches long and weighed about 7 pounds. In 2002, the federal government extended the southern steelhead’s endangered status from Malibu to the Mexican border.” From the Associated Press.