Creating Healthier Fisheries

We Make Fishing Better

Creating Healthy Fisheries

There are wide-ranging benefits to Trout Unlimited’s work. Clean drinking water, reduced flood and wildfire risks, resilience to drought and climate change, healthier communities, and stronger economies. 

But at the heart of it all are thriving wild and native trout and salmon in healthy watersheds.

What we do best is make fisheries and fishing better.

From California to West Virginia, in big rivers and tiny tributaries, for bruising salmon and fragile brook trout, our work is making an impact on coldwater fish that mean so much to so many.

Recovering North Coast Coho

From the San Francisco Bay to the Mad River, Trout Unlimited’s North Coast Coho Project is recovering wild salmon and steelhead in California’s coastal streams. We have reconnected fish passage to more than 70 miles of water and restored habitat on more than 130 miles. The benefits are being felt in steelhead fisheries like the South Fork Eel and the Van Duzen rivers.

Bringing Back the Bonneville

Bonneville cutthroat trout were thought to be extinct in the 1950s. Following decades of work by Trout Unlimited and partners restoring habitat and providing fish passage, these fish are rebounding in the Bear River in Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho. In Bear Lake, a wild cutthroat population has taken hold.

Envisioning Trophy Appalachian Brook Trout

Eastern brook trout thrive in the headwaters today, but across their range, we are working to reconnect river systems so these native fish can access more habitat and larger waters. In West Virginia, the work we are doing to restore rivers at watershed scale is translating into brook trout topping 15 inches.

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Rise to the Moment

We believe the most complex and seemingly insurmountable challenges can be solved when people come together and get to work. Help us do the good work of fixing America’s rivers and streams for the benefit of anglers, families, and local communities.

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