Smolt Monitoring

Smolt Trapping

Sea Grant biologists operate funnel net traps on Mill, Green Valley, and Willow creeks each spring to monitor the downstream migration of coho smolts as they make their way to the ocean. The Water Agency also operates a smolt trap on Dutch Bill Creek. Data collected during our smolt trapping efforts support estimates of smolt abundance, overwinter survival, and growth of fall-released fish.

The following figures show estimated abundance of smolts emigrating from these four streams between 2005 and 2016. Estimates include coho young-of-the-year released into streams the previous spring and fall, and spring releases of one-year-old smolts. For more information on our recent smolt trapping efforts, see our Spring 2016 Monitoring Report

 

Number of smolts captured in the Willow Creek smolt trap in spring 2017
Number of smolts captured in the Green Valley Creek smolt trap in spring 2017
Number of smolts captured in the Mill Creek smolt trap in spring 2017