Conejo Valley Fly Fishers

This is a program sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game to promote understanding of the environment.  The club places aquaria equipped with filters and chillers to maintain trout friendly temperatures in four local classrooms in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley.  They are stocked with trout eggs obtained from the DF&G.  Students care for the fish, learning about the life cycle of the fish and the necessity for a favorable environment in which to survive.

About 75-100 rainbow trout eggs per classroom are obtained from the hatchery. If all goes well about 75% survive to be released. For the first three weeks or so they live on the food in their egg sac, after that high protein food from the hatchery is used.

The classes go on a field trip to release the trout in local waters - typically Piru Creek or Lake Casitas.  With steelhead being protected any waters where steelhead might be present are off limits for releases - basically any water with unrestricted flow to the ocean.

Gary Scott heads the Trout in the Classroom project.

 

These pictures were taken at CVFF member Judy Bollinger's classroom.

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Hands on with the trout.


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Future Bubbas.

A BIG THANK YOU FOR " MARINELAND AQUARIUM PRODUCTS" FOR THEIR DONATION OF FILTERS  FOR THE TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAM!!!