CaplesSignDon Krueger and Stan Backlund completed the installation of informational signs  for Caples Creek and Silver Fork. The illustrated sign is at the Kirkwood Creek trailhead to Caples Creek. The signs notify the public that Caples Creek is a designated wild trout water. They suggest release of your catch and emphasize clean angling practices. This sign set was installed at five approaches to Caples Creek. A similar set was installed at four sites along Silver Fork. They replace the wild trout sign with the general regulations for the American River and tributaries.

A limited set of angler surveys have been performed to determine angler success and fish density on Caples Creek. Surveys have not been beneficial as few anglers have been encountered at the trailheads. Readers are encouraged to fish Caples Creek and report their success on the Contact Us page. Favorite spots will not be revealed.

The El Dorado Board has selected a Monofilament Collection Bin as its first conservation project. The bin would be assembled in large numbers for installation throughout the county. The bins would be placed at convenient stream side locations where fishing traffic would pass. Locations would include boat ramps, trail heads or other fishery gathering spots. Ron Zigelhofer, our president, has assembled a prototype as seen in the images. We will analyze and refine the design and then built units for installation. A project team will be assembled to critique the design, estimate the number of units to be installed, procure materials, build units, gain approval for installation, procure stickers and accomplish installation. Sign-up on the home page if you can contribute to this project.