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 Putah IDR Wild Trout

Video shows a female rainbow trout in the InterDam Reach spawning beds laying eggs. The males rush in to fertilize. You can see the eggs in the bottom left of the frame with a small trout that is snacking on the fresh eggs. The female will attempt to bury her eggs before they are devoured by the small trout and the males.

 

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Putah Creek trout spawn in the winter as opposed to most rainbow trout in California that spawn in the spring. Therefore, the site is popular among fly fishers. These trout are obviously stressed with the upcoming act of spawning and fighting off other trout that want to fertilize the female's eggs or to have a meal of the eggs.

 

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The trout are beginning  to move upstream and pair off in preparation for winter spawning in Putah Creek. The competition among males for spawning females can be fierce.  The successful males are constantly chasing away their competition - large and small. This little rainbow really likes (anthropomorphic) the beautiful female, but he has some very large competitors, including the one seen in the video

 

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One minute long assortment of clips from more than 30 hours of subsurface video captured in November 2012. The trout are a wild spawning Rainbow population in the Interdam Reach of Putah Creek.

 

These and other clips will be used in an educational video about spawning trout and why anglers should avoid spawners and their redds (nests).

 

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