Council for the Clear Lake Hitch
Survey Protocol for Monitoring
you do not have a copy of this year's Observation Form, download
it from the website and print it out. (Alternatively, the form can be
downloaded in Excel format to be submitted
are the methods to monitor hitch in the tributaries to Clear Lake during
the spawning season. Enter the results in the form, using whichever
format you prefer.
observations from a bridge
car off edge of road (be aware of oncoming traffic!)
quietly to the center of bridge
into the creek from both sides of the bridge
the total number of fish seen
the date, time, creek, bridge location, numbers of fish seen, and
any comments such as water clariy or predators such as herons, ducks,
observations from a creek bank
your observation from the same location each time, as if you were
observing from a bridge. Do not wander up and down the dreek and total
the numbers of fish
the same information as above
importance of "NO HITCH"
write down each time you look for hitch, even if you don't see any.
A "no fish seen" is just as important as "fish seenn"
because we know for certain that someone checked to see if fish were
present. Over time, we can tell if the hitch population is increasing
you for helping to preserve this unique and amazing creature!