Salmon Snapshots

Malibu Creek

2016/17 Population

Estimate of Ocean Returning Fish


Oncorhynchus mykiss

What We Have  
What We Need  

Estimates are direct observations (based on snorkel and redd surveys) and represent minimum fish counts, not population estimates. Five fish were observed but one might have been a fish previously observed. These were fish that were observed without expanding to a population estimate. Data provided by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Data are preliminary and subject to change. 

Steelhead in Malibu Creek are federally listed as endangered. Spawning adult fish recovery targets represent the biological conditions National Marine Fisheries Service would use to delist the species and remove them from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (50 CFR 223.102). Current target is not specific to Malibu Creek but to Southern California Coast Steelhead Recovery Area populations. As quantitative field data becomes available, specific targets may be defined (NMFS 2012).

The 2016/17 snapshot is defined as fall 2016 to spring 2017, as per when salmon and steelhead return from the ocean to spawn. Fall Chinook spawning season is fall 2016. Coho season is fall through early January 2017. Steelhead season can start in fall 2016 but is primarily winter and spring 2017.  


National Marine Fisheries Service. 2012. Southern California Coast Steelhead Recovery Plan. Southwest Region, Protected Resources Division, Long Beach California.


fish image © Joe Tomelleri