Who controls the flows of the Truckee River?
The Truckee River watershed is primarily managed by the office of “Watermaster”, currently held by Chad Blanchard.
What is a “Hoot Owl Closure”?
States with quality fisheries like Montana issue voluntary closures when temperatures reach a certain high point multiple days in a row. Anglers are encouraged to fish the river until early afternoon, then leave it alone until the following morning. Examples can be found here, here, and here.
Why do water temperatures affect trout species so much?
For one, temperature dictates how much oxygen the water can hold so it directly affects their breathing. Secondly, trout are cold blooded so they can not “self cool”. Around 68 degrees life gets tough for a trout. Thirdly, trout spend a lot of their precious energy fighting for position and space during high temps because the percentage of the river that offers livable habitat dwindles immensely.
Fishing to these fish only exaggerates the battle. Even if you catch and release quickly, fish will not likely recover from the lactic acid build up, stress and strain of being hooked, fought, and landed. In other words, over the high 60s, it is impossible to practice responsible catch and release.