FoLAR’s 2008 Los Angeles River Fish Study

In 2008 Friends of the Los Angeles River embarked on the first ever study of fish in the L.A. River. The study area was limited to the Elysian Valley from the 134 Fwy down to the Riverside/Figueroa Bridge. The results surprised us all, more than a dozen different species that were quite healthy, give it a read.
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L.A. River Fish

Native Species: 

Steelhead trout used to be native to the Los Angeles River. THe last recorded photograph of one being caught was taken in the 1940s. They are believed to be extirpated from Southern California, however, in 2008 two were spotted in Ballona Creek.
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The Arroyo Chub and the Santa Ana Sucker (illustration from Inland Fishes of California, Peter B. Moyle, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2002.)

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Fish we found in the L.A. River today…

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Common Carp. Photos left to right: Cynthia Perry and Joe Linton.

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Bullhead catfish and Tilapia. Photos by Sabrina Drill


Amazon sailfin catfish. Photo by Camm Swift.