Better known for its right-hand point break and the eclectic surf culture entrenched at nearby Surfrider Beach, Malibu isn’t much of a steelheader’s hotbed these days. But thanks to a wetlands restoration project completed at nearby Malibu Lagoon last year, trout have been spotted. Scientists monitoring the site found an adult fish, approximately 20 inches in length, on May 15—the first of its kind reported in the Malibu Lagoon in decades.
“We are thrilled to see an adult steelhead in the newly restored lagoon. Its presence shows that the conditions onsite are now vastly better,” said Suzanne Goode, senior environmental scientist for California State Parks.