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Dennis P. Lee

About Me


Dennis P. Lee retired from the California Department of Fish and Game in 2006 as a Supervising Fishery Biologist after 36 years helping manage California’s inland and anadromous fisheries. Dennis graduated from Humboldt State University in 1970 with a degree in fisheries and began his career  at the Nimbus Salmon and Steelhead Hatchery. Throughout his career, he implemented or worked on various projects and programs including:

  • Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Study,
  • Trophy Trout Program,
  • North Coast fishery management including timber harvest plan review, and anadromous stream surveys and fish population estimates,
  • Central Valley and Sierra Nevada fishery management,
  • Instream Flow Assessments,
  • Klamath River Salmon and Steelhead Research Project,
  • Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program,
  • Catchable Trout Program,
  • Supervised staff for the Heritage and Wild Trout Program, Lake and Reservoir Project, and
  • Helped initiate the Central Valley Anadromous Resource Assessment Project.



While working for the Department he directed staff in the development and preparation of a plan for implementation of Assembly Bill 7 (Hatchery and Inland Fisheries Fund), initiated and participated in regulatory changes through preparation of Rule Making Files and documents, and acted as liaison for various public advisory groups including the Director’s Fishery Advisory Board. He also chaired the Department’s Fisheries Management Committee, worked with non-governmental groups in the development and administration of new programs, provided statewide leadership for fisheries resource management, and represented the Department before the Fish and Game Commission at meetings and hearings.

After retirement, Dennis was hired by the Department as a Retired Annuitant and responsible for the development and preparation of Chinook salmon and steelhead program Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans for Central Valley anadromous hatcheries. He is currently a member of the Feather River, Nimbus, and Mokelumne River hatchery coordination teams and chairs two of the teams. In 2010, he was appointed to the California Hatchery Review Group to develop recommendations for improvement of California anadromous fish hatcheries.

Dennis has fly fished throughout the west and enjoys tying flies and fishing northern California and southern Oregon steelhead rivers. He and his wife Wendy live in Folsom, California.