Late rains and high temperatures during California’s drought led to the destruction of millions of Chinook eggs and the loss of an entire class of winter-run Chinook salmon.
With all the rain we’ve been having, one would think it would be good thing for the imperiled salmon population. It would be if all that new fresh water wasn’t so confusing. The salmon keep getting lost. Instead of migrating to their spawning ground, they wind up swimming up a ditch and ultimately into a death trap.
My favorite fish of all is now in season. There’s a reason Chinook is known as California king salmon. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the king of all fish.
Millions of six-month-old smolts are hitching rides in tanker trucks because California’s historic drought has depleted rivers and streams, making the annual migration to the ocean too dangerous for juvenile salmon.
State and federal fishing officials are relocating salmon by the truckload from five Northern California hatcheries to help their migration to the ocean as drought conditions are expected to worsen.
The State Department of Fish and Wildlife held its annual salmon meeting in Santa Rosa Thursday and local fisherman are optimistic.
Thousands of baby salmon were released into the Bay Saturday morning as part of the 8th Annual Salmon Release at Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council on Thursday approved salmon seasons that provide ample fishing time for commercial and recreational anglers in California, Oregon and Washington.
For the first time in four years California’s recreational Chinook salmon fishermen are gearing up for what is expected to be a normal-length season.