180,000 Salmon Fry To Released In Sac River

Coleman Hatchery Photo by USFWS

A conglomerate of federal and state government agencies and other groups are teaming up for a special release of 180,000 salmon fry into the Sacramento River. Here’s more from the event.

Here’s more information from the planned release:

Who:               U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Golden Gate Salmon Assoc., Nor-Cal Guides Sportsmen’s Assoc., UC Davis, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

What:              Experimental release of 180,000 salmon fry 75 miles downstream from the hatchery to examine impact on survival chances and homing instincts

Where:            Scotty’s Landing, 12609 River Rd, Chico, CA 95973

When:             April 13, 3 p.m.

Why:               Experiment to see if using advanced release techniques and moving the salmon’s release point to 75 miles downstream from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery on Battle Creek will significantly improve survival chances without incurring additional straying. Currently, many Coleman salmon are lost in the first 75 miles of travel after release, especially in low water years.  Success could provide a critical way to boost salmon stocks in future low water years.


Partners include:

  • The Golden Gate Salmon Association
  • UC Davis
  • Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service