Central Valley Salmon Numbers Of Returning Fish Look Solid

Central Valley salmon might be in the middle of a water war in California, but for now, the returns look pretty solid from a statistical standpoint on rivers such as the Mokelumne, American, Feather and Sacramento.  Here’s Dan Bacher of the Stockton Record with more: 

A total of 10,009 salmon have gone over Woodbridge Dam in Lodi on the Mokelumne to date, according to Will Smith, manager of the CDFW’s Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery. Last year a total of 12,078 fish were counted over the dam.

“We’re having a good, above normal season, although anglers have reported slow fishing in the river,” Smith said. “We will probably see around 14,000 to 15,000 fish in the river this season; last year the count was around 18,000.”…

Likewise, large numbers of salmon are showing at the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville. “It’s a really, really good year at the hatchery, although the fish are later than normal,” said Ana Kastner, hatchery manager.