From Sacramento’s KCRA TV, more than 20,000 fall-run king salmon – a record number – have been counted at the Mokelumne River Hatchery. The abundance of fish returning up the “Moke” is likely a byproduct of the state’s 2023 closure of salmon fishing in both the Pacific and inland rivers.
Here’s more from KCRA:
More than 20,000 salmon coming back from the Pacific Ocean to the Mokelumne River were counted, according to the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
Staff at the hatchery say they’ve been at work non-stop passing them through and helping to hatch the eggs.
Up to 10 million eggs are expected to be produced, according to experts.