Report: 2018 Klamath/Trinity Fall-Run King Returns On The Upswing

Upper Klamath River photo by CDFW

The Eureka Times Standard reports that while still below average, fall-run Chinook numbers in the Klamath and Trinity River are on the upswing. Here’s columnist Kenny Priest:

The CDFW predicted a river run size of 91,873 in 2018, and they were nearly spot on. According to the “Review of 2018 Ocean Salmon Fisheries” document, recently released by the PFMC, preliminary postseason river returns showed 92,293 adults returned.

Considering where we were in 2016 when just 27,353 adults returned, prompting a full fall-run closure in 2017, I’d say the numbers are going the right way. On an average year, we’ll see right around 122,000 adult kings return to the basin. So, we’ve got a little ways to go before the stocks are rebuilt completely.

You can see the full Pacific Fishery Management Council 2018 Fisheries Review here.