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Fewer adult fall-run Chinook salmon returning in 2017
3/6/2017 12:00:00 AM

Plants & Wildlife
Alameda County, CA
Colusa County, CA
Contra Costa County, CA
Del Norte County, CA
Fresno County, CA
Glenn County, CA
Humboldt County, CA
Madera County, CA
Marin County, CA
Merced County, CA
Modoc County, CA
Napa County, CA
Sacramento County, CA
San Francisco County, CA
San Joaquin County, CA
Shasta County, CA
Siskiyou County, CA
Solano County, CA
Sonoma County, CA
Stanislaus County, CA
Sutter County, CA
Tehama County, CA
Trinity County, CA
Yolo County, CA
Jackson County, OR
Klamath County, OR
Lake County, OR

Start Date: 3/2/2017 -  
The 2017 fishing season does not look to be good for California salmon anglers because estimated numbers of adult fall-run Chinook salmon off the coast were very low. These fish hatched two to four years ago in California’s drought-stricken Sacramento and Central Valley rivers when river and ocean conditions were harsh. Roughly 54,200 adult fish from the Klamath River are swimming off the Pacific Coast, some of the lowest numbers on record and just a fraction of the count in 2016 when 142,000 fish returned. For adult fish reared in the Sacramento River and its tributaries, biologists think there are 230,700 salmon in the Pacific Ocean, or 70,000 fewer than the previous year. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.), March 2, 2017