Doom and gloom over the fate of this year’s fall Chinook salmon run on the Sacramento River may ease now that the number of fish making their way “home” – to the hatchery on the Feather River appears to be strong.
“It’s an early snapshot of how many fish are coming back and it’s good news ” says Harry Morse spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game.
“The number of fish looks good and the number of eggs we are taking are good.”
Morse explains that last year at this time DFG saw just 3000 to 5000 fish return to the Feather River Hatchery in Oroville. During the same short interval this year the number was around 20,000.