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June 16, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Wild steelhead spawns on the Green River … a sign of hope

Along the shore of the Green River at Kanaskat-Palmer State Park is a ghostly glimmer of hope in the decaying body of an enormous wild steelhead in full spawning colors.

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Mark Harrison, photo

The sight of a wild steelhead returned home to the Green River is inspiring – and all too rare.

Scratched and scarred from the journey back to the gravel where it began life five or more years before, the fish was nearly 40 inches long, likely pushing 20 pounds in its prime.

Only a few hundred wild steelhead a year have been returning to the Green recently, down from an average of over 3,000 annually just 10 years ago.

Learn more about the wonder – and plight – of wild steelhead here.

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