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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 8, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Northern California king return might be better than predicted

As northern California’s Klamath River king run winds down it appears this year’s return is better than expected.

The story reports that a total of 11,164 chinook as of Oct. 18 is well above the Shasta River runs of the recent past.

The story went on to say the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is currently in the process of compiling data from its various monitoring efforts, including video-counting weirs and spawning surveys. Run numbers at this point are preliminary and only available for the counting weirs, so the data provides only a suggestion of what the final numbers may be.

According to DFG data from recent years, chinook continue to enter the Shasta and other upper Klamath tributaries through the end of November. Therefore, chinook numbers on the Shasta River can be expected to exceed the Oct. 18 preliminary total.

The last time Shasta River returning chinook numbers exceeded 11,000 was in 2001.

From 2008 to 2010 commercial and sport salmon fisheries will severely curtailed or closed down off the coast of California and parts of Oregon.

To read the complete story that ran on Dec. 1 go to The Siskiyou Daily News website.

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