The seasonal salmon run up the rivers and streams is now underway in Northern California. For more information see the Eel River Recovery Project website at: http://www.eelriverrecovery.org/
Use the player below to hear more about this salmon run, including an interview with Fishery Biologist, Pat Higgins. This piece was aired on KMUD Local News Oct. 25, 2012 by News Coordinator Terri Klemetson.
Additional information sent to KMUD News by California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) Biologist Scott Downie indicates that after last week’s short term pulse in discharge due to the small storm system, flow is low in the Eel River and its tributaries. Prior to that slight increase in flow, the tidal reaches of the Eel River were holding very large concentrations of Chinook salmon.
CDFG wardens were busy dealing with poaching efforts, and continue to be so occupied. However, many fish have moved further upstream for the past few days, and are now holding in pools along the lower reaches of the South Fork and Mainstem Eel, but movement further upstream is curtailed for most of the fish.
CDFG migration controls in the lower Van Duzen are in place again this year due to the low flows. When 150 cfs is reached in the Van Duzen, the controls will be removed and Van Duzen salmon will pass freely up the river. Flows above the Middle Fork Eel are very low, and most upper tributaries lack adequate flow to allow passage for any arrivals that might occur. CDFG observations indicate a very large run of Chinook in the system, and the public is cautioned not to disturb holding fish.
The river above the estuary is now closed to fishing and the low flow phone number, (707) 822-3164, should be consulted to see when the streams have adequate flow for angling. In any event, please remember that the entire Eel system is a catch and release fishery. Wardens are actively patrolling the river.
"Caught in the Act"
This pair of spawning salmon in the South Fork Eel River was photographed by Richard Potratz at milemarker .44 - half a mile South of the "Tree House" on Avenue of the Giants, Oct. 29, 2012