pstarr wrote:The San Joaquin River is one among hundreds of salmon-bearing rivers and streams in California. The decline in all of them has gone on for decades, a consequence of hydro-electric dam construction, timbering clear-cutting/siltation, and agricultural runoff. I know of no reports that attribute that to climate change.
Actually, the San Joaquin River has just recently started to get some Chinooks returning. The Sacramento River has been the major source of California's Chinook salmon. All those trucked fingerlings dumped in Rio Vista that came back to be fished originated up here near Redding from state and federal hatcheries and were heading back up.
October 15th will be the 25th annual "Return of the Salmon" festival at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery near Anderson, CA. It's pretty impressive to go to Battle Creek near the hatchery and watch these 3-foot long fish splash through 6" of water and leap 5' high waterfalls to get back to the hatchery.