The Salmon River is missing spring salmon
- For the second year in a row, one of the cleanest and wildest tributaries to the Klamath River is seeing exceptionally low numbers of spring salmon.
Divers checking for fish in the Salmon River, which pours out of wilderness areas and drains into the Klamath at Somes Bar, found only a few dozen fish in July, the lowest number in 25 years. In a river that averages about 750 wild spring chinook salmon each year, 83 is too few for comfort.
It follows last year's poor run of wild spring chinook on the North Fork of the Trinity River -- the other remnant of the Klamath's once-abundant wild spring fishery. It also follows last year's poor fall runs on the Salmon, Scott and Shasta rivers.
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