Despite Rain, Salmon Season Still Left Reeling By California’s Drought

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Despite the deluge of water from this wet season’s rains, the forecast still looks bleak when it comes to the salmon season. The reason why is the drought from years before.

The adult fish we will see returning this year spawned three years ago. At that time, we were still in a deep drought and water conditions were not ideal. We had a lack of water and the water temperature was very warm.

In fact, the situation was so bad that the state actually had to transport fish from hatcheries to the Bay Area. These are some of the few fish expected to swim back this season.

The lack of salmon will likely soon drive up the price of the fish. That being said, the forecast looks good for years down the road. This wet season’s rains should help the salmon population in the future.

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