You can read all about it in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Now, the forecast isn’t particularly surprising — considering the adult Chinook that are scheduled to return to the Central Valley and Klamath Basin were hatched in the middle of California’s epic drought. In-river conditions were abysmally low and warm for their parents three years ago and the juveniles themselves had to out-migrate in inhospitable conditions as well.
On top of it all…the few salmon that reached the sea encountered warm and food-deficient conditions in which to grow.
Now, there is some good news too! The rivers were high and very off color pretty much all winter and into this spring and that gives out-migrating baby salmon a great shot at getting past predators and reaching the ocean safely. The Pacific itself is also looking more more healthy now too — cooler with more nutrient-rich upwelling. And, while there probably won’t be a whole lot of adult spawners this year, the ones that do make it home should find conditions very much to their liking.
So, we are going to have to grind it out through a tough season in 2017 and then things should start looking up next season. Hopefully, by 2017, things will be looking really nice. Stay tuned…