Drought takes toll on Butte Creek's Chinook salmon

Nov 5, 2015 1:28 PM by News Staff

Another dry summer created shallow waters in Butte Creek, causing a massive salmon die off in the North State.

Friends of Butte Creek Executive Director Allen Harthorn says the low water levels made the salmon easy prey for a healthy bear population.

Harthorn says 200 years ago there were more than a million Chinook salmon in the creek. Now, if 10,000 make the trip upstream from the Pacific it is a good year.

The spring Chinook salmon run on a three year cycle and thanks to hearty runs in 2012 and 2013 there should be a lot of fish the next two years. The low production this summer and last will translate to a low return in 2018.


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