Apr 17, 2015 1:27 PM by News Staff
In an effort to protect endangered Chinook salmon, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has banned fishing on a stretch of the Sacramento River in Shasta County.
The ban, announced Friday, will be in place from April 27 to August 1.
According to the CDFW, an estimated 98 percent of the in-river spawning happens in the 5.5 mile stretch of the Sacramento River from the Highway 44 Bridge in Redding upstream to Keswick Dam.
In 2014, approximately 95 percent of eggs and young winter-run chinook were lost due to elevated river temperatures. Given current drought conditions, it is likely the 2015-year eggs and young salmon will again be subject to extremely trying conditions.