Chinook Salmon, a.k.a King Salmon: July-Dec
Four distinct runs of Chinook salmon spawn in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River system.
Spring-run Chinook enter the Sacramento River from late March through September. Adults hold in cool water habitats through the summer, and then spawn in the fall from mid-August through early October. Spring-run juveniles migrate soon after emergence as young-of-the-year, or remain in the system and migrate as yearlings. Spring-run Chinook were historically the most abundant race in the Central Valley. Now only remnant runs remain in Butte, Mill, Deer, Antelope, and Beegum Creeks,which are tributaries to the Sacramento River. In the main stems of the Sacramento River and the Feather River, early-running Chinook salmon occur, but significant hybridization with fall-run has occurred. Due to the small number of non-hybridized populations remaining and low population sizes, the Central Valley spring-run was listed as threatened under both the state and federal endangered species acts in 1999.
Fall-run Chinook migrate upstream as adults from July through December and spawn from early October through late December. The timing of runs varies from stream to stream. Fall-run Chinook are currently the most abundant of the Central Valley races. The Fall Run contributes to large commercial and recreational fisheries in the ocean and popular sport fisheries in the freshwater rivers.
Late fall-run Chinook migrate into the rivers from mid-October through December and spawn from January through mid April. The majority of young salmon of this race migrate to the ocean during the first few months following emergence, although some may remain in freshwater and migrate as yearlings.
Adult winter-run salmon pass under the Golden Gate Bridge from November through May, and pass into the Sacramento River from December through early August. Winter-run Chinook spawn in the upper main stem of the Sacramento River from mid-April through August. Fry and smolts emigrate downstream from July through March through the Sacramento River, reaching the Delta from September through June. Historically, winter-run Chinook spawned in the upper reaches of Sacramento River tributaries, including the McCloud, Pit, and Little Sacramento Rivers. Shasta and Keswick dams now block access to the historic spawning areas. Winter-run Chinook, however, were able to take advantage of cool summer water releases downstream of Keswick Dam. In the 1940’s and 1950’s the population recovered. However, beginning in 1970, the population experienced a dramatic decline, to a low of approximately 200 spawners by the early 1990’s. The run was classified as endangered under the state Endangered Species Act in 1989, and as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1994.
The average salmon weighs 15-25 lbs, 30-40 lb fish are common and fish over 50 lbs are caught each year. We typically back troll or side drift for Salmon using Lures and cured roe.
Rate: $225 per person (minimum 3)
A 50% deposit is required at time of booking. Deposits will be refunded with one month advanced notice of cancellation. I can accommodate 5 anglers/ boat. Larger parties can be accommodated with advance notice.
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