In their annual preseason estimate the Pacific Fishery Management Council predicted the Sacramento River salmon run will be good with a number of 652,000 fish, about 100,000 higher than last year. The good abundance is expected despite the the 4th year of a drought in the state. The Klamath River is expected to yield 423,800 salmon – up from 299,300 in 2014.
Commercial and sport fishermen say the outlook is good especially compared to 2008 and 2009, when low salmon numbers resulted in cancellation of the fishing season altogether.
It also good news for farmers who have been blamed in the past for low salmon numbers.