Drought impacts salmon run

Drought impacts salmon run

Kokanee salmon eggs rest on the bed of the Dolores River, where Colorado Parks and Wildlife placed them to hopefully bolster the stocks of adult fish in McPhee Reservoir in 2013. Low river flow prevented most Kokanee, the freshwater cousins of coastal Sockeye salmon, from reaching upstream spawning waters this fall.
Kokanee salmon eggs rest on the bed of the Dolores River, where Colorado Parks & Wildlife placed them to hopefully bolster the stocks of adult fish in McPhee Reservoir in 2013.
Sam Green/Cortez JournalNadina Vallejos watches a fish flop on the ice that her dad, Dante, caught while snagging Kokanee salmon in the Dolores River.
One more month to snag

Since mature Kokanee salmon die soon after spawning, most years Colorado Parks and Wildlife organizes “giveaways” where anyone with a valid Colorado fishing license can claim salmon free of charge. To the chagrin of fish eaters, low water levels in the Dolores River meant no giveaways happened this year. But anglers still have the chance to reel in a catch of their own. Salmon snagging season is open until Dec. 31.

Drought impacts salmon run

Kokanee salmon eggs rest on the bed of the Dolores River, where Colorado Parks and Wildlife placed them to hopefully bolster the stocks of adult fish in McPhee Reservoir in 2013. Low river flow prevented most Kokanee, the freshwater cousins of coastal Sockeye salmon, from reaching upstream spawning waters this fall.
Kokanee salmon eggs rest on the bed of the Dolores River, where Colorado Parks & Wildlife placed them to hopefully bolster the stocks of adult fish in McPhee Reservoir in 2013.
Sam Green/Cortez JournalNadina Vallejos watches a fish flop on the ice that her dad, Dante, caught while snagging Kokanee salmon in the Dolores River.
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