The Fish Sniffer - Flows Increased Briefly To Help Salmon
Flows Increased Briefly To Help Salmon

Written By: Dan Bacher, March 17, 2014
Species: River Salmon
Location: American River - Lower,

The Bureau of Reclamation s raised flows on the American River below Nimbus Dam from 500 cfs to 1000 cfs for one day to assistance juvenile salmon in migrating down to salt water.

The fish pulse flows went up to 1,000 cfs on March 5 and dropped back down to 500 cfs the following day, according to P. Fujitani of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

The Bureau and California Department of Resources systematically emptied Folsom, Oroville and Shasta Reservoirs last summer to export water to corporate agribusiness, oil companies and Southern California reservoirs during a drought. As a result, Folsom Lake dropped to its lowest record water level, 17 of capacity, until recent rains raised the reservoir.

The river from Nimbus Dam to the SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park is now closed to all fishing until April 30. The purpose of the closure by the Fish and Game Commission is to protect salmon and steelhead imperiled by drought conditions.

Fishing pressure has been very light on the section of the American that continues to be open to fishing. 


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