As the sun set over Redding, 204,000 endangered winter-run juvenile Chinook salmon jumped into the water off of Caldwell Park, to start their migration from the Sacramento River to the Pacific Ocean.

Another two groups will be released in the following days, resulting in a total of 600,000 salmon.

That's over triple the size of the usual release for this time of year.

"The drought has wreaked havoc on the watershed on the Sacramento River and the salmon habitat. We can't release more water, we can hope for rain, we can't damage the river, so the only thing we can do to try to get the fish to come back is to put more fish in there now," said Andrew Hughan, Public Information Officer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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