SACRAMENTO – Recreational and commercial fishing for salmon will likely close or be severely restricted in California this year after state and federal biologists last week released data that shows fewer fish returned to the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers in 2022.

Michael O’Farrell, fish biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service, said the 2023 projection for Sacramento River fall-run chinook, the driver of West Coast ocean salmon fisheries, is estimated at 169,767 adults. It is one of the lowest forecasts since 2008 when the current assessment method began.  

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