Fish Sniffer Digital Edition Issue 3626 Dec 8- 22 2017 - Page 16

16 Dec. 8 - 22, 2017 MAP FEATURE VOL.36 • ISS. 26 The Mokelumne River below Camanche Dam has seen record salmon and steelhead runs in recent years. Photo by DAN BACHER, Fish Sniffer Staff. F Record Chinook Salmon, Steelhead Returns Reported on Mokelumne River or many years after Camanche Dam was built, the Mokelumne River, a major tributary of the San Joaquin River and the Delta, hosted small runs of Chinook salmon. The historic runs of steelhead after the construction of the dam averaged only 100 fish and no steelhead returned to spawn many years. But both steelhead and salmon runs have rebounded in recent years, due to a number of factors. In welcome good news for Central Valley salmon populations, the California Department of Fish and Wild- life