- Posted July 8, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your favorite river
Large salmon in the Kings River
- katie, CNN iReport producer
"Mr. Palm- wonderful photos! Glad to see some salmon from the Kings. Haven't seen any other such photos. There were actually regular runs of Chinook up the Kings River from the early 1900s until Friant Dam was closed and cut off flows from the San Joaquin (about 1946).. There is some evidence that fish came up on a regular basis before then, by way of Fresno Slough, at least during high flow years. Apparently Fresno Slough was ditched in the late 19th century to help drain the Tulare basin, which made access for salmon easier. The last known spawning, however, was in 1969-70 a very wet year, when I collected some juvenile salmon from the river.
Thanks for sending the photos."
Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
Center for Watershed Sciences
University of California
1 Shields Ave
Davis CA 95616