The one that got away…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl1MCQwk9lo A handy feature of the VAKI Riverwatcher system is that it allows us to record video clips of each fish that passes through our fish counting Read More…

Smile, you’re on salmon camera!

Considering how much gear we station underwater or deploy floating in California’s rivers, it’s remarkable that we’re able to keep track of and recover it all—well, almost Read More…

Salmon in Patagonia

Although salmon are native to the northern Pacific and Atlantic oceans, it’s not uncommon to travel to the other side of the globe and find freshly caught Read More…

Red eye Chinook

Although we regularly catch red eye bass, an introduced fish now common throughout California's lower tributaries, red eye Chinook are a different story. Whereas the bass species Read More…

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

As west coast fall-run Chinook salmon migration is winding down, this river otter (Lontra canadensis) keeps one of our underwater fish monitoring cameras busy by repeatedly tripping Read More…

Geeks rule

One study on coho salmon found that 75% of jacks passed on their genes, whereas only 58% of older, larger males were successful at reproducing. During mating, Read More…

Highlights from Salmon Festival 2009

This last weekend was the first annual Stanislaus River Salmon Festival and it was a huge success! Thank-you to everyone who helped make is such a great Read More…

Sharp bite

Pictured here is an adult male Chinook salmon flashing his sharp teeth while swimming next to an adult female. Although for most of their lives males and Read More…

Feed me!

At first glance, this small rainbow trout looks a little out of place hanging out with adult spawning Chinook. The trout can be seen staying close to Read More…