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Friends of Butte Creek: Hope for California Salmon

Updated: December 17, 2008, 2:44 PM ET
By James Swan | ESPNOutdoors.com

You may have heard that the fall run of Chinook salmon up the Sacramento River in California has collapsed.

Where once 800,000 big king salmon, some weighing up to 70 pounds, swam upstream to spawn every fall, in 2007 there were 80,000 or less, and this year looks no better.

The ocean salmon fishery and most of the Sacramento run were closed this year, which has resulted in catastrophic consequences for sport and commercial fisheries. All that remains for sport fishing are seasons ...

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