Current 2023 Projects
Salmon Survey on Auburn Ravine Creek
On November 25, 2023, Jim Monical, Bob McCarthy, and Mike Malatesta from Granite Bay Flycasters met with the Friends of Auburn Ravine to survey the salmon running up Auburn Ravine Creek. We managed to spot 2 salmon but it appears we were a little early. We also saw some trout which we could not tell if they were rainbows or steelhead. Looks like we will need to wait for some rain for an increase in the number of spawning salmon running up Auburn Ravine Creek. Friends of Auburn Ravine will need volunteers to survey salmon through mid February 2024. Stay tuned for more opportunities.
On January 27, 2024, Jim Monical and Bob McCarthy from Granite Bay Flycasters met with the Friends of Auburn Ravine to survey the salmon running up Auburn Ravine Creek. This was the third effort by GBFers. Learned a few more things this time. Had to do a little bushwhacking. Point person was in charge of scaring the rattlesnakes. It also would have been nice to have a machete to take care of the wily blackberry vines. The group does provide waders for the volunteers too. We did not see any salmon but saw several schools of pike minnows. Did manage to get some exercise – you stream fishers need to do something like this in the off season. The surveys are shutting down and will be restarted next fall. Here is an update on some of the final results from this season’s surveys from James Haufler:
We only counted eleven salmon on the video from our Salmon Camera in Lincoln this season.
The attached file shows the totals for each season from the fall/winter of 2016/2017 through the fall/winter of 2023/2024.
During the 3 wading/walking surveys that we have done this season, we have only seen 3 salmon.
Those low numbers are probably due to the low water in the creek from October through December. The water was just too low for the salmon to swim upstream. Some riffles were only 2 inches deep. And many of the beaver dams that normally get torn up by high water did not get torn up this season. That also slowed or stopped the salmons’ progress upstream.
As the attached chart shows, we have had bad years, middling years, and great years before. We’ll probably have all three of those again in the future. Salmon survey data is reported to the following organizations:
• California Department Fish and Wildlife
• Nevada Irrigation District
• Placer County Water Agency
• NOAA Fisheries
• US Fish and Wildlife Service
Stay tuned for more opportunities next season.