The fall salmon run, in full swing on the Sacramento River and its tributaries, is expected to bring a lot of fish upriver this year.
The California Department of Fish and Game opened the fish ladder last week at the Nimbus hatchery on the American River in Rancho Cordova.
Public viewing areas alongside the ladder offer a great opportunity to see chinook salmon returning from the ocean to spawn.
Wild spawning is also reported to be strong this year. On Dry Creek, a tributary of the American River, surveyors recently counted 191 salmon swimming upstream on a single day, and 69 spawning nests already dug into the gravel creekbed.