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California Department of Fish and Game officials prepare to load thousands of chinook salmon smolts into a tanker truck at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Rancho Cordova on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released three million young Chinook salmon, or smolts, near the mouth of the American River on May 6 and 7. They were raised at Nimbus Hatchery on the lower American River by CDFW. This release site was chosen because studies have shown that young salmon released near the mouth of their home river are more likely to return to that river to spawn, two to five years later.