Steelhead numbers rise on American River as high flows fuel promising Northern California run
The steelhead run on the American River is shaping up to be a relatively good one, though not as big as the record runs in the past when the hatchery reported trapping 3,000 to 4,000 adult steelhead in a season. Recent high flows up to 5,500 cubic feet per second have brought in the steelies. “We are well ahead of what we collected last year,” Gene Novak, manager of Nimbus Fish Hatchery, said. Nimbus is on track to meet its annual production goal of 430,000 steelhead.