LODI – More salmon are swimming over the weir at Woodbridge Dam to spawn in the Mokelumne River this year, part of an uptick in fall chinook runs for most of the West Coast.

Although the fall salmon run season is only about half over, the 4,070 fish counted through Tuesday at Woodbridge are already about twice as many as were counted last year and a vast improvement over the 412 fall-run chinooks who made it back to spawn on the Mokelumne in 2008.

“It is going to be a good year,” said Alex Coate, director of water and natural resources for East Bay Municipal Utility District, which operates Camanche and Pardee dams on the Mokelumne.


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