by Eric Ettlinger
It looks like this will be a good weekend to go see some jumping salmon! The current forecast is calling for one to two inches of rain beginning tonight and ending Sunday. Stream flows will hopefully increase enough to allow coho salmon to jump up through “The Inkwells,” a series of bedrock pools at the mouth of San Geronimo Creek. Sunday morning may be a good time to go out and look for jumping fish, after the heaviest rain falls on Saturday afternoon.
The Inkwells are located adjacent to Sir Francis Drake Blvd, about ½ mile west of the town of Lagunitas. Across the street is MMWD’s Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area, which was recently reopened after being paved with pervious concrete. A female coho salmon has been building her redd at the upstream end of the parking area for most of the week. Hopefully she’ll still be there if you are out that way this weekend.
Spawner surveys this week found nine coho redds, mostly in the vicinity of Irving Bridge, in Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Seven coho salmon were also seen, and these fish probably migrated upstream last week, following the release of extra water from Kent Lake. Spawner surveys will resume next week after the creeks clear up. Hopefully lots of fish will be seen jumping this weekend and then spawning later in the week!