by Eric Ettlinger
Well, the rumors of a late surge in coho salmon spawning have been greatly exaggerated, unfortunately. Last weekend three fresh coho salmon were observed on a redd upstream of the Leo Cronin Fish Viewing Area, following the torrential rains last week. Since this was the only part of the creek with water clear enough to see into, there was quite a lot of optimism that these fish represented a fresh wave of coho spawning activity. Yesterday and today MMWD biologists surveyed San Geronimo Creek and Devil’s Gulch and, alas, didn’t find any coho or coho redds. Flows in Lagunitas Creek are still too high to conduct a survey, so it’s possible that additional coho spawning has occurred there, unnoticed. We plan to survey Lagunitas Creek on Monday, ahead of another series of storms. If any coho are observed during that survey, I’ll pass along the news.