by Eric Ettlinger
Spawner surveys in Lagunitas Creek have finally found spawning coho salmon! Last week a single coho jack was seen near the campground in Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Jacks are small, two-year-old male salmon that return from the ocean one year earlier than most adult coho. A second fish, or at least parts of it, was found in San Geronimo Creek, after likely being eaten by an otter. It’s risky business being one of the first, most ambitious salmon in the creek.
Yesterday biologists from the Marin Municipal Water District and National Park Service observed 14 coho spawners and eight redds (gravel nests) in Lagunitas Creek. Most of these observations were made downstream of the Samuel P. Taylor campground. No salmon were observed in San Geronimo Creek or Devil’s Gulch.
The weather forecast is calling for an inch of rain on Sunday, which should encourage more salmon to swim up Lagunitas Creek and its tributaries early next week.