by Eric Ettlinger
Mid-December is peak spawning time for coho salmon in Marin County, and we’ve been seeing fairly good numbers of coho this week. MMWD and National Park Service biologists counted 39 coho salmon and 27 redds, mostly in San Geronimo Creek. This is down from last week, likely due to less rain and lower stream flows. Spawning will hopefully pick up again next week after a large storm moves through this weekend. The weather forecast is predicting heavy rain tonight and again on Saturday night. For those who don’t mind standing around in the rain, tomorrow may be a good day to look for salmon jumping up through the Inkwells, at the mouth of San Geronimo Creek.
The current season totals now stand at 108 coho salmon and 65 redds. The good news is that we’ve surpassed what was observed during each of the last two seasons, when coho runs were alarmingly small. The disappointing news is that this run is shaping up to be smaller than average and smaller than the three preceding generations going back to 2001-02. But it’s not over till it’s over, and we’ll take what we can get.