A total of eight salmon have been observed at Dog Park in the city of Lincoln. All eight fish were located from just below the Lincoln Gauging Station, a major barrier to upstream fish passage,to about 250 yards downstream of the barrier. The first sighting came on Sunday, October 31st just a few days after the major rainstorm.
Jack Sanchez, president of SARSAS and Board Member John Rabe, traveled to this site on the 4th of November with the two young men. We did not see any salmon attempting to go over the barrier and the water was probably too low anyway. However a high school student came up the middle of the Auburn Ravine, and we discovered he was with his high school Water Quality class taking their FinalExam. We joined the students and their teacher downstream of the gaging station and were informed that they had spotted one dead salmon, one dying salmon and three live salmon between them and the gaging station. The dying salmon was dead by the time we observed and photographed it. It was measured at 36" and other than the fact that it had battered itself to death on the gaging station rocks it was a majestic chinook salmon that had not yet begun to change colors. The other dead salmon was smaller and in similar condition having also suffered severe battering on the rocks at the gaging station.
So, the good news is there are salmon in the Auburn Ravine. Sighting six fish was very encouraging and we tip our hats to Brad Arnold, the manager of South Sutter Water District as he made sure all downstream barriers were removed by October 15th.