Fish and Game's most recent surveys put the number of salmon in Sacramento area rivers right at the forecasted number of 380,000 Chinook. Biologist Robert Vincik says the numbers are promising for this year and for next.
VINCIK: "We're seeing a lot of two-year-old fish. Those would be slightly smaller fish than you would normally see. That's probably a very good indication that they had a good ocean year, ocean season and there's a lot of these fish that are coming back a little bit early. Normally, what we would see would be three-year-old fish or four-year-old fish which are the larger size."
Fish and Game can't actually count every fish. But, it does take daily surveys of anglers and will count the number of fish carcasses that end up at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in December. The fall run ends in mid-January.
68 percent of the fall run so far is comprised of two-year-old jacks.