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Anglers Have Reason to Be Optimistic

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 12, 2012
The latest Salmon forecast is better than last year in the Sacramento area and potentially fantastic in the northern part of California.  The forecast has people stocking up on bait and tackle. 
Biologists from the Pacific Fishery Management Council have forecast 436,000 Fall Chinook will come up the Sacramento River to spawn. 
Alan Fong manages Fisherman's Warehouse on Folsom Boulevard.  He's happy with the forecast.
FONG: "Business last year was really booming for salmon because it was closed for a couple of years. Hopefully, this year, you know, they'll open it up and fishing will be good and guys will be out on the river. You could  walk across the boats last year, there's so many people out there."  
246,000 salmon can be caught before the season is closed.  It's a sign that the population continues to recover from the abysmal 2008 and 2009 seasons. 
The news is even better for the Klamath River.  Biologists say expect four times the number of Fall Chinook compared to last year. 
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