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Folsom Lake Landlocked King Salmon Plants (Chinook Salmon)

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  • Folsom Lake Landlocked King Salmon Plants (Chinook Salmon)

    One common myth out there is that they don't plant landlocked Kings in Folsom Lake and haven't done so in ten or more years. That's not accurate. They do plant Landlocked King Salmon in Folsom Lake most years, as fingerlings, that grow into a nice catchable sized fishery. We caught a nine pounder a few years back. I haven't targeted them since that year, but I'm itching to go. They do not show up on the plant schedule, but they do show up in the general planting plan.

    So, YES, they do plant landlocked king salmon in Folsom Lake! Folsom Lake is a great fishery for Landlocked King Salmon.

    Here's the link to the facts from the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife:

    Read more information on our main site at:

    Here's why they don't advertise Landlocked Kings, or Kokanee, on the planting schedule: Source
    Inland salmon (Kokanee and Chinook) are released as “fingerling” size fish into productive lakes and reservoirs that promote their growth and contribution to recreational fisheries. We don’t advertise these “put and grow” stocking events on our website, since it might mislead anglers to believe that a fishery is ready for recreational angling – which it may be (from prior years of fingerling stocking), or may not be; if fish were not released in previous years. Fingerling stocking for put and grow fisheries for both inland salmon and trout may occur every year, every other year, or have gaps in years, depending on water conditions and availability of fish.

    2019 Landlocked Salmon in California Lakes: Source

    California Department of Fish and Wildlife Statement

    CDFW Stocks More Than 1.45 Million Fingerling Landlocked Salmon

    June 27, 2019
    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently completed its 2019 stocking of fingerling Kokanee and landlocked Chinook Salmon, planting more than 1.45 million of the popular sport fish into inland waters where they will provide recreational angling opportunities in two to three years after growing to catchable size.
    This year’s stocking consisted of releasing 792,942 fingerling Kokanee Salmon into 16 waters and 672,734 sterile, fingerling Chinook salmon into eight waters. Additional allotments of the sterile – or “triploid” – Chinook Salmon are scheduled to be released later this fall into northern California’s Lake Oroville, Lake Shasta and Trinity Lake.
    The 2- to 4-inch fish are stocked into landlocked, inland waters to provide a diverse fishing experience where natural reproduction is insufficient to provide a high-quality angling experience. Anglers can expect excellent opportunities in these waters in two to three years when these fingerlings reach catchable size. Stocking fingerling-sized fish is a very cost-effective way to maintain these popular, inland recreational fisheries.
    After a record Kokanee egg take in 2018, CDFW had an additional number of Kokanee fingerlings available for release this year. These fish were surplus to stocking goals. To provide and enhance recreational opportunities, CDFW released these additional Kokanee into Lake Shasta in Shasta County, where anglers can expect a new fishing opportunity in the next few years. Kokanee Salmon are the landlocked version of the Sockeye Salmon native to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Instead of migrating to the ocean, the landlocked Kokanee often are able to reproduce naturally in feeder streams, inlets and along gravel shoreline in the lakes where they are stocked. Like all Pacific salmon, Kokanee die after spawning.
    Monitoring and evaluations of these fisheries are vital to providing a balance between numbers of fish and their average size. Stocking too many fish may provide an abundance of fish, but not produce fish of a desirable size. To evaluate stocking efforts, CDFW has begun marking stocked Kokanee Salmon prior to their release. In 2018, CDFW marked Kokanee that were released into Stampede Reservoir in Sierra County. In 2019, marked Kokanee were released into New Melones Reservoir in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. All fish were marked with an adipose fin clip for easy identification and to distinguish from naturally spawned fish.

    I hope this helps clear up the confusion around this subject. Landlocked King Salmon are some of the best fighting fish in our local lakes, and they are building up a great fishery.