- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Sonoma County’s salmon fishermen are catching about 30 percent less than last year, a trend expected to stretch through the season.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1V7xg7s) anglers say many salmon that do end up on the line are underweight and have to be tossed back.

Bodega Marine Laboratory oceanographer John Largier says warm water may be the cause, though not as a result of El Nino. He said a blob of water in the eastern Pacific Ocean has had higher-than-normal temperatures for about 3 years, and is likely linked with California’s ongoing drought.

Department of Fish and Wildlife environmental scientist Jennifer Simon says salmon are finding the equivalent of a celery-only diet as warmer water diminishes the food supply.

Salmon season typically ends Sept. 30.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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