Salmon Snapshots

Ventura River

2016/17 Population

Estimate of Ocean Returning Fish


Oncorhynchus mykiss

What We Have  
What We Need  

Stream had insufficient flows for majority of the year. Passage flows began March 1 and lasted only about three days, well past the peak migration period. Monitoring data provided by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. No adult steelhead (vs. resident adults) were detected at the Robles Fish Passage Facility (Vaki Riverwatcher) provided by Casitas Municipal Water District.

Steelhead in the Ventura River are federally listed as endangered. Spawning adult fish recovery targets represent the biological conditions National Marine Fisheries Service would use to delist the species and remove them from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (50 CFR 223.102). Current target is not specific to the Ventura River but to Southern California Coast Steelhead Recovery Area populations. As quantitative field data becomes available, specific targets may be defined (NMFS, 2012).

The 2016/17 snapshot is defined as fall 2016 to spring 2017, as per when salmon and steelhead return from the ocean to spawn. Fall Chinook spawning season is fall 2016. Coho season is fall through early January 2017. Steelhead season can start in fall 2016 but is primarily winter and spring 2017. 


National Marine Fisheries Service. 2012. Southern California Coast Steelhead Recovery Plan. Southwest Region, Protected Resources Division, Long Beach California. 


fish image © Joe Tomelleri