Don River Salmon Run is coming to a close.

A salmon bites the bait.

A salmon bites the bait.

Well as quickly as it had begun, it has concluded. The salmon run on the Don river is slowly winding down. I was back on the river yesterday and despite the fact that I netted six fish it’s becoming obvious that the run is dying down. The river bed is littered with dead salmon a sure sign that the run is coming to it’s inevitable natural conclusion.

A large female caught on the Don.

There are still many fish left in the river that are alive, but it is evident that the die off is beginning. All the females I caught yesterday had already laid their eggs and all the fish were quite low on energy. Some males barely put up a fight. It’s odd to pullout a 10-12 pound fish out of the rapids without much of an effort. Also the toll of an arduous journey up stream to mate had taken their toll on many of the fish and the scars are evident.

The large female from the video.

The large female from the video.

A tired out male, with visible scars of a long journey.

A tired out male, with visible scars of a long journey.

A male from late last week, note this one was still pretty healthy.

A male from late last week, note this one was still pretty healthy.

I consider myself very fortunate to have been there for the Don River salmon run. I remember a few years ago hearing rumors that people had seen salmon in the Don and that the TRCA had been stocking them in the tributaries. Well it would seem that their hard work has paid off and the salmon are returning in decent numbers to naturally replenish their own stocks. Time will tell if this years migration will yeild a spring brood. But in the mean time, I’ll still be try one or two more trips to the river before moving on and anxiously waiting for the next years run.

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