A man positioned himself well yesterday to watch the Carmel River empty into the Pacific Ocean. A bulldozer created the breech late last year to help control flooding upriver and to allow steelhead trout to migrate to the ocean. Eventually, the sands will stop the river flow. Steelhead are on a “threatened species” list as development and droughts have reduced their path to the ocean.
Steelhead trout will grow up to 55 pounds in the ocean before swimming up river to spawn. Trout that don’t migrate to the ocean are called rainbow trout–they are smaller than steelhead.