Signs show steelhead trout making California comeback

SANTA CRUZ — Steelhead trout appear to be making a comeback in California.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel says scientists on the lookout for steelhead in the San Lorenzo River are finding more young fish making their way back to sea.

Santa Cruz water resource manager Chris Perry says this year’s numbers bode well for a steelhead population that once boomed along the Central Coast. In 1997, the fish was listed as a threatened species.

The October numbers haven’t been compiled. Although it’s still too early to tell if there’s a solid rebound, Berry says the results so far are startling and it’s clear something’s going on.

Steelhead, like salmon, spend most of their adult life at sea but spawn and rear in freshwater rivers and creeks.