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SACRAMENTO, Calif. | It was just five years ago that fishing guide Bob Sparre had all the salmon he could handle. He brought beaming clients back to shore loaded with prized Chinook salmon after a morning trolling the rivers and channels of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in Northern California.
On a recent day, heading out on the Sacramento River amid a chilly, midwinter fog, the guide of 20 years couldn't catch even a single fish for his lone client.
It was the kind of unproductive and unhappy trip that he and other guides say has become all too common in recent years as the populations of salmon and other fish in the delta have plummeted. The number of fall-run Chinook salmon returning to the Central Valley to spawn has declined from more than........ http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/20/salmon-decline-is-warning/