Well the rains have finally come! The Trinity is looking more like its normal self after each rain and after each rain comes more fresh fish. I am not seeing lots of fishermen out fishing but I do see some of the locals as I check out the rivers. The good part is that the inflowing streams are starting to flow and reach the main stem of the Trinity. From what I have heard from over on the Klamath it is doing very similar. In checking the Trinity flows this morning I noticed that the upper Trinity flows peaked out from the present storm last night around midnight and the Lower Trinity is peaking out now as I write this report. The Trinity has just enough color to make fishing good. Yesterday I was watching a couple of kids fishing Kimtu and they were having a great time catching ½-pounders up to 18in. using a corkie and night crawler. Just as I was about to leave a big late salmon came swimming by and the young boy kept moving upstream trying to cast in front of the fish in hopes of hooking it. It was fun watching those kids trying to catch that big salmon but it was not interested.
Last week I put out the word that the Upper Trinity would close last Friday Oct. 24 and left the impression that the Trinity would close to the take of adult Chinook. Well I was wrong again as the lower Trinity will stay open until sometime in Nov. This is really getting hard to put out the word about when the Rivers will closed to the take of adult salmon. Right now the Trinity is closed to the take of adult Fall Chinook salmon from Hawkins Bar Bridge up river to Lewiston. The Trinity has been closed to the take of adult Fall Chinook salmon from Hawkins Bar Bridge up to Cedar Flat Bridge since Aug 31and just closed from Cedar Flat Bridge to Lewiston Oct 24th. All of the Trinity is open to fishing for steelhead with 2 hatchery steelhead or hatchery trout per day with 4 hatchery steelhead or hatchery trout in possession. The storms are really helping the rivers so if you plan on trying to hook a steelie then now is the time!
Trinity River Hatchery (TRH): as of Oct. 21, 2014, Chinook salmon adults-3,531, jacks- 421, season total – 3,952, 2013 - 6,429; Coho – jacks 199, adults- 103 season total-302, 2013 – 5,808; steelhead – 7, season total 128, 2013 - 2,392. The hatchery will close for the break between spring and fall Chinook
Willow Creek weir Counts: week ending Oct. 21, 2014, Chinook salmon jacks - 8, adults – 85 season total – 960,
2013 - 823; Coho jacks – 12, adults – 83, season total -784, 2013 - 494; steelhead 1/2lbs – 8, adults – 244 season total – 866 , 2013 – 2,033.
Iron Gate Hatchery: Chinook salmon week ending Oct. 6, Chinook -3,178, total 10,494, Coho 0, 2013 – Coho 134;
Fishing: Fishing has been slow before this last series of storms but it looks like it is going to pick up as the rivers start dropping. The Trinity is peaking out as I write this report and the color is just right, about 3 to 4ft of visibility. Hoopa peaked out at 10:00am this morning. Prior to the storm fresh fish were coming into the river but it was so low and clear that the fish were spooky. Now that the river is back up to normal for this time of year I expect to see a lot more fishermen on the river. Fly fishers should be looking for some pretty fast action in the next week or so starting from the upper sections then moving down stream. The storm has moved the large groups of smolts down river and as the river drops they will move further down river. In the Willow Creek area there is more ½-pounder s showing up and the action is starting to get HOT.
Mid-Klamath: The Klamath is peaking out and the fishing is picking up. Orleans peaked out at 05:00am this morning. The upper section of the Klamath is opening back up to the take of adult Chinook because the Iron Gate Hatchery has reached their 4,800 mark and the releases of smolt have moved down stream. This cam only mean that trout and steelhead fishing is going to get better than it was before the storms. I didn’t reach all of my Klamath contacts due to a power outage but I am sure they will be contacting me later this week with good fishing news.
Trinity Lake: The Lake is 175ft. (a change of plus3ft.) below the overflow and 23.1% of capacity (0.9% decrease) at 9:00am today. Inflow to the Lake is 526 and the Trinity Dam is releasing 812cfs to Lewiston Lake with 517cfs going to Whiskeytown Lake and on to the Sacramento River through Keswick Power Plant.
Trinity River Flows and Conditions: Lewiston Dam releases are 302cfs, water temps are 51.1 and air is 41 degrees. Limekiln Gulch is 4.8ft at 359cfs, water temps are 50.5 and air is 41; Douglas City is 6.1ft at 411cfs, water temps of 52.2 and air is 40. Junction City is 2.8ft at 422cfs. Helena is 9.8ft at 831cfs with water temps of 51.8. Cedar Flat is 5.3ft at 1,900cfs. Willow Creek is estimated at 2,432cfs, air is 50, and water 54. Hoopa is 15.6ft at 3,800cfs, water temps 56.8. Flows at the mouth of the Trinity at the Klamath are 15.8Kcfs and water temps are 56.1. At Weitchpec Bridge water temps are 54.6 and water temps at Tully Creek (below Trinity) on the Klamath are 56.2 degrees.
Klamath: Iron Gate Dam releases are 1,010cfs. Seiad Valley is 3ft at 1,840cfs. Happy Camp estimated at 2,033cfs. Somes Bar is estimated at 5,710cfs. Orleans is 7.3ft. at 8,120cfs. Klamath at Terwer Creek is 12ft at 12Kcfs and water temps of 57.2 degrees. Smith River is 11.4ft at 9,070cfs.
Temperatures in the Valley last week were 70/53 degrees with 4.35 inches of rain with a seasonal total 5.55inches of rain and 0.0in of snow. Temperatures in the Valley next week are expected to be 70/43 degrees. Mon, am cloudy pm sun; Tue partly cloudy with showers; Wed, showers; Thu, partly cloudy; Fri, rain; Sat, pm showers; Sun-Mon partly cloudy.