Fall Chinook salmon are still coming into the system the only difference is that the Klamath – Trinity Rivers are closed to the take of adult Chinook. You can still keep jack salmon but NO adults. The reports that I have been receiving is that now we are seeing large salmon up to 35lbs in the mix. Most are still very bright and ready to head upstream to spawn. The good part is there are also steelhead right behind the salmon waiting for them to stop and spawn so that the steelhead can catch loose fresh salmon eggs. From what I can gather from the weir reports the Coho run is over and waiting to go up the streams or into the hatcheries to spawn. The Trinity River Hatchery is now open for the Fall Run Chinook salmon spawning session and counting fish again. We are seeing a good mix of hatchery steelhead vs native steelhead about 50/50. Fly fishers are having a good time because there is very little fishing pressure on the river during the week but weekends are a different story.
River conditions are changing each storm so you might want to keep an eye out on the weather conditions because after each storm I see a new influx of fresh fish heading up the river. The area between the Hawkins Bar Bridge and the bridge up at Cedar Flat on Hiwy 299 is closed to all fishing but the South Fork of the Trinity is open to catch and release from Hiwy 299 all the way up to Hyampom. You must remember that these are all native steelhead and you must release them with care so they will survive and reach the spawning areas.
Don’t forget to write your letter to CDF & Game Commissioners about not eliminating lead, copper and zinc from fishing tackle. This is going to happen if we don’t take a stand together just like they did with bullets. I know lead is not good for drinking water just like I know that mercury is not good for the rivers but the amount of those materials that are lost in the rivers while fishing is very little when you compare the amount of fertilizers dumped into the river and streams by marijuana growers. Water quality is important for the fish so we should try our best to not pollute the rivers and streams.
Trinity River Hatchery (TRH): as of Nov. 4, 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 closed for the break between spring and fall Chinook
Willow Creek weir Counts: week ending Oct. 28, 2014, Fall Chinook salmon jacks - 103, adults – 1,095 season total – 1,589; total spring & fall = 5,541; 2013 – 6,429; Coho jacks – 315, adults – 9, season total -636800, 2013 – 6,631; steelhead , adults – 6421 season total – 182 , 2013 – 2,392.
Bogas Creek, weekending 10/ 29, Chinook - 1,509, Coho, 0; Shasta River, Chinook - 14,990, Coho – 0; Scott River, Chinook – 2,731, Coho – 76.
Fishing: Fishing last week after the storm came through really picked up. The Trinity saw large amounts of salmon and steelhead moving up the river. Willow Creek saw very light fishing pressure even though there were large runs of both salmon and steelhead. Some of the salmon were in the 30lbs range but not very many fishermen were out there fishing for salmon. Most of the fishermen I saw were fly fishing for steelies and doing well swinging flies. Up in the Del Loma area down to Hawkins Bar a fly fisherman from Cloverdale (James Furnato) was swinging Brindle Bugs, Burlap Specials and Silver Hiltons with some very good results. He was landing four to six adults per day for five days of fishing. The adults were up to 8lbs with a mix of ½-pounders. Need I say fishing was good from Big Bar down to Hawkins Bar.
Mid-Klamath: The Klamath is seeing salmon and steelhead in spurts after each rain. They are coming through in small groups of 15 – 20 heading up river. Some of the salmon are huge but you cannot keep adults only jack salmon. The fly fishing for ½-pounders and native adults is good with 3 to 4 adults per fisher. I would expect that after the storm that is coming in Tuesday or Wednesday fishing on the Klamath will really pick up for a short time. Keep a sharp eye out for the weather.
Trinity Lake: The Lake is 175ft. (a change of 1ft.) below the overflow and 29.9% of capacity (0.2% decrease) at 12:00pm today. Inflow to the Lake is 166 and the Trinity Dam is releasing 581cfs to Lewiston Lake with 275cfs going to Whiskeytown Lake and on to the Sacramento River through Keswick Power Plant.
Trinity River Flows and Conditions: Lewiston Dam releases are 306cfs, water temps are 55 and air is 54 degrees. Limekiln Gulch is 4.7ft at 298cfs, water temps are 53.7 and air is 54; Douglas City is 5.9ft at 326cfs, water temps of 54.4 and air is 54. Junction City is 2.5ft at 319cfs. Helena is 8.4ft at 360cfs with water temps of 54.2. Cedar Flat is 2.7ft at 506cfs. Willow Creek is estimated at 591cfs, air is 60, and water 54.3. Hoopa is 11.72.5ft at 773cfs, water temps 54.5. Flows at the mouth of the Trinity at the Klamath are 2,975cfs and water temps are 55.
Klamath: Iron Gate Dam releases are 1,080cfs. Seiad Valley is 2.5ft at 1,490cfs. Happy Camp estimated at 1,559cfs. Somes Bar is estimated at 1,792cfs. Orleans is 3.6ft. at 2,200cfs. Klamath at Terwer Creek is 8.9ft at 3,780cfs and water temps of 57.5 degrees. Smith River is 6.3ft at 1,050cfs.
Temperatures in the Valley last week were 65/46 degrees with 0.0 inches of rain with a seasonal total 7.5 inches of rain and 0.0in of snow. Temperatures in the Valley next week are expected to be 69/45 degrees. Mon, sunny; Tue, partly cloudy; Wed, rain; Thu, showers; Fri-Sat-Sun partly cloudy; Mon, mostly sun; Tue possible showers.