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Sunday, 13 July 2014 19:28

I have been getting lots of requests as to “How is the fishing? & “Where should I go?” All I can say is that the weather h been HOT and the Rivers ARE HOTER. I don’t know where the weatherman is getting his information from because he is saying it has been in the high 80’s to mid-90’s here in Willow Creek while the temperatures on my front porch are reading in the 100’s. Somewhere things are mixed up because both the Klamath and the Trinity River are also very hot! Even though the day time temperatures here are reaching into three digit numbers the Rivers are reaching up into the mid to high 70’s. This is NOT good for fishing. Salmon like 17 degrees cellist ( 64 degrees) they can stand 68 to 70 degrees as long as they can find deep pools or cold in coming streams to cool off in. I don’t see this happening a lot. Yes there are some areas the salmon can cool off at but they are pooling up in great numbers in these areas and this is what spreads the Ich. Some of you MUST remember 2002 when we had something like 86,000 salmon die in the Lower Klamath. Well those same conditions are fast approaching and the Trinity has very little cold water to help with. I would really like to know where BOR plans to get some from because it “sure ain’t goin to snow soon and ice cubs don’t come in giant sizes”.  The Spring Chinook came in later than usual this year and has yet to reach the peak of the run although that could happen anytime soon. The totals counted up at the Junction City Weir are very close to those of last year we are four weeks into the spring run and should have reached the peak of the run by now. This tells me that we could have some trouble with the fall run if we can’t get some cooler water than 70 degrees. The problem with the warm (HOT) water is that it is creating an algae bloom of such I have not seen for many years. This bloom allows the moss to grow to such magnitudes that there will be hardly and oxygen left in the water for the fish to survive on. The Trinity River in front of my house has already turned green from the moss.

Junction City Weir Count: for the week of Jul 8; Spring Chinook, adults – 232, season total - 690; 2013 this date, 813 adults.

Fishing: The weather and rivers have turned HOT. There are plenty of Spring Chinook in the Trinity but they are hard to locate. Try looking for deep cool pools or some cold incoming streams. More than likely you will find salmon schooling up just below these areas or in the deepest parts of deep pools in the river. If you are fishing the deep pools then you need to add some extra weight to get your presentation down fast as the fish are going to be near the head of the pools under the riffles. Remember this is all going to happen at first daylight because there is a full moon this weekend and it has been bright as day for the last two nights.

Klamath: On the Klamath side spring salmon are being caught in the nets as well as by rod & reel. The Klamath is low and hot. Fishing the Lower Klamath you should be using 15 or 20# main line with 12 to 15# leaders. Spinners (#4 Buds with copper body and silver blade are doing the best. The net fishers are having their nets load up on moss so I would imagine that your spinners are going to do the same thing. To help prevent this problem you can tie a barrel swivel between your main line and the leader. The swivel will help catch some of the moss and allow your spinner to work for awhile longer before you have to clean it off.

Trinity Lake: The Lake is 112ft (a change of 27ft) below the over flow and 41.4% of capacity (2.0% decrease) at 10:00am today. Inflow to the lake is 131cfs and Trinity Dam is releasing 3,557cfs into Lewiston Lake with 3,105cfs going to Whiskeytown Lake and then on to the Sacramento River through Keswick Power plant.

Trinity River Flows and Conditions: Lewiston Dam releases are 452cfs, water temps are 50.7, and air is 78 degrees. Limekiln Gulch is 5ft at 442cfs; Douglas City is 6.2ft at 439cfs, water temps of 57.6 and air is 83.  Junction City is 1.8ft at 474cfs.  Helena is 8.8ft at 460cfs with water temps of 62.9. Cedar Flat is 2.8ft at 577cfs. Willow Creek is estimated at 548cfs, air is 76, and water 70.  Hoopa is 11.7ft at 752cfs, water temps 77.6. Flows at the mouth of the Trinity at the Klamath is 2,112cfs and water temps are 76. The coolest time of day in this area is around 9-10 o’clock in the morning. At Weitchpec Bridge water temps are 76.1 and water temps at Tully Creek on the Klamath are 76.4 degrees.  

Klamath: Iron Gate Dam releases are 907cfs. Seiad Valley is 1.9ft at 934cfs. Happy Camp estimated at 972cfs. Somes Bar is estimated at 1,152cfs. Orleans is 2.6ft at 1,360cfs. Klamath at 101 Turwar Creek is 8.1ft at 2,220cfs and water temps of 74.4 degrees. Smith River is 5.3t at 464 cfs.

Temperatures in the Valley last week were 103/56 degrees with no rain, total rain to date 36.55 inches of rain and 2.5in of snow for the season. Temperatures the Valley next week are expected to be 92/57 degrees. Mon, sunny; Tue, partly cloudy; Wed, mostly sunny; Thu, sunny; Fri-Sat, mostly sunny; Sun-Mon-Tue, sunny.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 July 2014 19:29
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