Neil Manji, now Fisheries Branch Chief in Sacramento, is transferring to Regional Manager, Northern Region. He will be managing the 9 northern counties of Calif. This is very good news for the Klamath-Trinity area because Neil has been here before and has great knowledge of the area and is familiar with the concerns of the local fisheries. The real good part is that he will be assessable to us and will listen to what we have to say about the fishery. He can help us with what we would like to present to the Fish & Game Commission. Glad to see you back Neil and we wish you only the best.
Also the Governor has again issued furloughs for the DFG, so that means that we will NOT have wardens to patrol on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Fridays of the month. This will surely slow down enforcement of fish and game regulations as well as allow the poachers to have a free hand to break any F & G rules they please. I see this as allowing non-law abiding people to invade and deplete our recourses.
The Spring run has started to run down and we are entering the “Dog Days of August”. What this means is that it is going to be very hot during the mid-day and fishing is going to be either early mornings or late afternoons. So come prepared with plenty of sun screen and cool clothes.
Trinity River Conditions:
The upper Trinity still has some spring salmon biting but it seems that it is early mornings that are the best. Once the sun hits the water good and bright you will find it hard to tempt them into taking your presentation. Once it turns warm you will find the fish holding in deep holes and deep tail outs. Look for 10 – 11:00 am as your cutoff time and go back to camp for a bite to eat and a nice nap to prepare yourself for the afternoon/evening fish. Right now the salmon are either going after roe or sardine wrapped Kwickfish. In the Willow Creek area fishing is slow but Hoopa is seeing a few fresh fish around Beaver Creek-Red Rock area and the deep holes below Pearson’s store.
Klamath River Conditions:
The report from down at the mouth is that fresh Fall Run Chinooks are coming in on the tides but not very many fishermen are taking advantage of them. Weitchpec has seen a few fall run fish but not a lot. The main run should be about a week or two from now. The news is that there is some nice sized steelhead hitting spinners. Look for the cool water below fresh incoming streams. Remember while fishing for salmon that the limit is only 2 Salmon per day, 2 in possession until Aug. 15 on the Klamath below Weitchpec Bridge and Sept. 1 for the Trinity, and then it will change to 3 salmon per day with no more than 2-adults and 1-jack per day with 9 in possession, 6-adults.
River Flows and Levels
Trinity Lake is 5049ft below the over flow (1ft decrease) and 70.6 percent of capacity (1% de2rease) at11:00pm today.
Inflow to the lake is 319cfs and 1,851cfs is being released to Lewiston Lake with 1,172cfs to the Sacramento River.
Trinity River at Lewiston releases are 436cfs, water temperatures 51.3 degrees.
Limekiln Gulch is 4.8ft at 412cfs. Douglas City is 2.2ft at 490cfs, water temps are 57.6 degrees, air 80 degrees.
Helena/North Fork is 9.3ft at 590cfs, water temps 61.5, air 82. Cedar Flat is 3.4ft at 780cfs.
Willow Creek 927cfs, water at 68 air 86. Hoopa is 12.2ft at 1,140cfs, water 74.2. Mouth of Trinity is 3,410cfs.
Klamath River releases at Iron Gate Dam are 909cfs. Seiad Valley is 2ft at 1,070cfs.
Happy Camp estimated at 1,1656fs. Somes Bar estimated at 1,804 cfs. Orleans is 3.9ft at 2,270cfs.
Klamath at 101 is 9ft at 3,780cfs water temperatures at 73.4 degrees.
Temperatures in the valley last week were 96/52 degrees with no rain, to date 84 inches. Weather next week in the valley will be 88/50 degrees with morning overcast and afternoon sun. Be prepared to use sunscreen as it will be warm. It will start to warm up by Saturday for the weekend. Let’s hope that after that it will start to cool off and the salmon will head upriver. The mouth of the Klamath is getting very close to the maximum temps for salmon to come into the river. Cool water will start the migration upriver.