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|TRINITY RIVER FISHING REPORT – December 27, 2009||| Print ||
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|Sunday, 27 December 2009 00:00|
Last week’s temperatures for the Trinity Valley were 56/31 degrees, rainfall 1.35 inches, rainfall to date 18.4 inches. Forecasts for next week in the valley are 48/32 degrees, with rain and showers thru Sunday, possible snow Tuesday and Sunday. We have had good weather up until last night when it started to rain but the river is still in good fishing condition. Most of the creeks and the river flows have peaked and started dropping. Up river there is just a slight color to the water and down river it is Steelhead green.
Trinity River Hatchery count of Fall Run Chinook, Dec. 2; Chinook 248, for a total of 7,410 '09 vs. 5,079 in’08’; Coho 122 for a total of 3,169 '09 vs. 4,654 in '08; Steelhead 12 for a total 222 '09 vs. 470 in '08. Upper Trinity redd counts continue to go up, so if those figures are good then we are looking at about 17,500 Fall Run Chinook returning to the Trinity River. This is looking better and better as the counts go on. Sorry I did not receive all the reports from DFG this last week to update the counts.
This past week fishing has been sparse due to the lack of fishing pressure. Up river the Steel Bridge/Poker Bar saw the most fishing pressure with about 6 drift boats on the river and the Evans Bar to Junction City was the next most fished. From the word I received the new run of native steelhead were starting to show up in the upper river. Junction City saw less fishing pressure but they also were landing one to two adults per trip with about 50/50 native to hatchery Steelhead. This run also had a few bank fishermen working the river with about one fish per try using roe. Del Loma only had three fishermen working the area from the banks using roe. Only one native adult was landed and it was released.
I am sad to report that only two drift boats made the Willow Creek run over the holidays and no bank fishermen that I know of. It appears the roe was the best producer for landing the Iron Heads. I am happy to report that more native adult Steelies showed up in the lower river this past week and it looks like we could have even more show up down in the Hoopa Valley. A couple of good places to try would at the mouth of Willow Creek, Mill Creek and Beaver Creek down in Hoopa. These are staging areas for the native fish to head up the creeks for spawning.
Special Notice: I hope all of you purchased your new 2010 Calif. fishing license and steelhead cards. Most important is to mail in your 2009 Steelhead and Salmon report cards by January 31, 2010. This information is very important in providing information for the ensuing guides that determine the 2010 fishing quotas for Salmon and Steelhead harvest. These quotas will be determined at the March PFMC meeting in Sacramento and every bit of information will help.
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