The Trinity River Willow Creek Weir is supposed to be starting installation this week. The river is in summer flow now so we will see what happens. I plan to check both the Willow Creek installation on Monday and to see if the Hoopa Weir is going to be installed. With the ceremonies over and the water flows back to summer flows I would expect the Tribe would try to install their weir but with the new administration and the shake-up going on I am not sure what is going to happen.
I really hope the Tribe waits for approval from NOAA before they install the weir but it is on the reservation and they have sovereignty so it is hard to tell just what will happen about the weir. All we can do is wait and see.
The valley is going through a cooling period right now with cooler water temperatures and cooler days, so I would expect to see more fish moving up the Trinity now. The water flush from the increased water releases should have signaled the fish down at the mouth of the Klamath to start their run up the river to reach their spawning grounds. We have seen a few small pods of salmon, with steelhead right behind them, coming through but not the main run yet.
Junction City Weir counts: (I haven’t received the fish counts yet) Julian week 35 the week ending Sept. 2: Chinook salmon, 4 jack, 13 adult, total 17, season total 458; coho 0; steelhead half-pounders 0, adults 4, season total 91; Brown trout 1, season total 22.
Fishing: With the Labor Day weekend over and the crowds gone I would expect to see more fishermen out on the river but that is not the case down here in Willow Creek. Del Loma RV and Campground is starting to fill up so I guess there will be some fishing up that way now. I know some fishing was going on up in the Indian Creek Lodge area but I haven’t heard how the fishing was over the weekend. This coming weekend is looking good for both weather and water temperatures, now all we need is for the salmon and steelhead to arrive.
There is still some turbidity in the Junction City area during the week while work is going on but the river work should be coming to a close very soon. It used to be that all river construction had to be finished by September 15th but the construction on the river banks could go into October sometime if the rains didn’t come. Let’s pray for rain!
Lower Klamath Creel Counts: (Sorry didn’t get the counts yet) Below Highway 101Bridge; Julian week 34 ending Aug. 26: Jacks 2, adults 18, total 20, season total 52. Prior to fall salmon season starting the spit area caught a total of 48 salmon, 46 adults, 2 jacks. Above Highway 101 Bridge; Julian Week 34 ending Aug. 26: jacks 48, adults 5, total 53, season total 77.
Mid-Klamath: The Klamath at Weitchpec is flowing about 2,125 cfs and the river is looking good for fishing. John from E Ne Nuck hasn’t said how the fishing is down there but I heard that the Indians have put out their nets expecting a good run of fish to be coming in now that the flush has over with. There is still some fish hanging out at the mouth of Hopkins and Bluff Creeks so some fish are moving just not the main fall run yet.
With the releases from Iron Gate increasing still up to 1,053 cfs the trout fishing from Happy Camp up Iron Gate should be good. A call to Scot Caldwell of SC Guide Service should let you know how that area is fishing. If you are interested, I am sure he can put you onto some great fishing from Iron Gate down to I-5 if want to book him. Flows at Seiad Valley are 1,250 cfs, so fishing above I-5 should still be great.
Lake Conditions: Whiskeytown is 99 percent of capacity (no change) with inflows of 1,172 cfs and releasing 1,117 cfs on to Keswick and the Sacramento River. Shasta is 79 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent, minus 2 feet) with inflows of 4,600 cfs and releasing 6,848 cfs into Keswick; Keswick is 90 percent (an increase of 1 percent) with inflows of 8,148 cfs and releasing 8,497 cfs into the Sacramento River; Lake Oroville is 72 percent of capacity (a decrease of 3 percent, minus 8 feet) with inflows of 1,434 cfs with releases of 7,367 cfs into the Feather River. Folsom Lake is 75 percent of capacity (a decrease of 2 percent, minus 2 feet) with inflows of 1,946 cfs with releases of 7,240 cfs into the American River.
Trinity Lake: The lake is 23 feet below the overflow (an increase of 2 feet) and 85 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent) and inflows are -514 cfs and releasing 1,511 cfs into Lewiston Lake with 1,1,044 cfs being diverted to Whiskeytown Lake and on to Keswick Power Plant, which is releasing 8,497 cfs into the Sacramento River.
Trinity River flows and conditions: Lewiston Lake is 95 percent of capacity and releases are 467 cfs and water temperature of 54.2 degrees as of noon Sunday, Sept. 8. Limekiln Gulch is 4.94ft at 458 cfs; Douglas City is 6.57ft and flows of 481 cfs; Junction City is 2.03ft at 492 cfs; Helena is 8.64ft at 503 cfs with water temps of 57.6 degrees and water turbidity at 5.80; Cedar Flat (Burnt Ranch) is 2.82ft at 564 cfs; South Fork of the Trinity near Hyampom is 2.06ft at 79 cfs; Willow Creek is estimated at 643 cfs and water at 63 degrees; Hoopa is 11.49ft at 792 cfs and water is 66.7 degrees. Water flows at the mouth of the Trinity River at the Klamath are estimated to be 2,125 cfs.
Klamath River flows and conditions: Iron Gate is releasing 1,053 cfs; Seiad Valley is 2.19ft at 1,2250 cfs; Happy Camp is estimated at 1,302 cfs; the Salmon River is 1.91ft at 219 cfs; Somes Bar is estimated to be 1,114 cfs; Orleans is 2.57ft at 1,333 cfs; the Klamath River at Terwer Creek is 8.40ft at 2,487 cfs and water temp of 68.8 degrees. Flows for the Smith River at Jedia Smith is 4.75ft and flows of 240 cfs and flows at Dr. Fine Bridge are at 11.67ft.