Yes, it was hot Sunday (102) but it looks like we are in for a cooling down period in the next few weeks. Now if we can just avoid any more fires, we should be in good shape for the next few weeks. I sure hope so because the predictions on the computer for region have NOT been correct lately.
Hooray, there are finally some people out fishing; the big problem is trying to be at your favorite fishing hole by 6 a.m. before the rest of the crowd arrives. You may also be invaded by rafters and or sun bathers.
The fish count has really slowed down at the Junction City weir but there are salmon still going through. From everything I have been able to find out is that salmon are moving, you just have to be at the cooling down hole before they arrive in the morning in order to get a hook-up.
If you are planning to catch and release, be sure to land you fish ASAP and then try not to take it out of the water to help not stressing out the fish too much. Be sure to work the fish back and forth to get water over the gills to help give it some relief. All I can say is that this is going to be a hard year for fishing with the counts being so low. Go get’ em and have some fun fishing.
I made a bad mistake last week. Sorry! I stated that you can only keep one hatchery fish, that is wrong! You may keep a chinook salmon no matter if it is a jack or an adult per day and two in possession (any size counts as your one salmon). I am finding you probably will be off of the water by 10 or 11 a.m., noon for sure as it will be getting too hot by then. Now that it is cooling off you could try an evening fish.
Junction City weir summary, Julian week 28 ending the week of July 15: Spring-run chinook salmon; 5 jacks, season total 72, 15 adults, total of 20, season total of 77; coho salmon, season total 0; steelhead, 0-half-pounders, 2 adults, for total of 2, season total 44; Brown trout 0, season total 6.
Fishing: The cooler temperatures should help move some more salmon into the area, the problem being swimmers and rafters tend to spook the fish. The Willow Creek area has seen a few fish caught and released but most of the springers have moved upriver. Upriver Junction City is one of the better areas to fish from the bank or go on up to Steel Bridge hole, Indian Creek has some cold water or you could go up to Bucktail hole.
Lake Conditions: Whiskeytown is 98 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent) with inflows of 1,913 cfs and releasing 2,035 cfs into Spring Creek. Shasta Lake is 35 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent, minus 5 feet) with inflows of 1,983 cfs and releasing 6,702 cfs into Keswick. Keswick is 96 percent (no change) with inflows of 8,979 cfs and releasing 9,271 cfs into the Sacramento River. Lake Oroville is 28 percent of capacity (a decrease of 2 percent, minus 9 feet) with inflows of 711 cfs with releases of 4,858 cfs into the Feather River. Folsom Lake is 27 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent, minus 2 feet) with inflows of 804 cfs with releases of 1,265 cfs into the American River.
Trinity Lake: The lake is 107 feet below the overflow (an increase of 4 feet) and 44 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent) with inflows of 117 cfs and releasing 2,430 cfs into Lewiston Lake with 1,974 cfs being diverted to Whiskeytown Lake and on to Keswick Power Plant.
Trinity River flows and conditions: Lewiston Lake is 91 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent) and water releases are 456 cfs into the Trinity River, with water temperature of 52.8 degrees as of Sunday afternoon July 18. Limekiln Gulch is 4.88ft at 415 cfs. Douglas City is 6.50ft with flows of 651 cfs. Junction City is 1.91ft at 437 cfs. Helena is 8.41ft at 465 cfs with water temp of 71.5 degrees. Cedar Flat (Burnt Ranch) is 2.59ft at 481 cfs. South Fork of the Trinity near Hyampom is 1.97ft at 50 cfs. Willow Creek is estimated at 531 cfs and water at 74.5 degrees. Hoopa is 11.21ft at 644 cfs and water is 76.8 degrees. Water flows at the mouth of the Trinity River at the Klamath in Weitchpec are estimated to be 2,155 cfs, a decrease of 88 cfs.
Klamath River flows and conditions: Iron Gate is releasing 958 cfs. Seiad Valley is 1.79ft at 995 cfs. Happy Camp is estimated at 1,068 cfs. Somes Bar is estimated to be 1,327 cfs. The Salmon River is 1.45ft at 184 cfs. Orleans is 2.13ft at 1,511 cfs. The Klamath River at Terwer Creek is 8.05ft at 2,036 cfs and water temp is 74.4 degrees (cooling down some). Flows for the Smith River at Jedediah Smith are 4.71ft with flows of 260 cfs, and flows at Dr. Fine Bridge are at 11.63ft.