Spring water releases are still in effect and much of the Trinity is unfishable at this time. The valley had a little rain this past week but not enough to really help the river or the garden.
The coronavirus pandemic is still raising heck with the fishing on the Trinity and Klamath rivers. The government keeps telling us it is OK to go outside provided we keep our distance. They also say that fishing is solitary and OK to go to the rivers and beaches to fish but then close the accesses to most of the Humboldt beaches and most of the river accesses. With both the Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath and the Lewiston Dam on the Trinity releasing water for the spring releases it is difficult if not impossible to find a place one could fish if they wanted to. Back to checking out my fishing gear and respooling my reels. Ocean fishing opened up on May 1 so I guess if you have a boat and can find an open launching site you could go out and fish the ocean.
Trinity River Water Releases: It is best that you look up my April 26 report and to find the dates for the river water releases but I would look to go fishing when the In-River sport fishing for spring chinook salmon opens on July 1.
Fishing: The COVID-19 virus is still giving us problems about being able to go fishing. Right now, that is not going to create a problem for the Trinity River as the water releases will just about cancel any fishing for the next several months.
Mid-Klamath to Happy Camp: The Klamath at Weitchpec is flowing about 10,247 cfs (down from last week). Because of COVID-19 I have not been in contact with any my mid-river contacts, so I don’t have anything to report at this time. With the Iron Gate releases of 9,705 cfs I would expect fishing above I-5 would not be good at this time nor would any other place on the Klamath.
Lake Conditions: Whiskeytown is 99 percent of capacity (an increase of 3 percent) with inflows of 2,271 cfs and releasing 2,121 cfs on to Keswick. Shasta Lake is 81 percent of capacity (a decrease of 2 percent) with inflows of 5,531 cfs and releasing 3,914 cfs into Keswick. Keswick is 79 percent (a decrease of 8 percent) with inflows of 5,927 cfs and releasing 6,246 cfs into the Sacramento River. Lake Oroville is 70 percent of capacity (plus 1 foot) with inflows of 3,943 cfs with releases of 5,599 cfs into the Feather River. Folsom Lake is 72 percent of capacity (an increase of 4 percent, plus 4 feet) with inflows of 3,739 cfs with releases of 1,454 cfs into the American River.
Trinity Lake: The lake is 35 feet below the overflow (an increase of 1 foot) and 78 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent) and inflows of 1,727 cfs and releasing 3,180 cfs into Lewiston Lake with 1,738 cfs being diverted to Whiskeytown Lake and on to Keswick Power Plant, which is releasing 9,705 cfs into the Sacramento River.
Trinity River flows and conditions: Lewiston Lake is 98 percent of capacity (an increase of 2 percent) and water releases are 1,442 cfs into the Trinity River, with water temperature of 49.4 degrees as of 1 p.m. Sunday, May 3. Limekiln Gulch is 6.08ft at 1,436 cfs. Douglas City is 7.86ft and flows of 1,495 cfs with water temperature of 50.4 degrees. Junction City is 7.90ft at 1,530 cfs. Helena is 11.41ft at 1,769 cfs with water temp of 50.6 degrees. Cedar Flat (Burnt Ranch) is 5.96ft at 2,266 cfs. Willow Creek is estimated at 2,589 cfs and water at 54.5 degrees. Hoopa is 14.32ft at 3,381 cfs and water is 56.1 degrees. Water flows at the mouth of the Trinity River at the Klamath are estimated to be 10,247 cfs, down from last week. South Fork of the Trinity near Hyampom is 3.0.6ft at 323 cfs.
Klamath River flows and conditions: Iron Gate is releasing 1,554 cfs. Seiad Valley is 3.97ft at 2,798 cfs. Happy Camp is estimated at 3,058 cfs. Somes Bar is estimated to be 4,833 cfs, and the Salmon River is 3.97ft at 2,033 cfs. Orleans is 5.49ft at 6,866 cfs. The Klamath River at Terwer Creek is 11.88ft at 11,849 cfs. Flows for the Smith River at Jedediah Smith are 7.24ft with flows of 1,994 cfs, and flows at Dr. Fine Bridge are at 13.82ft.