Trinity River slide
On Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22, just west of the Salyer rest stop where Highway 299 was changed over the river from a previous slide, a new slide came down and went over the old highway clear down into the river and dammed up the Trinity River for several hours until the pressure from the water building up behind the blockage created enough pressure to break through the slide. At the present time the river at that location is flowing but a large volume of water has built up behind the slide to create a large pool at that location. The slide is still active with the rain that is coming down but there is enough volume to keep the river open at that location. The slide has created a large pool of water that could provide winter steelhead some good holding water at that location. This will have to be investigated to see if it happens.
Salmon Hearings: We sport and commercial fishermen and the public are going to have to write lots of letters to the Fish and Game Commission as well as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, requesting public hearings in locations for salmon fishing. Suggested locations are Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco, Sacramento, Redding and Eureka. With the possible listing of spring run chinook, all of the public affected by the listing should have a location close to where the regulations will affect the salmon fishing and not at the other end of the state where it is difficult for us to attend. Things we should know; is this for all fishing including commercial fishery, sportsmen as well as tribal fishery? What exactly are the locations of salmon closures (no take)? What will be the dates of these closures? How will the public be able to make meaningful input to these regulations? Public notification should be very widespread and throughout the state. I am sure there will be many questions needed to be answered and public input for any new regulations regarding salmon fishing for the next several seasons.
A repeat of regulations; the Klamath River is closed to the “TAKE” of spring run chinook salmon from the mouth of the river to Iron Gate from Feb. 21 to Aug. 14 (subject to the approval of the Office of Administrative Law); the Trinity River mainstem from the mouth to the Bridge at Highway 299 at Cedar Flat, Feb. 21 through Aug. 31; from Feb.22 to Oct. 15 no salmon shall be taken from the Old Lewiston Bridge to the Bridge at Highway 299, Cedar Flat. CDFW will also be working on regulations for ocean fishing, sport and commercial. Remember these regulations are only temporary until there is a determination to list or not list the spring run chinook salmon.
Notice: There is the possibility that E Ne Nuck and Aikens Creek campgrounds could be closed or considered for dry camping because of no potable water. A letter or email to the Orleans Ranger (USFS) of your need to camp and fish from one of those campgrounds could possibly help keep them open.
Klamath Iron Gate Hatchery: The counts are still going up for the hatchery and Scott River are winding down and we should be getting a final count very soon.
Trinity River Hatchery: I did not receive a report for the TRH this week. Season totals for chinook salmon is 7,706; for coho salmon 745; for steelhead 1,636.
Redd Survey: Redd surveys are over for the season.
Fishing: With the rains we are having right now it is pretty hard for fishing. One could possibly get to fish in between storms if you are alert to the weather and had a good idea when there would be a break in the storms there are a few places up rive one could fish.
Mid-Klamath: Iron Gate Dam is releasing 1,734 cfs at this time and increasing as the storm brings in more water. This could make fishing above I-5 very difficult or no fishing at all. Siead Valley is flowing at 3,626 cfs and increasing. The mid- and lower Klamath are blown out for the next week or so.
Lake Conditions: Whiskeytown is 87 percent of capacity (a decrease of 2 percent) with inflows 1,132 cfs and releasing 729 cfs into Clear Creek and on to Keswick; Shasta is 77 percent of capacity (an increase of 3 percent) with inflows of 3,339 cfs and releasing 3,306 cfs into the Sacramento River; Lake Oroville is 55 percent of capacity (an increase of 4 percent, plus 15 feet) with inflows of 5,837 cfs with releases of 1,158 cfs into the Feather River. Folsom Lake is 66 percent of capacity (an increase of 12 percent, plus 32 feet) with inflows of 8,288 cfs with releases of 1,464 cfs into the American River.
Trinity Lake: The lake is 53 feet below the overflow (a decrease of 3 feet) and 69 percent of capacity (an increase of 1 percent), inflows are 1,897 cfs and 278 cfs is being released into Lewiston Lake with 1,590 cfs going to Whiskeytown Lake and on to Keswick Power Plant, which is releasing 3,207 cfs into the Sacramento River.
Trinity River flows and conditions: Lewiston Dam releases are 307 cfs as of Monday; Limekiln Gulch is 5ft at 488 cfs and water temperature of 42 degrees; Douglas City is 7ft and 837 cfs with water at 41.9 degrees; Junction City is 2.87ft at 949 cfs; Helena is 10.56ft at 1,206 cfs with water temp of 42.8; Cedar Flat (Burnt Ranch) is 5.90ft at 2,138 cfs; South Fork of the Trinity is 7.79ft at 3,908 cfs; Willow Creek is estimated at 6,046 cfs and water at 42 degrees; Hoopa is 18.49ft at 10,760 cfs and is 43 degrees. Water flows at the mouth of the Trinity River at the Klamath are estimated to be 14,277 cfs.
Klamath River flows and condition: Iron Gate is releasing 1,734 cfs and increasing by the hour; Seiad Valley is 4.69ft at 3,626 cfs; Happy Camp is estimated at 4,389 cfs; Somes Bar is estimated to be 9,135 cfs; Orleans is 9.36ft at 13,517 cfs; the Klamath River at Terwer Creek is 17.86ft at 41,182 cfs and water temp of 44.5 degrees. Flows for the Smith River at Dr. Fine Bridge are 20.58ft at 44,743 cfs. The Salmon River is 5.69ft at 4,382 cfs.