Rain from this last storm came to just over two inches, depending where you live. Not only did it do good for the river and fish but really helped with the fires. And we still have more rain coming this week! The fires seem to be coming under control and in some instances the rain is helping to put the fires out (thank goodness). As for the streams and rivers they are finally getting some help by creating flows of such that the fish (steelhead) are moving.
For the past several weeks the counts at the Willow Creek weir were low but with this new storm the steelhead should start to enter the Klamath-Trinity and move on up the rivers to their spawning areas. We probably could see a late surge of winter chinook, I hope. We will just have to wait and see. As I was checking the different flows, I saw many of the streams rising which means that the rivers will also soon be raising. This is a good thing for the fish as they can finally reach their spawning grounds.
Fishing: Not many fishermen were out. I would expect that a few local steelheaders went out during the breaks from the rain but I did not see any as I was holed up in the house staying warm and dry. After this next storm we should see a good influx of Iron Heads move into the Trinity. It will be hard fishing but as the river drops fishing will get much better.
Mid-Klamath to Happy Camp: The Klamath River at Weitchpec is flowing at 2,023 cfs, an increase of 46 cfs from last week. Iron Gate Dam is releasing 1,036 cfs as of 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The Weitchpec area is still closed to the general public because of the COVID-19 pandemic but the Orleans area up to Happy Camp is open to the public for fishing.
Upper Klamath River video count, Julian week 44 ending on Nov. 4: Shasta River, 4 chinook, season total 4,051, coho 0; Scott River, 0, season total 8, coho 0; Bogus Creek, 80 chinook, season total 1,629, coho 0. NOTE: the Scott River counting station is 18 miles upriver. On the lower river 600 live adult chinook salmon have been observed.
Lake Conditions: Whiskeytown is 85 percent of capacity (no change) with inflows of 246 cfs and releasing 407 cfs on to Keswick. Shasta Lake is 45 percent of capacity (minus 1 foot) with inflows of 3,640 cfs and releasing 4,376 cfs into Keswick. Keswick is 83 percent (an increase of 3 percent) with inflows of 4,687 cfs and releasing 4,804 cfs into the Sacramento River. Lake Oroville is 39 percent of capacity (a decrease of 2 percent, minus 7 feet) with inflows of 1,079 cfs with releases of 4,298 cfs into the Feather River. Folsom Lake is 34 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent, minus 1 foot) with inflows of 1,552 cfs with releases of 1,212 cfs into the American River.
Trinity Lake: The lake is 86 feet below the overflow (an increase of 1 foot) and 52 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent) with inflows of 45 cfs and releasing 443 cfs into Lewiston Lake with 147 cfs being diverted to Whiskeytown Lake and on to Keswick Power Plant.
Trinity River flows and conditions: Lewiston Lake is 98 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent) and water releases are 296 cfs into the Trinity River, with water temperature of 46.6 degrees, as of 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Limekiln Gulch is 4.72ft at 338 cfs. Douglas City is 6.28ft with flows of 337 cfs with water temperature of 47.3 degrees. Junction City is 1.70ft at 356 cfs. Helena is 8.04ft at 375 cfs with water temp of 46.8 degrees. Cedar Flat (Burnt Ranch) is 2.83ft at 409 cfs. Willow Creek is estimated at 487 cfs and water at 47.3 degrees. Hoopa is 11.52ft at 816 cfs and water is 48.2 degrees. Water flows at the mouth of the Trinity River at the Klamath in Weitchpec are estimated to be 1,336 cfs, a decrease of 687 cfs. South Fork of the Trinity near Hyampom is 2.13ft at 78 cfs.
Klamath River flows and conditions: Iron Gate is releasing 1,031 cfs. Seiad Valley is 2.30ft at 1,312 cfs. Happy Camp is estimated at 1,930 cfs. Somes Bar is estimated to be 1,552 cfs. The Salmon River is 2.45ft at 600 cfs.