River is still dirty

The River Restoration project above Junction City is still providing lots of turbidity for that area of the river and makes for bad fishing. What will it do to or for any in-river spawning? Years ago, before the dam, mining turned the river into a “river of mud” but the salmon had plenty of clean up-stream areas to spawn in. If the river restoration is supposed to provide more spawning area for the chinook salmon where are the reports of increased production of the salmon? I have not seen any nor is there any listed report of an increase of chinook salmon for the upper Trinity River. The Trinity Hatchery produces 3 million chinook, 280,000 steelhead (reduced from 500,000) and 300,000 (reduced from 500,000) coho salmon but no reports from the TRRP of in-river spawning production. There is a report of in-river salmon Redds but no follow up of how they do. So, what does the TRRP do other than spend $15 million per year on “river restoration” that does not improve the fishing opportunities?

Junction City Weir counts, Julian week 31 the week ending Aug. 5: Chinook salmon, 5 jack, 48 adult, total 53, season total 124; coho 0; steelhead half-pounders 0, adults 16, season total 16; brown trout 3, season total 13.

I will have more on the Hoopa weir next week as I am waiting for a response from the Hoopa Tribe as to how they plan to manage the weir.

Fishing: Fishing above the Round House is still very good. Todd LeBoeuf, Tiger T Guide Service, has reported great fishing above the Round House. Last week Todd took out Dana and Chris Dase of Oregon and was able to get them limits of salmon with the largest being 18 pounds. They were also able to hook up and release a couple of nice adult summer run steelhead to finish off their trip.

Summer releases have arrived and Lewiston is now releasing 444 cfs into the river. The extra water releases for the Hoopa Boat Dance should be released sometime around Sept. 3 for the ceremonies. (This is the odd year, even years is Yurok’s.)

Just 20 more days before the fall chinook salmon season opens! Labor Day weekend starts Aug. 31 but Sept. 1 is Sunday of that weekend. You salmon fishermen had better get in your reservations now if you want to hopefully get a guide and a place to stay.

Mid-Klamath: The Klamath at Weitchpec is flowing about 2,622 cfs and the river is a nice green now. John Harlan from E Ne Nuck reported that the moss has dissipated and the river is green again. The problem being that the salmon have not shown up yet at Bluff Creek. Usually they start to show up around the first week of August. He did state that he saw plenty of nice steelhead at the mouth of Hopkin’s Creek. That would be natural because Hopkin’s Creek is nothing but cold water coming down off of the mountain. The fish love to take a break there and cool off some before they head on up the Klamath or turn around and go up the Trinity.

Lake Conditions: Whiskeytown is 98 percent of capacity (no change) with inflows 1,574 cfs and releasing 1,628 cfs on to Keswick and the Sacramento River; Shasta is 86 percent of capacity (minus 4 feet) with inflows of 2,829 cfs and releasing 9,799 cfs into Keswick; Keswick is 93 percent (no change) with inflows of 11,668 cfs and releasing 11,107 cfs into the Sacramento River; Lake Oroville is 84 percent of capacity (a decrease of 3 percent, minus 7 feet) with inflows of 3,062 cfs with releases of 11,288 cfs into the Feather River.

Trinity Lake: The lake is 17 feet below the overflow (an increase of 2 feet) and 89 percent of capacity (a decrease of 1 percent) and inflows are 5 cfs and releases are 1,674 cfs into Lewiston Lake with 1,372 cfs being diverted to Whiskeytown Lake and on to Keswick Power Plant, which is releasing 10,903 cfs into the Sacramento River.

Trinity River flows and conditions: Lewiston Dam releases are 444 cfs and water temperature of 54.8 degrees as of noon Saturday, Aug. 10; Limekiln Gulch is 4.89ft at 366 cfs; Douglas City is 6.54ft and flows of 464 cfs; Junction City is N/A due to turbidity; Helena is 8.75ft at 445 cfs with water temp of 59.7 degrees and water turbidity of 1.40 (high was 4.30); Cedar Flat (Burnt Ranch) is 2.97ft at 623 cfs; South Fork of the Trinity near Hyampom is 2.40ft at 145 cfs; Willow Creek is estimated at 768 cfs and water at 66 degrees; Hoopa is 11.71ft at 929 cfs and water is 69 degrees. Water flows at the mouth of the Trinity River at the Klamath are estimated to be 2,622 cfs.

Klamath River flows and conditions: Iron Gate is releasing 1,093 cfs; Seiad Valley is 2.29ft at 1,319 cfs; Happy Camp is estimated at 1,408 cfs; the Salmon River is 2.25ft at 357 cfs; Somes Bar is estimated to be 1,336 cfs’ Orleans is 2.84ft at 1,693 cfs’ the Klamath River at Terwer Creek is 8.64ft at 2,938 cfs and water temp of 71.7 degrees. Flows for the Smith River at Jedia Smith is 5.07ft and flows of 368 cfs, flows at Dr. Fine Bridge are 11.42ft.

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