GARCIA, GUALALA & RUSSIAN RIVERS

March 24, 2015    Headlines
North Coast River Update

Far North Coast Rivers Rise
After a prolonged period of dry weather heavy rain pushed through the North Coastal rivers on Monday / Tuesday 3-24. The Smith saw the biggest rise since January jumping from 9 feet to 16 feet today. This will push the downers into the main stem and guides could see some pretty good scores (mostly downers and bluebacks) in the days ahead. Fishing pressure has been very light and for the few guides working the Smith the past two weeks scores have been a solid 2 plus fish per stick.
The bulk of the rainfall fell north of Cape Mendocino with the Smith seeing 1.8", the Eureka area (Mad river) seeing 1.2". and Fort Seward on the Eel seeing just .68. South of the Mendo county line rainfall totals were less than a few 10ths.
We received one Eel report last weekend from a regular reader who reported 2 fish on the main stem on Saturday. Otherwise reports have been far and few between the past ten days and many guides have not had much interest from clients this late in the season.
On the Russian we did get a couple of good reports from hard core bankies who reporte0d 0 to 3 fish per stick working the Dry Creek to Wholer bridge areas this past weekend.  The Russian is low, skinny and clear but those in the know are hookng a few late run fish.
There is only one week left to yet another tough season. The good news is you will find light pressure on every system, the bad news: this fourth year of drought will have a big impact on returns in the coming years.


Russian River:

On Monday 3-2 Hunt Conrad of the Healdsburg Herald reported on the action from Healdsburg to Wohler, and the fish were in the 5 to 7-pound range, composed mostly of chrome fresh hatchery fish. He said, “The water was on the clear side with 4 feet of visibility, and it is good to see fresh fish moving in. I talked to four out of boats: one had 4, one had 2, one had one, and the other was blanked.”


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