All Rivers In
All North Coast rivers are in but most are seeing low clear conditions. Lack of
rain the past two weeks has the Smith and Chetco both running low and very
clear. While showers / light rain is expected on Friday 2-27 and into the
weekend it does not look to be enough to change the river conditions.
The 2nd Rowdy Creek fish derby of the year will be held this Friday and
Saturday 2-28 on the Smith and Chetco. Last weekend the action was slow with the
top team out of 24 total seeing a combined 8 fish. This week with even more
challenging conditions and lower flows 22 teams will be facing tough
conditions but I'm sure everyone involved will have a great time supporting
Rowdy Creek hatchery. After all that is what this derby is all about.
The Smith is currently running at 7 feet here on Thursday 2-26 evening. It's low
and gin clear and giving up just a few adults and runbacks the past several
The gauge at Miranda on the South Fork Eek is reporting a current
flow of 1150 feet. The Miranda gauge has been over reading for the past two
weeks but guides are reporting the entire south fork is in and giving up 1 to 6
fish hooked per boat. For the coastal rivers the Eel has been the top producer
The Mad river action has slowed this past week. The river is down to 7
feet or about 700cfs and is sporting 12 to 18 inches of viz. Bankies are scoring
a few fish on roe while others are lining but scores have dropped from easy
limits two weeks ago to a fish per stick for knowledgeable anglers.
Wally Johnson reports they are seeing 5 to 10 adults and 15 to 20+ 1/2 pounders
working the upper Klamath in the Seiad Valley the past few days. Wally
says the fishing pressure has been extremely light and it's rare to see more
than one or two other boats even working the same stretch of river. Wally is
headed back over to the coast to fish in the Rowdy Creek derby this weekend and
will be back on his home waters next Monday. Numbers wise the upper Klamath is a
top bet (if) until the rains return.
All North Coast rivers are in and fishing but the catching has been tough on