Forecast Calls for Rain & Higher Flows this Week
We are seeing steady rain and rising rivers across the North Coast for
the first time in weeks. This is setting the stage for great conditions in
the coming week as rivers rise to their highest levels since early October.
As of Saturday 2-8 at 6:AM rainfall totals and river heights are as
Smith looks to crest around 13' later today. The river has risen from 7
feet to 12.6 at this hour. In CFS the river has gone from a low of 2000cfs
to over 12,000 in the past 24 hours. As it drops back in later today into
Sunday we expect some big counts to be posted by local guides. Wally
Johnson, Kevin Brock, Tony Sepulveda and Dave Jacobs all have room for the
coming week. The outlook calls for unsettled weather through the week. I
suggest that readers use
river guidance plot to plan their trips. The Smith is my top bet for the
coming week! Left is this morning's Smith river plot.
The Mad river has seen just .55" over the past 24 hours but has risen
from 5' to 7.3' or from 200cfs to 900cfs. There are a ton of hatchery
steelhead that have been holding in the lower river and this rise will have
the fish quickly pushing up towards the hatchery. The river will be muddy
and I don't want to get into politics but liners will rule the banks.
Conventional anglers will find it too muddy to bounce roe so head to the
Smith and don't whine to me about tactics.
If you are not famaliar with the Mad spot by or contact Mad river Tackle at
707 826-7201 for additional information.
Eel has seen just under an 1" at Miranda with the river up from 6 to 7.6
feet or from 60cfs to 450cfs. The river will rise throughout today and is
expected to crest at 8000cfs around midnight. With dam releases completely
cut back the Eel will clear after these next systems a bit quicker than
normal. This will be in my top bets next week once flows at Miranda drop.
The optimal level is something that readers have to figure out for
Pictured right a "double" of late season Eel steelhead from March of
2013 that client's of Tony Sepulveda are about to release.
On the Russian rainfall totals west
of Healdsburg at Venado are 2.35 but the river has risen from 40cfs to just
80. The ground is so dry that all this rain is just soaking in and with
releases from Lake Mendo at just 30cfs it will take time for runoff to bring
flows up. The river is expected to crest at 4400cfs on Sunday and drop back
to 800 by Tuesday. The F& G Commission has closed the Russian but it will
take until the February 23rd for the legal eagles in Sac to adopt into law.
I would ask anglers to avoid the Russian so they don't intercept endangered
coho. If the unethical put too much pressure on these fish we could see a
much more restricted fishery in the future. We are in this together.
The upper Trinity and Klamath
rivers are still low as the bulk of the rainfall has been along the coast.
Both are seeing small rises and should continue a slow and steady climb in
the coming days. Both are likely adding some color and
should offer good fishing all this week.
Wally Johnson reports they are seeing 3 to 7 mostly smaller adults to 7
pounds on the upper Klamath is week. The Trinity has been low and clear and
giving up 1 to 3 fish to 8 pounds this past month. If the coast rivers blow
out these two would be a great bet later this week as more fish push up with