The rains have stopped as of today (thursday). The river rose a little but remains in about perfect shape. I fished for a couple hours behind my home yesterday and hope to go out again this evening. Took pics yesterday and today, looks like steelhead green to me. First pic is today’s water taken at the usual spot and second is after I walked into the water yesterday. Should be good water for the weekend and the small increase in discharge could get the fall chinook moving.Yesterday’s waterEDIT: Didn’t expect rain but we’re getting more in the lower valley right now and I’ll assume more/heavier rain is falling in the upper watershed. 10% chance of rain tomorrow and through the weekend, that’s not much chance but who knows. If we get a gully washer in the upper watershed we could see turbidity increase tomorrow.
Water continues to improve. Should have very good water for the weekend. I expect the water to improve daily until we get fall conditions. Fall chinook numbers over Bonneville are looking decent and those targeting fall chinook in the Klickitat are increasing also.
This pic was taken around 11:20 am at the usual spot, looks like vis is approaching 2′.
Just looked at the 10 day weather forecast and must say I like it! Highs in the 70’s for a few days and then dropping into the 60’s, wonderful! Bonneville passage is still crappy for steelhead but chinook have taken a recent jump. Year to date numbers are very poor for both steelhead and fall chinook but since chinook school they are typically much easier to find, while also being more numerous.
The sky was clear and blue this morning but this afternoon it’s smokey big time.
The river is dropping slowly and clearing slowly. Temps on Mt. Adams are predicted to be falling too, freeze level predicted to fall to 9000′ and stay close through the weekend. Beginning Friday we could be seeing the best water we’ve seen in a long while. Here’s a pic of today’s water in town at 2:15pm.
The water improved a bit today. I think the cooler temps and coolish nights are helping a bunch. Looks like close to 1.5′ of vis this evening in town. Did a shuttle mid-day and depending on the light I saw what looked like a greenish tint to the water. Took the following pic at 7pm, doesn’t look green in the pic and didn’t look green to me but it’s definitely better than yesterday. Bonneville passage via DART has not been updated for the last 6 days so no info on that front. The fish counters were sent home due to the fires in the vicinity.
The water didn’t improve today as I thought it would. The sun is lower in the sky and the days are getting shorter and daily high temps have dropped so water conditions should be improving.
This extended period of turbidity isn’t normal or expected from my perspective. Today I was reminded of some issues regarding the Glenwood irrigation district. It’s been suggested the diversion from the Big Muddy into the Hell Roaring ditch has been stopped so the Big Muddy is delivering all it’s sediment into the Klickitat. I’m guessing, based on a number of indicators and suggestions, that this could be a cause for increased turbidity. No pics tonight, sorry.
Temps have cooled down, we’re expecting low 80’s through the weekend. Water has improved but not as much as I anticipated. I’m told the “in-river” work was completed yesterday around noonish but looking at the water makes me wonder if that’s actually true. Lots of brown in the water which is generally not attributable to glacial melt. Glacial melt usually gives us a greyish color overall, not brown. The following pic was taken at 10:30 am at the usual spot. Over a foot of vis and should be improving other the weekend.
The water was off throughout last weekend and remains off. Fishable but brown, fishable if you had bait or something shiny and noisy like a spinner. Fishing pressure was very low over the Labor Day weekend.
Temps are predicted to fall into the 80’s on Thursday and stay there over the coming weekend. That should provide much better water. Fall chinook are now entering the Klickitat so fishing could be improving. We’ll be ordering live sand-shrimp tomorrow around noon (Wednesday) and will hold some for you if you’d like. Please email me or call the shop if you’d like to reserve some, gotta do it before noon tomorrow though. Sand-shrimp arrive Thurs. afternoon.
The lower river improved overnight. Looks like close to a foot of vis around 10:15 am. I understand the Big Muddy is responsible for the color, a slide was suggested but it might just be from the heat, or both. Looks like temps will be over 100F throughout the weekend and into next week so I wouldn’t expect the water to get much better. Good time to take advantage of the cycle if you intend to fish. The lower river should provide the best water early in the day and way upriver late in the day. Was also informed the in-river work has remained on hold but will likely begin should natural turbidity remain high so next week is probable. Here’s a pic taken about an hour ago.