50 cfs…let’s just say things are tough. The water went from being unusually high through September and early October to a puddle October 15th. The river was running at a healthy 275 on a Friday night and it dropped to 50 cfs trickle by the next morning. How a juvenile fish living in a side channel could get out in time is impossible. I thought the drop in flow was a glitch of a mistake but the river has stayed at the flow since.
This is by far the lowest I have seen the creek for this amount of time. It has made the fishing very tough. We have been having good numbers of hook ups on small scrappy fish but the bigger fish have vanished. I guided there three days last week and covered the entirety of the river and came up empty handed with a fish above 14”. I am not giving up yet but want to be completely honest that things are tough out there right now.
November 6th is a very important date for Putah Creek. We need your help with a major gravel bed project. The past three summers have had major fires around the river dumping unimaginable amount of silt in the river. With the help of some volunteers organized by Putah Creek Trout the spawning areas have been cleared of the silt. Now they need your help to add new gravel. Check out this link to sign up.