I trust everyone had a great Christmas and may the New Year bring us all health, prosperity, and happiness.
With the 2017 Steelhead and Trout Season opening next Sunday, I thought I would pass on a few thoughts.
Mokelumne-Flows - the Mokelumne has sustained flows of over 1,400cfs for the past couple of weeks and should remain high on the opener. The Moke will be real pushy and 1,400 is unfishable for the fly guys and very tough for the bait guys.
Safety - I have done some preliminary scouting and as expected, there are several large tress down along the reach between Camanche Dam and Stillman Magee Park. Unless you have a metal drift boat and a big saw, I would avoid floating the Moke.
Stanislaus- High counts are starting to show - Still water is best, Beardsley is an option.
Lower Stan has fish counts coming in with water @+/- 200cfs it’s low for a drift, lots of slogging. Be extra careful walking on the Redds!!!!
Tuolumne - Counts are low. Water is @ +/- 170cfs which is low. Be extra careful walking on the Redds!!!!
Merced- Below El Portal fishing is open water is @ +/-650cfs but flows are best below 300
Crocker Huffman Dam - notice new parking restrictions all along the river to discourage illegal fishing practices.