Article: River conditions update Thanksgiving Week

Posted: November 21, 2011 by Hellcat in Fish Reports, News, Tips & Advice
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I think most of you river junkies out there are aware we are going to finally see a big storm this week. Here’s a little update from my studious perspective on what we can expect this week for river conditions:

Local Big River Tributaries: Most rivers will fish all week long while only a few will experience enough of a rise to postpone good conditions for a day or two.

Moderate rises can be expected on all of our usual suspect winter steelhead rivers on both sides of the border. The ground is thoroughly saturated and higher flows will take longer to recede with any significant rises from here on out. Certainly conditions will be excellent by Thanksgiving day for those anglers looking for winter steelhead. And there have been plenty of them caught already. Strikingly odd for this early in the season. Perhaps an omen of good things to come. Early winters are confirmed in more than 4 local tribs. Popular methods would include spoons, spinners, drift and float techniques. Use the ‘search’ tab on this website for as much or as little tutorial information you are looking for. You may also comment on this post to create a thread of helpful hints if you’d like.

Coastal Rivers: Rivers in both WA and OR will blow out by tomorrow night peaking on Wednesday evening. Many will see flood stage or near to it. Most will drop like a rock allowing a late Thursday bite to likely occur as well as a pristine Friday as far as optimal level conditions are concerned. Saturday will see a small bump in levels but not enough to bag your trips. Sunday’s info is anyone’s guess until tomorrow when NOAA updates their forecast.

The coastal rivers will be receiving quite a bit more rain than local rivers. Not only that but also due to incredibly saturated ground we’ll see some earlier than normal flooding along both the Oregon and Washington coast. Smaller rivers will be affected greater. They will rise faster and drop faster. I recommend using the river links I’ve provided on this website for predictions and actual daily conditions. The ‘River Levels’ link will give you predictions and general info while the USGS water level data will allow you to focus on a more granular breakdown of the river you seek….offering median and mean information as well as a daily or weekly breakdown. No predictions are offered here, however.

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