A couple days of warm temps and some rain yesterday has the trib flows up and rolling again! Flows in the Oak are high, close to blown and dirty. Flows consist of lots of turbine water and overflow water that started to come back up for the end of the past weekend. Water color is one foot of visibility or less. Most of the area snowpack has now melted although some remains in protected areas. There’s still lots of upstream headwater swamp supplies in the Oak. Flows will likely retreat in the overflow channel thru the mid and end part of the week while turbine flows remain high. Water color will be on a slow mend.
You can feel the Spring change in the weather now and with ice cover going away on Lake Alice, there will be the typical warming of water temps in the Oak. Likely there are some steelhead in the Oak now and the drift conditions remain challenging to get on them. There were some hook ups thru the past weekend right before this latest rise in flows. Even though I wouldn’t look for turbine flows to change much in the near term, once the water temps begin to rise even a little the drift chances should improve and more fresh fish will hopefully be evidenced all around. Flows in the other area smaller waterways are high and dirty. Most all ice cover looks to be moved out. Those smaller tribs will drop and clear and warm up sooner then the Oak. Look for your fishing window sooner then later whenever reasonable conditions come together.
Forecast is for slowly warming up thru this week with chance of rain/snow showers mid week and precipitation again for end of week. Any significant precipitation will quickly raise all the trib flows up again with the chance for off color flows.”