Fish Rap by Roger Phillips: Faced with the old half-empty, half-full dilemma

rphillips@idahostatesman.comMay 9, 2013 

What a week it's been. I'm going to dive right in. Little Camas is likely a harbinger of things to come. Get on the reservoirs early this year because we may be in for a long, hot spring/summer with poor water conditions for fishing. Hope I am wrong, but I can't ignore the reality of a dry winter followed by a warm, dry spring. The Weather Guesser 5000 on my computer's desktop is calling for 92 in Boise on Sunday. All I can say is wow!

Remember last year when we were hoping for temperatures in the 60s for Memorial Day weekend after it was wet and chilly most of May? That's ancient history.

Take a look at the reservoirs in Southwest Idaho. Few are likely to fill, and irrigators are going to need water soon, if they're not using it already.

By the way, I've gotten several calls about reservoir levels missing from the Recreation Report. It's online and in real time, and here's your shortcut:

But news isn't all bad. There's a sudden surge in the chinook returns and a few fish have already showed up at the Rapid River Hatchery near Riggins.

More than a 1,000 fish crossed Lower Granite on Tuesday, and 7,000 crossed Bonneville Dam on Friday, which are the largest single days for both dams this year.

And here's potentially good news: 12,000 jacks crossed Bonneville last week out of a total jack run of 14,000 so far this year. That could bode well for next year because jacks tend to be an indicator of next year's run.

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