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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-17-2013, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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Snowpack in the Skeena Region

My head is causing me to be thinking about this fall up in BC. Imagine that. There are a lot of guys on the speypages from up in that zip code and I am just wondering what kind of winter they've had and what ideas they have about water conditions for the fall.

Might be a bit early to make predictions (and I am coming anyway!) but thought I'd offer up the question. I did hear from a couple folks at the Native Fish Society Auction (highly recommended) that they were thinking it a smaller snow pack this winter possibly meaning a low water year?.

Any opinions yet? (I know this is crazy but I can't help it.....)
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Stop predicting....... Wet summer may change water conditions, despite lower snowpack. In 2011 powerful storm blew Morice river and the Morice Lake/Morice River in Spetember were muddy for many weeks, something what has happened only few times in the last several decade.
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Sazan.... I sure remember that year and I know you're right about not predicting. I'm just stirrin the pot can't help it
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It's at 85% of normal.
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One 100mm rain can change everything in a very big hurry...

Snowpack is a factor for sure, but there are way too many others up there to put out a long range water level forecast. Last year they had record snow levels, yet still the rivers were all very low by fall. That's a lot of melting time by September..

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Snow pack is a factor in summer fisheries, even on the biggest freshette years the effects are not really noticeable by september.

As others have said rain is the issue and is not nearly as easy to predict.
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Last year snowpack was near record high and due to a dry and warm summer rivers in late summer/early fall were in a good shape. Saying that, if snowpack is very hight and summer is rather wet, then little rain ( in general) can blow the rivers really easily.
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It's at 85% of normal.
Wish we were talking about the head waters of the Rogue River. Crater Lake area only got 60% of normal. Usually the Corp of Eng's is dumping large amouts of water to pull up the Spring Kings. River's less than half its usual flow.

The second reason the large flows is to cool down the water. We're just starting to get very warm weather so these low flows won't stay that way for long.

One good thing is the Spring Kings are waaaay early! Over 650 of them already in the Hatchery!! Most productive method fishing is by pulling plugs out of a drift boat.




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sept snow pack?

Seems to me the snow is always gone by September and winter is just around the corner. You might run into some rain at that time of year though
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The FALL FLOODS are what you need to worry about.

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The FALL FLOODS are what you need to worry about.
Why is that?
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Why is that?
logging=soil erosion=tim hortons triple triple=no point to fish
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stay home when it rains up there...for sure

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logging=soil erosion=tim hortons triple triple=no point to fish
Yes, thanks.
But why fall floods vs any other time?
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Because Steelhead runs during late summer and fall.
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