Chi Councilfor the Clear Lake Hitch

Observation results from the 2016 spawning migration

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date time creek location number of fish comments observer
5/4/2016
Clear Lake mouth Kelsey 300 school just offshore at CLSP; possibly spawing Ewing
4/28/2016 10AM Schindler Hwy 20 40 later confirmed not to be hitch Dennis Krentz
4/16/2016 10AM Schindler Hwy 20 16 later confirmed not to be hitch Dennis Krentz
4/15/2016
Kelsey Hellsbend 0 no hitch but about 20 live and 25 dead suckers, lots of herons and buzzards, and lots of fry Murphy
4/15/2016 10AM Schindler Hwy 20 10 later confirmed not to be hitch Dennis Krentz
4/14/2016 11AM Kelsey Hellsbend 80 two herons right on top of them: Murphy
4/12/2016
Kelsey SBR 12
Ewing
4/11/2016
Kelsey SBR 6
Ewing
4/10/2016 10AM Kelsey Hellsbend 100 two schools that merged into one, with a few suckers Murphy
4/9/2016 10AM Kelsey Hellsbend 70 one school of about 40 hitch; another about half suckers: detention structure closed, water very low. herons Murphy
3/29/2016
Middle Hwy 20 0 birds downstream and upstream Hodge
3/28/2016 4PM Clover Diversion Middle Creek Rd 8 2 fish spawning, shallow water Hodge
3/28/2016 4:30PM Middle Rancheria bridge 75 above bridge under willow branches; also 6 suckers Hodge
3/27/2016 2PM Schindler Konocti Bridge 0 water very murky with a few ducks Barnes/Rett
3/27/2016 2:15PM Schindler 4th St 0 water clear and flowing; 4-6 small fish in a hole, probably bluegill Barnes/Rett
3/27/2016 2:30PM Schindler Hwy 20 0 water clear and flowing Barnes/Rett
3/26/2016 8AM Clover Diversion Middle Creek Rd 4 clear water Hodge
3/25/2016 2:30PM Clover Diversion Middle Creek Rd 3 clear water Hodge
3/25/2016 3PM Schindler Hwy 20 0 4-5 small fish that looked like bluegill and 50-75 minnows Barnes/Rett
3/23/2016 2:30PM Adobe Finley East 0 water mostly clear, no birds Logsdon
3/23/2016 5:30PM Clover 2nd St 30 clear water Hodge
3/23/2016 2PM Cole SBR 0 water murky, no birds Logsdon
3/23/2016
Hendricks upstream from Hendricks Rd 50
Ray
3/23/2016
Hendricks Eickhoff 0 a dozen suckers Ray
3/23/2016 2:15PM Kelsey Mostin 0 water clear and fast, no birds Logsdon
3/23/2016 3PM Manning Matthew 0 clear, shallow, no birds Logsdon
3/23/2016 2:30PM Middle Hwy 20 0 still murky Hodge
3/23/2016 2:45PM Thompson Argonaut 0 clear, shallow, no birds Logsdon
3/22/2016 10AM Alley Pitney Land 0 water clear and swift; one turkey vulture Logsdon
3/22/2016 3:45PM Lyons Lakeshore 0 water murky, no birds Logsdon
3/22/2016 10:15AM Middle Elk Mt Rd 0 water clear and swift; no birds Logsdon
3/22/2016 3PM Schindler Hwy 20 0 water clear, no birds Logsdon
3/22/2016 11:15AM Seigler Perini 0 slightly murky and swift, no birds Logsdon
3/22/2016 11:30AM Seigler Hwy 29 0 water clear, garbage in creek, no birds Logsdon
3/21/2016
Cole Green Acres 11 rescued 11 hitch and transferred to mouth of Cole Creek at CLSP; collected 56 dead hitch, none tagged fish Ewing/Rogers
3/21/2016 4:15PM Morrison Victoria confluence 0 water fast, murky in Morrison, clear Victoria Logsdon
3/19/2016 9:30AM Adobe Bell Hill 100+ water clear and swift, 12 turkey vultures Logsdon
3/19/2016 12:15PM Forbes Martin 0 water clear, 1 mallard Logsdon
3/19/2016 12:30PM Forbes Main St 0 water clear and still, no birds Logsdon
3/19/2016 6PM Scotts Hendricks 25 just upstream from Hendricks Rd Logsdon/Bibiana Love
3/19/2016 10AM Thompson Argonaut 30
Leonardis
3/19/2016 11:15AM Thompson Highland Sprgs Rd 0 Water clear and shallow, no birds Logsdon
3/18/2016 12:40PM Adobe SBR 0 water murky Harty
3/18/2016 12:15PM Burns Valley Lakeshore Dr 0 water still and clear, no birds Logsdon
3/18/2016 8AM Cole Greenacres 1000+ in flooded meadow Calogianes/Dills
3/18/2016 12PM Cole Green Acres 0 could not see anything in flooded field, great blue heron fishing Harty
3/18/2016 12:15PM Cole Clark Dr 200 Largest hitch I've seen moving downstream! Thought they were suckers at first! Size of hitch varied as they were coming down with small schooling together Harty
3/18/2016 12:40PM Cole SBR 0 water murky Harty
3/18/2016 2PM Cole Greenacres 1000+ hitch all over the place that are landlocked, maybe a thousand, could be more. the water quality is bad and the fish are not in good shape. Murphy
3/18/2016 12:40PM Kelsey SBR 0 water murky Harty
3/18/2016 1PM Manning SBR 25 water clearer than other creeks Harty
3/18/2016 12PM Seigler Perini 0 2 ft deep under bridge Voegtly
3/17/2016
Clover
15 passage obstructed by brambles Ewing
3/17/2016 9:30AM Schindler Hwy 20 0
Barnes/Rett
3/16/2016 10AM Alley Pitney Lane 0 water mostly clear, no birds Logsdon
3/16/2016 12:30PM Burns Valley Burns Valley Td 0 water and sky clear, no birds Logsdon
3/16/2016 9:45AM Middle Elk Mt Rd 0 water mostly clear, no birds Logsdon
3/16/2016
Robinson Bridge Arbor 12 in ditches near creek Rogers
3/16/2016 3PM Schindler Hwy 20 0 saw one (possible) crappie and half dozen minnows Barnes/Rett
3/16/2016 3PM Schindler 4th St 0
Barnes/Rett
3/15/2016 4:30PM Alley Pitney Lane 15 clear water Hodge
3/14/2016 2:30PM Schindler Hwy 20 0 1/2 dozen large fish of about
12" in length. They didn't look like Sacramento suckers. I'm thinking
maybe carp, if they go up creeks. Also saw one fish surface that looked like a crappie.
Barnes/Rett
3/14/2016 3PM Schindler Konocti View 0 a lot of ducks and coots Barnes/Rett
3/13/2016 4PM Lyons lakeshore Dr 0 water murky and fast, no birds Logsdon
3/10/2016
Middle Hwy 20 2-300
Hodge
3/10/2016 2:30PM Morrison Country Club 0 water murky, drizzle, no birds Logsdon
3/7/2016 12:15PM Burns Valley Lakeshore 0 water murky, no birds Logsdon
3/7/2016 12:45PM Burns Valley Burns Valley Rd 0 water murky, 3 Canada geese Logsdon
3/7/2016 2PM Middle ramger station 0 too muddy Hodge
3/7/2016 3PM Seigler Perini 0 turbid & fast, visibility 1 ft Voegtly
3/6/2016 12:30PM Adobe Merritt 0 water murky, almost over road, 1 mallard Logsdon
3/6/2016
Kelsey Hellsbend 0 major storm: creek running 10 ft deep and vey muddy Murphy
3/6/2016 1PM Kelsey Merritt 0 water murky and fast, no birds Logsdon
3/6/2016 10AM Middle ramger station 250 clear water, lots of birds Hodge
3/5/2016 10AM Kelsey Hellsbend 500 just before major rainstorm Murphy
3/5/2016
Middle Hwy 20 1000
Hodge
3/5/2016 10AM Middle Hwy 20 1000 clear water, lots of birds Hodge
3/3/2016
Alley Sam Alley 30 with John Gichuki & Dean Rogers Ewing
3/3/2016
Clover 500 ft downstream 26 in deeper water Turney
3/3/2016 2:30PM Clover 2 miles upstream from Middle 0
Turney
3/3/2016
Kelsey just above detention 12
Murphy
3/3/2016 10AM Kelsey Hellsbend 1800 school grew overnight to around 1,800 fish with small groups still coming upstream to join it, Murphy
3/3/2016 10AM Kelsey below detention 50 small school of very young fish just below dam . . . heron staking out the dam when I got there, making it tough to get through it. Murphy
3/3/2016
Middle Hwy 20 500
Ray
3/3/2016
Middle Hwy 20 500 with John Gichuki & Dean Rogers Ewing
3/2/2016 1PM Clover 2 miles upstream from Middle 9 creek lower, no predators Turney
3/2/2016 10AM Kelsey SBR 150
Murphy
3/2/2016 10AM Kelsey Hellsbend 500 the school has grown a bit overnight and now includes several large sacramento suckers . . . has a lot of larger fish in it, either because of more females or older fish Murphy
3/1/2016 1PM Clover 2 miles upstream from Middle 40
Turney
3/1/2016 11AM Kelsey below detention 400 No other fish anywhere, no herons either, never saw any fish get even close to the dam, they all stayed at least 150 yards downstream. Murphy
2/29/2016 12:45PM Alley Pitney Ln 20 one group of 3 and one group of 15-20, all moving upstream Smythe, Evans, Ruttan
2/29/2016 1PM Alley Pitney Lane 12
Ruttan
2/29/2016
Clover Elk Mt Rd 42 in several schools Ruttan
2/29/2016 3PM Clover 2 miles upstream from Middle 40 in two schools: it was quite amazing to all those fish! Clear water, no predators Turney
2/29/2016 1PM Clover Creek Diversion Channel Elk Mountain Road 100 Several small schools Smythe, Evans, Ruttan
2/29/2016
Copsey
0 stationary pools of water Ruttan
2/29/2016
Herndon
0 no water Ruttan
2/29/2016 7:15AM Kelsey Quercus Bridge 0
Smythe
2/29/2016 9AM Kelsey Hellsbend 300 I'm certain this is the same school of about 350 from over a week ago, it's the same size and the fish appear to be the same age/size. I think their first spawning attempt was foiled by the weather, this time it might go better. I have not seen any more suckers, and am uncertain if there are any fry in the creek. Water very shallow . . . many of the fish this year had signs of parasites Murphy
2/29/2016
Middle Rancheria Rd 0
Ruttan
2/29/2016 11:10AM Middle HWY 20 1000 One large school of approx 1000 hitch. Several smaller groops of 50-100 each. All moving upstream. Smythe, Evans, Ruttan
2/29/2016 12:30PM Middle Rancheria Road 0
Smythe, Evans, Ruttan
2/28/2016 2:30PM Schindler Konocti View 0 water very stagnant and murky, not flowing Barnes/Rett
2/28/2016 2:40PM Schindler Hwy 20 0 water very low but flowing a bit Barnes/Rett
2/26/2016
Kelsey Hellsbend 100 three small schools formed into one; also two suckers (first of the year in this location) Murphy
2/26/2016
Kelsey below detention 0
Murphy
2/26/2016
Kelsey above detention 0
Murphy
2/26/2016 7:10AM Kelsey Quercus Bridge 0
Smythe
2/24/2016
Alley Pitney Lane 28 about 10 inches long, swimming upstram in groups of 5-10 Rushing
2/24/2016 7:10AM Kelsey Quercus Bridge 0
Smythe
2/23/2016 7:10AM Kelsey Quercus Bridge 0
Smythe
2/23/2016
Scotts Eickhoff 0 ten suckers seen Rogers
2/22/2016 1PM Seigler Perini 0 water level lower Voegtly
2/21/2016
Adobe SBR 0
Murphy
2/21/2016
kelsey above detention 0
Murphy
2/21/2016
kelsey SBR 0
Murphy
2/21/2016 10AM Kelsey Hellsbend 100 Surprisingly I have not seen any sacramento suckers, can't recall that ever having been the case before when hitch were in the creek. Water is clearing-up fast but the flow is still fairly strong, only saw one heron just below the dam Murphy
2/20/2016
Kelsey Hellsbend 0 water is very green/murky and flow rate is high . . . dam is fully open, Murphy
2/20/2016
Middle downstream from Clover diversion 0 runoff had increased the flow substantially Aebly
2/19/2016
Kelsey Hellsbend 0 water is very green/murky and flow rate is high . . . dam is fully open, Murphy
2/19/2016 3:30PM Kelsey Detention Structure 0 Finished opening Structure, water cloudy due to high flows Smythe
2/18/2016
Kelsey Hellsbend 300 detention structure still impassable Murphy
2/18/2016
Seigler Hwy 53 0 school of Sacramento suckers seen upstream from new fish ladder Kennedy
2/17/2016
Alley Sam Alley Rd 9
Rogers
2/17/2016
Clover below bypass 500
Rogers
2/17/2016 7:10AM Kelsey Detention Structure 0 2 herons (1 with snake?), 1 hawk (red tail?), 5 buzzards Smythe
2/17/2016 10AM Kelsey Hellsbend 300 very compact school Murphy
2/17/2016 10AM Kelsey SBR 150 the water level is MUCH improved, which is very important as the blue herons have been staking-out both sites and the water is still only a few inches deep in some places, they might be on their way back to the lake before the dam is drained. Murphy
2/17/2016 3:15PM Kelsey Detention Structure 0
Smythe
2/17/2016
Middle downstream from Clover diversion 150 couple of schools . . .lots of birds Aebly
2/17/2016
Middle Hwy 20 200 closely packed school Rogers
2/16/2016 4PM Adobe SBR 300
Ryan
2/16/2016
Kelsey SBR 0
Murphy
2/16/2016 7:15AM Kelsey Quercus Bridge 0
Smythe
2/16/2016 12:30PM Kelsey Detention Structure 0 Check fish flow, approx. 18 cfs Smythe
2/16/2016 2PM kelsey Hellsbend 200
Murphy
2/16/2016 3PM Kelsey detention 0 began opening detention structure Smythe
2/16/2016 3:30PM kelsey Detention Structure 0 200 fish reported by Phil Murphy 200+/- yds below structure. Could not locate afeter checkling down to Mostin property. Began draining by increasing outflow to 30 cfs. Smythe
2/16/2016 4PM Kelsey SBR 12
Harty
2/16/2016 4:10PM Kelsey Quercus Bridge 8 Below old bridge. Group of 6 appeared to be 1 female and 5 males displaying courting behavior Smythe
2/15/2016 10:10AM Kelsey Detention Structure 0 Observation while repairing Detention Structure Smythe
2/15/2016 1PM Seigler Perini 0 clear low water Voegtly
2/12/2016 8:40AM Adobe Finley East Bridge 0
Smythe
2/12/2016 7:15AM Kelsey Quercus Bridge 0
Smythe
2/12/2016 10AM Kelsey Detention Structure 0
Smythe
2/10/2016 7:15AM Kelsey Quercus Bridge 0
Smythe
2/9/2016 7:15AM Kelsey Quercus Bridge 0
Smythe
2/7/2016 11AM Kelsey Quercus Bridge 0
Smythe
2/6/2016 5:45PM Kelsey Detention Structure 0 Observation while repairing Detention Structure Smythe
2/5/2016 11AM Kelsey Detention Structure 0 Observation while repairing Detention Structure. Close Structure beginning 14:00 Smythe
2/4/2016 3PM Kelsey Detention Structure 0 Observation while repairing Detention Structure Smythe
2/4/2016 2PM Schindler Hwy 20 0 water clear and running, no hitch and no birds Barnes/Rett
2/4/2016 2PM Schindler 4th St 0 water clear and running, no hitch and no birds Barnes/Rett
1/28/2016 2:30PM Kelsey Detention Structure 0 Observation while repairing Detention Structure Smythe
1/22/2016 2PM Kelsey Quercus Bridge 0 Visability non-existent due to high flow Smythe