Chi Council for the Clear Lake Hitch

Observation results from the 2019 spawning migration
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date time creek location number of hitch number of other fish comments observer
4/26/2019 12pm Kelsey Hellsbend 20
last of big school heading back to the lake Murphy
4/24/2019
Adobe SBR 150
hiding under overgrowth; 1 dead under bridge; 3 blue herons Murphy
4/24/2019
Kelsey Hellsbend 2500

Murphy
4/23/2019
Kelsey Hellsbend 2500

Murphy
4/22/2019
Adobe Finley East 75

Murphy
4/22/2019
Kelsey Hellsbend 0
very large number of all sizes of fry, from 3/8 - 1 1/2 Murphy
4/22/2019
Kelsey below detention 0

Murphy
4/22/2019
Kelsey above detention 0

Murphy
4/22/2019
Middle Hwy 20 1400

Murphy
4/21/2019
Adobe Finley East 75
they have moved upstream a few yards to avoid the blue herons and white egrets by getting into deeper water with lots of overgrowth that makes photos and observations hard. Murphy
4/21/2019
Clover
0

Murphy
4/21/2019
Kelsey Hellsbend 2500
All the fish (almost) I have seen this year are healthy, not many parasites or signs of a rough trip, good to see a nice ratio of mature fish to young ones, last year a lot of fish looked like it was their last run. Murphy
4/21/2019
Middle Hwy 20 1000
three blue herons just upstream in the shallows waiting for them Murphy
4/20/2019
Forbes Martin St 500
several days previously as well Knight/Jolon
4/20/2019 12pm Kelsey Hellsbend 2000
the fish are bigger, older fish than I have seen all year. This is also the best formed school I have seen, and it behaves like I m used to seeing, not the random, chaotic stuff I d seen lately. Murphy
4/20/2019 12pm Kelsey detention 0
Water flow is much lower at the dam but still about three inches over the lip, they might be able to get past it now Murphy
4/18/2019 9AM Adobe Finley East 75
a lot of bird activity, water clear, lighting not good and creek badly overgrown. Murphy
4/11/2019
Adobe Finley East 75

Murphy
4/11/2019
Kelsey below detention 0

Murphy
4/11/2019
Kelsey above detention 0

Murphy
4/8/2019
Kelsey above detention 0
all very small Murphy
4/8/2019
Kelsey Hellsbend 150
all very small Murphy
4/8/2019
Kelsey below detention 200
all very small Murphy
4/7/2019
Kelsey Hellsbend 0
all very small Murphy
4/7/2019
Kelsey below detention 200
all very small Murphy
4/7/2019
Kelsey above detention 0
all very small Murphy
4/6/2019
Kelsey above detention 0

Murphy
4/6/2019
Kelsey below detention 0

Murphy
4/6/2019
Kelsey Hellsbend 0

Murphy
4/5/2019 9AM Kelsey Hellsbend 6

Murphy
4/5/2019 9AM Kelsey below detention 0

Murphy
4/5/2019 9AM Kelsey above detention 0

Murphy
4/4/2019 10AM Kelsey Hellsbend 200

Murphy
4/4/2019 10AM Kelsey below detention 0
dam is inoperable due to debris jams again. Murphy
4/4/2019 10AM Kelsey above detention 0 10
Murphy
4/4/2019 3PM Kelsey Hellsbend 35

Murphy
4/4/2019 3PM Kelsey below detention 15
the flow at the dam is impressive Murphy
4/3/2019 10AM Kelsey Hellsbend 100+
spawning: arrived just as a huge osprey was diving-down to snatch a hitch right in front of me, after a short struggle the hitch escaped and the osprey went back to his perch on a dead treetop. Hitch were everywhere between the mid-point at my place and the dam, Murphy
4/3/2019
Kelsey above detention 0
Water is still about five inches above the lip, so the flow is very strong and I doubt hitch can make it, as they don t seem able to get past the rocks at the base. Murphy
4/3/2019
Kelsey below detention 1000

Murphy
4/2/2019 10AM Adobe SBR 0 0
Murphy
4/2/2019 10AM Adobe Finley East 0 0
Murphy
4/2/2019 1:45PM Cooper Bachelor Valley / Witter Springs Rd 200 0 Bridge 14C90 Hodge & Windrem
4/2/2019 2PM Cooper Bachelor Valley ? Old Witters Springs Rd 300 0 Actively spawning Hodge & Windrem
4/2/2019 2:30PM Cooper Bachelor Valley 0 0 Upper end of Bachelor Valley Hodge & Windrem
4/2/2019 10AM Kelsey SBR 0 0
Murphy
4/2/2019 10AM Kelsey Hellsbend 0 0
Murphy
4/2/2019 3PM Kelsey Hellsbend 50
it was hard to see because they were in deep water and the light was not good. They were definitely spawning there, but I still have not seen any blue herons or other predators so I think there are few hitch in Kelsey creek right now. The fish looked small and beat-up like they had been washed downstream during the rains Murphy
4/2/2019 3:25PM Kelsey Main Street 0 0 Clear water Windrem
4/1/2019 7AM Bachelor East Road #5 7 0 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
4/1/2019 7AM No fish in any creek except Bachelor at East Road Bachelor Valley 0 0 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
4/1/2019
Seigler Jessie 1 0
Brandon
3/25/2019 10:15AM Adobe Bell Hill 100 0 Much fewer number of fish than Saturday, March 23 Windrem
3/25/2019 9AM Cole Maes Bridge 0 0 No fish Windrem
3/25/2019 8:45AM Kelsey Main Street 0 0 No fish Windrem
3/25/2019 8:50AM Kelsey Veterans Bridge 0 0 No fish Windrem
3/24/2019 2:30PM Adobe Bell Hill 60-70 0 Upsteam of culverts Hodge
3/24/2019 2:30PM Adobe Bell Hill 1000+ 0 Downstream of culverts Hodge
3/24/2019 11AM Adobe Bell Hill 300+ 0 Saw about 20 dead fish in small pool above culverts; neighbor said boys had been netting fish on Friday before; looks to me like fish were caught and put in pool Windrem
3/24/2019 12:20PM Clover Bypass Elk Mtn Road bridge 0 0 No fish Hodge & Windrem
3/24/2019 1PM Clover Historic Hiway 20 0 2
Hodge
3/24/2019 11AM Dayle Creek Bachelor Valley / Robinson Ranch 5 4
Hodge
3/24/2019 5PM Kelsey Hellsbend 1 0 one female straggler, no visible predators Murphy
3/24/2019 2PM Manning Soda Bay Rd 2000 0 7 dead hitch; thousands of eggs on edge of stream Hodge
3/24/2019 12PM Middle Creek Hiway 20 0 0 No fish Hodge & Windrem
3/24/2019 10:30AM Robinson Bachelor Valley Cutoff 500 0 Clear water Hodge
3/24/2019 3:45PM Seigler Rebekkah 0 60 I was told that the stream was abundant with them in great numbers the day before it rained Harrison
3/24/2019 10:45AM Unnamed Bachelor Valley / Bridge 14C102 0 0 One mile from Bachelor Valley Creek Hodge
3/24/2019 12PM Unnamed Bachelor Valley / Bridge 14-C-226 50 0 Clear water Hodge
3/23/2019
Adobe Finley East 100
been there all week Murphy
3/23/2019 3:20PM Adobe Bell Hill 300+ 0 Above and below culverts; dramatic sight; many stopping to watch Windrem
3/23/2019 11:30AM Adobe Soda Bay Rd 0 0 No fish Windrem
3/23/2019
Cole SBR 0 0
Murphy
3/23/2019 9AM Cole Maes Bridge 0 0
Windrem
3/23/2019 9:40AM Cole Maes Bridge 0 0 Water slightly murky from overnight rainfall Windrem
3/23/2019
Kelsey Hellsbend 0 0 No signs of unusual bird life or other signs of hitch predators. Murphy
3/23/2019
Kelsey detention 0 0 Water is high in all places and visibility is getting better, back to about five feet so if something was there we should be able to see it and there should be few if any obstructions, water is flowing across the full dam on Kelsey and is 5-6' above the lip so there is a lot of water moving downstream. Murphy
3/23/2019 8:50AM Kelsey Main Street 0 0 Water slightly murky from overnight rainfall Windrem
3/23/2019 8:55AM Kelsey Veterans Bridge 0 0 Water slightly murky from overnight rainfall Windrem
3/23/2019 9:35AM Kelsey Soda Bay Rd 0 1 Water slightly murky from overnight rainfall Windrem
3/23/2019
Middle Rodman Slough 19
dead: apparently stranded when water receded Lundquist
3/23/2019 11:40AM Thompson Highland Springs Road 15 0 Clear water Windrem
3/22/2019 3:15PM Thompson Highland Springs Road 50 0 On both sides of Highland Springs Road above and below the culvert; these fish got over the barrier at the Foley Vineyard Windrem
3/21/2019 4PM Manning Soda Bay Rd 1000+ 0 Most seen in many years Wooldridge
3/20/2019
Adobe Finley East 100

Murphy
3/20/2019 7AM Bachelor Bachelor Valley Rd #7 9 1 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
3/20/2019 7AM Bachelor Bachelor Valley Rd #6 22 0 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
3/19/2019 2:30PM Bachelor Valley Creek Bachelor Valley Road 8 0
Windrem
3/19/2019 1:50AM Clover Elk Mtn Road bridge 50 20 Water clear Windrem
3/19/2019 2:45PM Cooper Witters Springs Road 2000 5 All fish were swimming downstream as if returning to the lake Windrem
3/19/2019 6:40PM Cooper Witter Springs Road #4 7 0 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
3/19/2019 6:40PM Cooper Witter Springs Road #1 0 0 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
3/19/2019 6:40PM Dayle Witter Springs Road #3 3 0 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
3/19/2019 6:40PM Dayle Witter Springs Road #2 0 0 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
3/19/2019 3:25PM Scotts Eikhoff Road 100 5 Small, separated schools of fish Windrem
3/19/2019 3:45PM Scotts Scotts Valley Rd Bridge 0 0 Likely blocked by Decker Bridge Windrem
3/18/2019 10AM Adobe Finley East 40
murky water Murphy
3/18/2019 4PM Adobe Finley East 100
murky water; looked healthy and moving upstream Murphy
3/18/2019 7:30AM Bachelor East Road #5 36 0 #5 is a location of a map of bridge locations in Bachelor Valley prepared by Erica Lundquist. The map has locations #1 through #7. "Bachelor Creek" is a name given for the creek on the east side of Bachelor Valley. No name for the creek appears on the USGS map. There are 3 principal creeks in the valley. From west to east they are Dayle, Cooper and Bachelor. Lundquist
3/18/2019 7:30AM Cooper Witter Springs Road #4 18 0 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
3/18/2019 7:30AM Cooper Witter Springs Road #1 24 0 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
3/18/2019 7:30AM Dayle Witter Springs Road #3 22 0 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
3/18/2019 7:30AM Dayle Witter Springs Road #2 11 0 See Lundquist 3/18/19 Lundquist
3/18/2019
Hendricks nameless tributary 50
not seen in this location for 30 years or more: migration was blocked by culvert and dropoff, but sedimentation from River Fire has raised the streambed Dills
3/18/2019 4:30PM Manning SBR 500
spread out on both sides of bridge Harrison
3/17/2019 1PM Kelsey Hellsbend 0 40 suckers water temp 53 degrees Murphy
3/17/2019 7:25AM Scotts Scotts Valley Rd 30 0 Moving upstream Windem
3/16/2019 11:15AM Kelsey Main Street 0 0
Windrem
3/16/2019 11:50AM Kelsey Veterans Bridge 0 30+
Windrem
3/16/2019 1:45PM Kelsey Detention structure 0 20 16 upstream of structure; 4 downstream Windrem
3/15/2019 11AM Kelsey Main Street 0 0
Windrem
3/14/2019 11:30AM Bachelor Bachelor Valley Road 0 0
Hodge & Windrem
3/14/2019 10AM Clover Bypass Elk Mtn Road bridge 0 2
Hodge & Windrem
3/14/2019 12:05PM Clover Historic Hiway 20 / Bell Arbor 15 0
Hodge & Windrem
3/14/2019 11AM Middle Rancheria Rd bridge 0 0
Hodge & Windrem
3/14/2019 7PM Poole Hendricks Road 100-200 0 First sighting in front of house Hiatt
3/11/2019 2:25PM Adobe Merritt Road 0 30+ All suckers Windrem
3/11/2019 2:40PM Adobe Soda Bay Rd 0 0 Too obaque and rushing to see Windrem
3/11/2019 11AM Bloody Island Pump Station Bloody Island 0 0 Lots of carp Hodge
3/11/2019 11AM Clover Bypass Elk Mtn Road bridge 0 0 Water too muddy to see fish Hodge
3/11/2019 11:10AM Clover Historic Hiway 20 / Bell Arbor 5 5 Fish milling around Hodge & Windrem
3/11/2019 10:30AM Clover Historic Hiway 20 35-40 0 Clear water Hodge
3/11/2019
Kelsey Hellsbend 0 6 suckers water is green and visibility is about 2 ; flowing fast with lots of water but the level has dropped rapidly Murphy
3/11/2019 2:10PM Kelsey Main Street 0 0 Water opaque green; clearing up after storm Windrem
3/11/2019 2:30PM Kelsey Detention structure 0 0 Too obaque and rushing to see Windrem
3/11/2019 10:45AM Middle Hiway 20 0 0 Water too muddy to see fish Hodge
3/9/2019 12PM Burns Valley 1 mile from lake 0 40+ No hitch seen; only suckers Wilder
3/9/2019 3PM Cole Clark Drive 10 0 In ditch alongside Clark Drive Erquiaga
3/5/2019 12PM Kelsey Main Street 0 0 Suckers maybe spawing near Veterans Bridge but can't see clearly Windrem
3/3/2019 2PM Clover Bypass Elk Mtn Road bridge 0 0 Water too muddy to see fish Hodge
3/3/2019 12PM Middle Hiway 20 0 0 Water too muddy to see fish Hodge
3/3/2019 10 AM Robinson Creek Bachelor Valley 0 0 Clear water Hodge
2/23/2019 4:30PM Seigler Jessie St 0 25 suckers spawning just above bridge Brandon
1/31/2019 10AM Cooper Bachelor Val 0 0
Hodge/ Windrem
1/31/2019 10:15AM Middle Highway 20 0 100 suckers
Frank Hodge & Peter Windrem
1/31/2019 10:25AM Middle Rancheria Road Bridge 0 30 suckers
Hodge/ Windrem
1/31/2019 11AM Robinson Bel Arbor Bridge 0 0 Shallow water Frank Hodge & Peter Windrem
1/31/2019 12:20PM Scotts Blue Lakes 0 0
Frank Hodge & Peter Windrem
1/31/2019 12:50PM Scotts Outlet of Tule Lake 0 0 Water too murky to see fish Hodge/ Windrem
1/31/2019 11:30AM Scotts & Middle Confluence of two creeks 0 0 Water from Middle Creek was clear; water from Scotts Creek was murkey; dramatic difference between the two streams Hodge/Windrem
1/27/2019 9AM Robinson Bridge Arbor 0 1 dead sucker lying in shallow water Dumont
1/26/2019 12PM Middle Hiway 20 0 8 suckers Hodge