El Niño let down

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  1. Fishferdayzzz

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    Well it's official. El Niño has gone and completely missed so cal. At least the biggest most important reservoirs are filled up up north. February was supposed to be the wettest month in history for so cal and it ended up being the driest one in 30 years:/ major major let down :/
     
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    And I heard we will be setting up for a La Nina weather pattern for the upcoming season.
     
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    Though our continued spritzes of rain have raised Sutherland a few inches to maybe a foot, I am reminded weekly of how woefully inadequate El Nino was.
     
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    Those of us that fish the Sierras a bunch were greatly rewarded by El Nino. In California your latitude and elevation can make or break you! Crowley got a big lift while Sutherland and Morena got squat! I've decided to not worry about the La Nina forcast for us next winter...until next April..then I'll panic!
     
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    So you suppose the streams in the Eastern Sierras will be significantly higher in melt volume? Headed there in a few weeks.
     
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    Most all of the streams are already up. Hot creek, Magee, Mammoth creek, all higher than the last 3 yrs. U.Owens fishing great now. E. Walker finally has water after some scary low water years. W. Walker has a ton of water. San Joaquin should be running high and fast when they get that all opened up down there. High waters should last through the next month with more cool weather coming! The lakes should be in great shape all summer this year. Crowleys way up this year.....Fun,fun,fun!
     
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    I'm thinking Big Pine Creek will be tough to fish because it will be running so fast. Pretty steep watershed. Do they ever not stock because of rough water? (ES newb questions)
     
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    Just got back from Upper Bishop Creek. The streams there were running extremely good, some areas I normally fish were running a little to hard but with a little hiking (walking) down the streams I had no problem finding endless pools to fish. Keep in mind when I say pools, that could be just a little 2 foot area around a log or rock where a fish is holding out of the current.
    Where I go 10 feet across and deeper than 2 feet would be considered a very large pool. Got several right on the current edge also. As for stocking in fast water, they will usually still stock. They have their favorite pools to drop a net full in but if the current is hard they will usually just go down stream a bit to calm area.
     
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    Big pine creek is a pretty big drop out of the mountains. I think the temps in the Sierras the next few weeks will really determine the runoff in the steeper canyons. I have seen fish stocking held off because of high water. I've seen the San Joaquin much too fast and high to stock. It was basically to high to fish so they don't bother stocking until fishable conditions.
     
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    Northern Cal got whomped though and well central... Thats good news for us plus snow pack...
     
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    sorry Fisheromen When I said the Cdfg will normally continue to stock the streams when they are running a bit hard I should have explained that I fish at 8000 feet and higher. Except for steep areas the streams aren't running as hard up there, which makes it still possible to stock.
     
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    I'm trying to get in shape to get up there!!!
     
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