The McCloud River has been quite fishable so far this spring, but an end to the unseasonably cool springtime weather in the northern end of the state means the record snowpack is melting and flows are on their way up — including on the McCloud River.
This notice from PG&E:
As you may be aware, McCloud Dam has been spilling approximately 150 to 300 cubic feet per second (cfs) for past several weeks. PG&E has been taking careful steps to manage the spill flow and increasing inflow into McCloud Reservoir by monitoring the reservoir level, maintaining the water surface elevation in Iron Canyon and McCloud Reservoirs, and diverting water through James B. Black Powerhouse to maintain the maximum amount of storage capacity.
Based on the current snowpack condition, increasing air temperature, and increasing inflow conditions into McCloud Reservoir, PG&E anticipates that the spill magnitude at McCloud Dam will continue to increase steadily over the next several days, and possibly weeks depending on the long term weather trend.
Click here for the most current flow conditions in the Lower McCloud River below the dam.
Click here or the most current flow conditions in the Lower McCloud River at Ah-Di-Na.