I was up at Walnut creek yesterday afternoon and shot some video of the creek conditions. For the most part, the rain we got the other day is gone and the creek is back down to low and clear. There were a ton of steelhead in the lower section before the stop sign hole. In the stop sign hole, there were hardly any fish as compared to my last video. There must have moved up and the other fish have not moved into that spot yet.
I did see a few people catching steelhead and several more with stringers so they are biting but again you are fighting the creek conditions.
I didn’t film above the bridge but I can tell you that I did not see one person fishing the manchester hole, none. That tells me the fish have moved up from there and just like the stop sign hole, more fish need to move into that area which will only be possible if we get more rain. I don’t think I have ever seen the manchester hole so empty, especially at this time in the season. Typically, it is packed shoulder to shoulder with guys fishing but not this time.
There are ton of fish in the creek but there are also a lot of people fishing the creek and only a few spots actually holding a decent amount of fish so everyone is in those locations. When you are fishing such low and clear conditions you should remember that the less you are in the water, the better. The fish are spooked and can see you, especially when it is clear so try to disturb them as little as possible. Using light line can help in these situations but will also make it harder to man handle the fish as it leads to more lines breaking off.
They are calling for rain today 10-11-2017 but will it make a difference? Hard to say but anything will help. The problem is when we get the rain it only takes a day or so for the water levels to go back down and become low and clear again so you need to time your fishing days around the weather and rain forecast if possible.
I also went down to trout run and there were a handful of people fishing in the lake. I saw one guy catch one and I also saw a stringer with 2 steelhead on it but it didn’t look like it was hot and heavy. Maybe it was because I was there in the afternoon? Hard to say. The lake was nice but I didn’t see the huge amounts of steelhead in the creek there as I have seen in the past so hopefully there are more to come from the lake.