by Eric Ettlinger
When I travel during the holidays I always run the risk of missing the peak of the coho spawning run in Lagunitas Creek. But this year, luckily for me, nothing exciting happened in the creek while I was away. Nothing at all. It rained twice, but not enough to raise stream flows significantly. My fellow MMWD biologists found two new coho redds and five spawners in Lagunitas Creek just after Christmas. This week they observed four new redds but only three live coho, which is the lowest number of fish seen since early December. Three other redds looked more like steelhead redds, but since steelhead have yet to be seen, those redds were categorized as “unknowns.” Steelhead should start arriving any day now, but like the coho, may be waiting for more rain before migrating upstream. The current coho totals stand at 49 coho redds and 63 live coho observations.
The latest weather forecast is predicting some rain for the middle of next week, but it doesn’t look like much. Once again, we’re left hoping for more rain and more fish.