Kootenai River

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

With high flows it's all about being in a boat an for the most part and also about nymphing. Look for fish in eddys, along banks, and specifically in off current areas and channels. Sporadic hatches of caddis are starting to show up but with big, fast current, fish are not really inclined to look up.

Seven-day forecast 

- Water managers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with federal, tribal, and state fishery biologists, have determined that water temperature and flow are now sufficient to commence sturgeon flow augmentation operations at Libby Dam, Montana, for endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon downstream in Idaho.

While this year's flow augmentation for sturgeon does not include spilling additional volume over the dam, plans include increasing flows to full powerhouse capacity for about a week, and will only include a single peak.

Sturgeon flow augmentation will begin this Friday, May 22, at 7:00 a.m. Flows will be increased to full powerhouse capacity, approximately 26,500 cubic feet per second, and will remain at that level for about one week before decreasing to 20,000 cfs for four to five days. The post-peak operation to guide the flow shape of the remaining sturgeon volume will be coordinated through the interagency Flow Plan Implementation Team.

Conditions 
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