Source: US Diseases
Steelhead have not moved out of the Rogue River into the Applegate River, due to low flows as area rainfall fell to a historic low. Applegate Lake was at its lowest point since the lake was created in 1980, at more than 29 feet below the average late-January level, leaving no extra water to release.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced the flow from Applegate Dam to 80 cubic feet per second, which is 20 cfs less than the project’s minimum flows for wild salmon and steelhead protection. The corps hopes to retain as much water as possible behind the dam to use in the summer, keeping river flows high and cool enough to protect wild fall chinook salmon and winter steelhead that hatch and rear in the Applegate.