2019 Juvenile Salmonid Outmigration Monitoring along the Middle Klamath River and Lower Salmon River

Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)

Monitoring
Project IDKARUK-2019-1
Recovery Domains -
Start Date01/01/2020
End Date09/30/2021
Year2019
StatusOngoing
Last Edited04/17/2020
 
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Description    


Background
The Karuk Tribe has conducted juvenile salmonid out-migrant monitoring in the mainstem Klamath River since 1997 and in the mainstem Salmon River since 2001. The Karuk Fisheries Program has worked in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Salmon River Restoration Council (SRRC) with trapping operations since 2002. The cooperative approach has allowed the Tribe to collect a long term record of juvenile salmon outmigration data. This data is used to determine relative smolt abundance, annual fish disease impacts, annual outmigration timing.

The Tribe proposes to work in cooperation with both the SRRC and USFWS. We propose to operate rotary traps seven days per week at two locations on the Klamath River and one on the Salmon River. Mainstem Klamath River sites are located downstream of Orleans and near Kinsman Creek. The Salmon River site is located in the lower one mile of the river. Spring trapping operations will begin in March and continue into July, or until holding live fish is not feasible due to poor water quality. Water quality in the Salmon River is generally good enough to operate traps all summer and early fall. The Salmon River trap will be pulled for safety reasons in early October before fall flow freshets make trap operations dangerous. Monitoring will continue in the mainstem Klamath near Orleans at Big Bar throughout the fall and winter months, but will be subject to river flow events and trap safety

The Tribe proposes to work in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at two trapping sites located in the upper Klamath River. The primary site is located at Kinsman Creek located a few miles upstream of the confluence with the Scott River. The other site is located where the Klamath River crosses under Interstate Hwy 5 approximately 10 miles downstream of Iron Gate Dam. This upper river reach is the primary rearing reach for juvenile Chinook salmon and ESA listed Coho. A large amount of spawning occurs below Iron Gate Dam with another large population of juvenile fish emigrating from the Shasta River make the upper Klamath River a key monitoring location. ESA listed Coho spawn in many of the tributaries entering the Klamath River and out migrate during fall and spring months.

Klamath River flows below Iron Gate Dam are controlled and managed for irrigation and storage in Upper Klamath Lake. The demand for water and highly variable hydrological conditions found on the Klamath River collectively increase or decrease the prevalence of fish diseases and impacts annual juvenile salmon survival. In recent years, efforts have shifted toward using out-migrant data for real-time flow management decisions and support of adaptive flow management.

Objectives
• Build long term trend data for out-migrant salmonid monitoring on the mainstem Klamath River and lower Salmon River.
• Collect biological data from juvenile salmon
• Determine annual relative juvenile salmon abundance and migration timing
• Support adaptive flow management targeting fish health

Project Benefit    


Deliverable: The Tribe will operate smolt traps in three locations along the Klamath River and one location in the Salmon River. The Tribe will manage and share data collected among its partners including the SRRC and USFWS. The Tribe will assist with other out-migrant salmon monitoring work including; beach seining, fish health sampling and weekly trap catch efficiencies.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 380.00 380.00

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$82,125
Report Total:$82,125


Worksites

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  • Worksite Identifier: 1
  • Start Date: 03/01/2020
  • End Date: 06/30/2020
Area Description
Klamath River

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ESU

  • Southern Oregon / Northern California Coastal Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon ESU
  • Klamath Mountains Province Steelhead DPS

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Metrics

Metrics
  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 25,000.00
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 25,000.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 50.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 1,500,000.0
      •      . . . . E.1.b.3 Square miles of water monitored1500 (Square miles)
      •      . . . . E.1.c.2 Salmonid smolt or fry monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.2.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for Salmonid smolt or fry 150.00
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program
          None

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  • Worksite Identifier: 2
  • Start Date: 04/30/2020
  • End Date: 09/30/2020
Area Description
Salmon River

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ESU

    No ESU data was found for this worksite.

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Metrics

Metrics
  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 35,000.00
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 35,000.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 80.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 75,000.0
      •      . . . . E.1.c.2 Salmonid smolt or fry monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.2.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for Salmonid smolt or fry 80.00
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program
          None

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  • Worksite Identifier: 3
  • Start Date: 03/01/2020
  • End Date: 07/31/2020
Area Description
Klamath River

Location Information

  • Basin:
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
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ESU

    No ESU data was found for this worksite.

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Metrics

Metrics
  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 22,125.00
    •      . . E.0.b
      Complement habitat restoration project
      None
    •      . . E.0.c
      Project identified in a plan or watershed assessment.
      None
    •      . . E.0.d.1 Number of Cooperating Organizations
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      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 22,125.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 250.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 1,500,000.0
      •      . . . . E.1.c.2 Salmonid smolt or fry monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.2.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for Salmonid smolt or fry 250.00
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program
          None