The Kaweah River was reduced to a trickle out of Terminus Dam in late November, stranding catfish, carp and crawdads in shallow pools and giving young anglers a rare look at the critters that travel through the channel. Residents who live along the riverbank in eastern Tulare County could see — and smell — the changing river conditions as flows came to a halt. The reason? Lake Kaweah reached acceptable levels for this time of year, which translates to about 13 percent full or 24,000 acre-feet of water. That leaves plenty of room to accommodate runoff from anticipated winter storms.