My guess is that moonlit nights and the high river conditions have affected elk viewing negatively. It would be nice to have some stable weather patterns to settle things out. This morning and last evening there were only a few bulls visible at the south end of the mill pond.
I think with high river conditions otter feeding in the mill pond are far more likely than under normal conditions. Definitely pay close attention to the pond when you visit. The river has been running pretty hard now for a while.
The 1/17/14 map is below.