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Old 10-07-04, 03:31 AM   #1
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Default Raising and Falling water levels

I was wondering if anybody has had any experience fishing on lakes that will fluctuate 15-20 ft over a year. The lake is one of the towns main supply of irrigation.
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Old 10-07-04, 09:21 AM   #2
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[quote author=UtahBass link=board=news;num=1097130696;start=0#0 date=10/07/04 at 02:31:36]I was wondering if anybody has had any experience fishing on lakes that will fluctuate 15-20 ft over a year. The lake is one of the towns main supply of irrigation. [/quote]


Welcome to the site Glad you decided to join in the foray 8). I must say that's one heck of a fluctuation in water level. At least for here in Indiana. We have some reservoirs that go up and down maybe 5-6 during the year, unless of course they are going to lower it for a specific reason. Based on the rising and falling patterns I use, when the water is falling, the fish will be back off the shorelines, and in a little deeper water. When the water level is rising, the fish will often be up on the edge of the bank feeding heavily. Now from what you said, these might not be good. Based on the vegetation, and forage along the shoreline. If you have deeper water ??? I would think the fish would be less affected by the depth changes. So it might be a lot easier to pattern the deeper water than anything shallow. Hope any of this will help :-/

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Old 10-07-04, 02:10 PM   #3
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Thanx, I actually used to be a member here like a year and a half ago my name then was OhioBass Im sure some people remember me. It took me quite a while to get the internet again.
I have never seen a lake fluctuate like this before either. We have been in a drought for like 5 years. Last winter there were 2 lakes that winterkilled.
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Old 10-07-04, 07:45 PM   #4
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the best thing i could say is watch the water when it gets far down it will reveal a lot of the structure in the lake. i would say points are your best bet.
trees and logs would be good also.


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Old 10-08-04, 12:00 AM   #5
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Dang! *Look what the cat threw up! *I was wondering where you disappeared to. *Glad to see you made it back. *Have to call you Utah instead of Ohio now, I guess. *Welcome back!

Oh, to answer your question, Lizards pretty much nailed it-rising water go shallow, falling water go deeper.
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When the water goes way down, bring your camera.
We had a drought a couple years ago and the structure that was available clued me in to where the fish go during summer weather conditions.

Zook, that was Highrock, but I'm sure you already realized that.
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Old 10-08-04, 07:07 PM   #7
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yep a camera and a gps with a big or empty way point system. i have 6-7 rolls of 35mm film 2 hours of video tape. and 1237 way points. and this was just high rock. i have 9 rolls of 35 mm film 4 hours of video and over 5000 way points of badin .it was the first time in 25 years it was that far down so i made the most of it.


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ya mean that huge old stump right next to the old road bed at flat swamp. in 25 feet of water -when full-



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Old 10-09-04, 12:30 AM   #8
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Well I don't have to take any pictures because it falls like that every year. It fills when the snow melts and goes down when people water their yards, and farmers water their hay. I think it really messes with the fish in the lake. The snow doesn't start melting on the mountain untill it has been in the 80's for a month. So the water warms a little and then gets filled with freezing water from the melt. I have a really hard time fishing it when it is full.
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the best time to fish a lake like this is when it is down 1-4 feet from full. the lake i was fishing this morning was at full pond but down 1.5 feet from where it was last weekend.


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Old 10-09-04, 07:10 PM   #10
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We don't have lakes in our area that fluctuate in that way. I speaking in relative terms. What I mean is the lakes around me are drawn down very slowly through out the year. Some for irrigation and by natural causes such as evaportation. And they're drawn down for flood control. So by the time the rainy season comes there will be room for the run off. So the fish move as necessary, and you can find them on typical hangouts during that time.
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hey utah were abouts in utah ya from? im originally from idaho but ran around utah quit a bit.
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I am living in a town called Vernal. It is in the North East Corner of the state. about 3 hours south east of Salt Lake. Oh yeah which is the closest mall to me by the way.
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cool i fished stewert lake a couple times and floated down off the green on a couple canoe trips. never really thought of it as bassin water though.
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The lake I am fishing is called Steinaker, I have never heard of Stewart Lake. There are no Large Mouth bass in the green river. There are small mouth but there aren't very many of them, because they are shocking the water. They are shocking and removing the Small Mouth, Some Catfish, and Pike. That really pisses me off. They are doing it because there are 2 endangered fish in the river. The colorado squawfish, and the spineback chub. I think it is the spineback chub or something like that. They are killing the fish to save bottom feeders.
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Zook,

I'm sure that your refering to that road bed that has that humongus stump right at the ramp.
Man , when we went there, we caught more 5 and 6 lbers than I thought "this lake" had.
I'm also sure that you noticed the rocks layed out in squares all up that particular creek channel.
I've heard that the indians made "fish traps" with these. I guess the fish would get in there and then they would be easily caught or (speared).
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that anit the only place on that body of water there is those fish traps.1/2 mile upstream from that stump there is a house foundation you know the first left side cove mouth...



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One day we saw a prop sitting on top of the water. Tryed to get it but it was fixed to the moter !
The next day it was 50 yds up in the mud.
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was it in second creek? there is a couple of boat up there.


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Naw, it was in Flat Swamp.
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no suprise... at what ya find under the lake. a tad shocked they did not find a body to be honest. stranger things have happen in this area.
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