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  • Winter Drawdown? – today’s lake conditions

    Posted by simplecircuit on September 14, 2013 at 4:48 am

    I went to Priest for an hour this afternoon and noticed that the water was drawn down close to a foot since Sunday.
    I’m assuming this is the start of the winter drawdown? Unless the corps dropped the lake too much in anticipation of the storms yesterday [unlikely]. Water temps on the lower lake had also dropped 4-5 degrees. Around Goose Island, the temp was right at 80 – down from 85 on Sunday afternoon. There was a pretty steady wind blowing all day, but the main lake wasn’t too rough. I spent most of my time running around the lower lake and graphing some areas. So, no fishing report to speak of.

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  • bclifton

    September 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I was out there early Friday and noticed it was down a bit as well. Water temps have def dropped. I did pretty well early on buzz baits at Bryant’s cove. I caught a few at Hong Kong island on the rocks on green pumpkin trick worms. The wind got a bit rough in the morning hours.

  • mnfisher

    September 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    The lake lowered because they were doing fast water rescue training on the stones river on thursday and they opened the gates to release 2100 cfs for 3 hours on thursday afternoon. The winter draw down shouldnt start for a good 3-4 weeks yet. Usually in the first week or 2 of october.

  • simplecircuit

    September 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Awesome info Mnfisher.
    I went yesterday and saw that the water had come back up a little. I love finding out the little details as to why the water goes up and down from time to time.
    thanks. j.

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