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Old 01-26-2007, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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the water level on monday was 4854.79, an increase of 1.19 feet in one week, two factors enter into the lower amount of increase last week. one was the below freezing temps, and the other is that the lake is now spreading out more on the west end. the ice still has the marinas locked up. this week has been hell, looking at the lake while it is glass smoth all day long and not being able to git out on it and catch those walleyes, that i know are hungry and just waiting to eat my lures.
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I saw on the news last night, the water level right now is 8ft higher than it was last year at this time.. I would say that is a big difference and if we keep getting these storms every week we should have alot more by spring......
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i heard that also but they also said it would git only about 2 feet higher, the only way that will happen is if they start letting water out. and if they do that there are going to be a lot of mad fishermen. if they let some go down to john martim and hold it ok, but if they dont hold it in the lakes out east that would be a crime
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Yes It's a shame, John Martin. I grew down there. I remember folks out in the middle of what used to be the lake with wagons and teams of horses using pitch forks loading up the fish to put on their feilds for fertilizer. I also remember water running over the spilway, a beatifuf sight, the lake streached clear to Ft Lyons. They were supoosed to establish a permenate pool. I guess a corn field was more important. It's just a shame what has happened to allot of Ark. valley lakes. They just dissapeared. What's a man to do??
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Old 01-28-2007, 09:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have been told much of this has to do with evaporation rates-a large, shallow lake loses more water thru evaporation than a deeper reservoir with a smaller surface area.* This was the logic they used to drain Antero and store the water downstream in Cheesman, etc.*

Unfortunately, our reservoirs are managed for water storage and irrigation first, and recreation and fishing second.* Many years, they will drop the water level in Pueblo several feet right in the middle of the spawn-minimal effect on smallmouth that spawn deeper anyway but I think it has hurt the largemouth spawns in years past.* Pueblo used to have a great largemouth population but now when people catch what they think are largemouth they are mostly spots.*

Still, Pueblo should be higher this year.* More room to get away from all the jetskies, etc.
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You are exactly right Kirby. Spots tend to spawn a little deeper too. You know when the water does come back up (I guess I should say if) The next few years will be off the charts because of all the under water structure back in the coves.
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there is miles of structure covered now, the water is back to the tressel in turkey creek and at least a mile west of turkey creek it is outside the channel of the river, it is just my guess but i think it will be lake almost to swallows. there are going to be a lot of fish up in all that flooded cover that are going to be hard to fish for, it is time to stock up on hooks, and jigs.
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I'd love for it to flood the swallows!!!!



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Just a little history-when Pueblo first opened (75 ot 76 I think) it didn't have any smallmouth or spots-just largemouth for bass. I remember I used to go down there and throw small cranks from the bank with a friend-we'd catch bass sometimes on every cast. Nothing real big but 100 fish days were common.
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I remember when it was full about 7 or 8 years ago. I took a guided fishing trip and we hammered them all day. The problem now is where we were fishing is dry land now.
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