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As we move into fall and winter, the water is starting to chill down. With the cooler waters, bass fishing is slowing as expected. Trout fishing is still slow as it has been throughout the year. Traditional approaches of night crawlers, Powerbait, and the timeless array of lures are currently still the best options for harvests. Water levels have dropped, but are considerably better than previous years. Weed growth is heavy as is expected at this time of year. Anglers are encouraged to target Pike and dispatch them accordingly (unless they are radio tagged by NDOW- see note below.)
Please note that NDOW has placed radio tags in several Pike. These Pike will have an orange tag near their dorsal fin and a small antenna coming from their stomach. Please return these fish to water. All other Pike must be dispatched if caught.
The reservoir is showing some lower water lines but is still at good capacity. The water is considerably cooler compared to previous weeks. Trout fishing is still good. Harvests range in the 8”-10” average with the occasional larger Brown. Fishing will be more productive in the early morning and late evening hours. Powerbait, worms, and spinners are all proving to be productive.
The lake is currently closed to fishing and empty. The dam repair is currently underway and tentatively, the expectation is that it will begin to be filled in the late fall to early part of winter. Currently, the only concern that may delay it is the possibility of early frosts that may prevent the workers from being able to accomplish an acceptable pack on the dam walls. We will update as we know more..
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