Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
68Goat

River Flow/Dam Control??

Recommended Posts

68Goat    0
68Goat

Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone has information about the river flow from the dam in I-Falls or when they plan on cranking the dam open this spring.

Last year I was up the end of March ice fishing and at some point the dam was cranked open. Sat of the weekend we were there a bomber went through and the resort where we were staying had the front end of a truck go through tearing the V plow completely off the truck.

We were on 4 wheelers and had no idea since there were vehicles all over Sat morning using Adrian's road when we went out, we found out when we got in and were glad we made it in safe.

We are planning another trip late March since we have been doing it for several years and I am trying to find as much info as I can in case we need to drive around to Zipple Bay or Long Point and go out from there.

Thanks

JB

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tearin' lips    0
tearin' lips

Well they don't really plan to open the dam. They control the flow by looking at the rule curve. Simply put they have a minimum and maximum amount of water that they try to keep in Rainy Lake. So they may have them open when you are up, or all the gates could be closed. No one knows exactly what is going to happen, expecially that far in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
meathunter    0
meathunter

I hope they go full flow tommorow cause i really got the itch if ya know what i mean!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
68Goat    0
68Goat

Is there a way to get in contact with the entity that controls the dam?? What is the actual name of the dam?

If it is based on water level in Rainy Lake I wouldn't think it would be completely unpredictable since levels shouldn't change drastically over night.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tearin' lips    0
tearin' lips

There is a link to the levels on the international falls daily journal website.

The dam is controlled by Boise Cascade in international falls. You'll just have to "go with the flow." There is no way to contact them. They don't know ahead of time when they will open or close the gates. Whatever happens, happens.

You also have to account for the rivers that feed the rainy to. When the ice lets loose from these, increased current and debris also occurs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
68Goat    0
68Goat

Thanks...I will have to check out the link!!

I am just trying to get as much info as I can so we are as safe as we can be. I think we got really lucky we got off the lake safely last year.

JB

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
iceman1977    0
iceman1977

I work in the mill and they dont open it up usually till they start getting runoff and the level starts going up. So that will be the only way you can judge it. If your worried about go down by Long Point I have had really good fishing down there in the spring and it wouldnt be affected nearly as much by the dam.

I hope this will help ya some.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Royal Dutchman    0
Royal Dutchman

Hey Goat,

The Rainy River flow is a very complex equation! The dam is only one factor and even that has a few dozen variables. The rule curve is not carved in stone either. The control board thought they could outguess nature last year and pettitioned the IJC for a variance to hold water outside the curve and then had to release at extremely high flows later to compensate after significant rain.

Temperature, precipitation, and the other streams that Bill mentioned all play into the mix and there is really no way to predict (with any reliabillity) more than a day or 2 ahead what will happen. "The good ones adapt".

Last year looked like a nice easy open but warm weather started a fast thaw and flow that started to muddy things up and shut off the river bite but a cold front froze the river back up really causing problems for a lot of boaters already here. The freeze-up slowed and cleared the river and we had an incredible week of fishing the 2nd week of April.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • delcecchi
      A variety.   Abu 5500c3, abu 5600 mag, revo sx, several others.
    • delcecchi
      Best wishes for a happy retirement Ace.   I could never have done the guide thing even if I were a good enough fisherman.   It takes a special type of person to deal with all the different people... Congratulations on a job well done. 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Terry, Sorry to hear that you have to retire after all of these years! I suppose It will be my turn to join you and Tommy before to many years also. See you on the water!! Cliff
    • TomWehler
      Congratulations on job well done sir. Your deserve time for yerself with Sandra an the whole younger crew. You have always been nice to me an a big help when I first seriously did the Muskie fish guide deal back summer 1996. We have had some fun times laughing online an in each other's boat over the years. Even boated a fish or three an coined a few major phrases still used in today's ever so silly online Muskie fish market.  Good stuff that I think only you n I could muster up and never take any of it seriously. Truely makes me smile clear to my middle all the junk we talked about an did. You are a good man Terry and welcome in my boat any time. Anytime. Ya done good and will not soon be forgotten. Thanks for being my friend on or off the water. The name fits as you really have been "The Ace"on our sweet Vermilion.   Still no fish round my docks but Bonnie, Polar Bear Boy an myself always have enjoyed your company. Yer the best in many ways my friend.  Thanks. Keep on Rocken!   Tommy.       PS.    I will continue to keep the Zombie Horde in check.    ; )
    • chaffmj
      I hope you enjoy your retirement!
    • seifjr
      Keep the reports coming Curt, much appreciated.  Unfortunately, I'm not able to get back up there until September 22-25th., so it going to be tough keeping my mind on work and not LOW.  Are you just moving around in the basin until you mark a school of fish, and then jigging them?  I see all of your waypoints on the screen you showed, so those must be spots that have held fish at one time.
    • guideman
      Hey everybody, I have my last two guide trips on the 22nd and 23rd of August. A bad back and old age have taken their toll and I will retire from a job I have loved to do for the last 27 years.  I still enjoy it but unfortunately my body just can't take the pounding anymore. I'll still be out there fishing but no longer on a daily basis. I will miss all the regular clients I have had over the years and all the new people I have met that I can call my friends. Thanks to all of you that have shared the boat with me over the years, I hope you all had a good time. "Ace"   "It's just fishing man"
    • guitpic
      Bought a couple of baitcaster reels..my first....Lew's BB1 speed spool and Daiwa Tatula CT R. After about two weeks of daily practice casting in the river behind our house....lots of backlashes(birds nests)...I gotta say, I've come to love casting with these reels....much more accurate than my spinning reels. Any other baitcasting fans out there?  If so, what do you use?      
    • rundrave
      dont worry moose we all need a little of aromatherapy to cure that up about this time of the year:
    • BigVwalters
      How's the bite been recently.   Coming up for the weekend and curious at what depths to start at.