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Savage Brewer

Anyone been on Prior lately?

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Savage Brewer

I notice the water is really high, and wondering if anyone has been out there lately.

Looking to get my boat on the water finally for the first time since moving down here.

Also am wondering is there anything I should look out for while out there, submerged rocks, prop eaters, skeg busters... ...

Or would you recommend avoiding it all together right now?

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rangerforme

I think its all no-wake now so pretty tough to bust up your prop/skeg.

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Savage Brewer

No wake huh, must be because of the water levels are too high.

Going to make an interesting 4th of July weekend for all of the pleasure boaters that would normally go out there.

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Pherris

As of today 7/2 Prior has Not declared the lake No Wake. It is always no wake 150 feet from shore and most areas are marked with pinkish buoys to mark it.. The speed limit is also reduced on weekends to 40mph according to the sign at the launch. I do not recall if holidays are included. If you pay attention to the rock/ hazard markers you should be fine.

Good Boating!

Ps. If you google "prior lake no wake" in the news search the first article is from Kare11 and it lists waterways that have been declared no wake. It is from today.

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Savage Brewer

Went out today, was surprised how few people were actually out on the water.

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Wish-I-Were-Fishn

Went out today, was surprised how few people were actually out on the water.

So was it no wake? Is the level still high? How did you do? Thanks!

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Savage Brewer

No wake within 150 feet of shore. (even though I saw at least 10 boats out there with skiers and wakeboarders not following the rules)

Was an OK morning, my engine has serious issues, still got some fishing in. Quite a few bass, couple perch, a few crappies and a couple sunnies.

Didn't find any walleyes though. Spent the first couple hours playing in lilly pads and weeds for bass. Then trolled back mostly working 15 to 20 FOW.

hopefully next time out my engine will be running in tip top shape again so I can go work the structure I wanted to in the first place.

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Savage Brewer

Also stopped by Spring Lake... Holy algae bloom batman!

I haven't ever seen a lake with algae like that. Do you think alsot of this is caused by over fertilization by the homes around the lake?

I just havent seen anything like that, heck I would be concerned about plugging a water intake and overheating the engine, or is that not an issue?

The lakes up north I am used to dont get anything like that, maybe it is because the water is a bit cooler.

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ThunderLund78

I haven't seen spring lately but I can smell it when I drive by on HWY 17 every day on my way to work. I know it has been prone to blooms in the past few years and this year has probably been worse because of all the rain/runoff. I think the recent heat is just exacerbating it, at least the stench.

Who's to say the exact cause but I gotta think development, not just on the lake, but near it has had an effect. I know a guy who lived on the lake years ago when it was still kind of a country lake and it did not have the problems it has now.

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Wish-I-Were-Fishn

I believe it was Spring Lake that had a serious issue a few years back where the water was so bad it was actually toxic. I think a dog even died after drinking the water there.

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Wouldn't surprise me, the lake has a horrible smell.

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