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marblei

Current???

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Another quick question..I have obviously noticed the drop in water level, (not as drastic as I have seen in the past), but what I have also noticed is the DRAMATIC slow down of the current. I realize some of the slow down is due to water level decrease, but I'm guessing it is also contributed to dam controle. Are the dams downriver or the dams up river the major factor here???

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Look to the up river dam from where you fish. The closer you are to it the more it can potentially effect angling. The USGS site for St. Cloud....
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mn/nwis/uv/?site_no=05270700&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

Shows some strong effects of power generation. Keep in mind the average velocity of the water is in the neighborhood of 1-3 mph at the current stage and discharge of 3230 CFS. So a rapid decrease in St. Cloud may not effect Monticello until 8 or more hours later and Dayton 12-15 hours later. Either way it is a great resource to at least look at prior to fishing on the river. I know it helps me quite a bit. Good luck!!

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