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I was wondering if the amout of snow you have there this winter will have any affect as to the river level in Sept? I know that last Sept it was about 2' lower than the Sept before. That is when we make our annual trip to the river and LOW.

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With the snow on the ground this winter, I would hope for higher levels this fall. However, this is always the $64,000 question.

2001 and 2002 brought a 50-year flood and a 100-year flood in the late spring early summer of the season. in 2002, with 8'(plus) higher water, we experienced lower than normal water levels in Sept and October.

In the 10 years we have been here on the Rainy, most years the river has recorded "normal" levels with "normal" current - ie; good levels for fishing.

I hope for good levels this spring, summer and fall. You would think eventually we would, eh??

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Sure do hope to see a bit more of an 'average flow this year. I always knew there was alot of hazards in the river around the Silver creek area, but WOW was what I said after running thru it this past May!

2002 when the water was way up there the fishing was sure good on the lake.

Some nice spring showers would help a bit too.

Frisky

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Hey Sandee do you have any prediction how the river will be this year. the water level and clarity?

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sandee, if i may let me make a prediction. yes the river will open up, yes the walleyes will run, but no that date is not predictable.

myself and the group i fish with have been fishing the river for 15+ years, we used to plan the trip a year in advance. this is very hit and miss way of doing the river. we have been on the river march 2nd and had fantabulous results, been there last week and had icebergs and muddy water. we have transitioned to watching the weather and the net, gotten to know locals and call them for up to the minute info. sandee and her husband are extremely busy this time of the year getting ready to host the hordes that come for the river run.

what it all comes down to is being able to make the move in a day or two's notice, i am very well aware that those of you who have to travel state length this is not practical, but such is the nature of this region of the country and the river.

so maybe in stead of asking for "predictions", say your prayers(oops, that may not be PC, but i don't give a rats a$$) and continue to thank sandee and co. for their efforts and info.

keep your ears open and have the boats ready for a quick departure.

K2

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I agree with K2. My house is 456 miles from the ramp at Birchdale. I have been there the last five years the day the ice goes out. Sandee has great knowledge about the river and does a fantastic job reporting to the fishing family. My group is lucky enough with our work that we can go at the drop of a hat or break in the ice I guess. I can't wait to get back up this spring. Like I mentioned in another post I just hope the water level is higher than last fall. See ya all on the river as soon as Sandee gives us the ok.
Lund 18

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Regarding prediction of water levels- Sandee or anyone else-- any idea when the work on the dam on the North end of LOW will be finished? My understanding is that this work has played a major role in the water levels of LOW being so low. Obviously, the amount of water let out at I Falls, the amount of snow, and the amount of spring rain we get all factor in too. But I'm told that when the dam is finished, things will get better in terms of water levels on the lake too. Any info would be appreciated.

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So I got dat goin’ for me… which is nice.

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Spring fishing is a (usually) short season and very unpredictable. I don't have enough fingers to list out the variables that would affect the fishing.

To plan in advance to hit the "perfect" time and conditions is a crap shoot. Some years you'll hit it, others you will totally miss it. Some of the best fishing has been in the worse of weather/ice/water conditions.

This is the way I look at it: First ice out average date is the last weekend in March. The last 7 days of fishing will include open ramps for bigger boats. Week one - hard core, week 2 bigger boats, more comfort.

As far as water levels, I really wish I knew. With the snow we have, the frost is NOT deep since we had a nice blanket of snow before the "tundra" cold weather. Run-off depends on how warm we get and for how long.

I am not sure if they are completed with work at Kenora - It was my understanding this was to be completed last fall ???

and Frisky?? you see the snowmobile in the water near Silver Creek last May?? LOL (Frisky) grin.gif

Rick and I will be checking conditions as soon as there is ANY hint of open water - keep an eye on our web site (Fishing Report River Conditions) link -


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If I lived up that way I would know a little more about how your snow cover and spring rains effect the rivers. I live a little farther south than most who use this board and was just trying to find out how the river acts according to the amount of snow you get upnorth. Thanks Sandee!

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Barry, Water level in September is dependent on: How Boise and Abitibi handle gates and power use at I. Falls and Fort Frances, Rain and snowfall (the watershed is huge)thru year (mostly rain by then), Tributary contributions (Big Fork, Little Fork, Namakan River etc.). For those who care there is about 1/2 acre of open water at the sault rapids today (temp -15 F.)there is also patches of open water between the Big Fork River and Int'l. Falls. FYI When the river is low is the best time to learn the hazards. If the river stays high thru Aug. into Sept you'll see the best Fall fishing on the river, no doubt in my mind and I've been here along time. [email protected] Occaisional River Guide, SRR

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