Falling water levels can be good

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  1. fishindad

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    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg Been fishing the Land of love over the last three weeks during the drainage. Caught them in spots that are now high and dry and spots that that were under 20 to 30ft of h20 a couple of weeks prior.

    I rediscovered locations that I forgot about and even recovered a few jigs that I had lost in the previous weeks.

    The bite was decent until Sunday after the rain came and the Dam locks were finally shut off from what I was told by the Ranger. The good thing about the rain is that water is still flowing in but not at the rate that is was going out.

    I did catch some decent fish during this time but the bite was not wide open. You really have to have patience this time of year and to not work your baits rapidly. You also have to put your baits in the nastiest places possible like rocks and trees. I went through quite a bit of line from it being scraped on rough granite so many times when fighting fish. Baits of choice are in the pics.
     
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    Oohhh I know that place!!! Well done sir!!!
     
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    They just want to get close to anything that isn't moving. Plus , concentration of fish from having so much lake removed. Some days it's like taking candy from a baby even during "the tough time of the year.

    I had some days like that at Loveland the last time was there under massive draw down conditions. Just hang a wacky rig in places like you mention. Not even casting a lot of the time, not evn flipping , just hanging the bait in the water next to a rock or bush. I felt a little guilty about it to tell the truth.
     
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    Have any pics? Ha!

    Great post/report, way to stick'em!
     
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    I did best right before the drawdown. I have no remorse for catching fish and I saw plenty of people not catching anything for the reasons mentioned. They were caught deep as a matter of fact you can see in the 13th pic down were the fishes eye are almost popping out the sockets from bringing him up to fast..That fish was eaten for dinner
     
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    Not the Loveland of 20 years ago....those are some damn healthy fish!

    Great job on sticking some very nice Loveland specimens.

    Very glad to hear they closed the gates.
    Although as of today I still see water flowing through Sloan...Singing Hills.

    Get many over 5 lbs?

    Topped off Sloan Canyon baby!
     
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    How deep is Loveland now. with the dock in mud I didn't think there was any deep water except for well west of the fishing area. Is the dam still open or did they finally shut it?

    O.k. I see Double digit answered some of that, I'll check it out this weekend maybe.
     
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    Looks like you got to the far side. Did you have to wade mud?
     
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    No mud just water and sand with wet feet ankle to knee deep a little ways back.If you try to cross near the dock you will certainly be entering the mud wrestling ring.

    That was on the last day I went after the rain only got the one bite and the one fish.
     
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    I went by Cottonwood yesterday and this morning. Water is flowing at about 75% of what it was and I think the creek flow level would have dropped much further if the valve on the dam was closed. Maybe they throttled it a little, or maybe head pressure is dropping with the decreasing water level. The SWA Board did vote unanimously to lower the level of the lake below historical emergency levels several months back. I don't know if this is when they are going to do it.. I ask if it was imminent and they would not say.
     
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    Water still running through cottonwood about the same as it has been all week. I haven't had time to go up the hill to look but there can not be much water remaining east of the buoy line. Not sure I want to look.
     
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    Very nice.. wish they would open up all of Sweetwater..
     
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    I guess the lake will stop draining when the gate is in the air or the capacity to absorb the potential storm at Sweetwater is where the SWA wants it .

    Loveland’s legal section is maybe smaller than Lindo lake today and shallower . Depending on what those parameters above mean it could be gone in a few days .

    right now all the fish in the lake have about 2/5 of the water and almost none of the structure and cover
     
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    There is a ton of structure in that lake just not where you are permitted to fish. The legal fishing area is larger than lake Murray and Dixon right now and there are still trees that hold fish that were way deep before.
     
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    The lake will fill back up again one day due to the fact that h2o is Sweetwater Authority’s bread and butter.
     
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    I'll give you that there is rock underwater still. The plug is still out , can't see any point arguing about how lovely this place is or isn't right here.

    Murray is about three miles around without crossing the dam.
     
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    Our local lakes are only big water tanks subject to fluctuations in water levels that would not be there with out Dams to hold the water back.We are lucky to have them open to fish.

    Before 1961 Bass fishing was basically non existent in San Diego county.
     
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    https://youtu.be/n6FDqmhQxMI

    Before climate change and global warming became a concept. Sweetwater and Otay dam failures.If that happened today we would be not fishing for a while.
     
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    Amazing! It could happen again!
     
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