February 2017 storms, effects on lakes

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  1. fisheromen

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    We would be very thirsty and very dirty?
     
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    That video got me hot on the idea of buying a drone again yesterday. Dropped the coin on a Mavic Pro a few hours ago, lol.

    I need new pictures of the lakes, and what better way to get them than with a drone.
     
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    DVL is filling quickly from the SWP (1-2'/week for now) and about 45' from full pool. Super clear with an algal bloom starting. Skinner is about 5-6' from full pool.
     
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    I await awesome footage!
     
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    Sutherland gauge 101.13 today!

    Edit to add: El Cap gauge at 142.30

    Edited the edit to add: Barrett at 115.80
     
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    I saw that Barrett is at 28% capacity. I cannot believe how much it came up from last year. All that flooded brush should be interesting to fish.
     
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    I was going to get the same one, leaning towards the gopro Karma now so I can use the camera while not using the drone. The Mavic is a better drone though.
     
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    Never have I seen as much naturally flowing water into San V as I did yesterday, water was coming in at least 7 different spots with the biggest being in Barona arm. That water will be flowing for while in there. Also the water in Kimble and Tollroad will be flowing while.
     
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    Same with Cap. Several creeks still flowing pretty good.
     
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    @Kellen do you have any gauge readings for lake ramona. That lake sits smack dab on a watershed. Maybe before/after January storms and the same for February ones? Thanks.
     
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    It's too high up there, it basically receives no runoff and has no watershed of its own. It obviously gets a bit from the hills immediately surrounding the reservoir, but so little, that officially, it relies 100% on imported water.

    That said, it saw an increase of 47 acre feet of water from January 17th to February 27th, which puts it at 22% capacity.
     
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    Oh okay then. I thought that was a watershed. Thanks man.
     
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    It is, there just doesn't happen to be much of it that funnels into Lake Ramona. That's part of the much larger San Dieguito Watershed, which mostly ends up in Lake Hodges.

    I made this REALLY QUICK, so don't use it as anything more than a really really general, rough outline of what ends up in Lake Ramona. It's no doubt incorrect in several areas, but maybe a somewhat fair representation. In any case, not much runoff.

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    Im guessing they are emptying Loveland into Sweetwater because the Sweetwater River is running big time right now.
     
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    Yup, sure are. The Sweetwater Authority will likely be using this water about as quick as they can also to avoid having to import right now.
     
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    Okay so i get what you're saying. Since the lake is so high, a lot of the runoff originates around that lake and so its not much of a help. Nice to know but not nice. lol
     
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    Yeah its all about elevation. If the lake is at a high elevation within the watershed, then only what is higher is going to end up in the lake, and the majority within the watershed, which is lower, ends up elsewhere.

    Lake Ramona is just snuggled up in that little valley with not much above it to discharge into it. Everything that falls outside of the little valley its in, ends up somewhere else (mostly Hodges).
     
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    Here are a couple of photos to see how far Lake Morena came up. I went there with my family this past week. Water was still too cold and very dirty. No activity. I only fished for a few hours and then decided it wasn't worth it. Better to hike and enjoy the time with the family. This is the front of the lake and then the back of the lake by the aerator station. Lake is up 20-25 feet and is now about 45 feet deep. I did not even see carp jumping, so fish are not active at all yet. My kid even through a worm and bobber off the dock for 2 hours and not even a bite. I was marking fish suspending at 25-30 feet about 10 feet off the bottom out in the middle. Tried to throw a chatterbait, swim jig and underspin through them but no luck. Lot's of underwater trees now and the lake looks totally different. You even have a little bit of water in view from the cabins where we stayed. I was also told that they will be opening for boat launching in about 2 weeks. Also, that the city has said they will not be drawing any more water out of Morena and will leave it alone.

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    Wow, they are going to open the ramp? YIPPEE! Who told you about the city not drafting water? More good news!
     
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    The ranger that was there when I checked in gave me that info. He said he spoke to the city directly when they came by to check oxygen levels and temperatures. He also confirmed no lake closures during the work on the dam. That they are just doing work on the tower and most of the prep work is finished from when the water was lowest. The lower water ramp will open. The one next to the boat rentals. The upper ramp by the cabins would still need 30-40 feet of water.
     
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