Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Sun is Gone

Well, that was summer...

Today is back to the mid-fifties and raining after two days of sun and eighties. I almost couldn't handle the heat! What the rain means for the fishing is that the Little Prickly Pear is now over 1,000 cfs and the Dearborn is above 2,500. The lower river is out and so is the left side of the upper stretch below the Little PP. The water coming into the reservoirs is around 17,000 cfs and gaining. The lakes are just about full which means they will have to start releasing water out of Holter. They increased the flows out of the dam to 15,000, just up from yesterday's 14,600. With rain in the forecast, it's going to get much worse before it gets better. The dam stretch fished really well yesterday but with the flows increasing and the only game in town being that stretch for a while, those fish are going to get pounded.

Down in Helena, I just heard the Prickly Pear dam blew out and they declared a state of emergency for Lewis and Clark County. The Prickly Pear dumps into Lake Helena, which also drains into Hauser above Lake Holter. I'm not sure what that means as far as how much more water will be coming into the system but I know East Helena is flooding. Craziness.

Keep 'em where they live..

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