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Lake: Pinewood Reservoir

Pinewood’s dead yo

Post By: Sleazy E      Posted: 11/21/2017 7:56:26 PM     Points: 447    
Is there any information floating around pertaining to the dead nature of the lake?
The water level is at the normal low for this time of year but the activity from fish was reminiscent of a sterile lake. There were gas bubbles rising all over the lake and the crayfish population seemed to be unopposed. Crayfish were in huge numbers from tiny to XXL.
They were rusty red with blue-ish pincers like those of a warm-water, May-June cray cray.

 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 11/21/2017 9:10:21 PM     Points: 62971    
You know what man I didn’t catch a single trout from there in 5 trips this year. I heard something about it not being stocked because they want to fix the dam or something but don’t quote me on that.
 Reply by: Sleazy E      Posted: 11/21/2017 9:37:38 PM     Points: 447    
Always the dam that needs fixing.
Shame if the fish population has declined to almost zilch. If it hadn’t been stocked in 5 years then trout would still be swimming. No way, no how that hundreds of golden pike eat the remaining trout.
Who’s the resident biologist with the wealthy knowledge?
 Reply by: oldblue156      Posted: 11/25/2017 11:02:12 AM     Points: 1869    
I would also be curious as to any info regarding the lake. I also have noticed a lack of fish activity this year. Last fall in September and October I was having great action with flies and lures for trout up there. Lots of risers in the evenings in certain areas but my few trips up this fall....nothing.
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 11/25/2017 4:40:40 PM     Points: 2088    
No pike in pinewood very small tiger Muskie population and is manage as a put and take lake. No stalking no chance for trout to survive he pressure they receive there.
 Reply by: Goonch      Posted: 11/29/2017 4:25:52 PM     Points: 9    
I heard they didn't stock it this past year, I didn't get a reason why however. That lake fluctuates too much to sustain any wild population of trout. Just suckers and some monster Tiger Muskie. I really hope they don't drain it completely, if the conditions are right the musky fishing is awesome.
 Reply by: Sleazy E      Posted: 11/29/2017 4:39:28 PM     Points: 447    
Even if they didn’t stock this year it seems the lake was sterile. I’ve seen large fish pulled in the past when it was at this low level. I wonder if KLamb can chime in and give us some information that might be useful about the level of these lakes. Does she still update us on the water diversions and flows? I thought to email her by searching.
 Reply by: ColoradoRay      Posted: 11/30/2017 8:40:02 PM     Points: 22936    
Sleazy - good to see you are still around. K Lamb got promoted some time back and moved out of state. Her replacement doesn't do any updates on water changes. The dam work and non-stocking info was for flatiron lake, not pinewood I believe. You might try e mailing Ronny Cast the lake skipper and see if he has any info.
 Reply by: ColoradoRay      Posted: 11/30/2017 8:45:04 PM     Points: 22936    
OOPS - my mistake. Ronny isn't lake skipper there anymore.