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Lake: Blue Heron Lake

Shout out to Paul Winkle

Post By: ADub TT      Posted: 2/3/2018 9:18:17 PM     Points: 399    
Not sure if I “missed the memo?” but my neighborhood pond Blue Heron is drained and fenced off. Paul if you’re still with CPW and the area biologist, what heck going on and what happened to all the fishies that were in there??
Any 411 or replies are appreciated. THANKS!
 Reply by: Coyute      Posted: 2/5/2018 1:13:51 PM     Points: 118    
 Reply by: Bizkits Dad      Posted: 2/5/2018 1:20:33 PM     Points: 168    
Three things surprised me:
1) They drained the lake DRY. No deep pool in the middle. Only a tiny hole where the creek runs in.
2) No dead fish that I can see. Looks like a near 100% salvage.
3) It doesn't stink.

BTW, Harriman has some open water if you're looking for a quick fix.
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 2/5/2018 3:40:00 PM     Points: 6130    
I doubt a fish salvage removed that many. First question I would ask is where the water went when the pond was drained. Wherever Blue Heron dumps to just got stocked with a lot of fish...
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 2/5/2018 9:27:49 PM     Points: 399    
Thanks for the link Coyote, but that is a 2 year old article. The pond was just recently drained. I’ll wait to see if Paul Winkle can shed fresh light? There were huge grass carp in there. Sad
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 2/6/2018 6:02:45 AM     Points: 1682    
Love your thinking Brookie
It goes right into raccoon creek golf course which I can fish anytime. They gave me permission to fish because I did such a good job for them right when the ice came on this fall. Those fish went to a good home. When they had the flooding a couple years ago fish were all over the golf course and they saved saved all of them.

That notice is why it was drained FYI
I don’t know what Paul can do for you? His job is done. You would get more information from the city parks department. And they would answer your questions. Paul is not good at all answering questions. He Kinda ignores them actually.
 Reply by: Bizkits Dad      Posted: 2/6/2018 10:37:11 AM     Points: 168    
The "drain" to the lake seems to be a gate valve at the deepest point right near the dam. The outlet is a small creek like Rangler said. There are a couple of pools below that. I need to go check them out. They might be fenced off, though.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 2/6/2018 7:46:53 PM     Points: 8172    
Noticed that there was some heavy equipment sitting over by the dam tonight on my way home. One of these evenings I’ll have to drive into the neighborhood and take a closer look for myself, see if there is any kind of structure to the lake.
 Reply by: Bizkits Dad      Posted: 2/8/2018 7:38:25 AM     Points: 168    

Yeah, it's pretty interesting. 15-20 foot hole by the concrete outlet and everything along the dam funnels to that. Then, there's a creek channel that offers a little structure with a fairly sharp drop at one point. Looks to be at the outer edge of what I can hit with a bait caster and a large bait. It think it might be 2020 before that lake is fishable again. Could be wrong.