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Lake: Left Hand Reservoir - IPWA

Water level ?

Post By: cardo      Posted: 9/18/2020 4:47:37 PM     Points: 1333    
I spoke with the rangers today and they said the lake had been drained this month for irrigation. She said drained, not lowered, but couldn't give me specifics. Has anyone been there lately and have any water level info ?
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: 9/19/2020 9:33:23 AM     Points: 507
I haven't been there over the last 2 weeks but have seen previous drawdowns. You can still access some holes on the S shore but the N shore back towards the inlet turns to a very dangerous mush that you don't want to wade into. If you head up there, please let us know what you find.
 Reply by: Doc      Posted: 9/19/2020 10:10:33 AM     Points: 310
When I was there in the first part of August it was lower than normal for that time of year. I wonder if there's any fish left.
 Reply by: cardo      Posted: 9/19/2020 3:09:52 PM     Points: 1333
MOJO, I usually fish the SW corner if shore fishing. I imagine it's a dangerous bog too. I will try halfway back on the south shore. We have caught nice looking fish on lures in that area. I know there's some big uns in there. I have had 5 lb leader broken fishing nymphs from my float tube. That's one heck of a big brookie.
 Reply by: cardo      Posted: 9/19/2020 3:11:29 PM     Points: 1333
Doc-how low would you say the water is ? I try to fish there every fall and haven't seen very low water before. I am guessing it's combination of drought and irrigation draw-down but the rangers weren't sure.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 9/22/2020 8:24:50 PM     Points: 1869
Cardo... It is not fishable anymore. I was very sad to see this today
 Reply by: cardo      Posted: 9/23/2020 8:18:01 PM     Points: 1333
To Troutbiscuits. That's horrible. I assume all the fish are dead ?
 Reply by: Troutfool      Posted: 9/23/2020 8:28:50 PM     Points: 222
Heart breaking. Such fond memories of catching big,beautiful Brookies.
Moose, bear, few people.
It will take decades before it returns to its past glory.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 9/24/2020 11:49:02 AM     Points: 1869
There may be a few fish holding over for a while in the puddles that remain. They will not survive long in those conditions though. To Troutfool, I have a ton of fond memories there also. The good thing is Brookies grow fast so once they make the repairs and fill it up again, I give it 3 or 4 years before it is good again rather than decades. But I am a glass half full person.
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: 9/24/2020 5:07:38 PM     Points: 507
The last post is accurate from my observations from the last dam repair.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/24/2020 10:09:04 PM     Points: 1707
Troutbisquits. Yet another lake a victim of drought, dam man.
 Reply by: Doc      Posted: 9/25/2020 1:24:59 PM     Points: 310

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