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8fishermen
11-09-2008, 03:15 PM
I fish the Ross Barnett reservoir here in central MS. The last three trips out I have night fished on the main lake. The wind has started out light and then became calm. Once the ripples settle down and the water becomes almost slick, the wave action starts. They start out small and then grow to up to a foot or so. On none of the three nights has the wind blown before or during the wave action. One episode lasted a couple of hours and waves became large enough that fishing was very difficult. They are like boat wakes but they don't stop. Once the wind picked up for a few minutes and they stopped. That I can tell, there was no boat traffic on the main lake. Does any one know what causes this to happen? Some info on the lake... 33,000 acres, river fed, spillway in the middle of the main levy, main lake depth 10-20', water surface temp 62 deg. waves start around midnight. Thanks for any info. :confused:

fishman78
11-09-2008, 05:55 PM
Sounds like Loch Ness to me:D You tried asking any of the local marina owners? That is a weird phenomenon.

LOZcrappie
11-09-2008, 11:03 PM
That's kinda freaky...

boatstall
11-09-2008, 11:59 PM
Might be time to consider quittin drinkin' LOL

zappaf19
11-10-2008, 08:27 AM
That is wierd!
Bill

LouisianaFishNut
11-10-2008, 09:15 AM
Is Michael Phelps doing laps in your lake??? :)

DeadHead
11-10-2008, 09:52 AM
My buddy and I had this problem back in the '70's while fishin' for catfish at night too...

Wannabe...
11-10-2008, 10:41 AM
That's the lake settling. The wind action during the day drives the water. After it stops, the water flows back out of the coves/creeks/etc and back across the lake and back accross the lake and so on. When the breeze pics up it drives the water accross the lake and holds it back in there to some degree. Had the same thing happen to me on Grenada when the wind went dead calm. I'm talking swells here as opposed to waves.

Wannabe...

Scrapper
11-10-2008, 11:01 AM
That's the lake settling. The wind action during the day drives the water. After it stops, the water flows back out of the coves/creeks/etc and back across the lake and back accross the lake and so on. When the breeze pics up it drives the water accross the lake and holds it back in there to some degree. Had the same thing happen to me on Grenada when the wind went dead calm. I'm talking swells here as opposed to waves.

Wannabe...

I agree...also if what you said were true about the lake...15-20' deep in the main lake...then being that big...it wouldn't take much to get the lake going. Much like Millwood in southwestern AR. Not very deep but 30,000 or so acres...lots of surface area...in a storm is the most dangerous lake around here...due to stumps and stick ups. I would say a combination of not being really deep and what wannabe said. That would be freaky though. :eek:

bulldog007
11-10-2008, 01:08 PM
I had this happen to me one time on Tellico lake. No wind and large waves that did not stop, kinda like boat waves but a little bit bigger and they did not stop. Happened about an hour after dark. My wife and I were a little freaked out. I have not told many people about this because a was afraid they would just think I was loosing my mind or something.

beagle man
11-10-2008, 04:29 PM
Paul Harvey had something on his noon brodcact today about this same thing. I think he was talking about it somewhere up north miss where he said. weird stuff going on huh.

8fishermen
11-11-2008, 12:01 AM
That's the lake settling. The wind action during the day drives the water. After it stops, the water flows back out of the coves/creeks/etc and back across the lake and back accross the lake and so on. When the breeze pics up it drives the water accross the lake and holds it back in there to some degree. Had the same thing happen to me on Grenada when the wind went dead calm. I'm talking swells here as opposed to waves.

Wannabe...

Makes sense, I was fishing the east shore line and the wind was out of the east the night the "swells" where the largest. When the wind died down, the swells were coming from the west, the very direction the wind had pushed the water during the day.

Thank for the info.
:cool:

mduncan62
11-11-2008, 12:10 AM
If everything I've read is true, the fishing would have been pretty good all the way on the west side then, rather then in the east. I believe the wind pushes a lot of the small goodies with it and the fish like that.


Would be something to test.