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    Quote Originally Posted by SLIP-CORK View Post
    FOL, what about the improvements at the spillway. Are they open as needed and how high is the Bayou behind the spillway. Big Muddy still rising so things will be held up behind the spillway for 2-3 weeks minimum. I'm in sola itching to make a trip to the Bonne. Gotta get some warm nights there. Been in the low 70's here in Gonzales. The Corps will open the Bonnet Carre Spillway at Laplace March 8th. The untold story is that the Mississippi River bottom is rising as well as many new sandbars are developing upstream holding the water and when the flow slows, silt is dropping out to the bottom. This situation is breeding on itself. Federal funds for strategic dredging have been reduced compounding the problem. Fact is that this situation is happening without a doubt and with the Corps, it out of sight, out of mind. I can go into factual detail but the biggest catastrophe in this nation's history is developing like NOW.
    One tainter gate was already opened, they just opened the second tainter gate today. The bayou behind the spillway is super high @37.5', flood stage on ouachita is 40' so the bayou is basically unfishable. Lake looked muddy today. Haven't been out in a few days sinve the weather has been absolutely horrible, pouring down now and with more rain in the forecast i imagine the lake will continue to rise.

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    Thanks Brad. We need a break in this crazy pattern. You guys have been getting more than us in sola. No rain and warm nights please!!!!! Gotta happen. Darbonne recieves too much watershed for that spillway. The higher the Bayou is behind the spillway, the less water will pass through the gates unless the outlet is above the Bayou waterline. Equal levels equals no flow. To have equal levels is a real crazy reach. Just wondering how these gates flow to the bayou and what is the level difference between the lake and the bayou.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLIP-CORK View Post
    Thanks Brad. We need a break in this crazy pattern. You guys have been getting more than us in sola. No rain and warm nights please!!!!! Gotta happen. Darbonne recieves too much watershed for that spillway. The higher the Bayou is behind the spillway, the less water will pass through the gates unless the outlet is above the Bayou waterline. Equal levels equals no flow. To have equal levels is a real crazy reach. Just wondering how these gates flow to the bayou and what is the level difference between the lake and the bayou.
    I can tell you for a fact that I've seen the bayou and lake with even levels on more than one occasion. Lake darbonne was built as an impoundment, flood control wasn't even an afterthought when it was built. The original dam and the new tainter gate system is still not enough for a severe rainfall event. It does this every year tho. One thing that I have noticed since the new gate was put in is that the lake stays consistently muddier than before. I was hardly able to get on lake at all this time home with this rain and wind!

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    Yeah I think it was built in 63. Lil Darbonne looks to be the source of most of the muddy water. Cleaner from hwy 2 or Corney. If the levels equalize, not much water will be going through those gates. Man that's amazing that this has happened before. Terrell Island must have been swamped.

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    My Doctor is in Bernice -- I take 167 up there when I pass Lil D'Arbonne and Middle Fork and the water is raging Middle Fork seems to be the Primary source that most of the muddy water comes from

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    Not sure where mid fork is. It looks like the muddy water comes down past the state park and out to forks ferry. I call that channel Lil Darbonne. I guess it contains water from more than one creek. Thanks for the info.

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    The Middle Fork and Lil Bone both enter the Lake together at the west end, just west of Gills Ferry.

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    Thanks FOL. I've never been up there but always heard stories from up that way. I used to fish around Forks Ferry and follow the channel north as it makes a loop and back down and joining the boat lane toward the hwy 2 bridge. Doing this, the water is usually cleaner from Corney as you know. Loved to make that loop in the channel and right off the channel. Darbonne is well protected by the wind and has great habitat for all the fish. The level fluctuations and drawdowns are the only negative that I know of. Some drawdowns are needed for mechanical improvements however. By the way, a few years ago I met you in Wal Mart in Ruston in the fishing section. Enjoyed our conversation because it's not every day that I talk to a CDC icon. Thanks for the info.

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    I fished the masters this past weekend and man it was tough. Water temp was 54 the previous weekend and was 47 to 48 this past weekend. Fish were on the flats in 12 to 18 ft of water. Friday was a great bite in the monsoon and Saturday we had to work for them hard. The fish were there but just had lock jaw for us on Saturday. We have the new livescope and chased the big fish all over the place hoping to go for a broke on saturday. Shiners, purple/chartreuse, black/chartreuse and popsicle jigs were what we had the best bites on.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LostGoose View Post
    I fished the masters this past weekend and man it was tough. Water temp was 54 the previous weekend and was 47 to 48 this past weekend. Fish were on the flats in 12 to 18 ft of water. Friday was a great bite in the monsoon and Saturday we had to work for them hard. The fish were there but just had lock jaw for us on Saturday. We have the new livescope and chased the big fish all over the place hoping to go for a broke on saturday. Shiners, purple/chartreuse, black/chartreuse and popsicle jigs were what we had the best bites on.



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    Also the water was real muddy Saturday and stained to muddy Friday.

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