Spirit River Flowage, Lincoln County

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9/26/16 @ 10:09 AM
Fin Bender
Fin Bender
USER since 9/16/11

Anyone have any updates on the repair of the dam? There's a rumor that the dam repairs have ceased indefinitely due to the dam owners unwillingness to pay for the work. Is there any truth to this? 

Edited on 9/26/16 10:09 AM
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6/2/16 @ 3:44 PM
meangene
meangene
USER since 11/1/01

You're welcome.  The dam repair is scheduled for this year and next so expect the levels to remain at about six feet.

I've fished the Spirit for nearly 40 years.  As to the general fishing, my experience has been that it has been a stable fishery with angler's (including myself) having average success for Walleye, Panfish, etc.  The fish size is decent with Walleye (for me) averaging 17 to 18 inches with a number of smaller in the catch.  On the other hand, I have seen Walleye caught up to 29 inches.  Panfish tend to run nice sized with Crappie (not a lot of them) averaging 9 inches or so and Bluegill averaging 6-7 inches.  Northerns are fairly plentiful and there are Musky with some running fairly nice sized--largest I've caught has been 48 inches.  There are also small and large mouth Bass along with perch.  Bullheads used to be plentiful and may still be.  The lake receives quite heavy local ice fishing pressure.  The last few years the quality of and the quantity of fish seems to have dropped off.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.  For those of you with a different experience, feel free to chime in.

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6/2/16 @ 2:19 PM
tonycar17
tonycar17
USER since 5/16/11

thanks meangene.....

As I went back and looked at the WVIC reports back since 2010, looks liek a typical cycle for wisconsin flowages.....at or near full pool as season opens and then down as much as 10-12 feet in the late fall / winter time....last couple of years being different due to the pending repairs....

Bottom line is that I am wondering what the chaces are that the repairs happen either in 2016 or 2017....anyone with that info, it sure would be helpful....

and then anyone that can speak from experience on the quality of fishing once things normalize would be awesome as well.


TC

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6/1/16 @ 12:41 AM
meangene
meangene
USER since 11/1/01

Last information I heard was that until the dam is complete, the level will be maintained at 6 feet or less.  So, from what usually takes place, that means that as the summer progress the level will go down.  
From what I hear, they do not want the level to exceed six feet.

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5/31/16 @ 10:36 PM
tonycar17
tonycar17
USER since 5/16/11

Wondering if anyone can give me any insight into how good of a fishery this is when water levels normalize.  Also, once the damn repairs, what a typical variance in water levels might look like from low point to high....

For example, would normal constitute between full pool and 3-4 feet down or is it "normal" for the Spirit to be down 6-10 feet when repairs are not going on.

Thoughts from those with experience on this body of water appreciated.  Feel free to pm me.


TC

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5/5/16 @ 9:15 PM
marbleyed
marbleyed
USER since 12/9/12

Fishcribs,  

Do you know why they have it down 6-7 feet right now?  Like you said I thought the plan was for 3 feet down until it's fixed?  Gets a little risky if you don't know where to go as it gets down this far.

Thanks for your helpful incites by the way.  

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4/18/16 @ 3:06 PM
FISH CRIBS
FISH CRIBS
USER since 10/5/15
This is the answer I got

Preliminary plans are being developed. We are hoping to do construction in the fall. Lots of things have to fall perfectly to make it happen. But the dollars are budgeted for 2016.

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4/18/16 @ 3:02 PM
SnowSlayer
SnowSlayer
USER since 10/5/14
Do you know why it is taking them so long? It's been low for last two summers

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4/18/16 @ 2:43 PM
Auggie14
Auggie14
USER since 5/7/06
It is being repaired in two phases. I believe phase 1 should be complete next year sometime to fix the boil in the dam. Then it will be raised to 3 ft below full until phase 2 is complete which won't be until the following year. Then they will allow it to be at max.

Auggie

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4/18/16 @ 1:02 PM
TrueCrappieKing
TrueCrappieKing
USER since 4/27/04
Noticed on WVIC that this is the only flowage not at full pool- are there dam repairs required similar to the ones done on Willow last year?

Thanks

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