One short walleye on Saturday. The water is greening up nicely.
Up to the minute water level reporting is available online. I set up a detailed post on the BEPCO Facebook page with screen shots and links.
Heading up for the weekend. Whats the Water conditions. Just trying to decide if its worth putting our dock in finally.
Been fishing the BEP above and below for 55 years. 1 of 5 made made reservoirs constructed to provide water to the WI river for power. Fishing and recreational use is a bonus. Water levels are dropped a little lower in the winter these last years so the aerators can provide the much needed oxygen more efficiently that the fish need and the BEP is lacking. It's dangerous to keep water levels at their max when the sky's may fall at any time, no room for error. Last week, mid week me got a good amount of rain thru Vilas, Onieda and a few other norther counties. 12 hours later and 100 miles south, Dubay thru Rapids popped gates waiting for the on slot of water. Still, it's one of the best spots in WI. Lots of info on the WVIC web. THE END
Rod Father, glad to see somebody else gets it. amen
As far as fishing goes it’s been really good get out and enjoy it before there gone. I’ve even been catching a lot of bass this year not sure if that’s a good thing or not for the walleye population
All of us who choose to own property on any of the flowages feeding the Wisconsin River know that water levels are going to fluctuate due to the needs of making electrical power. I own property on the Willow Flowage and have been fishing it for over 50 years. I have seen the water down as much as 12 feet and it has not effected the fish population or wildlife in a negative perspective. We all know why these flowages were built back in the 1920's and respect the need to keep our lights on. Weather is a cyclical event and changes with the decades, some years drought and other years flooding. People who complain about the water levels or possibly damaging there boat need to understand the reasoning and accept it. It's part of why flowages exist. I've rebuilt many props in my day before depth finders were invented. I'd much rather make use of the water in a positive way than rely on the wind!
Glimmertwin, one has to feel bad for the property owners as well. They are paying taxes to be on the water, yet half the time the water is nowhere near their docks. It has gotten a lot worse over the past ten years with the water drawdown. I do agree that they need to take a look at their methods and the damage that is being done to fish and wildlife as they continue to do this as well.
When i moved from Milwaukee to Marshfield in 1994, couldn’t believe there were no resorts on BEP. Such a huge body of water! Didn’t take too many trips to understand that the water levels fluctuate so radically. Don’t get me wrong, got some that are on the wall as well as many a fish fry. Then I switched to the mighty Wisconsin river and it’s many dams throughout this area. I’ll never go back to what’s been referred to as the dead sea. Too many carp now as well.
Thanks Hesperus, I too prefer the County Park and purchased a yearly pass for the past 6 years because I took probably 30 trips per year to the BEP. Not this year and probably not in the future and the Park loses all that money. Last year they drew it down 3 1/2-4" starting in July and the water level never came back with little Fall rain. Missed fishing it October/Nov completely it was so difficult launching and I had an 18' Alumacraft with a roller trailer then. With a bunk trailer now with the Skeeter I'd probably not get in at all without damaging my boat, trailer, or truck. Rather than study extending the ramp I think it would be better to study the group responsible for this every year, the antiquated WVIC who are the Gods of water levels for every lake, river, and stream that feed the Wisconsin River from the Lac Vieux Desert headwaters all the way down to Prairie Du Chien where it empties into the Mississippi.
My impression of the WVIC is they are using old school water level history based on weather patterns going back to the 1950's. We can argue the Global Warming issue forever but I do believe there is Climate change happening whether it's long or short term. We don't get nearly the snow in winter nor the rain in spring and fall we used to. This year there was virtually no spring snow runoff and very little rain. Yet the WVIC sees fit to draw the BEP down 13 ft in mid winter to guard against the dreaded spring flooding. Water levels will remain this low and continue to drop throughout '21 because we never hit full pool this spring. Shortly, they will need water down river on the Wisconsin and then you'll really see the water levels drop. It's a shame but true that the BEP will always be nothing but a "holding tank" for the WVIC to do as they see fit. Wish some of our politicians would do a study because quite frankly I find the WVIC very inept.