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Greetings to all as I head out with your 2014 State Team to Detroit to compete in the Northern Divisional on the Detroit River and lakes St Clair and Erie. Practice is Sunday Monday and half of Tuesday. Tournament is Wednesday Thursday and Friday.
I will give you an update at the Federation Trail tournament at Monroe.
Remember the entry deadline for Monroe is next week. We have over 30 boats at this time. The placing for end of year awards are still very tight. Remember the top 8 guys in each division will be invited to the State Finals next year. And the top 10 will not have to pay an entry to the Classic.
Again the Classic will be at Vevay Indiana. The host hotel is the Ogle House but there are other hotels in Madison and just across the river from the Markland dam in Kentucky.
The host motel for the Monroe Tournament is the Brown County Inn 1-800-772-5249
We have a family who is interested in running the trail next year. They will be at Monroe to meet you and see what they think. Please make them feel welcome into our group.
...Giant flathead catfish, that is - LOL. It was almost exactly one year ago today that Justin landed a big catfish while fishing a tournament. He only got a couple low qualkilty cell phone pics then. You can see that fish HERE. Not sure what kind of attractant he's using on his jig, but it scored again this week with another brute. Justin said, "This one was duped by a 1/2-oz. swim jig and Strike King trailer in 7' of water on a grass edge. Of course had the same 30 minute fight and a nice cheering squad on the shore."
West Boggs Park and the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife will be initiating the drawdown of West Boggs Lake near the end of August and are informing boaters and other lake users to be aware of significant changes in water levels that will occur in the first part of September.
According to Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks Department Superintendent Michael Axsom, the work will start with a slow release of water in late August, sometime around August 25th. This will be used to test operational structures of the dam and to begin letting off some excess water. In most years the lake is already at a reduced level because of dry weather and hot weather by mid-summer and that phase of the drawdown would not have had any time advantage. This year has been unusually cool and wet and the lake level is still at or above normal so the drawdown will need to be started at that time to meet the end target dates later on.
A more rapid drawdown will then be started immediately after September 1st. In all probability the ramps will remain open for another week or ten days after that time, and maybe a little longer for smaller boats, but people needing to remove boats should not count on that. Lake users should expect the boat ramps to become unusable earlier for larger boats that require deeper water on the ramp. Any rain during that time will slow things down but only temporarily. Private docks in some areas may become dry areas before the ramps are unusable so if that is your situation keep an eye on both locations.
It will also be difficult to judge how long you might have to get a boat out by watching how much the water falls per day in the early stages. In the beginning the lake has a much larger surface area and the number of gallons per day released is spread out over that larger area. Later the same number of gallons will be released per day but the surface will be constantly decreasing, causing the level to fall faster each day. In the early stages the lake may only drop an inch or two per day while near the end of the process it may fall two feet in a day.
The timing of all this is determined by the history of previous lake drawdowns, normal weather patterns and the targets of the fisheries work. One important factor in that work is the need to get the lake down to the target level around the end of September to allow for the harvest of adult fish in a salvage operation, the eradication of the undesirable species and then wait for the chemicals used in that eradication to neutralize as they breakdown with sunlight and oxygen to make the remaining water safe for the introduction of new fish stock. This new stock needs to be in the lake and out of the hatcheries before the onset of cold weather. That is why the needs of mid to late October become the driving force for what we do in late summer.
Refilling of the lake will depend on rainfall and snow melt over the winter and spring. It is expected that the lake will be at or near normal levels again by March or April based on normal weather patterns for the area, but again this can vary and it could be as much a several weeks early or late from that average. West Boggs has a large watershed for the lake size, however and refilling is not expected to be an issue unless an unusually dry period was to occur.