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  1. On ‎5‎/‎3‎/‎2020 at 1:07 PM, Fat Trout said:

    Regardless of who controls what but there are 2 key differences this year.  First is they did run higher water when they could over this winter.  It helped but is absolutely because of the mayhem caused in the past few years.  The other which I seem to understand more now is that how much they will run (this time of year) directly relates to the Ottawa river flows.  The Ottawa was much more manageable this year.  This year for the Ottawa was similar to 18 where there wasn't a lake O flood.  2017 and 2019 were very similar for the Ottawa.   I'm not defending anyone, just providing some info.





    I am retired and never worked for the Seaway, I have been fishing Lake O for a long time and never saw the problems we have now until the treaty controlling the Seaway was changed a few  years ago. For 50 years the treaty had a limit on high and low levels.  For 50 years people built homes, marinas, docks and boat launches near the water. The first year under the new no limit rules the water level went so low boats could not get out of the marina I was in from the middle of August to the end of fishing. A school of salmon where circling off the mouth of the salmon river because the water was so low they wouldn't go across the entrance during daylight. The following year the  water got so high the docks where under water. The marina closed. Now it seems we have major flooding every other year. 


    The Seaway Authority controls the water level in the lake. They have always had access to all the water levels upstream of them. They have always had access to all the water flow forecasts for the Ottawa River and all other inflows.


    What has changed ? The treaty limits. Why has this caused all these problems? Follow the money.

    The Seaway makes some money from power generation but most of their money comes from shipping fees, the more cargo that goes thru, the more money they make.  What effects the amount of cargo that goes thru ? Water level and water flow.

    The higher the water level in the lake the deeper draft a ship can have coming out of the Seaway into the Lake, the higher the water flow out of the Seaway the deeper draft a ship can have coming in from the Ocean.  If the water flow is too high the ships can't go downstream because they can't maintain  control going into the locks with the current pushing them. If they have too much water going down the seaway and the Ottawa is high flow then they flood Montreal. If they hold back then they flood marinas and homes around the Lake. If they draw down the lake in the winter they reduce their income and reduce storm damage and possible spring flooding. If they keep lake level up they have a reserve to maintain flow in a dry year which protects their income, if we have a wet spring we have flooding. It is a very difficult balancing act. They have the information and the expertise. They don't have the incentive. They maximize their income to many more millions of dollars maybe billions than they had before the change in limits, so what if there is a few million dollars in flood damage and lost business in Montreal and around the Lake , it doesn't come out of their profits. It should.




  2. The Muhan virus has closed the launches for now.  Has anyone noticed what the seaway authority is doing with the water level this year ?  Since the first of the year they are maintaining the water level more than a foot higher than the same date last year. If they don't let water out now, we will have higher water than last year. When Mussolini opens the launches the water will be too high to use them. 

  3. Thank you HB2,  I did like you suggested in a previous post and googled the Gary D rig to see your post from last year which told how to make it. I haven't made one yet but I am going to before my next trip. I appreciate the info you and others provide, like almost over one else, I tweak my presentations, if I ever have a real good one I will share it on Lou. Hopefully  PA223 will share if he tweaks a winner. 

  4. I have Mag 10s also, if the cable goes off the pulley, ( usually when you are setting up and the cable is not tight ) and you don't notice it, then raise up with the weight on, the wire going over the small diameter axle instead of the pulley causes the curly wire.

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  5. 10 hours ago, mrclean said:

    This afternoon Wrights landing in Oswego closed indefinitely and all boats need to be evacuated.. As a result there is a lot of scrambling going on particularly with the bigger boats that do not have trailer systems. That being said,  here is a statement from Scott and Kim at Bayside Marina. As far as local launches are concerned im not certain about the State Park but the local launches are really flooded and really not conductive to safe boating...The water will recede eventually. Everyone just needs to work thru this for now...


    Wrights landing is closed, the launch docks are not usable, however boats in slips can be left in place but the marina is not going to continue adding to walk ramps to get on the docks. Some charters and other boaters are continuing to operate. Boats can be left in place at your own risk.

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