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  1. I think predicted levels are taking into account that we have minimal snow pack up north. Leads me to believe that they are not expecting to have to reduce flows for 8 weeks to save Montreal from raging Ottawa flows again like they did in 2017 and 2019. If that's the case it will be our savior for this summer. The rest of the great lakes wont be so lucky. 2020 is going to be bad bad bad for Erie on up. No saving them.
  2. Your gonna end up in a bad situation trying to salmon fish up there in a 16 footer. Water is still at summer levels during salmon season. What if you have to chase a fish between the plants? If you want to fish devils spend the 6k. It's not worth risking your life.
  3. I used to fish it regularly with my 2001 tracker 175 with a 60hp. That being said it was a slow rough go getting under the bridge and past the plant unless it was low water levels first thing in the morning. With todays water levels you are going to be puckering up and turning back more often than not. You'd probably be fine under normal winter water levels but with the great lakes being where they are who knows when we will see those again. Also with a 60 you'll definitely have a slow go with anything more than 2 guys under any conditions. If your goal is to fish above the dams safely I'd reccomend spending the 6k.
  4. Clear water, dirty water, I've had them be smoking hot in both situations but it seems they've been best when I have schools of baitfish around. "The butcher" shower me the chinook diver tactic a few years back after using them on the yankee. They've been smoking fish for me ever since. In musky fishing we call it "the cone of disturbance theory" part of the theory is keeping baits just outside the prop wash disturbance so they keep getting knocked to the side by the wash. We've proven this to be a trigger over and over again even to the point where the rod on the kicker side will take 4 out of 5 hits at times. The other part of the theory and it really holds true in shortline musky fishing is that the prop wash is actually what's attracting these fish. These fish are used to boats and when we blast through schools of baitfish we mix up water and leave stunned and injured baitfish in our wake. These fish have learned to key in on and actually feed in the wash and pick off the easy prey. It's amazing how hot those wash rods can be even when you have the exact same baits the same distance back on a board and itll go untouched or have the same spoon on a rigger down 4 feet with a 50 ft lead and never get a sniff but the chinook back 7 is getting chowed non stop. Theres something to being right in or just outside that prop wash. For those who havent tried it, try it.
  5. Exactly so make sure to price it out both ways. My 2005 chrestliner tournament 192 was cheaper directly through boat US. My 2018 Skeeter mx1825 is cheaper through Geico. Typical insurance company BS.
  6. Geico boat insurance includes boat us on water and roadside assistance. Price it out both ways because for me it was cheaper to go through geico.
  7. Lake st. Lawrence is holding steady at 235. Current has to be insane dropping 8 ft from ogdensburg to there but as long as its maintaining that depth they can keep it cranking. Hopefully warm weather persists so that can keep this up as long as possible. The rest of the great lakes are in rough shape. https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/great-lakes-water-levels-could-be-even-higher-in-2020
  8. Yea it doesn't take long. A stiff east usually drops flow big time on that river. That's the one that will leave you searching for a launch with water down below the dam. I've had the water drop so fast on Erie that we had our 20 foot duck rig go from floating in 2 foot of water to grounded up on the rocks high and dry in minutes with an east blow. On the other side stiff wests have forced me to have to have a guy jump off on shore and back the trailer down the ramp so I could power load the boat in the buffalo harbor many times over the years. Nothing like coming back to the launch to a dock that's now 2 feet under water. At least now they've replaced everything there with floating docks and a ramp that's big enough to account for water fluctuations. Those surges are no joke. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  9. People forget it's not just a setting at the dam to get a specific outflow number. The outflow is calculated based on what comes through the moses sauders power dam, combined with what goes over the long sault spillway, and what goes through the massena and Raisin river diversions. Those numbers are all combined and they make up the "total outflow" number that we are given. That's how winds can effect flow, it's not just push the button to get a set number.
  10. It is mentioned in there actually. Very last line. "Low water levels up river." Guess it's not the news they want to focus on. Hopefully somebody can get a drone up and get some footage from up above while it's this low, I heard some of the old roads are exposed and the water is low enough where the old homes that are still down there underwater would show up from up above maybe. Its kind of big news up there to see the dam rip like this in January. They've never opened the long sault spillway like it is right now this time of year. Normally the area below that is the first to freeze. The long sault is the dam in the photograph used in the article. Idk I think it's cool to see anyway.
  11. Yes. 100%. My post was relating water levels from cape Vincent to ogdensburg and then ogdensburg to lake st. Lawrence showing how the river drops as you head down river and how drastic the drop is at the narrows of the river right now compared to its gradient further east. That has nothing to do with the wind direction currently. Of course lake ontario levels fluctuate with the winds and its ripping out there right now. I've been listening to waves crashing all day. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  12. Stiff north west winds cause the water to drop the further west you go now? It's been exactly thr same for 5 days. You see the Cape Vincent graph? That's wind. The difference between ogdensburg and St. Lawrence? Yea that's not wind. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  13. What? Wow. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  14. Longline those are the only live gauges I can find also. Lost a lure has access to live gauges on lake st. Lawrence but it's a couple feet off from what gets published the next day. He also has live outflow numbers also that we cant see publicly if we need them.
  15. 2 fit from Cape Vincent to ogdensburg. That's about 55 miles. Then a 9 ft drop from there to the Gauge in Lake St. Lawrence probably only 25 miles down river. Shows how restrictive the river is at that point.
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