Ok, I was sillier than necessary, but I am curious. The water drawn can't be sent back upstream. For fish purposes, it's gone. A regular refrain here is not nearly enough water will be likely to fall to avoid a fish massacre this year. So, what other options, if any, exist to harvest the fish rather than accept a die off. Lake can be restocked at at a later date. Harvesting would seem to be the next step, unless there is no viable way to harvest.
The best fishing was always with a boat. The Corps will not allow boats of any kind on the lake, it's too shallow. Fishing is OK from the banks as long as you comply with OK Dept of Wildlife regulations.
I get that, though that seems to address recreational aspects more than a significant harvesting option to remove the majority of the fish prior to any massive die-off. Perhaps there isn't a viable method. Again, I know little of fishing and I am only speculating, but I would think recreational limits and approaches couldn't begin to resolve the situation, and would actually work against a major harvesting process.
Boat fishing is usually the most successful fishing. There's no way to do harvesting style fishing here, physically or legally. The fishermen are fishing as fas as they can, and we're still hoping the drought will break, and there will be enough water to save the fish.
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+6000 Acrefeet since the lowest point of the draw down. ~20% restored.
Not alot in Canton, less west/north. More farmer water. Comes down slow or remains in one place, melts slow. Not much run off.
I wish Ashley Edwards could spell xeriscaping correctly.
I read on facebook where someone saw water being released from Lake Overholser this last week and from the gauge levels it looks like that might be true. Why is that? Filling up the Oklahoma River for boating activities like they said they wouldn't do? Is Hefner full? The drought is over? Are we still on watering restrictions?
USGS Current Conditions for USGS 07241000 North Canadian River blw Lk Overholser nr OKC, OK
I doubt Hefner is full or the drought is over. Last I heard we are still doing rationing but have not seen anything new on that in the last couple weeks.
bricktown and I think putting in a new major sewer line; a couple other projects took advantage of it being down as well. Both the city and the Army Corp of Engineers were adamant no water would be released just for the river. The city already planned a way to use some water from the west basin of the river if these last storms did not materialize, the amount of rain we got in the catchment area that only flows to the river makes it unlikely we would have had much room to keep any other in the river.
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