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Phil Lilley

Time to watch Table Rock’s level

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Our rain gage holds 5 inches - it was overflowing this morning. Thankfully the heaviest rain is east of us but still...  TR’s basin got 3-4 inches last night. 
 

If TR gets to 919-920, look for flood gates. That may spell disaster for our brown trout, as it did in September 2009 when they opened gates. 

 One good thing is TR’s temperature should be cooler this time which may help alot. 

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1 hour ago, Phil Lilley said:

Our rain gage holds 5 inches - it was overflowing this morning. Thankfully the heaviest rain is east of us but still...  TR’s basin got 3-4 inches last night. 
 

If TR gets to 919-920, look for flood gates. That may spell disaster for our brown trout, as it did in September 2009 when they opened gates. 

 One good thing is TR’s temperature should be cooler this time which may help alot. 

How is that a disaster for brown trout?

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2 minutes ago, ness said:

How is that a disaster for brown trout?

Phil can correct me if I am wrong, but I believe it is due to the influx of warmer surface water from TRL. Browns don't tolerate the warmer water as well as the rainbows. On top of that, the DO levels are typically lower this time of year and you have a higher concentration of browns in the upper part of the lake going through their spawning motions.

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I heard about this... not good.  Heard traffic is backed up big time = sending it through residential Hollister.

That'll take a while to fix too.

We got clear water moving down the lake this morning.  DD is guiding and catching trout up lake.

As for Table Rock, texting Shane Bush this morning about the possibility of flood gates.  He said TR is cooling down real fast and that the water at the dam 40 feet down shouldn't be too bad.  So flood gates might not be a bad thing after all.  It would help the DO for sure.

Back in 09, a lot of browns disappeared after that event.  That's why MDC upped the number stocked for several years after that.

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2 gates will open today at noon 1 foot each.

Email from the Corps:

Table Rock Dam is required to make small releases from the gates due to power generation issues.  The release will not exceed typical power generation releases.

Gates 3 and 5 will open to one foot (1') each around 1200 today.  The total spillway flow will be approximately 2,000 dsf .  The total release combined with hydropower will be approximately 11,000 dsf.

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Shane said this should help DO levels.  We'll see what the water temp is.

Should dump some shad in... and other fish at least right at the beginning.

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