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Do river flow rates affect your success?

2011 Views 9 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  slikk03
My fishing buddy and I have been noticing something here and have been discussing it and I have been wondering if anyone else in other areas of the country have noticed it too. Basically, we monitor the flow rates ( cubic feet per second ) at the various dams upriver from us, but particularly the one closest to us and have discovered something kind of interesting. On days we fish when the flow rates are average or below average, we seldom get any bites or very few. On days we fish and the flow rates are above average, we do much better. At least more strikes and in my book that headed in the right direction. Now I know flow rates vary by geographic location but has anyone else noticed or experienced this? I am curious if feeding activity are influenced by current flows. Any input would be appreciated.

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I Fish The Alamo River In Southern Ca. If The Water Level Change Is A Dramatic One, It Definetly Hurts The Fishing For A Couple Of Days Till The Cats Get Used To The New Topography. One Interesting Thing That I Have Noticed, The Area That I Fish Has Alot Of Earthquake Activity. Recently We Had A 7 Pointer About 25 Or So Miles From My Home River, And Hundreds Of Sizeable Aftershocks. When I Used To Fish The Salton Sea, You Could Set Your Clock To The Corvina Bite. ( 5-20lb. fish ) We Had A Big Quake Back In The 80's, And Not Only Did It Shut Off The Bite, We Couldn't Catch A Fish For 4-5 Days.

So When We Had This Most Recent Quake I Was Thinking I Was Probably Going To Get Skunked. To My Surprise I Had A Good Trip. The Flatheads Were Hitting Aggresively, And I Caught 10 or So fish. I Guess Not Much Bothers A Flathead, You Don't Get Big And Fat By Turning Down Meals.
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