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Old 05-09-2013, 07:56 AM
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I took a chance and visited a little stream section that was almost completely de-watered in the drought last year. There was water only in a few intermittent pools and beaver ponds in September, and I didn't have the heart to go back and see how much worse it got.

Here is a picture of an area that at least had running water. Much of the creek was completely dry.


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Well, you can’t imagine my delight when I hooked into this little guy!
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Either many of the fish survived, or they have recruited from another area. The stream was a little off color, but it had water and fish!

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I found one of the places they must have holed up in. This is the tallest beaver dam I have ever seen, and it was full to the top.

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I tried to measure it with my rod. The best I could come up with is at least 7 and ½ feet from the top of the water in the stream to the top of the water in the pond. Amazing!!


Time to celebrate the rebirth of a stream. Many of the fish were all dressed in their party colors.

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Nothing says spring to me like the colors on the cutts!
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:10 PM
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Nice to see a rebounding fishery, and some nice cutts! Low flows could be a major issue in the SW this season, but we are getting some rain! Thanks for the report! milt.
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the beaver have deep knowledge...nice to hear the report..
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Good to hear that little stream has rebounded considering the drought from last year.
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Great fish. Glad you were able to get out and find that the stream is alive and well! Nice spawning cutts. This is a great time of year to target them....before runoff turns the waters too murky.

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