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Old 03-07-2017, 01:20 PM   #1
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I have been watching the camera at hewitt park and they have dropped the level of the water way down. I don't recall the level going down this far in the past. I understand they are preparing for a heavy snow run off but i can't seem to find a link on when they forecast to start stabilizing the level and refilling. Does anyone have a link for the next 30 day forecast?

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Old 03-08-2017, 07:24 AM   #2
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Brownlee Res. is controlled by Idaho power, water levels vary greatly, depending on available water, power needs, & Salmon water needs down stream, they also recently agreed to keep the water level stable for the Crappie spawn usually in May, with plenty of available water this year, I expect the reservoir to be kept low thru April, & full by the end of May.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:22 PM   #3
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I have never fished Brownlee and always wanted to so I am planning on making a trip this spring. Whats the best thing to look for over there as far as temps and water level? Whats the best month? Haven't done much crappie fishing but I know they eat good. Im thinking I'll stay around Richland. Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 03-11-2017, 09:18 AM   #4
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I have never fished Brownlee and always wanted to so I am planning on making a trip this spring. Whats the best thing to look for over there as far as temps and water level? Whats the best month? Haven't done much crappie fishing but I know they eat good. Im thinking I'll stay around Richland. Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks.
Mid May through early June are prime. Early the fish are shallow and any small jig under a bobber works. Crappie nibbles help. AS things warm up and spawn ends, they move deeper and you have to find them . You cannot launch a boat out of Richland now. Watch water levels that are posted daily. Should be an excellent year for numbers and size. A boat of any variety is a plus but not mandatory.
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Old 03-13-2017, 01:17 PM   #5
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Mid May through early June are prime. Early the fish are shallow and any small jig under a bobber works. Crappie nibbles help. AS things warm up and spawn ends, they move deeper and you have to find them . You cannot launch a boat out of Richland now. Watch water levels that are posted daily. Should be an excellent year for numbers and size. A boat of any variety is a plus but not mandatory.
Puckfish, where can I find the water level information you mentioned? I also watch the camera and cannot believe the "creek" that is left from the powder river. I would like to watch the level increase with the camera. Just installed a Garmin with down/side view. Can't wait to see what I can find up there this year!

I also wonder what happened to the Elk that fell thru the ice just up from the park. Annyone know?
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:31 PM   #6
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This is a link to a brochure by Idaho Power.

https://www.idahopower.com/pdfs/ourE...y_Brochure.pdf
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https://www.idahopower.com/OurEnviro...ir/default.cfm
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fisherguy/ezop thankyou both for the info. Very helpful. Tight lines!
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:43 AM   #9
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I never knew they had a camera at Hewitt Park you could watch. Can someone post the link to it here? Thanks.
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Old 03-17-2017, 10:26 AM   #10
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I never knew they had a camera at Hewitt Park you could watch. Can someone post the link to it here? Thanks.

http://www.bakercounty.org/parks/parks.html

This was a great link as I have shot 100's of carp with my bow here. VERY LOW!!



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Old 03-17-2017, 06:10 PM   #11
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Looks like we hit bottom. Supposed to raise 7 feet over the next 5 days.
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Looks like we hit bottom. Supposed to raise 7 feet over the next 5 days.
Yep! That's Brownlee this time of the year, I just hope they don't fluctuate the level too much while were there next month, makes for tough fishing.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:46 AM   #13
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When the water level is low like it is now, is there anywhere to launch boats from along the reservoir? Last year we launch my boat from a undeveloped boat ramp on the south end of main reservoir. Not sure if that will be usable with water conditions. We're headed over the 4th of May and been looking forward to this trip all year, it'd be a shame if water conditions blow it for us.
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When the water level is low like it is now, is there anywhere to launch boats from along the reservoir? Last year we launch my boat from a undeveloped boat ramp on the south end of main reservoir. Not sure if that will be usable with water conditions. We're headed over the 4th of May and been looking forward to this trip all year, it'd be a shame if water conditions blow it for us.
Woodhead Park off Hwy 71. The old ramp (still in use) just to the south of the newer ramps goes all the way down.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:01 PM   #15
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Thanks for the info
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