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Hen's Nest Reports! / Re: 9 February 2023 “we got a little rain”
« Last post by Jeff Guerin on February 09, 2023, 01:11:27 PM »
Jeez! That jumped the lake up quick! 552’ is pretty significant, and as I recall, that’s the level at which the CORPS starts “walking the dam” as they called it! That is, they do regular status checks of the structure! 😱 I wonder if they still do that? It’s been a long time since I heard that!

Meanwhile, the Boughton gauge on the river at I-30 is right at 17’ (up 13’ in the last 36 hours) and the CORPS has “traditionally” held water until that was closer to 15’ , but I guess with the drying out in the forecast they probably felt okay opening up this morning!

We may be out of luck for a while! They can only drop the lake about a third of a foot every 24 hours while there’s still that much water coming in! This time of year, they will probably want it back down below 548’ with some leeway! 🙄
Hen's Nest Reports! / 9 February 2023 “we got a little rain”
« Last post by HEN on February 09, 2023, 06:59:30 AM »
Yesterday the Langley river gage at Albert Pike jumped up above 13 feet!! I like fishing it at about 3.5. 😬😬. The lake rose 6 feet to 552, four feet above flood pool. They stopping generating yesterday and are not generating this morning at 6:00!!  The river gages on the Ouachita are all above flood pool so I expect they will hold water at Narrows dam until those start to drop a little, they usually do, you just never know when that is??  Even with no generation the river was not fishable down river because of all the runoff, haven’t checked it this morning but I expect it’s still roaring and muddy!!  When they do crank up and generate I’d bet they run for a while!!  We did get fish stocked on the seventh at all locations, 850 each except 400 at LWB. Hope they didn’t all wash away, the river was really roaring yesterday!!  Lot of water to come down from the upper river so will just have to see what happens, seems it happens this way most every year at some time. Watch your river gages, you might get a little fishing in before they begin pulling the lake down. You can forget watching the generation schedule!!!  They are in flood control mode, you will have to watch the river to know what’s happening in real time!!🤔🤔.

Here’s a real time update, they just started generating at 7:55 am on 9 February. 😞😞😞. No fishing today.
Hen's Nest Reports! / 7 February 2023 “Stocked fish today”
« Last post by HEN on February 08, 2023, 07:12:11 AM »
The Spring River hatchery stocked the lower Little Missouri River today while I was taking a nap!!  I’ll assume they stocked all sites?? It was relayed to me that there were some nice ones and some small ones stocked at Hinds Bluff just before they started generating. With generation schedule for the next 3 days, you will have to get out really early to get in a couple of hours fishing at OFS and LWB. Fish should be nicely scattered by this weekend. I did see that the river gages showed a rise of 4 1/2 feet at Langley!!😬😬. No fishing up there!!  I’d watch the gages closely to plan your fishing trip. With the upper river rise, the forecasted rain, and the lake only 2 feet from flood pool, no telling what the Corp might do over the next week or so, no matter what the schedule sez!!
Hen's Nest Reports! / Re: 6 February 2023 “Barometric Pressure “
« Last post by Jeff Guerin on February 07, 2023, 11:16:37 AM »
If it’s the map I believe you’re referring to, that was probably from the mid 80’s!!!

Yep, Pipeline, Pasture Pool to the Confluence Hole - a very nice stretch. Used to be easily accessed, not so much anymore. 😐
Hen's Nest Reports! / Re: 6 February 2023 “Barometric Pressure “
« Last post by HEN on February 07, 2023, 05:30:39 AM »
Will try to find you Sunday and say high🫡. That’s the place, COW Pasture Pool, I knew I had heard you call it that in the past. It sometimes holds some nice fish. I called it no name # 1 because that’s what’s on your old map. I love that old map and still use it to reference places on the river. I doubt many people still have a copy of that. 🤔🤔. Thanks for your hard work on it in the past. Didn’t you do that when you still had your shop in Shreveport??  How many years ago was that!!  That’s a fun fish thru there. Start at the Pipe Line and end up in the upper end of the Couch Hole. That whole stretch gets little pressure, no bait fishermen and it holds some larger fish in 2 or 3 classic “Ripple, Run, Pool” configurations. You can start that “fish” at Sycamore  run and add another “ ripple, run, pool “ to it, I used to do that all the way to what’s now River Ridge, but it’s gotten farther through there over the years!!🤔🤔😂😂.
Hen's Nest Reports! / Re: 6 February 2023 “Barometric Pressure “
« Last post by Jeff Guerin on February 06, 2023, 08:50:15 PM »
Thanks Mike! I’m supposed to be up there Sunday. Should be good! 👍

By the way, the No-name #1, I believe, is what I had always referred to as the Pasture Pool because of the huge pasture that was on the west side. That pasture is now a stand of good sized pine trees!  ;)
Hen's Nest Reports! / 6 February 2023 “Barometric Pressure “
« Last post by HEN on February 06, 2023, 08:38:38 AM »
It was a good weekend on the Little Mo.  The water clarity is great and the water temperature is 46 degrees all up and down the trout water. Still hard to catch a bunch of good fish because the little “catch pen” fish are everywhere!!  Saturday it didn’t matter what fly you dropped in the water, a Trout jumped on it!!  The barometric pressure was at 30.45 and still rising, and we had a sustained ripple on the water. By Sunday morning the pressure had dropped to 30.05 and fell thru to 29.85 by late afternoon, and it was dead calm on most of the river. The Sunday fishing was much tougher!!!  At times the fish just would not bite anything. It’s amazing how much the barometric pressure affects how well the fish bite. If you can, you should always fish on a rising barometer and with a good ripple on the water!!🤔🤔🤔. I know, easier said than done

I did catch a little 7 inch brown on Sunday. First one I’ve seen in a couple of months. He was in “No Name #1” hole, below the Pipeline hole and above Milk Creek confluence. Of corse he hit a brown fly, no trash flies for them. 🤣🤣.

Did have a couple of reports of nice fish being caught. One 16 inch hook jawed fish at Hinds Bluff and a nice group of 13 to 15 inch fish at the wall hole, go figure??  Like I said,  Saturday everything was biting.

Should be getting a new batch of fish from the Spring river in the next week or so. Will try to keep you posted.

I have noticed that Ron White, our local game warden is checking the river more often. That’s a good thing!!!  Maybe he can stop some of the poachers down in the winter catch and release area. The people that are renting those 3 big rental cabins are working the trout over!!!  I fish that area a lot and always see bank fisher people catching and keeping fish with power balls. When you tell them it’s a catch and release area they just say they didn’t know???  Maybe they just didn’t care!! 

They are not generating this morning. If they stick to the schedule this week, you better fish early in the week because Wednesday thu Friday looks like a wash out with them generating all day.
Hen's Nest Reports! / 31 January 2023 “EOM Report”
« Last post by HEN on January 31, 2023, 07:51:48 AM »
7:15 Tuesday morning and the generators are running. A bummer of a week for fishing on the Little Mo. Will see if they stick to schedule. If so, next good time to fish will be Friday afternoon on falling water, unless you get up really early!!  You can fish Old Factory until about 8:30 and Low Water Bridge until about 9:30. Just watch out for the coming water!! 

It was a good past weekend of fishing here, there were lots of fisher people taking advantage of the low water on the river. There was a group from the Shreveport fly fishing club all over the river this weekend. I ran into one man at “OFS”, as the water was falling, who said they had fished it early that morning and caught fish before they started generating, just as I mentioned above  🥶🥶🥶. It was very cold earlier that morning, they broke my 50 degree rule!!  I asked him what they were catching them on early that morning and he said “do you know the Christmas Tree fly”!!!! 🤔🤔. I told him I was the one that originally tied the Christmas Tree jig some 20 years ago. He looked at me very skeptically, like yea right!!  Don’t think he believed me but that’s ok. I asked him later if I could see the jig he was fishing because over the years it has been re-tied in so many different ways that I often don’t recognize it. Surprisingly his was really close to the original. I gave him one of my originals since I had bothered him to see his. Some 15 years ago or more I gave that fly to a group of guys from the Alexandria La. Fly fishing club one day at River Ridge and they caught a lot of fish on it. A tall dark haired man caught me on the river months later and told they had named it the Christmas Tree jig, so that’s how it got named. Wish I could remember his name or know who originally named it??  I have given that fly away to lots of people over the years because it seems to always catch a few fish, no matter what the conditions, and sometimes it’s just the fly to catch a bunch of fish fast!! 

Will try to keep you posted if the generation changes. Albert Pike is not really an option because the river gage at Langley is showing around 5 feet. I like to fish it at about 3.5 feet, 5 foot is to swift for an old man!! 
Hen's Nest Reports! / Re: 26 January 2023 Generation?
« Last post by Flyfish on January 30, 2023, 12:18:01 PM »
Thanks Hen, your post really helps a lot.
Hen's Nest Reports! / 26 January 2023 Generation?
« Last post by HEN on January 26, 2023, 04:31:51 PM »
Not sure what the Corp is up to??  That’s a dumb statement, who ever knows what the Corp is up to?🤔🤔. They were generating when I got up this morning at 5:00 AM and they have generated all day long. Best be sure and check River Gages before you drive here to fish because they haven’t been sticking to the posted schedules. Next week looks like a wash out Monday thru Thursday and most of the day Friday, IF they do that schedule??

At least the water clarity looks good, there are lots of fish in the river, and all the generation should make them strong if they don’t get washed away!!  🎣🎣🎣.
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