Lake Oahe’s water levels are good news for Walleye, anglers
By Ben Shouse, Argus Leader
Published: June 8, 2007
Lake Oahe added 2 feet 10 inches in May, and is expected to gain 2 more feet in elevation in June.
That is good news for walleye and the forage fish they eat. The fish lay their eggs in shallow water, so steady or falling lake levels can cut into reproduction.
Oahe is now at 1,580.5 feet above seal level, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That is 3.5 feet higher than this time last year, but 22.7 feet below normal.
Rainfall was 23 percent above normal for May in the Missouri River basin upstream from Sioux City, offering some relief from seven years of drought.