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Zumbro lake

  • FishBlood&RiverMud
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    Prescott
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    #2155426

    I drive over lake zumbro everyday for work. Been watching the shoreline receed everyday.

    Is there a fall drawdown?

    Jimmy Jones
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    #2155434

    I drive over lake zumbro everyday for work. Been watching the shoreline receed everyday.

    Is there a fall drawdown?

    Yup. 2 to 4 feet until April.

    Jimmy Jones
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    #2155478

    It’s two-fold. First it allows shoreline owners to do any maintenance. Secondly, and more importantly, it is a flood control measure should an inordinate amount of spring or late-winter precip threaten to cause flooding.

    buckybadger
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    Upper Midwest
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    #2155479

    Usually it’s done for some specific reason/s:

    -reduce ice damage (generally done on larger lakes with permanent infrastructure near shorelines)

    -develops a buffer to handle rapid spring runoff/melting

    -creates a predictable timeslot to do shoreline maintenance

    -helps manage certain invasive weeds that grow up shallow (exposure then freezing can slow the spread year after year)

    ***My relatives have an annual drawdown on a lake they live on in Northern WI and it’s generally for the purpose of giving “space” for spring runoff. With the unusually dry year their drawdown was only a foot versus the 2+’ normal. It’s also been linked to slowing some of the undesired weed growth. I’m not sure who makes the executive decision for the drawdown though???

    FishBlood&RiverMud
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    Prescott
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    #2155539

    Thanks guys. Was certainly curious why the drastic drop. Looks like some skinny water under the bridge.

    Jimmy Jones
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    #2155579

    On the Zumbro it also offers a time to freeze out the Zebra Mussels that have used shallower structures. Its nothing to get 20″ of ice which also helps out in the mussel endeavor.

    isu22andy
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    #2155650

    Should probably drop the boat in there and check it out someday . Just keep going back to the river . Anyone convince me otherwise ? Half the drive .

    buckybadger
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    Upper Midwest
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    #2155655

    Should probably drop the boat in there and check it out someday . Just keep going back to the river . Anyone convince me otherwise ? Half the drive .

    No first hand evidence, but I know of people who get on crappies out there. An old coworker swore it was pretty easy to locate 10-11” crappies with little effort

    eyeguy507
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    SE MN
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    #2155686

    I have hit it 5-6 times since October. What has worked for me is either jig trolling or finding them on the edge of the basin and drop jigging raps on em. I seem to catch bigger ones 12-13″ trolling but way more 9-11″ vertical dropping jigging raps on em. You will also find a bunch of nice striped bass mixed in and even bluegill. Love the LZ especially now with very little traffic.

    Jimmy Jones
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    #2155700

    It’ll be pretty tough with the levels down now and the dnr pulls the dock at the Ponderosa landing. The Fisherman’s in landing is county owned and the docks get pulled there when the water is down.

    FishBlood&RiverMud
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    Prescott
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    #2155970

    Went out on zumbro for a change of scenery yesterday afternoon. Wouldn’t recommend it unless you can push pole your boat over a mud flat. I had the prop in the mud 1/2 throttle for a bit. redface

    North landing has gravel pile exposed. Drag a boat access only. South access is very steep but usable… pretty difficult to get to the channel though. I think the level dropped a small amount while on the water making the trip back across the mud flat quite the challenge!

    Caught some little crappie.

    Jimmy Jones
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    #2155976

    They take it down to a maintenance level initially so people can do shoreline work. It’ll remain at that level for a while, then it’ll be brought back up to winter pool level. Fishing right now would be the pits. Drooping the lake by this much send fish into a tizzy.

    In past years it has happened that ice formed before the rise to winter pool making for some sketchy access for a while when the water was brought back up. They’ve also been known to drop the water for repair purposes after the ice had formed a decent sheet and that created some interesting stuff when the level was brought back up.

    When the water is brough back to winter pool level one might be able to use the Fisherman’s landing if careful. They should be pulling docks at the accesses if they haven’t already.

    I’m seeing a drop of about 4 feet as of this morning. Normal winter pool is two feet below the top of the dam or thereabouts.

    gimruis
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    Plymouth, MN
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    #2155987

    striped bass

    Do you mean white bass? A striper in LZ would make the news lol

    Jimmy Jones
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    #2155992

    Like in the Mississippi River, they’re referred to as stripers because the stripes are distinct and there isn’t much white about them. White bass is what putzs north of the Cities catch.

    gimruis
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    Plymouth, MN
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    #2155995

    Like in the Mississippi River, they’re referred to as stripers because the stripes are distinct and there isn’t much white about them. White <strong class=”ido-tag-strong”>bass is what putzs north of the Cities catch.

    Gotcha. Thanks

    FishBlood&RiverMud
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    Prescott
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    #2156160

    Thanks Jimmy. I do remember some funky ice some 10 years when I’d go there to catch channel cats before ice went out. Could get into some nicer sized ones by fisherman’s.

    I didn’t realize I don’t have it mapped on my bird. May have to get out there this fall and scan it quick if water levels allow but likely won’t make it a priority.

    Appreciate you sharing what you know

    eyeguy507
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    SE MN
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    #2156165

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>eyeguy507 wrote:</div>
    striped bass

    Do you mean white bass? A striper in LZ would make the news lol

    striper, wiper, white bass, or whatever they are. i usually call em wipe a$$ so lets go with that. i can never keep them straight but there are some nice ones in there.

    tim hurley
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    #2156166

    Thanks Jimmy, you must live by Rochester, hmmm.

    FryDog62
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    #2156170

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>eyeguy507 wrote:</div>
    striped bass

    Do you mean white bass? A striper in LZ would make the news lol

    As a kid, I used to fish from one of my dad’s friends docks on Lake Zumbro – with nothing but a bare hook and catch dozens of “striped bass.” Yes, better known as White Bass, Silver Bass, etc.

    Jimmy Jones
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    #2156203

    My first trip to the lake was in the summer of 1961. Been fishing it ever since. Lots of change over the years, some good, some not so good.

    FishBlood&RiverMud
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    Prescott
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    #2164973

    FYI
    Water level has been rising last 3 days.

    Jimmy Jones
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    #2164986

    Pretty close right now but it’ll need a few cold, cold days to set the shoreline ice up.

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