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Had a nice family visit for the weekend and so we did a lot of tubing for the kids. But, each day, I would get to the lake a couple hours ahead of them under the guise that I needed to gas up or otherwise get the boat ready, aka, troll. Didn't put much time in but netted a couple bass on Sat and a mixed bag of bass, yellow and white perch on Sun. Sunday's action all happened in a ~20 minute span, it was fast a furious there for a little while. 2 rods, 4-6 colors, green/orange flatfish and a green/yellow/orange 61 gun. No squam salmon yet for this rookie but don't think anyone would be surprised by this. To me, it is like playing the lottery at this point; half the fun is thinking of what could be..... :-)
Salmon are very scarce, not even yearlings, but hang in there, we got a real nice one Sunday, just one but it was an nice one. 6 lines, 7 hours, so don't expect much with 1 hour 2 lines. Also the bite is from first light til maybe 8:00, then the screen on the fish finder is blank.
Maybe try 5:00 PM til dusk, should be a better bite than during the heat of the day, I did notice fish showing again late afternoons when we were pleasure boating ourselves.
Nice to hear the tubing and pan fish action is still going strong.
Thanks for the support John. I'll admit, I haven't really been fishing seriously, else I'd get up at O'Dark Thirty and do it right. I've mainly just been fooling around for an hour here or there as I wait for family/friends to arrive for pleasure boating. But, I wanted to post so everyone knows what not to do if you want to catch bows or salmon. :-) I'm planning to get more serious with a lowrance and g2 planers for next spring's open water. Hunting season starts in 2 weeks so my priorities will be shifting again. Also, everyone should know that the channel is very, very shallow right now. I learn things the hard way and now need a new prop. Another boater was hogging the middle and forced me over but I was actually still just within the buoy 'line' but still grounded (I know, I know, I should have trimmed it up). Now I know.
Hey Big John,
I was out on Squam this weekend myself. The channel from the river to little squam is super low right now too. Did not venture from little to big. It is crazy how low it is right now. I was driving someone elses boat to make it worst. Its bad enough to screw up your own boat/prop but to screw up someone elses. Fortunately I know where the deepest part of the channel is and I was ok. My buddy ran his aground in the channel and had to get out and push off. He didn't know the channel so well. If we don't get some rain I don't think you will get a boat out to litttle squam in a couple more weeks. We'll be fall fishing out of a canoe!
If they close the **** dam, we will be fine. Check out the Squam River just before the 2nd dam, looks like spring time, full to the brim.
Not much we can do excpet someone decides to use some common sense and do what's right for the Lake and it's users.
I would think Asquam, Squam Livery, and Riveredge Marina would be ****** about this. Obviously most of the boats are on Big Squam. Nothing like busting a prop on the way to fuel up.
Yep, dropped my boat off today for a new prop and a little skeg work. There goes the few hundred bucks I had been saving for my lowrance and g2 setups. Originally, I blamed the other guy for forcing me wider than normal (but still in bounds, technically) and my own stupidity for not trimming up high enough. Ignorance was bliss; I usually roll with the punches and don't get easily upset. After reading all the background details here however, I'm now f'n pis'd off about the whole thing being poor and/or incompetent management (what a surprise, not). I read in yesterday's Concord paper about some public hearing for Waukewan/Winona. Per the article... something like 70 plus percent of survey participants are in favor of higher (traditional normal?) water levels there. The opposition was complaining about some floods in 2008 that could not be anticipated and managed appropriately? Something to that effect.. Anyway, I know you can't please everyone all the time but enough is enough, this issue is way out of balance at Squam right now. End of rant. (thanks for listening, I feel better now).
Send DES the Bill. They should be responceable if nothing was posted that they were drawing down the lake.
I'm not sure they are drawing down the lake yet or if it is only the summer heat evaporation.
I did argue with DES last year about the draw down, but to no avail. As John said, they do what they want regardless of their guideline.
I do beleive the lake is very very low, but I have seen it lower, and we may get there before October!!!!
Lou my boat wont stay on the dock it keeps pulling away towards the little lake, hasn't all summer til recently, so I'm only assumimhg they are drawing it down.
I think SLA might have a slight chance at reasoning with them, accoding to DES it's done for the benefit of all property owners to fix/repair the beaches.
I realy thought they would leave it as is for the summer with the dry conditions, but
I still think they should be responceable for people"s safety. Its there job to monitor the lake level"s. And its still summer.At lease warn people of the lake levels.