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Re: Bald Eagle Creek/Sayers Dam

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Are there any good arguments in favor of keeping the very low flows I described?

Are there any benefits of that?

And what possible harms would there be in changing the flow regime to eliminate those extreme low flow periods?

The simple reason to do that is that aquatic life requires water. All species of fish, aquatic inverts etc.

Turning off the tap in such an extreme way is harmful to a stream's aquatic life.


They should have just done the study this year. Bald Eagle below the dam for almost the entire summer was higher than normal. The rain we had kept lower Bald Eagle much higher and at a more consistent flow. They were always releasing water from the dam.

Even if they do have a plan to make this trout water and it works for a year or two then say we get one of these hurricanes to come up the coast and dump a ton of rain on us. It happens every couple of years. The main priority of that dam is to prevent flooding. That's why fishing conditions in the dam aren't that great. They end up shutting off the flow of the dam due to flooding down stream. What I would presume would be the main area they want to hold trout the area below the dam down to maybe Marsh Creek would end up looking like drought conditions killing majority of the trout.

From a recreational/money making side of things the water above the dam is more beneficial then turning that water below into trout habitat. Its not even close picking between the 2.


You posted that in the form of a reply to my post, but addressed absolutely nothing of what I said.

So.....

Are there any good arguments in favor of keeping the very low flows I described?

Are there any benefits of that?

And what possible harms would there be in changing the flow regime to eliminate those extreme low flow periods?

The simple reason to do that is that aquatic life requires water. All species of fish, aquatic inverts etc.

Turning off the tap in such an extreme way is harmful to a stream's aquatic life.




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Re: Bald Eagle Creek/Sayers Dam

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Lower bald eagle creek has been ignored for years why suddenly do they have a interest in the aquatic life when they haven't gave a crap about it in 30+ years is my question.

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Re: Bald Eagle Creek/Sayers Dam

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But neglect in the past is not a good argument against future improvement, is it?

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who says it's neglect?

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Re: Bald Eagle Creek/Sayers Dam

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I'll rephrase :

Ignoring it in the past is not a good argument against future improvement, is it?

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Re: Bald Eagle Creek/Sayers Dam

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I'll rephrase:

Who says it being Ignored in the past means it's not right and needs changed?

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Re: Bald Eagle Creek/Sayers Dam

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You posted that in the form of a reply to my post, but addressed absolutely nothing of what I said.

So.....

Are there any good arguments in favor of keeping the very low flows I described?

Are there any benefits of that?

And what possible harms would there be in changing the flow regime to eliminate those extreme low flow periods?

The simple reason to do that is that aquatic life requires water. All species of fish, aquatic inverts etc.

Turning off the tap in such an extreme way is harmful to a stream's aquatic life.





IF this study requires next to no money and doesn't effect the recreational benefits above the dam then I guess its ok for them to try. Lets see what it does for the aquatic life below the dam. I really don't see it helping and the PAFBC's excuse for the dam has always been its main purpose is flood control. It has to be shut off at times or have the dam lowered to such extreme levels. That's why there is such little structure or aquatic vegetation growth in that dam. Maybe if they keep it at a certain level all year aquatic vegetation will grow in the dam.

I don't understand how all of a sudden Bald Eagle got to be a concern. That's my main reason for scratching my head at this whole thing.

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Re: Bald Eagle Creek/Sayers Dam

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I'm thinking this is being driven by recreational boaters more than fishermen.



Exact opposite! Recreational boaters are very upset that they want the dam to be at a lower level all summer long. I want to know the people in favor of this project...I'm all for wild trout waters but this plan seems far fetched and not practical.


I'm referring to those using the water below the dam.

I boat on the lake, both recreationally and fishing. I haven't studied the numbers but if a balance between a stable lake level and minimal outflow could be reached I'd be agreeable.

BTW why do you say fishing in the lake is not that great? What species?


The lake is terrible! Panfish are fun to catch through the ice there but you get no size. Sometimes the bluegills are decent size. Perch are pathetic there. Crappies are 8 1/2-8 3/4" with the occasional one out of a thousand a foot to 16". Bass are so few and far apart. Yes there is an occasional lunker caught here and there but over all the bass fishing is terrible on that lake. Some decent catfish and carp but over all that lake is just barren and featureless. I almost feel sorry for the fish that do live in there.

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Re: Bald Eagle Creek/Sayers Dam

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What possible arguments do you have in support of extreme low flows and even "gate closure?"

Go ahead, post em up. Just fill in the blanks.

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Call the amry corp of engineers Bert see how you do.

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Call the amry corp of engineers Bert see how you do.


My dad's best friend just retired from there like a year ago. He was the main one that controlled the flow of the dam at Sayers.

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Call the amry corp of engineers Bert see how you do.


My dad's best friend just retired from there like a year ago. He was the main one that controlled the flow of the dam at Sayers.


Did he have any info to share?

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Re: Bald Eagle Creek/Sayers Dam

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What possible arguments do you have in support of extreme low flows and even "gate closure?"

Go ahead, post em up. Just fill in the blanks.

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That's the only thing I can think of. Flow needs cut off at times to stop flooding down stream. Personally I have never seen Bald Eagle at an extreme low flow that bothered me and I practically lived on lower Bald Eagle growing up. Stream has lots of smallies, catfish, carp, panfish, pickerel, some trout in a few spots, and the occasional musky. Most smallies aren't that big but I've gotten 18 inchers out of there, catfish up to 26", heck back in 2000 my brother caught a 50" tiger musky out of Bald Eagle. Its not a horrible stream but by no means a great stream and it probably really shouldn't be a great stream. It kind of one of those streams that is what it is.

From a fishing stand point I bet the area above the dam would benefit the most. The water would stay at a constant height and maybe encourage aquatic vegetation growth. I always was told that the raising and lowering of the water is why vegetation doesn't grow and that certain species of fish do not thrive in the dam.

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Re: Bald Eagle Creek/Sayers Dam

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John I remember when they did all that work by where masrh creek dumps in below the bridge where that island and they tore it out was what was the reasoning to take that out.

One of my friends said they saw a big musky in the spillway when the flow was about cutoff last month.

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Re: Bald Eagle Creek/Sayers Dam

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John I remember when they did all that work by where masrh creek dumps in below the bridge where that island and they tore it out was what was the reasoning to take that out.

One of my friends said they saw a big musky in the spillway when the flow was about cutoff last month.


No reason that I am aware of. I was never down in there too much. I mostly fished around the Spillway area and down around the Mill Hall/Flemington area since I could ride my bike there. Fished off the Hammer Mill dam all the time as a kid until I finally got a fine for being on the old railroad tie dam. I don't hear that much about musky around Bald Eagle anymore. We used to time it just right and we always knew we were going to get a hook up. We fished with big chubs and topwater plugs. That monster was caught on whats called a Woodchopper. I think it was a peacock bass lure. Doug up some old photos from back in the day on Bald Eagle. These were all probably around 1998-2000.

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