Harney County is seeing water levels which haven't been noted in a number of years. This weekend saw flood warnings for various parts of the county, and reservoirs are gleaning the rewards of our snow-laden winter.
Chickahominy is, for all purposes, full, and completely ice free. On 3/17/17, I checked on it to find it very murky (about 6" visibility), and with the wind, and ensuing gales on Saturday, it'll be awhile until it clears up. Of course, I had to cast a fly there for awhile, and did get surprised with a fat 10" rainbow on a black Wooly Bugger. (For those of you who know me, yes....black. More about that in another post....)
Krumbo is so full that a couple of sections of the dock are under water. Other than that, the water is in good shape, and there seem to be fish from 13-20+" swimming about. Brown is a good color when fishing Krumbo. (Again, more about that sometime in another post...)
It appears that the Blitzen is going to be seeing some high water soon, as the daily flow keeps inching upward the past few days, nearing 200 cfs today. Water levels appear to be highest around mid to late morning.
As of yesterday, Beulah was at 82% full.
The lower Owyhee is currently flowing at 2700 cfs. Yes, two "0's" there....
Hearing a couple of reports from Mann Lake and, unfortunately, they seem to be echoing what ODFW has been saying...little water to be found. ODFW states in their weekly recreation report that in many areas there is/was only a foot of water to be found under the ice. Reports that Kiger Creek Fly Shop has been receiving are much the same; mud, low water, no sign of fish, no strikes for those trying to fish. If things pick up, it will be posted here. But for now, trips planned for SE Oregon may want to focus on other water bodies.
Beulah Reservoir is at 63% full as of today.
With Owyhee Reservoir at 77% full, anglers below the dam are finding the tailwater swift at 952 cfs, or nearly 700 cfs above what we normally see.
Krumbo Reservoir is ice free and should be fishing fair to good. Perhaps a report will be coming soon from KCFS staff!
The Blitzen is running most days in the 55-75 cfs range. Upcoming warm weather could push that number upward...