This past weekend a drive out to Chickahominy showed us a couple of things we were a bit surprised about. First, there was some open water. In fact, nearly half the reservoir was free of ice. The second discovery wasn't quite as encouraging. The area out from Access Point C and a ways south/east are dry. Absolutely no water in the areas so many of us were fishing this past spring. Coupled with the ODFW report of low O2 levels this winter, concerns were rising. So, I planned on a trip out to fish the open water today to see if any signs of life presented themselves, but first decided to call our local ODFW fisheries biologist, Dave Banks. Dave told me the agency has netted a couple of areas and, despite the 0% dissolved O2 in a December test, there were some fish in the captured, including some nice sized fish. However, there were not the numbers of smaller fish found which were there in the fall. With that said, it's not anticipated that the reservoir levels will substantially rise, and there will not be fish planted this spring. With that info, I'm holding back on today's trip.
Krumbo: My tires tracks also led to an area which allowed a look down on a lot of Krumbo from a couple miles away, an it appeared the reservoir is essentially ice-free. No reports.
The reservoirs in the forest saw considerable ice this year, but most likely starting to break up. Yellowjacket usually always carries over (plenty of fish were caught through the ice this winter), and time will tell about Delintment when it becomes accessible.
More info as it becomes available....