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Halfway thru Wayne's Book

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Desert Mountain Angler

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Great read for anyone interested in the history and development of the fishery (good and bad) years.

I relation to the young fish survival rates proportional to the need for underwater structure; has there been artificial structures added to the lake to aid in survival rates?

I notice at Havasu there are many metal cages submerged in all the coves around the Parker Dam area.

I myself have added a pop-up shade to the depts of Padre Bay (non-intentionally). Tent camping in a wind storm as I sat in a chair with my hoodie pulled over with just my eyes exposed. Through my sunglasses I noticed a large blue UFO flying out to 'sea'. It seemed 100 feet in the sky, and I thought to myself, what the hell is that?! It came crashing down and promptly sunk 100's of yards offshore.

When I turned to check my tent I thought; where did my pop-up go? Why I didn't take the shade off I don't know. I figured it was dug in enough.

If they ever drain the lake, that 2010 blue pop-up is mine?
 
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Bailer

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Roosevelt is getting the artificial habitat now. Will be interesting to see how well that works, because it has similar elevations swings to Powell.
 

Lake Bum

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Artificial habitat would never work at Powell. Water levels fluctuate way too much from year to year. They work great at a place like Havasu though, I think levels vary less than 2 feet, not sure on that exact number though...
 

Desert Mountain Angler

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From historic data of the lake level fluctuations correlated with species hatch and growth rates one could arrange artificial habitats perpendicular to the shore spanning 30-50'. I can't imagine that some metal cages embedded in concrete footers would be that expensive. Even if 8-12 were installed per year what that could do for the future of the fishery.

You are right LB that Havasu doesn't fluctuate much, I believe it is kept around 98% capacity for CA allotment, but I still don't see why it could not work.
 
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