Bowfin and Dogfish are the same Mr. Bass, kind of a tomato tomahto thing... Not sure why, but Dogfish kind of creep me out - always have, they kind of look like snakes to me - and I agree - they have a nasty set of chompers, I usually cut the line too.
We made it out yesterday and put in an honest effort. We ended the day with two fish - and had a really good time with a couple of buds (the big job and one-eye.)
The fish are biting better below the dam in Rochester and above the dam in Waterford. Between the two dams has still been quite slow. I really believe that the drawdown is the primary reason for this. Studies have shown that when a dam is constructed or removed the fish can take upwards of a year to become acclimated to their new surroundings. Here is an interesting link discussing this:
Here is quote from the link: "On the other hand, Wisconsin dam removal studies show that resident fish, such as smallmouth bass, did not immediately begin to use new stream channels in the impoundment areas. Even though a cold, running-water environment was established similar to upstream and downstream areas, the bass did not use the new channel until appropriate habitat was formed. Substrate and other characteristics such as cover provided by woody debris, need to be in place prior to colonization by resident fish"
Although the dam is still in place during the near 6 month drawdown, it is open 100%, and the flow is consistent as if the dam was not in place. Conversely, when the drawdown ends, and the gates on the dam are closed, it simulates a new dam installation.
Guess my point is that the fish are going bonkers, and are being consistently exposed to both extremes - no water, to lots of water again, again, and again.
There is no question that the fishery and resident fish take time to recover to drastic fluctuations in water levels.
[This post was last edited on 4/19/15 at 10:19 AM]