The “season” is nearly upon us. The high temps for the next 8 days will be in the low 80°s and ya’ll know what that means! The water in the river and backwaters is getting warmer making the fish come out of their deep funk and start biting again. The Largemouth and Striped Bass are biting on jigs, yellow and orange lures, chatter baits and worms (according to recent guests in the campground). One of the folks out here said he was using small Bluegill he caught as bait for the catfish and he was catching Bass with them (largemouth).
We have Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Striped Bass, Crappie, Blue Gill, Tilapia, Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish (the big guys) in the Lake, our little lagoon and the River.
Here’s a couple of pics of catches the last couple of years.
Channel Catfish 22” 5 lb. Largemouth Bass
2 15lb and 1 17lb Flathead Catfish
57 lb Flathead Catfish
We are nearing the end of snowbird season for the Canadians now. We didn’t get as many as in the past, but they have to pay $1.20 Canadian for every $1 American so it’s more costly for them to come down. Most of them are starting their slow journey home. We’ll miss them, they’re a fun bunch. Of course, we still have many U.S. full-time RVers who stay in the area until it’s too hot for them.
Yesterday the host site’s power went out. It seems one of the two inverters has quit. The maintenance man (jack of all trades and busy as all get out) spent most of the day here getting it working with at least the remaining inverter. We really need to be careful with our power usage now and if we need A/C we’ll have to make do with our small portable unit and the 2000 Honda generator….. at least until the system is fixed.
The water level of the river is continuing to get better and more consistent. It’s measured by the flow of cubic feet per second (cfs). As the flow increases the surface elevation of the river increases. The higher the elevation, the easier to launch your boat and navigate the river without running onto a sandbar. A surface elevation of 219’ is pretty good, 220’ is great and 218’ is doable.
I go to this website to track the flow and elevation of the river here at the campground. There are measuring stations along the river that record and transmit the info on an hourly basis to:
I check the “release” at Parker Dam, & note the time when the release has been increased. After noting for several months I learned that the release from Parker Dam reaches our campground (which is on the report as Oxbow Bridge) in 26 to 28 hours. So if they start releasing more water at the dam I know it will show up here the next day at the same time plus 2 to 4 hours. I post this info on a white board along with weather and display it on a bulletin board at the road to the boat ramp. That way our launchers will know what the current level is and if it will be rising or lowering.
There are still birds at the
…but they will be leaving soon so if you want to enjoy them, get out there soon.
Here’s a few shots of what you might see December through February.
Canada and Snow Geese
On the home front – Not much going on. I’m still trying to grow a garden. In the process there is a major battle between me and the mice. So far they’re still winning. Even with 1/4” wire mesh circling the pot from the inside, the mice are still getting in. Overnight my watermelon radishes went from beautiful green sprouts just putting on their secondary leaves to bare dirt. They were totally devoured. I don’t plan on giving up until it just gets to hot to grow anything!
Enuff for now.
Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!