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Built in the 30's, the lake has silted in to the point in this drought it is 4-6" in depth in most places.
The dissolved Oxygen has dropped below the level the fish can survive.
there are thousands of catfish, saugey, and sand bass lining the banks, dead.
It happened in the 80's, but the ODW restocked it. It rebounded, and the fishing was great.
According to a friend that is the ODW fisheries biologist supervisor for the NW, they will not restock the lake as its just too shallow now, and the same scenerio will happen again .
There will probably be some survivors in the tributaries that feed the lake, but it will take a generation to get back to where it was at.
I'll post pics tomorrow
 

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Dang that stinks. Another piece of the outdoors gone for spotsman use. Maybe with some rain later on it can be a good resting place for waterfowl.
 

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Not only Salt plains has died, but the fish in the Chikaskia River will soon die. The river, west, and south of Blackwell, has ceased to flow. Fish trapped in pools will soon die.


"Skiles said that on June 27 the Chikaskia River stopped flowing over the Diversion Dam, which is the only dam that Blackwell draws water from.



The Braman Dam is washed out and the gates of the Blackwell Dam do not work.



"This is only the third time in history that the river has stopped flowing over the Diversion Dam," Skiles said.



The other occurrences were in 1954 and 1980. "

http://www.poncacitynews.com/templates/342707133201554.bsp
 

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DAMB!!!!! That's is a travesty. I really hope that tropical storm comes this way and dumps a tun of rain across this whole region.
 

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Well now would be a good time to dig Salt Plains out, but guess it'd silt back in once the sky remembers to let water fall out of it.
 

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The lake was only 4' deep overall when built in the 30's. Someare saying if we don't get rain this month, it will completely dry up.
 

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Its looks to be mostly carp dead but I could be wrong.
 
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