Sluicing on Upper Cumberland River from Wolf Creek Dam

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  1. Shaefercd

    Shaefercd Fawn

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    Think of taking the boat out trout fishing on upper Cumberland on the 17 mile stretch below the Wolf Creek Dam. TVA app. says it is going to be "Sluicing untill further notice".
    1. Does that mean they are just going to be by-passing the generators for know?
    2. What does that doe to trout fishing on the river?
    The "Average Output" is about 7,700 ft, which seems to be the norm so, I am thinking it is going tobe a normal fall day of fishing.

    What do y'all think?
     
  2. luvtohunt

    luvtohunt 10 pointer

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    Sluicing makes for some hellish white water up near the dam but not sure about how far down that effect is seen. I think the sluicing actually puts more oxygen in the water but that's just a guess. I would think you would be ok but my experience is limited to 6-8 trips down that way.
     
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  3. Bee

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    Rumor that sluice release number is going to rise drastically in next few days and continue for several weeks/months . THE SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY ALREADY SHOWS THE INCREASE . The sluice does re-oxygenate the water so that some good news for all the fish.

    But if the 10,000 to 11,000cfs range discharge plus sluice is run daily it will be a lot more water in the river and frankly trout fishing is not going to be very good IMO with that high volume . Even they do run "minimum release " for 4-5 hours in the night on predicted daily schedule the sluice will be running 2100 cfs which is a fair amount water, and when 3 generators or more kick in on top of that it is a LOT of water. FWIW
     
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  4. Shaefercd

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    We did go down Tues. around 11 (without the boat) to do a little bank fishing and the water was getting close to the top of the bank already by 1 it was all the way up to the bank. It was all the way up to the concrete on Helms Landing ramp. So Sluicing and opening a couple generators = a lot of water. There were quit a few boats coming off and going in though. I probably would have been ok to go down early in the day and then get out about 1 or so. Thanks for all your replies
     
  5. Gforcetrivers

    Gforcetrivers 10 pointer

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    Sluicing and generation is not good for fishing. Too much water. Sluicing is very good for fish because it gives them more oxygen, they get stressed. Lately KY Fish and Wildlife has been meeting with TVA to give us a better generation schedule and more quality fishing opportunities BUT they view every drop of water that goes through that dam as a waste if it didn't generate money from electricity. They don't believe that fishing can generate money. They have said recently that if you (sportsmen) want better generation schedules you need to reduce O standards and that is a bad deal for fish. Fish and Wildlife won't do it and that is the right thing to do.
     
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  6. Bee

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    To clarify a misconception many have, TVA Does not control the overall water plan for Wolfe Creek. It is a CORPS OF ENGINEERS dam and Corps controls the plan. Corps tell TV what to do. FWIW KDGF is and has been pushing Corps for relief. meeting with the Corps. Not meeting with TVA. TVA publishes a daily water release schedule based on Corps plan given to TVA. FWIW
     
  7. Gforcetrivers

    Gforcetrivers 10 pointer

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    Corrected sorry for the confusion.
     
  8. Shaefercd

    Shaefercd Fawn

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    Not a problem. Thanks for the information. It's appreciated.
     
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