Bighorn River Spring Flows

Bighorn River Spring Flows

April 11, 2011 2:55 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This just in from the Bureau of Reclamation:

"In response to reservoir inflows and further increases in mountain
snowpack over the past weekend, and consistent with the provisions of
the Draft Yellowtail Operating Criteria, Reclamation will be
increasing releases to the Bighorn River later this week from the
current rate of 3,750 cubic feet per second to approximately 4,750
cubic feet per second.  Additional adjustments in releases throughout
the upcoming weeks are probable as the runoff picture continues to

While these flows are higher than normal flows for this time, the idea is, is that if the Bureau releases more water now we won’t get the huge flows in June.  Meaning the past few years we have had flows all the way up to almost 13,000 cfs and if they release slightly higher flows now hopefully flows will top out at only 7,000 cfs this year and not 13,000.  The current bump that they are talking about will not effect fishing for either wade or boat anglers, once flows top 7,000 is when wade fishing can become a problem.

Stay tuned…………………..

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