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MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014, 12:03 P.M.

Lake Roosevelt drawdown forecast bad news for fishery

Lake Roosevelt levels as of April 11, 2014.
Lake Roosevelt levels as of April 11, 2014.

FISHING/BOATING -- There have been worse years for spring drawdowns at Lake Roosevelt in the past decade, but as my recent story explains, anglers can expect a high percentage of the trout and kokanee to be flushed through Grande Coulee Dam when the drawdown goes below 1,240 feet.

The level of Lake Roosevelt is about 1246 today and dropping at the rate of about a foot a day as Grand Coulee Dam is being operated to meet flood control elevations.

The forecast for the level at the end of April is 1,235 feet.  This could be revised.

It's important at this point to compare the lake level with the levels at which boat ramps are dewatered.  Spring Canyon near Grand Coulee and Seven Bays downstream on the Columbia from the Spokane Arm are the deepest launches on the 125-mile long reservoir.

Get daily Lake Roosevelt level forecast by phone, updated daily at 3 p.m: (800) 824-4916.

Check out this post with a link to a NOAA site with Roosevelt levels and a list of boat launching elevations on the same page.

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