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May 7, 2012 – Fishing on Big Stone Lake has been fantastic!  Based on last weeks league results and the MTT tournament over the weekend, the lake is putting out more limits of nice walleye now than in the past 10 years!  For more details check out the Schmidt’s Landing fishing report HERE .  For tournament results from the MTT click HERE.

Do you need your dock and boat lift put in?  Bud’s Bait is now to scheduling installations!  Call Artie @ (605)880-8892 or Bud’s Bait @ (320)839-2480. 

March 19, 2012 – From Schmidt’s Landing:  No ice in sight! If the “officials” declare ice out as March 18th…it is the earliest date since the 1950s.  Lake level is 986.1 ft above sea level…normal! Looks like spring fishing is shaping up nicely.
March 18, 2012 at 8pm - (Unofficially) THE LAKE IS ICE FREE!  The heavy south wind took it out one mile at a time working its way up the lake.  Border water opener is April 21, 2012.  Based on current conditions the spawn will likely be well over with by opener this year.
March 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm-Greetings lake people!  Mother nature has definately givin us a treat this year!  Other then the 12 inches of wet snowfall last week we have not had very much snow at all this winter and the temps have been very warm!  This has made it somewhat challenging to navigate by vehicle this winter for ice fishing.  The fishing this winter was very good early with a lot of jumbo perch in December, but as the winter went on the size of the perch deteriated.  The walleye fishing was good early as well, but very spotty and a few of the big walleyes that were caught were extremely overweight!  Ice thickness this winter was 14-16 inches in most areas with a lot of areas maxing out with only 8 inches of ice.  Currently in the last 24 hours the ice conditions have changed from large areas of standing water to now completely honeycomb and turning dark blue in color.  The Manhatten island area has a large amount of open water.  The shorelines have 2-20 feet of open water as well.   We have upper 70′s and wind forcasted for this weekend and we may have a record ice out this year!  It is my understanding that the earliest ice out is March 24, but this is not confirmed.  I will be surprised if there is much ice left at all next week.  Check back for more updates.
January 2, 2012 – CAUTION!  The lake has many spots that have opened up over the last few days.  80% of the lake is wide open from shore to shore between the pennisula and Lagoona Beach.  Lou Point, Shady Beach and Mallard Point also have large areas of open water.  The rest of the lake has 9-10 inches of ice.  Fishing this winter has been fairly good on perch and spotty on the walleyes.  Many fishermen are reporting catching 50-100 perch and sorting to keep maybe 10-15.  There is still a lot of areas where the ice is good, but proceed with extreme caution!

June 26, 2011 – Today the pier is starting to go under as the flood waters rise on Big Stone Lake.  The lake is currently up 13 inches from this weeks rain.  With stormas approaching, lakeshore owners should check the dock levels to be sure they will not get wrecked in high winds.

June 23, 2011 – Recent heavy rains have caused the Whetstone and the Minnesota River to rise 5- 7 feet since Monday.  The lake level has gone up .8 feet from 968.0 to 968.8 feet since Monday.  No flood projections have been made at this point.  Cabin owners should beware that the high water if combined with high winds could do a lot of damage to docks.  If you would like help with your dock call Greg at Bud’s Bait for dock service at (320)839-2480.
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4/25/11:  Fishing has improved on Big Stone Lake!  Nice weather and 45-47 degree water temps seemed to help tremendously.  Most reports have been in 2 foot of water or less with a jig and minnow.  The lake level is still holding steady at 968.9 (up .9 feet).
4/23/11:  Mother nature greeted us with another cold, windy and wet fishing opener!  Not many ventured out and most boats struggled to even find one fish.  A few reports of walleyes on the north half of the lake casting close to shore.  The water temps ar 42-43.  Many  locals think the water temp is still a little too cold and the cold front may have shut things down as well.  With nice weather on the way, hopefully the walleye bite will pickup!  Water level is still 968.9 (up .9 feet).
4/21/11:  The lake level is down to 969.0 which is 1 foot above normal.  The City of Ortonville plans to have 1 dock in at the foot of the lake and the pennisula dock on Friday.   Water temps have been 42-43 degrees.
4/19/11:  The lake level is down to 969.35, which is only 1.35 feet above the normal summer water level.
4/17/11:  Still dropping!  The lake level has dropped 1 foot in the last 5 days to 969.7, which is only 1.7 feet above normal summer pool.  I had a chance to put the boat in today and the water clarity is about 12-16 inches.  There is some small debris on the water, but not bad at all.  The water temp was 40 degrees which is just about spawning temp for the walleyes.  If the weather is descent, the opener should have a good shallow bite on the male walleyes!
4/15/11: 8pm: The lake level has dropped another 1.2 inches since this morning.  It has now dropped about 7 inches since the crest earlier this week.  We are now at 970.15 and the boat ramps are usable!  We actually saw a boat put in and do a test run tonight! 
            9am: The lake dropped another 1.2 inches overnight to 970.25.  2-4 inches of snow/wintery mix (1/2 -3/4 inch of moisture) is expected in the next 36 hours.
4/14/11:  Great news today!  The lake has dropped 3 inches in the last 24 hours to 970.35.  The lake will need to drop another 9-12 inches for the boat accesses to be exposed.  Right now the flooding is well above the ramps.
4/13/11: 5pm:  THE ICE IS OUT!  Todays winds took the ice out.  From Ortonville 7 miles north the lake appeared to be 90% ice free!  Official ice out may be today or tomorrow. 
            9am – The lake level is down slightly to 970.6 and the ice is going off.  After the wind switch yesterday the lake has open spots all over and is all broke up.  The islands area is almost completely ice free.
 
4/11/11:  Sorry for the gap in reports.  The reporter was “Gone Fishing” at the Rainy River.  The lake has not changed much since last Thursday.  It is still holding at 970.7, but is expected to crest again at 970.9 on Tuesday.  This increase will be due to recent rains.  The ice conditions have deteriated a lot in the last few days.  The south end of the lake has opened up and the shoreline along the pump house has about 30-40 yards of open water.  The ice appears to be shifting and it has wrecked a permenant dock located next to the Ortonville pier.  Tomorrows forecast is mid 60′s for the Ortonville area.  Many locals think the ice will be off this coming weekend which is one week before opener.  This will likely make for good fishing as the male walleyes should be very active on the shorelines.
 
4/7/11 8:00am:  The Lake level is 970.7 today but is expected to crest at 970.8 (3.8 feet up from winter pool and 2.7 feet up from summer pool) tomorrow.  If the rain can hold off the lake should start going back down next week. 
 
4/6/11 8:00am:  Not much change overnight.  The lake level is 970.60.
 
4/5/11 5:30pm:  The lake level is up to 970.55 (up 3.55 feet) and the Minnesota River went up 6 inches in the last 24 hours.  The Whetstone River continues to drop another 12 inches in the last 24 hours.
         9:00am:  This morning the lake level is up again to 970.45 (up 3.45 feet).  The NWS is predicting 970.1 by Friday.   The good news is the Whetstone went down a foot overnight which will allow more lake water to exit through the dam.
 
4/4/11 4pm:  The Pier is now under water and the lake level is 970.15.  The new projection for Wednesday night is 971  which is 1.8 feet below the 2001 flood level.  As far as ice going out, there is a large area open at the foot of the lake but the main lake still has most of its ice.
         7:00am:  Up another 3 inches to 970.0 (up 2.7 feet).  This is the highest level we have had this year so far and it does not appear to be slowing down.
 
4/3/11:  Another big jump (3 inches) overnight up to 969.7 (up 2.4 feet).  This puts us back up to the previous crest March 23.  National weather service is projecting another 1 foot by Wednesday (970.6 up 3.6 feet).  The Whetstone River went up 2 feet overnight and the Minnesota River went up 6 inches.  Some rain is expected over the next day or so. 
 
 4/2/11:  Lake level is up to 969.4.  This is a large increase from last night.  The Whetstone River went up 2 feet overnight and the Minnesota River went up about 6 inches.  It appears with the melting we are in for round two of flooding.
 
4/1/11:  Apparently some ice dams broke last night and the lake CAME UP 2 FEET OVERNIGHT!  Many homeowners are rushing to save there houses!  Many are sandbagging and cannot keep up!  Sorry, April fools….. The lake level has not changed.  Still holding at 969.2. 
 
3/30/11:  969.25 tonight! 969 is normal summer pool, 968 is winter pool. The cold weather has been a blessing for those concerned about flooding! 
 
3/29/11:  969.4
 
3/28/11: 969.45 today.  Still dropping.
 
3/27/11:  A slight drop in the lake level today at 969.55
 
3/26/11 – 3:30pm:  The lake is holding steady at 969.65.  Cold temps have everything froze up.  The weather will bring melting temps starting Monday and upper 40′s for the end of the week.  There is still a fair amount of wet snow to get rid of.
 
3/25/11 – 10:00am:  On the rise again!  The lake is slowly going up again with a lake level this morning of 969.65 (up 2.35 feet).
 
3/24/11 -  12Noon:  Lake level is still at 969.5 (up 2.20 feet)  The major notable change in the last day or so is the amount of lake water going through the dam.  Earlier this week only 16% of the water was from the lake (84% from the Whetstone River) and now that the Whetstone River has gone down, 70% (2100 cfps) of the water going through the dam is from the lake.
              10am:  Lake level is 969.5 (up 2.20 feet).  It appears to be dropping slowly.
 
3/23/11 -   9:00pm:  Great news!  The lake has dropped down to 969.55 (up 2.25 feet-.15 drop)  Future flooding and lake rising again is still very likely, but for the time being the lake is draining down some.  The Whetstone has dropped a lot in the last day and the ice and debris from the foot of the lake has all went down river.
               11:00am:  Snowfall is now up to 13 inches and 15 inches is expected.  The lake level was at 969.7 (up 2.4 feet) this morning.
                8:30am:  WOW!  We woke up to 10 inches of wet heavy snow!   We also had a fair amount of rain/sleet before the snow.  This is not going to help the flood any.  We do not have an update on lake level yet.   
 
3/22/11 – 10pm:  Lake level is 969.35 (up 2.05 feet)
              12noon:  Current lake level is 969.2 (up 1.9 feet) and the new projection for Friday is 970.5 (up 3.2 feet).  This is considerably higher than what was projected yesterday.  The Whetstone River is holding steady and the Minnesota River is rising slightly.
 
3/21/11 – 5pm:  Lake level 968.8 (up 1.5 feet)  I met Dianne Radermacher, Upper Minnesota River Watershed, at the pump house while taking readings and I had a chance to discuss the flooding with her.  She indicated that the lake was expected to crest on Thursday at 969.2 (up 1.9 feet) and that based on the current weather forecast everything would then freeze up for a week or so and the flooding would then continue when it warmed up again.  She said it would be difficult to predict the future flood levels because the April rain would have a lot to do with how much more flooding will occur.  She also indicated that currently about 16% of the water going through the dam is from the lake and the rest is from the Whetstone river.  As you can see below the ice and debris is pushing into Big Stone Lake.
 
 
 
 
 
             10am:  Still climbing.  The lake level today is 968.65 (up 1.35 feet)
 
3/20/11: 9pm:   The lake level as of 6:30pm  was 968.45 (up 1.15 feet) and the level is projected to be 969.2 (up 1.9 feet) by Wed.  The Whetstone river is slowly going down, but the Minnesota River has gone back up slightly.
             9am:  Lake level is 968.25 (up .95 feet).  River levels are slowly dropping.
 
3/19/11: 5pm:  The lake level is at 968 (up .7) and the Whetstone and Minnesota River have dropped 1 foot in the last 24 hours. 
             9am:  The Whetstone and Minnesota river have sustained about the same level as yesterday after the big influx.  Here is the latest on lake levels:
 
Wed March 16 – 967.3  (lowest)
Sat. March 19  – 967.9  (up .6 feet)
Projected Tues. March 22 – 968.6 (up 1.3 feet)
 
3/18/10  12noon:  Well numbers don’t lie.  The Whetstone river has busted loose and is raging.  Unfortunately for property owners on Big Stone Lake it appears that the dam is only able to handle the whetstone which is not allowing the lake to empty its flood water.  This will clearly cause the lake to flood at an accelerated speed.  The Minnesota River at the dam has gone from 200 cubic feet per second to 2000 cubic feet per second in the last 24 hours and the river level has gone up approximately 5 feet.  Click on the “Dam Cam” link on the right side of this page to see a live webcam of the the dam.
 
 
 
 
 
3-18-11  11:00am:  The lake level is now climbing at a faster pace.  The level this morning was 967.5 which is up from 967.3 (up .15 in the last 24 hours).  The charts for the Whetstone indicate it has gone up 6 feet overnight.  This is hard to beleive.  I will be going to look at it and I will post pics of it in a few hours. 
 
3-17-11:  The Whetstone River has come up 12 inches in the last 2 days and is now flowing at 40 cfps.  The lake level is up slightly to 967.35.
 
3-16-11:  Current lake level is 967.3 and steady.  Recent melting has caused a lot of runoff over the last couple of days but it will take a few days before we see the result of the melting affect the lake level.  Today was the first day we noticed large puddles all over the top of the ice.  The Whetstone River in Big Stone City is currently discarging 34 cubic feet feet per second compared to 17 cfps one week ago. 
 
3-13-11:  Fishing has been good in the Mallard Point area for perch.  The lake is in great condition for driving virtually anywhere!  The snow pack is very hard and all vehicles are staying on top of the snow.  This weeks warm temps should make for some nice fishing days and some fast melting.
 
Flood Outlook for Big Stone Lake released by NOAA 3/7/2011
Percent ChancePool Elevation*
90%970.36
80%970.78
70%971.13
60%971.46
50%971.85
40%972.55
30%972.90
20%973.37
10%974.43

Big Stone Lake Flood Event Crest Elevations* and Dates:
1997975.4April 7
2001972.8April 14
2010973.7March 20
This forecast is for lake levels between 3/7/2011 and 6/5/2011.  The 2010 crest was 973.7, which means there is approximately a 14% chance of hitting that level again this spring.
  
2-21-11:  Another 18-20 inches of snow:(
 
2-2-10:  Buried again!  We just got another 12+ inches and the lake is again limited to snowmobiles only.  There is also more snow in the forecast.
1-26-10:  Some positive news today!  Reports from Bud’s Bait in Ortonville that some people are now back driving vehicles on Big Stone Lake.  It appears that last weeks cold weather has froze “most” of the slush that was causing the lake to be difficult to travel on.  Vehicles have been spotted at Mallard Point and Yankeetown access.  Fishermen are still encouraged to use extreme caution on the lake.
 
1-20-11:  In a conversation today with a local county commissioner I learned that the county is currently preparing for another possible flood.  The county is ordering 20,000 sand bags and working on a new system for filling and distributing them.  I was also informed by a Minnwest Insurance, Pete Karels (320)839-2568, that it is not too late to buy flood insurance.  Most underwriters require 30 days before it goes into effect.  There is no way of knowing what this spring will do, but there is a lot of snow again this year and the sloughs are already very full.  Hopefully the lake people will get a break this year!
 
1-6-11:  Ice fishing on Big Stone has been very productive this winter!  The Lagoona Beach area has several perch right now.  Some people are getting 100+ perch a day and keeping 10-30 in the 9-12 inch range.  There is a good walleye bite on the north end of the lake around Yankeetown access.  Be careful around that access, there is a lot of water/slush on the ice and open water from the creek just north of the landing.  The walleyes have been numerous in the 12-14 inch range with a few 15-19 inch fish as well.  The last storm has the lake currently accessible by snowmobiles only.  For more current updates call Bud’s Bait in Ortonville at 320-839-2480. 
MTT RESULTS MAY 8 (CLICK HERE)

MTT RESULTS MAY 9 (CLICK HERE)

UPDATES:  Schmidts Landing is doing a weekly update for Big Stone Lake all summer long.  Donna does a great report which is usually updated every Sunday.  Click Here to View it!

SATURDAY APRIL 24th - Border water opener started today.  The weather was cold, wet and rainy.  Fishing has been fair.  Some big fish have been caught from the docks on the south end and more smaller fish on the north end.  Check out the Schmidts Landing report Sunday night for more details.  Water clarity is around 1 foot and the water temps were in the mid 50′s.

TUESDAY APRIL 20 - Lake level is 4 inches above normal (968.3) and the water temp is averaging 60 degrees!  Border water opener is this weekend and the motels still have room!

FRIDAY APRIL 16 - LAKE LEVEL is 968.6 at 8am

TUESDAY APRIL 13- LAKE LEVEL is 968.7 at 8am.  This is only .7 above normal.  It looks like opener will be at normal lake level!

THURSDAY APRIL 8- LAKE LEVEL is 969.75, (Normal Level is 968.0)  Water temp on the main lake averaged 45 degrees and the water temp in the spawning areas was 46-48 degrees.  The water clarity is very poor, approximately 6 inches.  The lake has a “chocalate milk” look to it.

TUESDAY APRIL 6 – LAKE LEVEL is 970.15

MONDAY APRIL 5 – LAKE LEVEL is 970.40, which is 2.4 feet above normal, but 3.28 feet below the flood crest.

SUNDAY APRIL 4 UPDATE- The lake is completely ice free.  The rearing ponds boat ramp is closed off with caution tape.  The public access near Cramers Resort is open and works well even with the high water.  The water temp in that area was averaging 42 degrees.  Walleye spawn when the water temperature ranges from 42 degrees to 54 degrees F.  We have not had any lake level updates since Wed. of last week.  We will share new levels with you as soon as we get them.  Border water opener is coming up April 24th!

FRIDAY APRIL 2 UPDATE-  ICE IS OUT!  Several reports from Wilmot down to the islands have indicated that the ice went out overnight!

THURSDAY UPDATE- No major changes, but the ice does not look good at all.  Very honeycomb, black and falling apart.  The majority of the lake is still covered in ice.

WED. MARCH 31 UPDATE- The south end (1 mile)of Big Stone is 70% ice free.  The rest of the lake is now showing cuts and small open spots all over the lake.  The islands are also starting to open up.  It looks like we may see ice out by the weekend!  Lake level today is at 972.0 which is 1.68 feet below the flood crest and 4 feet above normal lake level.

MON. MARCH 29 UPDATE- The ice is now starting to move and breakup.  Large open areas are from the Penn south.  The shorelines are breaking up as well.  The 70 degree weather and high winds will likely make a lot of progress.  There are some homes at high risk still.  The lake is about 4.5 feet above normal (1.5 feet below crest) still and large ice chunks are moving.  Hopefully no damage will be done.

SAT. MARCH 27 ICE OUT UPDATE- The wind has been deteriating some ice.  The foot of the lake has opened up a lot in the last 2 days.  Some flooded areas are seeing ice chunks breaking off and floating in.  I have not seen any damage from ice at this point.  No major openings of ice at this point.

Typical ice out:  Earliest March 22  - Average  April 9  - Latest April 26

SAT. MARCH 27-Lake elevation as of 8am was 972.8.  10 inches below crest

Friday March 26-The lake elevation as of 11:30 a.m. today was 973.05 (.63 below the crest – about 5 feet to go)

Thursday March 25 Update-  The lake level at 10pm was 973.15 which is a little over 6 inches lower than the crest of 973.68 on Saturday March 20.

Hello everyone,
The lake level as of 11:00 a.m. today was 973.3 (971.75 in 1988 datum).  Please be aware that we are forecasted to have high winds (20-30 mph) tomorrow, so you may want to keep an eye on the ice.
Deanna Lundberg
Administrative/Project Assistant
Upper Minnesota River Watershed District

Wednesday March 24 Update- lake level at 6:45am 973.4

Tuesday March 23 Update-

Several people have called/emailed regarding how quickly the lake elevation will drop, so Dianne put together the information below that you may find useful.  We have also had questions regarding ice depth; the latest information we have from the DNR is from February 23, 2010 at which time the ice was 24″ thick.
Another website you may find helpful is the USGS site showing stream flows into the Minnesota River basin.  Here is the link:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mn/nwis/current/?type=flow
The following is a drawdown time frame for the floods of 1997 and 2001.
1997                                                    2001
crest – 975.45                                       Crest – 972.75
day 1 – 975.4                                        day 1 – 972.65
day 2 – 975.2                                        day 2 – 972.45
day 3 – 975.0                                        day 3 – 972.3
day 4 – 974.75                                      day 4 – 971.9 
day 5 – 974.3                                        day 5 – 971.5
day 6 – 974.1                                        day 6 – 971.1
day 7 – 974.05                                      day 7 – 970.9
Total drop in the first week during 1997 was – 1.4′.  Total drop in one week during 2001 was – 1.85′.
The drop in elevation on the lake is dependent on the amount of flow in the Minnesota River and Whetstone River after the crest.  During 1997 the flows in the two rivers was higher after the crest and the flows after the crest in 2001 were much lower.
 
LAKE LEVEL-

Penninsula Houses by boat ramp did not make it

Penninsula

Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook – boat tied to tree

Meadowbrook

Lou Point

North end of Big Stone Lake

Photos: Thursday  March 18  7:30pm

(click on photos to enlarge)

Water by dam goes over the banks and road

Whetstone River goes down considerably and leaves a mess

Penninsula Boat ramp house goes under water

Penninsula House

Bill Lund house fights flood with over 1000 bags and 2 pumps

Lund house

Photos: Tuesday March 16  11:30am

(click on photos to enlarge)

Dam gates wide open

Former Scoblic farm underwater

Amazing how the American flag stands up to so much

Park equipment by bridge getting destroyed

Water raging into field

1st Buildings go underwater in Big Stone

Ortonville Pier going underwater

Whetstone river backing up into Big Stone Lake

Sandbagging starts near Pro Auto

UPDATE: Tuesday March 16  9:40am

Hello everyone,

We have a mess right now!  At 4:00 a.m. this morning the ice jam at Rausch brothers broke and lodged at the Hwy. 12 bridge where it caused the water to go over the county road and flood Rausch Brothers it then moved downstream and into the dam.  We got all of the ice removed by 7:00 am.  However the rest of the dam runs from the debris barrier back to the south side of highway 12.

In BV they lost approximately 1 more foot of the Roberts County 24 road and are continuing to place rock.

The current Lake level as of 8:30 am was 969.1 and is rising at a rate of approximately ½ ” per hour.

Dianne Radermacher

Administrator

Upper Minnesota River Watershed District

 

UPDATE: Monday March 15  5:40pm

Just a short update – The good news is that the Browns Valley Floodway is containing all of the Little MN River flows for now and the town is dry.  The bad news is that the Little MN River eroded the NW corner of the County Road 24 bridge and has completely washed out the road.  There is a crew working on trying to stabilize the area with boulders right now.  Houston is on their way out to the site to review damages and assist with stabilizing.

The Lt. MN River is currently at a stage of 21.04’  the prediction was that the river would crest on Friday, March 19th at an elevation of  21.0’.

The Whetstone River is currently at an elevation of 10.36 and rising.  We have two large ice jams on the whetstone River one at the debris barrier and one on the corner of the River by Rausch’s which we are watching.

The latest prediction from the NCRFC is that the lake will crest on March 21st at an elevation of 972.0’ project datum or 970.45 (1988 datum) this is approximately .8’ lower than the 2001 flood elevation.

Dianne Radermacher

Administrator

Upper Minnesota River Watershed District

Ortonville Dam 1/2 foot below normal

CLICK HERE FOR THE 3-5-10 FLOOD PREDICTION

From the January 20, 2011 West Central Tribune: Flood outlook for Minnesota River Valley: You can bet on it
 
From the January 20, 2011 West Central Tribune: Flood outlook for Minnesota River Valley: You can bet on it
Flood Outlook for Big Stone Lake released by NOAA 3/7/2011
Percent ChancePool Elevation*
90%970.36
80%970.78
70%971.13
60%971.46
50%971.85
40%972.55
30%972.90
20%973.37
10%974.43
 

Big Stone Lake Flood Event Crest Elevations* and Dates:
1997975.4April 7
2001972.8April 14
2010973.7March 20


3-11-11:  The melting has begun.   The weather forecast has mid 40′s for next week as well.  We will again be covering the flood of Big Stone Lake with photos and details.  Check back for updates.

This forecast is for lake levels between 3/7/2011 and 6/5/2011.  The 2010 crest was 973.7, which means there is approximately a 14% chance of hitting that level again this spring.
Flood Outlook for Big Stone Lake released by NOAA 3/7/2011
Percent ChancePool Elevation*
90%970.36
80%970.78
70%971.13
60%971.46
50%971.85
40%972.55
30%972.90
20%973.37
10%974.43
This forecast is for lake levels between 3/7/2011 and 6/5/2011.  The 2010 crest was 973.7, which means there is approximately a 14% chance of hitting that level again this spring.
Big Stone Lake Flood Event Crest Elevations* and Dates:
1997975.4April 7
2001972.8April 14
2010973.7March 20

Whetstone River let loose near Rausch Bros.

Dam gates wide open flowing mostly the Whetstone River

Whetstone River let loose near Rausch Bros.

Whetstone River let loose near Rausch Bros.

Bridge on Dike Road

Bridge on Dike Road

Bridge on Dike Road

Bridge on Dike Road

1997975.4April 7
2001972.8April 14
2010973.7March 20

1997975.4April 7
2001972.8April 14
2010973.7March 20
2001972.8April 14
2010973.7March 20

Pennisula 4/5/11Pennisula Boat Ramp 4/5/11

Pennisula Boat Ramp 4/5/11

One Response to LAKE UPDATES

  1. Artie Arndt says:

    Greetings lake people! Mother nature has definately givin us a treat this year! Other then the 12 inches of wet snowfall last week we have not had very much snow at all this winter and the temps have been very warm! This has made it somewhat challenging to navigate by vehicle this winter for ice fishing. The fishing this winter was very good early with a lot of jumbo perch in December, but as the winter went on the size of the perch deteriated. The walleye fishing was good early as well, but very spotty and a few of the big walleyes that were caught were extremely overweight! Ice thickness this winter was 14-16 inches in most areas with a lot of areas maxing out with only 8 inches of ice. Currently in the last 24 hours the ice conditions have changed from large areas of standing water to now completely honeycomb and turning dark blue in color. We have upper 70′s and wind forcasted for this weekend and we may have a record ice out this year! It is my understanding that the earliest ice out is March 24, but this is not confirmed. I will be surprised if there is much ice left at all next week. Check back for more updates.

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