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Old 09-05-2008, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Connecticut River/Turner Falls Canal Drawdown September 8

I picked this information up from MAAnglers.com as well:

"I have learned from the Northfield Mountain newsletter that the annual drawdown of the Turners Falls canal will begin this weekend. This has a big impact on fisherman because when they drain the canal, they also lower the river above the dam by letting a tremendous amount of water over it. In 2004 the water was at least 6 feet higher below the dam than when the dam is closed, and it was a torrent. Anyone fishing below the dam will be swept away. I donít know how far down river this release will affect water levels and current or for how long, but fishing where the Deerfield flows in and on any islands in the river could be very dangerous. I have seen the river only once during the annual drawdown, so I donít know if this happens every year, but is was scary. I also donít know exactly which night the drawdown will start, but I suspect early Monday morning.

At the very least, bank fishermen need to be able to make a hasty retreat and those anchored in the river need to let out extra anchor line. On the other hand, those fishing above the Turners Falls dam, say Bartonís Cove, could be in for a special treat as the strong current might make for great fishing."

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