Well, while we were catching a little breather instead of catching little fish, the region was taking the brunt of some really bad weather. The home lake, D’Arbonne, was getting pounded by rain and then inundated with the runoff from heavy rains elsewhere in the watershed. Prayers to those who have suffered damage.
As of this writing, the water was near 84 feet again, and the lake is closed. The projections are that it will crest and start heading down, but there is some more rain on the way for the region. It’s a day to day thing. The tainter gates helped this from being much worse, but when Mother Nature dumps this much water on the region, there is nothing that can be done to prevent flooding on this lake. It has been that way for nearly 60 years. The best way to check on the status of the lake is to keep up with the Union Parish Sheriffs Office or the Farmerville Gazette on Facebook. After the water falls, please – PLEASE – be careful in the cleanup.
When the water does get back down and fishing can resume, here’s a interesting fishing report I wrote for t his month’s Louisiana Sportsman. When the flooding started, the fish were biting like crazy. they probably will be again when it drops. Check it out. And check out the Sportsman online website and the printed magazine. It’s loaded with useful outdoor information.