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Other Activities => Fishing => Topic started by: Old Man Yager on June 16, 2017, 08:31:23 AM

Title: Riffe Lake
Post by: Old Man Yager on June 16, 2017, 08:31:23 AM
Anybody fished Riffe Lake from the bridge this year? I heard it wasn't going to be good this year due to lake water level being low. Just looking to confirm that is the case.
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: oyster on June 16, 2017, 09:54:39 PM
Word is that it's lowered 30 ft indefinitely Old Man. Earthquake paranoia I believe is the cause. Either way, we lose again. What a shame..
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: Firedogg on June 17, 2017, 10:47:45 AM
 Between the far drop to the water and the water running faster under the bridge you better pull out the salmon trolling rod and a 4 oz banana weight to keep anything in the water near the bridge.
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: Alchase on June 17, 2017, 03:28:41 PM
Go down to the Mossyrock end if you are fishing from shore.
They do real well from the rocks on the park side of the dam.
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: SkookumHntr on June 19, 2017, 08:37:48 AM
I was there yesterday, nobody was even fishing off the bridge, Cowlitz river was pretty muddy tho from that rain last week.
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: Old Man Yager on June 19, 2017, 01:55:25 PM
Word is that it's lowered 30 ft indefinitely Old Man. Earthquake paranoia I believe is the cause. Either way, we lose again. What a shame..
We went up there Sunday, nobody cathing a dang thing off the bridge or shore near it. You guys been hitting the Cowltz hard yet? I still gotta hit you up for a trip down there!! Hope you had a good Father's Day buddy.
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: Smossy on June 19, 2017, 04:14:37 PM
Buddy caught this at the dam last weekend I think... Couldn't believe my damn eyes. Also kokanee hitting top 10 ft of water inside the booeys.
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: Alchase on June 19, 2017, 04:20:35 PM
Sweet fish!

I have seen two blackmouth in the twenties caught of the rocks by the dam.
Last one, I put my boat to idle for 15 minutes to watch the kid play the fish.
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: Old Man Yager on June 19, 2017, 05:51:42 PM
Buddy caught this at the dam last weekend I think... Couldn't believe my damn eyes. Also kokanee hitting top 10 ft of water inside the booeys.
Sweet!! Is that the Dam up River from the fishing bridge?
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: Alchase on June 19, 2017, 06:11:47 PM
FYI, there are no Kokanee in Riffe Lake, they are landlocked Silvers, and a few blackmouth can be found as well.
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: Old Dog on June 19, 2017, 06:14:01 PM
 :yeah:
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: Smossy on June 19, 2017, 06:30:04 PM
Buddy caught this at the dam last weekend I think... Couldn't believe my damn eyes. Also kokanee hitting top 10 ft of water inside the booeys.
Sweet!! Is that the Dam up River from the fishing bridge?
That is the mossyrock dam.
FYI, there are no Kokanee in Riffe Lake, they are landlocked Silvers, and a few blackmouth can be found as well.
My mistake, coho then...
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: bullfisher on June 19, 2017, 07:25:25 PM
Talked to a tacoma water guy today on a job. Said Riffe is permanently lowered due to the Oroville dam break in California. And if someone says it can happen, or it does happen somewhere else, they have to take action everywhere. He said some dams monitor flood zones, some dams monitor power and some such as Riffe, monitor both. Dams that are designed for both are a battle because the flood monitoring side wants the water level low and the power side wants it high. His opinion was that over time, some planning and funding will come up to update what is needed and bring it back to what it was. I thought his point of view was rather interesting.
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: Alchase on June 19, 2017, 07:34:12 PM
Buddy caught this at the dam last weekend I think... Couldn't believe my damn eyes. Also kokanee hitting top 10 ft of water inside the booeys.
Sweet!! Is that the Dam up River from the fishing bridge?
That is the mossyrock dam.
FYI, there are no Kokanee in Riffe Lake, they are landlocked Silvers, and a few blackmouth can be found as well.
My mistake, coho then...

Nice haul, be careful, those silvers will jump out of a bucket if you are not careful, LOL.
Brine them up and smoke them bad boys!
I use to build up about 25 lbs of Kokes from Alder, and Silvers from Riffe, then smoke the lot up.
Then take the skin and bones out, and put all the meat in 1 gallon ziplock bags in the freezer.
We always had one bag in the frig to eat.
I really miss that here in OKC.
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: HntnFsh on June 20, 2017, 05:53:52 AM
Talked to a tacoma water guy today on a job. Said Riffe is permanently lowered due to the Oroville dam break in California. And if someone says it can happen, or it does happen somewhere else, they have to take action everywhere. He said some dams monitor flood zones, some dams monitor power and some such as Riffe, monitor both. Dams that are designed for both are a battle because the flood monitoring side wants the water level low and the power side wants it high. His opinion was that over time, some planning and funding will come up to update what is needed and bring it back to what it was. I thought his point of view was rather interesting.

That mostly true. But the water level has nothing to do with the Oroville disaster. It's all about USGS, FERC,and other regulatory agencies and what would happen to the piers that hang off the back of the dam if a 7.2 quake hit that area.
Title: Re: Riffe Lake
Post by: Goshawk on March 30, 2020, 07:34:32 PM
Talked to a tacoma water guy today on a job. Said Riffe is permanently lowered due to the Oroville dam break in California. And if someone says it can happen, or it does happen somewhere else, they have to take action everywhere. He said some dams monitor flood zones, some dams monitor power and some such as Riffe, monitor both. Dams that are designed for both are a battle because the flood monitoring side wants the water level low and the power side wants it high. His opinion was that over time, some planning and funding will come up to update what is needed and bring it back to what it was. I thought his point of view was rather interesting.

Sorry for an old thread, but just in case there are folks here who are not up to speed on Riffe Lake, I wanted to get out real information.
So, regarding a "tacoma water guy" He lied, you misunderstood him.  It's all about new USGS Seismic numbers that suggest a possible failure on the Mossyrock Dam Spillgates should there be a major event with movement in the East / West direction.  It's a long shot anything like that will happen, but until such time the USGS issues new guidelines, the draw down will continue.  The new seismic numbers are overdue by more than a year so far.  Nothing like the slow motion of the US Government when decisions need to be made.