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Sakakawea Water Temp

by , Posted to on 07/16/2012 08:09 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/24/2012
Location: ND
This is only the 2nd year I have fished Sakakwea but we fished out of White Earth on Saturday.  The water temp was 80 degrees.  Is that normal this time of the year?  I fish Ft. Peck a lot and we maybe see 75 degrees in the peak of summer.  I didn't expect it that warm on Sak until later in August maybe.  I know eastern MT has been HOT and dry.  Fishing was great with boating 15 walleye and 20-30 northern, but the water just seemed very warm for this time of the year.
Re: Sakakawea Water Temp
by on 07/16/2012 08:21 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
Up that way you have much less water volume compared to Peck.  As you travel down the system toward the east end you will find cooler water (more water volume and depth).  On Saturday the water temp near Reunion was about 76 on average.  Some spots higher, some lower.  Back bays were in that high 70's range.

Is it abnormal?  Nah, I think pretty normal but even I was catching notice.  For the last three years we've had high water and the water temps took forever to warm up and when they did, they didn't get really warm anyway.  Now with normal pool it is just how it is.

I could say it definitely has been warm and lots of sun lately.  Plus, it has been rather calm weather making for less wave action and less mixing of the lake.  We get some windy days and it will help cool it down.  In fact, yesterday it was already cooler with temps in that 74 degree average.

And ya, holy northerns BATMAN!  It is easy and I mean easy to catch 30 a day.  Completely insane.

Smallmouth are nuts as well. 




 
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Re: Sakakawea Water Temp
by on 07/16/2012 08:22 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
cornman53 Said:
This is only the 2nd year I have fished Sakakwea but we fished out of White Earth on Saturday.  The water temp was 80 degrees.  Is that normal this time of the year?  I fish Ft. Peck a lot and we maybe see 75 degrees in the peak of summer.  I didn't expect it that warm on Sak until later in August maybe.  I know eastern MT has been HOT and dry.  Fishing was great with boating 15 walleye and 20-30 northern, but the water just seemed very warm for this time of the year.
Probably only the top couple feet though due to hot temps and light winds? I'm guessing she's downright cold/cool a few feet down.

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Re: Sakakawea Water Temp
by on 07/16/2012 08:43 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
guywhofishes Said:
cornman53 Said:
This is only the 2nd year I have fished Sakakwea but we fished out of White Earth on Saturday.  The water temp was 80 degrees.  Is that normal this time of the year?  I fish Ft. Peck a lot and we maybe see 75 degrees in the peak of summer.  I didn't expect it that warm on Sak until later in August maybe.  I know eastern MT has been HOT and dry.  Fishing was great with boating 15 walleye and 20-30 northern, but the water just seemed very warm for this time of the year.
Probably only the top couple feet though due to hot temps and light winds? I'm guessing she's downright cold/cool a few feet down.


Yeah a person does have to take the water temp with a grain of salt but you can safely jump into the water on a hot calm day and not get a shock of temperature change.  She is pretty warm through the first 5 feet or so.

A few cloudier days with some wind and it will cool down quickly.




 
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