It was a long hot summer in 2010, and it remained as a very dry fall.
Opening Day of 2012 occurred during a record Spring drought.
In times like these we see our river’s bones.
The state’s single designated C&R region on the Falls River was only a fraction of its normally shallow self.
That is hardly an ideal place to sustain coldwater fish.
So if designated C&R areas are to increase, where should they be?
Where is the deepest , coldest water in times of drought?
Maybe you know ?
For river fishing to be fun, and for fish to remain healthy, there needs to be constant current flow. No flow, no fish, its almost that simple.
Looking at the rivers on the early days of Spring reveals where the better quality of current and depth are, perhaps even during drought :
* The Wood River, at the bend at Cut Tree Pool below the Pines remained very deep.
* The Wood River at Kettle Hole Pond down to the WPWA campus remains deep and cool.
* The Wood River below the Switch Road Access and down below the overpass has several deep cuts and remains heavily shaded all summer, though the water above it heats up.
* The Pawcatuck River on the mile north of Burdickville is deep, wide and consistently free flowing. Ideal sustainable trout habitat.
* Above Pawtuxet Village on up to the Scituate Reservoir may be the coldest and cleanest water in the entire state.
None of these locations would interfere with more traditionally accessible “catch and take” areas.
There must be several more places too. So If you know of a particular area that could be ideally suited to maintain coldwater fish in times of drought, please share that location with us.