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Thread: Copper Basin Year-to-Date Precipitation and Historical Averages

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    Default Copper Basin Year-to-Date Precipitation and Historical Averages

    Precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir basin data reports can be generated here.

    As of March 1st, precipitation in the Copper Basin determined to be 78% of 1981-2010 averages. For comparison, last year at this time was 140% of 30-year average. Report can be viewed here.

    Really wondering how low the Copper is going to be this June.

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    hopefully nice and low, probably has more to do with heat this summer and melting glaciers. I dont think the snow pack has that great an effect on water levels after the initial thaw unless its a really significant snow year.

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    Roger that as summer gets underway and temps rise. I like to fish the subsistence opener, so comparied to last June when the river was lower than I'd ever seen it, I really wonder what it's going to look like this year.

    When the fish wheels open in mid-May, it might be ridiculously low.

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    yeah, last spring the water was super low, do you go down in a boat or fish from shore? The low water sure makes the boat ride down through the canyon a little more enjoyable.

    I havnt really noticed a change in the fishing from high water to low water either, seem to always do really well no matter what in a boat. Two years ago when it was flooding when there were some record numbers coming through we slayed them in the high water. High water/low water doesnt seem to effect fishing

    have you noticed any patterns with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielApplin View Post
    yeah, last spring the water was super low, do you go down in a boat or fish from shore? The low water sure makes the boat ride down through the canyon a little more enjoyable.

    I havnt really noticed a change in the fishing from high water to low water either, seem to always do really well no matter what in a boat. Two years ago when it was flooding when there were some record numbers coming through we slayed them in the high water. High water/low water doesnt seem to effect fishing

    have you noticed any patterns with it?

    -dan
    Fishing is always good in a boat, as demonstrated here by Kenny...



    The fish are always there, but you have to be willing to try different things when it's slow.

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    Coupled with the already low precipitation we've experienced over the winter.

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    Might be nice to have a low water year. I agree with Dan that the canyon is sure a lot tamer!
    Since using your on-line tools I have had the best three years of my 45 years of Chitina dipping, Thanks Tony!

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    Default Updated Predictions: Temp & Precip

    Higher than average temps with average precip equals higher river levels. We're a foot higher than we were at this time last year, which is good, but we may say really high levels late June/early July like we did a couple of years ago.




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