Rising water levels at Angostura causes dilemma for fishermen - KOTA Territory News

Rising water levels at Angostura causes dilemma for fishermen

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Carson Oliver has been fishing on Angostura Reservoir since he was a kid, but this spring it feels different.

"In previous years you can go down right to the edge of the water, and you could see pretty much all the obstacles in the water,"  said Oliver.

With increased water levels, Oliver said he has a hard time fishing from land.

"Trees that were above the water levels two years ago are completely covered in the water," Oliver said.

It's a far cry from years past when the area was plagued by drought. But now the "norm" feels strange to visitors like Oliver.  

"It's not usual to be spilling water, it don't happen every day but it happens occasionally," said Mick Jenniges, Angostura Irrigation District.

Jenniges said they began spilling, or releasing water from the reservoir to avoid it overflowing last month.   

"That October snow storm that hit put a lot of water into the reservoir and of course the wet snows and rain that we have since then has added to the capacity of the reservoir," Jenniges said.

About 12 feet of water has been added since September. Jenniges said this is a good thing.  

"The more water the better, I mean that provides more assurance for land owners, the irrigators, the farmers to know they are going to have the water they need," Jenniges said. 

While the added moisture is a welcome site to many, for anglers who fish in shallow water, a little less wouldn't hurt.  

"Not really expecting to catch a whole lot, just trying to get my pole in the water," Oliver said.

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