Sunday, June 10, 2007

Low Water and Global Warming?

The water here in northern Wisconsin is the lowest it has been in almost a quarter of a century. Lest we panic the world, as argued by my friend "Bad" Bob Miller, erstwhile Vanderbilt University and Tennessee State geologist and the author of a forthcoming book on stream dynamics for fishermen, these things are cyclical. My father has pictures from the 1920s and 1930s of some of the big lakes in the northern Sand Country so low in water that you could almost jump across them between points. Remember, these are points currently still under about 6 feet of water (meaning 10 feet of water during high water). The pictures show jack pines nearly 20 feet high, meaning they had been at low water for many years before this. Global warming? Not in this case.

This is not to say that global warming does not exist, just that it is not responsible for the low water here in God's country. And low water means good fishing--three northerns over 8 pounds and a dozen nice fat walleyes.

--Dr. Todd

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