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Evening Hole Update
by Jesse King


With the exception of having the trees planted, the Evening Hole Project has been completed for nearly a year and half. From the beginning, fish have been wandering in from Lost Creek above and migrating up from the Evening Hole bridge below. At first they were found near the bluff at the upper end where Spillway and Lost Creek joined together but as time passed they began showing up further down stream until they occupied the whole stretch.

In the beginning there were some concerns that removing the concrete retaining wall at the bridge had left the stretch too shallow to hold fish. This has not proven to be true. On the contrary, once the bottom took on the natural look with algae growth, the fish seem to favor the shallow runs and riffles almost as much has they do the deep water at the Bluff. It is well worth the effort to take a slow stroll along this stretch of river where you will be able to see fish holding in many locations. This reinforces the long-time belief that trout do fine in shallow water environments. The park has always lacked for a place where people could observe trout in a natural state. The Norfolk River in Arkansas is well known for sight-fishing, and manly anglers travel there to do just that. We now have the opportunity to do it here in the park.

Another good development is that it did not take as much time to produce a good insect population as anticipated in Lost Creek. This process was probably sped up when Spillway swelled because of heavy rains causing some dislodging of insects that ended up down stream in this stretch. The result is that insects are now found through out Lost Creek.

After a year and half I find that the Evening Hole Project has improved the overall trout fishery here at the LMFR. Many other anglers must feel the same way, for it is being fished constantly.

The end result is the ODWC GOT IT RIGHT!