arno7820 wrote:Good point on the water levels I hadn't thought about that. Would lower water levels be a benefit when hunting bottom feeders or disadvantage due to the sudden drop off most lakes have?
Thanks for the tip on the IDFG too.
There's no telling what ducks will do really when water levels change... But I look at it the same way I do trout.
A quick rise in water will result in a short feeding frenzy, as all the good stuff on the banks gets washed up, ducks will do the same and attack all the floating grubs and plants they would normally have to dig for. This would be a good spot to hunt.
When the water drops, fish go deep, where all the aquatic life becomes concentrated. Ducks will do the same and follow the water... The only thing here is ducks will take advantage of the exposed silt and mud and they will root for food there, till the mud drys up and becomes too hard. A fresh mud flat next to a deeper pool is a great place to find puddlers and divers, even geese and I would take the chance set up there even if I hadn't yet seen a duck around.
As water levels drop even further ducks will leave for better pools or they'll tough it out... if you can find the pool they want you're in biz.. though I don't have too much experience with that.. things never get that dry here. Once every few years I'll get ducks using my swimming pool in the fall, but there has been lots of water the last few years I haven't seen 'em in a awhile.
I'm sure there are other guys who have more to say about low water than I do. I only ever see a change in 3 or 4 feet at the most from year to year.
I think it's one of those things that you'll learn about your area, but go somewhere else and it's a whole new game... and each year has it's tricks.