Owyhee @ 2400 CFS

12 March 2006 By Dan Bachman • Other • Comments (2)

I took a quick jaunt over to the Owyhee Saturday not because I thought the fishing would be any good but rather I wanted to see what the river looked like @ 2400 CFS.

I drove all the way up to the dam to take a look at the reservoir which is 100% full. Small waves would send water cascading down the emergency overflow located on the reservoir side of the dam and all 3 outlets were sending water screaming down the canyon.

I hung out near one of my favorite holes for about 2 hours around lunch to see if there was any insect activity. Rapids replaced what was a very calm and slow pool during all of last season and I didn’t see a single bug. Not one. I wonder what damage all of this water has done to the insect life and the plants.

It should make for an interesting fishing season.

Owhee on 11/23/05 at 240 CFS

Owyhee @ 240 CFs on November 23, 2005

Owhee on 03/11/2006 at 2400 CFS

Owyhee @ 2400 CFS on March 11, 2006 (same location)

Owhee Dam

Owyhee Dam @ 2400 CFS



  1. 8 April 2006 Jack

    Not to be critical or anything, but I believe the flows you are referrring to are in units of cfs not cfm. 2400 cfm (ft3/minute) = 40 cfs (ft3/second). CFM is commonly a unit used for air flow not water flow. The Owyhee river now @ 11,000 cfs must be pretty impressive. Unfortunatley, we may not be fishing that river until fall.

  2. 8 April 2006 Dan Bachman

    Jack-you are correct. I have updated the post….

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