The St. Lawrence is showing out

At Wednesday's anglers' meeting, Jacob Powroznik made the following prediction: "I think (the St. Lawrence River) is getting ready to show out like it's never showed out before."

It is doing exactly that. At 2:15 p.m., there were 24 bags weighing 20 pounds or more on BASSTrakk, topped by Matt Lee's astounding 27-pound, 4-ounce limit. Both totals would be significantly better than anything recorded in the three previous Elite Series tournaments here since 2013.

At this point, those numbers are unofficial. But keep this in mind: I've never seen a weigh-in where the official number of 20-pound bags wasn't greater than the BASSTrakk number. It's easy to underestimate the size of these smallmouth bass, because there's not much of a frame of reference. Even the Elite Series pros don't see smallmouth bass like this often.

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Good call, B.A.S.S.

It was quiet this morning. Later the osprey were hunting lunch, and the water kept coming...and coming.

A young bald eagle got flushed from its roosting place, and by a bigger bird in the air that came to survey the hazards.

Giant trees and logs came over the spillways.

But hey it was fun being there, and I look forward to the rescheduled event!

Update by Bassmaster Marshal Dave Zimmerman

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Conowingo Dam

Spill gates open with trees the size of cars floating everywhere!

Update by Bassmaster Marshal Jason Haney
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Gluszek at the Susquehanna

Pete Gluszek sees first-hand how the water is starting to really flow into the Upper Chesapeake.

A look at the navigational hazards of Chesapeake right now

"It's a great future bass habitat, but right now pretty unsafe" says Pete Guszek. 

Tons of debris

Apparently they're going to open several more gates on the Conowingo dam on the Susquehanna River. That will release tons of new debris and several thousand cubic feet of water that will run into the Chesapeake. I'm working on a gallery to show what the dam looks like and the debris field and high water just above it.  

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Floaters on the Chesapeake

Gettys Brannon shows off some of the reason the tournament was postponed.

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Gluszek shows off debris

Miles of debris would have greeted anglers had they fished today, says Pete Gluszek.

The flood gates are open

Thomas Allen visits one of the reasons this week's event is postponed. 

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