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#888212 - 09/06/09 10:46 AM Lake Somerville Duck Hunting
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Registered: 01/31/09
Posts: 233
Loc: Texas
Has anyone hunted flag pond in a year even close to this dry??
Since it's boat in only. Is it even possible to get a boat up there this year?? I haven't hunted there before but recently moved to the area and was wondering if it was even possible to get there with the lake conditions? Thanx

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#888235 - 09/06/09 11:14 AM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: tinkerbell]
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I was in the area end of last season, did some rabbit/squirrel hunting and general looking around. Flag Pond may or may not be part of the hunting area now. Everything was and I am sure still is very dry. The adjacent TPWD WMA is upland and not really anything conductive to waterfowl hunting. But you live there, go look at it, you never know. The Corps public waterfowl hunting area has changed too, shoreline only, and very small now.

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#888563 - 09/06/09 04:05 PM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 09/06/09
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Originally Posted By: Sniper John
I was in the area end of last season, did some rabbit/squirrel hunting and general looking around. Flag Pond may or may not be part of the hunting area now. Everything was and I am sure still is very dry. The adjacent TPWD WMA is upland and not really anything conductive to waterfowl hunting. But you live there, go look at it, you never know. The Corps public waterfowl hunting area has changed too, shoreline only, and very small now.
What do you mean by " Corps public waterfowl is shoreline only" ?


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#888688 - 09/06/09 05:56 PM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: long450]
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One of the public day hunting rules was
"Hunting is restricted to the shoreline with no exceptions"

Also there is a rule that if the lake falls 6 ft below conservation pool, they close the hunting area.

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#888777 - 09/06/09 07:30 PM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 08/30/09
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Loc: Rockdale, Texas
Flag Pond is big time dry! The hole WMA in the puiblic hunting book is dry. Only thing holding water is the lake. We need some rain!!!!! The Yegua is not even running! Sorry about the info, but it hurts my Woodduck chasing also. I think we need a good beer drinking party up stream.LOL

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#888792 - 09/06/09 07:46 PM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: Yegua lab]
pig out Offline

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Registered: 08/04/09
Posts: 523
Loc: College Station, TX
never been but was planing on going this year but obviously I'm not went to the lake a while back and it's bone dry.


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#889624 - 09/07/09 01:29 PM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: pig out]
tinkerbell Offline

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Registered: 01/31/09
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I figured Flag Pond would be dry. However when it is wet, would you recommend canoe to go up to flag pond from nails creek or a motorized boat. I can't really tell how far a paddle that would be. As far as the shorline hunting that looks terrible I went out there the other day and there is nothing food wise it would only be a loafing site at best and with such limited space you would be competing big time with other hunters

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#889629 - 09/07/09 01:34 PM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: tinkerbell]
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I receieved pics last season of FP, it broke my heart, totally dry. I have not been over there yet, but don't think I'll be hunting there this year either.

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#889823 - 09/07/09 04:25 PM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: tinkerbell]
wal1809 Online   content
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Registered: 08/26/05
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I hunted flag a bunch some years back. If the birds are there then so is everyone else. It would be a long paddle at 1 AM. If you don't get started at 1 AM then everybody will beat you there and there is not a lot of room on Flag.

I went on opening day 4 years ago and hammered the snot out of the birds. It was a war zone. We left at 6:30 PM and got to the pond at dark. Disassembled the boat-motor-floor-gear-everything. Carried it all over and winched the boat over the levy. 2.5 hours of some serious work.

We parked the boat under a large tree by the pavilion and went to sleep on the boat floor. At 1:30 AM I could hear the winches from the army of boats coming to the pond. I spent the next 3 hours waking up to a boat(who could not see us under the tree) and shining them off. Lots of cussing that morning when they got shined off. 4.5 minutes and we were done with limits.

We ate breakfast and did all that work again getting out of there. Would I do it again? Nope
I would park my boat and travel light and walk the mile or two around the lake to hunt that spot. The problem is it is deep over there and you need a boat. On the other side it is not so deep.



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#944764 - 10/05/09 05:55 PM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: Sniper John]
pig out Offline

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Registered: 08/04/09
Posts: 523
Loc: College Station, TX
Originally Posted By: Sniper John
I was in the area end of last season, did some rabbit/squirrel hunting and general looking around. Flag Pond may or may not be part of the hunting area now. Everything was and I am sure still is very dry. The adjacent TPWD WMA is upland and not really anything conductive to waterfowl hunting. But you live there, go look at it, you never know. The Corps public waterfowl hunting area has changed too, shoreline only, and very small now.
i was thinking about going there to hunt some squirrels and rabbits, did you have any luck?


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#945030 - 10/05/09 07:53 PM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: WAL1809
I hunted flag a bunch some years back. If the birds are there then so is everyone else. It would be a long paddle at 1 AM. If you don't get started at 1 AM then everybody will beat you there and there is not a lot of room on Flag.

I went on opening day 4 years ago and hammered the snot out of the birds. It was a war zone. We left at 6:30 PM and got to the pond at dark. Disassembled the boat-motor-floor-gear-everything. Carried it all over and winched the boat over the levy. 2.5 hours of some serious work.

We parked the boat under a large tree by the pavilion and went to sleep on the boat floor. At 1:30 AM I could hear the winches from the army of boats coming to the pond. I spent the next 3 hours waking up to a boat(who could not see us under the tree) and shining them off. Lots of cussing that morning when they got shined off. 4.5 minutes and we were done with limits.

We ate breakfast and did all that work again getting out of there. Would I do it again? Nope
I would park my boat and travel light and walk the mile or two around the lake to hunt that spot. The problem is it is deep over there and you need a boat. On the other side it is not so deep.


now thats some hard work..I normally wake up around an hour before LST, have some coffee and then head out bounce

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#946105 - 10/06/09 10:44 AM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: TreeBass]
wal1809 Online   content
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Registered: 08/26/05
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It was some hard work and I just aint that mad at them anymore.


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#947739 - 10/06/09 09:30 PM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: wal1809]
No Choke Offline
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Registered: 07/20/06
Posts: 826
Loc: 16 miles West of Longview,WA
Tink,
Call the Nail's Creek office. May have a bit of H20 in there now. You can be sure to hear an airboat or 2 the first few days up in there trying to find water....then blasting out and trying to find another spot. Happens every yr.

If there is enough H20, then will there be enough "duck veggies" to hold the birds? Doubt it.

Scouting pays off.

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#947866 - 10/06/09 10:20 PM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: No Choke]
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Loc: Central Texas
Originally Posted By: No Choke
Tink,
Call the Nail's Creek office. May have a bit of H20 in there now. You can be sure to hear an airboat or 2 the first few days up in there trying to find water....then blasting out and trying to find another spot. Happens every yr.

If there is enough H20, then will there be enough "duck veggies" to hold the birds? Doubt it.

Scouting pays off.


not any more loco

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#948132 - 10/07/09 06:38 AM Re: Lake Somerville Duck Hunting [Re: TreeBass]
wal1809 Online   content
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I might be heading up there in the duck mobile/oral party wagon this weekend. If I go I will be taking the mud hogger and I will report back to you fellas on the h20 situation.


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