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#11399906 - 02/08/16 08:13 AM Does water clear up the deep it gets?
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I heard this from someone but can't remember who. The water is the most muddy on top and clears up below it? Anyone else believe this theory?
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#11399924 - 02/08/16 08:17 AM Re: Does water clear up the deep it gets? [Re: Rhino68W]
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Not really.

Just depends on the depth
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#11399928 - 02/08/16 08:20 AM Re: Does water clear up the deep it gets? [Re: Rhino68W]
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While scuba diving on Texas lakes I have found just the opposite to be true. More than just simply darker as you go down due to sunlight not penetrating often the water is also more "turbid" as you descend.
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#11399946 - 02/08/16 08:30 AM Re: Does water clear up the deep it gets? [Re: Rhino68W]
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Well, as muddy water starts to clear the dirt sediments fall through to water column to the bottom, so it seems the shallows would clear before the deeper spots. Could be wrong though
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#11399952 - 02/08/16 08:33 AM Re: Does water clear up the deep it gets? [Re: Rhino68W]
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Thanks guys. That's what I was thinking. I figured it's muddier down below.
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#11400027 - 02/08/16 09:06 AM Re: Does water clear up the deep it gets? [Re: 361V]
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Originally Posted By: 361V
While scuba diving on Texas lakes I have found just the opposite to be true. More than just simply darker as you go down due to sunlight not penetrating often the water is also more "turbid" as you descend.


True story. Just think about it. . .dirt and sediment don't float, they sink. . .

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#11400284 - 02/08/16 10:32 AM Re: Does water clear up the deep it gets? [Re: Rhino68W]
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It depends on the lake... but after around 30 feet you might need a good light. if you go deeper you might find better visibility but it will be dark.
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#11400508 - 02/08/16 11:55 AM Re: Does water clear up the deep it gets? [Re: Rhino68W]
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Depends. Had a tournament on Texoma last April with all the rains and the top of the water was muddy. BUT, you could take your rod or bait (big Swimbait) and go back and fourth in the water and the muddy water would move and you could see clear water underneath. Very weird but water was crystal clear about 150ft away.
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#11400908 - 02/08/16 02:18 PM Re: Does water clear up the deep it gets? [Re: Rhino68W]
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I've seen the opposite while scuba diving on certain lakes in the summer. Below the thermocline there is no algae so it will clear up, downside of this is that there are never any fish below the thermocline. I've seen 5 foot visibility above and 30 feet visibility below, it can be very dramatic.

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#11400980 - 02/08/16 02:46 PM Re: Does water clear up the deep it gets? [Re: WhiskeyTango223]
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Originally Posted By: WhiskeyTango223
I've seen the opposite while scuba diving on certain lakes in the summer. Below the thermocline there is no algae so it will clear up, downside of this is that there are never any fish below the thermocline. I've seen 5 foot visibility above and 30 feet visibility below, it can be very dramatic.


Never been scuba diving but from talking to some people who have it seems the water clarity in deep water depends tremendously on the thermocline and where it is.


Edited by Bass98 (02/08/16 02:47 PM)
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#11401141 - 02/08/16 03:51 PM Re: Does water clear up the deep it gets? [Re: WhiskeyTango223]
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i do scuba diving, on the local scuba diving ponds i have not being below 30 feet but i hear exactly this from people that venture into the dark
Originally Posted By: WhiskeyTango223
I've seen the opposite while scuba diving on certain lakes in the summer. Below the thermocline there is no algae so it will clear up, downside of this is that there are never any fish below the thermocline. I've seen 5 foot visibility above and 30 feet visibility below, it can be very dramatic.


i once was on Lake murray in oklahoma in around 20 feet deep... and this big [censored] Carp comes out swimming in front of my mask...it scared me very very bad, i even punch her lol....

i do plan this summer to do some wheeler branch diving... i need to figure out what fish are doing there...


Edited by buton (02/08/16 03:51 PM)
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