After much rain the lake level has risen to 658.12 as of this morning and seems to be stable at this time. The rain gage at the visitor information center at Bull Shoals Dam shows we’ve had 6.42 inches of rain for the month.
What has surprised me is that the lake level has been allowed to reach this level as generation has been shut down somewhat before the weekend. I fully expected generation on thursday and friday morning but it was shut down till noon. On this Corps of Engineer website http://www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil/WCDS/Reports/Daily/lakfcst.txt there appears to be a new seasonal lake level. I’ve heard something about it but it’s on this website.
Generation Schedule: For this weekend is predicted at a weak unit for both Sunday and Monday morning with heavier generation starting up about noon up to 5 units on sunday and 6 to 7 units on monday. The dissolved oxygen ( D.O. ) for the Norfork river at the dam is right at 5.2 ppm and at the Bull Shoals dam is 6.9 ppm 7.00 ppm is good and below that is not so good.
At the dam I’m getting vaarious reports on low water from folks who come into the shop. Long leaders in 6X and 7X are the way to go when it gets hot and the sun gets high along with smaller flies and a bit more stealthy movements. Some dry fly action in the form of midges such as CDC loop wing emergers and other small dries are taking fish and in the faster water shoal larger flies such as the bi-visible and caddis flies are working as well. When generation begins chernobyl ants with a midge dropper is one heck of a fun way to fish the dam. Hoppers and Club Sandwhiches further down stream with midge droppers are productive as well. Sow bugs in grey or brown worked for me yesterday at the dam under these terrestrials.
Fly Shop News:
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