Really Warm~Lake Continues to Rise

Tom H. From MO

Tuesday morning I decided to fish the Rim Shoals area of the White River.  It was a mistake in that I figured after a week the moss and other debris would have cleared up but I was wrong.  We pounded away for the morning and even took off upstream to Bayless island in search of come cleaner water but it seemed to be getting trashier.  Taking moss off our flies and tippets was rapidly turning into a frustrating exercise so we headed back to the ramp and loaded the boat.  We ate lunch and headed upstream.  That as it turns out was a good choice as the water was much cleaner and the fish more cooperative.  Davy Wotton sow bugs in grey #14 were the ticket to a much more productive afternoon on 5X with a long leader.  Today the river should be clear down through wildcat shoals.  Run off has continued this past week well past our latest rain. The ground is saturated so any rain we do get will once again raise the lake levels.


Equipment and men are still working on the dam removing paint from underneath the road bed.  A light on either end of the dam controls traffic while one lane is closed down.  The lane on the river side of the dam is open to traffic.  Expect wait times of up to 5 minutes depending on how you catch the light.



The lake continues to creep up despite generation of 6 units and is now at 660.16 ft above MSL.  Overnight generation of 16,000 CFS or more will continue through today thursday.  It is starting to look as though April is going to be a high water month for sure.



Wednesday warmed up nicely with temps near 80 but the wind did gust and blew till sunset.  Today should see temps above 80f with winds of 10 to 15 and gust to 25mph.  It will be sunny with lows in the 50’s.  Friday will be sunny in the A.M. and then becoming cloudy with a chance of thunder storms in the morning and a higher chance of storms in the afternoon.  Highs will reach the lower 70’s with a 40% chance of rain.  Friday night brings a higher chance of storms and rain at 70%  Saturdays chance of rain has dropped down to 20% with highs in the 60’s and west winds of 10 to 15 mph.  Sunday will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70’s  Monday will be mostly sunny and breezy with a chance of showers and thunder storms.  The chance of precip is 20%.


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