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Phil Lilley

Low Water Levels on Taney

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I mentioned the level of Taney is really getting low... I'd say the water level at Fall Creek is 12 inches below normal and Lookout it's about the same. This means alot of gravel areas above Fall Creek are out of the water and they shouldn't be.

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At Powersite Dam, there are 2-3 or 4 drop-down gates that were installed 10-plus-years ago for the purpose of letting more water thru during high water situations- floods. These gates let water run through even when the lake level is at "power pool" or level with the normal top of the dam/spillway. This creates a bathtub effect where the top of the tub is shallowing out and more of the tub is exposed to air. Not good for gravel areas that hold bugs and with little water running, the bugs aren't getting ideal conditions already.

They just need to run some water.

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Phil,

Question for you...should there be a sudden significant prolonged release of water or nice rainfall, what should one expect in terms of any hatches? If hatches aren't likely, what could one reasonably expect for activity.

Thanks,

Chris

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Hummm.. hatches happen at odd times really. I've never documented exactly when, where and why they happen (we're talking about midge hatches). I've seen them at all stages of generation, all weather conditions- even at zero degrees they are still coming off the water. So to answer your question Chris I'm not sure if prolonged release or rainfall will affect hatches.

May be someone else has an opinion.

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#1 - Andy William's house is just to my left, below Lookout.

#2 - The ditch that dumps into the lake from Pointe Royale is just to my left. Some call it Dry Wash, some the Red House Hole.

The dark gravel normally is covered with water.

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