Tom Kelly with a nice one caught and released last evening.
The lake level is 571.24 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating all night and then start up in the morning to hold the White River at Newport to 12-feet at all costs despite the need for electricity and the very dry conditions with no areas even close to flooding. It is cooling off a bit this week with very good chances of rain for the next few days. We certainly need it. Things have been green and lush all year but are starting to dry up now. A good rain would really help green things up again. Bass fishermen are catching some good ones on plastic worms with the best bite being in the evenings. Bink is catching some nice stripers deep on his spoon and the children are catching crappie and bluegill off the dock. I feed them there and they are easily caught. They love watching the turtles. Some catfish are being caught on jugs with live bait. With the lake dropping watch out for exposed wood where it was not in sight before. The lake is changing daily but conditions are good for boating and swimming. Fishing is just fair but the good fishermen are catching fish every day. The surface temperature is still in the high 80's and the visibility is not the best for diving but looks clear from the surface. The drop in the lake is opening things up but needs to drop just a few feet to really do some good for launching and parking. The lake is as busy as I have seen it in years on the weekends. Almost like it was in the early 90's.