James with some nice White Bass. They are starting to make a comeback and I am glad. People like to catch them and they are not stocked.
The lake level is 571.35 and has dropped 1-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 60% of the time. The White River at Newport has dropped to just below 11-feet and nobody knows why they continue to hold the area lakes up for so high for so long for absolurely no reason. It is dry here and nothing close is anywhere near flooding. Someone needs to be held accountable and be removed from their position. It was as busy as I have ever seen it on the lake this weekend and continues to be so. It will be over by this evening and we can expect another onslaught for Labor day with all of the calls for boats and cabins coming in. Everyone seems to have money and willing to spend it. The Mountain home ecomony is flourishing and sales tax revenues are setting records every month. Town traffic is like a big city. I cannot imagine what it would be like if the water was not high and the campgrounds were all open and the gas prices were not so high. They have gone up about $1.20 per gallon since the election. People are making the best of it and having fun despite these headwinds. There is still some debris out there so be carefull and boating after dark is not recommended but mostly the lake is in good shape and will clear again after the boat traffic slows down this evening. Fishermen going out in the early morning are still doing pretty well. Stripers, hybrids, walleye, crappie, bluegill and catfish are all being caught every day. The surface water temperature is still just over 84-degrees and should rise as the ambient temperatures rise into the 90's later this week and the weather looks good so far. Our pets have come out from under the bed finally and I am glad the fireworks are over for another year. They do not like them and are scared and they lasted well into the night. I doubt the people shooting them had to go to work this morning. We do.