The lake level is 553.89 and has risen just a bit from this time yesterday with generation for several hours during the day, then they took the rest of the night off and have just started again. We are now back in the flood pool and cannot seem to get much below the power pool of 553.75 which sets us up for another high water year. We can handle high water here at Blackburns but it makes it really difficult and inconvenient for day users and campers and restricts launching and parking. It would be nice if they would try dropping the level in the winter and giving it a chance to take spring rains rather than keeping us just one big rain away from being too high. The surface water temperature had dropped to 52 degrees in the creek that I was fishing yesterday afternoon and it was cold with highs in the mid 20's with a breezy north wind. I am not a fan of walk through windshields but it would have been nice yesterday.The water was a little more stained than the day before but was still a good color for fishing. I did not check the temperature on the main lake as I was in a hurry to get out of the wind even though it was not high but very cold despite my all electric gear. I cannot fish very well with big gloves and the water was freezing as it came off the line onto my reel. It was cloudy or it would have been colder. I caught a few fish on the spoon and came in. No picture fish. My old mercury motor did not want to start very well but finally did. I will give it another try this afternoon. It should be better for the next couple of days and then the bottom drops out again on thursday then better for the weekend. Sunday looks to be the best day. I am also bass fishing with the grub on the bottom from the shore back to the boat that is setting in about 30-ft. of water and the bite is pretty good late evening but it gets very cold after sunset and fast. Some crappie are with the bass and a few walleye.