The lake level is 553.88 and has risen 3/4 of an inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 16.5 feet and dropping rapidly. The surface water temperature was 49-degrees yesterday afternoon and the wind was light fron the southeast on the main lake and calm in Blackburns Creek. The lake was about the same as far as clarity was concerned and I could see my lure down about 3-feet in the sunshine and less when it was cloudy. The ambient temperature was 43 degrees and pleasant with the light wind. It is to be in the 50's today and then the wind is to pick up and another cold front is coming through with the coldest three nights of the season. Windy with temperatures in the low teens will make it hard to keep things from freezing up. The highs are to not be above freezing until next weekend. Just keep the ice and storms away and we will be fine. The fishing was pretty good and I caught my self-imposed limit of five crappie off a brush pile with a 1/4 ounce Bink's Spoon and then moved to the bank with the green grub and caught two keeper bass and came in. Nothing spectacular but it was a pleasant afternoon. The rates posted on this web site are for this year with no changes. No surprises coming here. The money you save by staying at Blackburns will help pay for the increased fuel prices and they just keep going up along with everything else.