The lake level is 578.81 and has dropped 11-inches in the last 24-hours with the help of the spillway gates. The plan seems to be as follows: Hold the water in the lakes until they get to within inches of going over the spillway and then opening the gates to prevent disaster while protecting Branson at all costs and flooding everything downstream and keeping the lakes high all summer. Once the lake clears, the higher level will not hurt anything after the launches are opened again except that the parks and camping will be eliminated. The debris is now headed to the dam. Bink is catching smallmouth bass everyday and Scuba Steve is having fun catching catfish on his limb lines. Nice ones too. Barring any heavy rains, and further spillway gates opening, the level should remain stable and clear up until all of this slug passes and they then keep the level at 12-14 feet at Newport at all costs keeping everything one rain away from going over the spillway again. The top water bite should resume soon with sunshine and stable water level.