by Duane Doty

This has been one of those weeks when anyone can honestly say that it would be easy to be a successful fishing guide... almost everyone is catching trout right now.  Water flows have been angler-friendly too, running minimal water most of the day and night with increases some afternoons of up to 2 units.  Most of the time they're running only 35-45 megawatts or a half unit, 2,500 - 4,000 cubic feet per second.  Water temperature is holding at 48 degrees.

We have seen 15,000 cubic feet per second water release since last Friday evening after a more-than-expected rain event last week.  The Beaver Lake area received the most rain, up to 6 inches, while our area averaged 2.5 inches.  The forecast called for about an inch of rain.  Beaver Lake's level was already high so this rain put it up close to their flood pool which is 1130 feet.  A combination of spill gates and turbine release kept the level in check while at Table Rock Dam, water released increased to move water through the system.

Generation patterns have remained constant here on Lake Taneycomo for the last week.  Operators have run about 8,000 cubic feet per second of water for a couple of hours in the morning (two units) then dropped back to 3,000 to 5,000 c.f.s. for the rest of the day.


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