Since our last rainfall, Table Rock Lake has been on the rise from 918.5 feet Saturday to 920.20 on Monday, which is just three feet above current powerpool. Beaver Lake was also hit by the recent storms, bringing that lake level to 1,128.60 feet. This is just over seven feet above its seasonal power pool and only leaves 1.5 feet before reaching its max floodpool of 1,130 feet. Beaver Dam’s current release is 3800 cfs; however, with more rain we can expect that to increase. More rain is in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, so these numbers could be very temporary. Table Rock is still rising at a slow rate. If we accumulate much more rainfall, we could see dam operators increase the flow at Table Rock Dam to 20,000 cfs. It will just depend on this next storm system.
Our watershed continues to be the focal point of periodic rainfall and storm systems. A heavy period of rain about a week ago caused operators to open five floodgates at one foot a piece, accompanied by three turbines, for a total release rate of approximately 15,000 cubic feet per second. Officials have since shut three of the five floodgates, but in turn, activated the fourth turbine, leaving the flow at about 15,000 cfs.
The fishing continues to be fairly exceptional for most anglers and guides on the lake. With floodgates open again, the trout have seen another surge in shad, scud, sculpin and many other food sources. Water coming in from the turbines has increased in temperature since last report to roughly 47 degrees. With water coming over the gates, the average mix of the water is somewhere between 52 to 54 degrees depending on your location on the upper lake. Trout prefer water temperatures in the 50- to 55-degree range, so these temperatures are optimal for active trout.
Fishing with white marabou combinations and jerkbaits from the cable down to about the third outlet has been good. The fish here have seen the most shad and are very active to chase anything that emulates a bait fish. During the first four days after the activation of the floodgates, the scud bite was phenomenal in the trophy area. However, over the last three days it would seem the scud bite has soared below Fall Creek. As the scuds are swept downstream, the trout follow them. In turn, some bigger fish are being caught outside of the trophy area.
We are still dragging the scud flies on drift rigs with a size 12 snap swivel sliding on the line coming from the reel, stopping on top of a size 12 barrel swivel. About three to five feet of four- pound leader is attached to the other end of the barrel swivel, with one or two scuds tied to the leader. A 1/4-ounce or 3/16-ounce bell sinker connected to the snap swivel above has been the most productive and popular way for drifting these scuds.
Guides are also drifting egg fly patterns and san juan worms in combination with the scud fly. Night crawlers and pink and white Berkley Power Eggs are also catching some fish.