Posted by Kerry Grissett on December 12, 2004 at 22:25:43:
With all the high water one might think that the crappie and other fish would be biting like crazy, but they would be wrong.
At least for the area around Decatur fishing from the bank. The pumps (north of Decatur on the Hwy31 causeway) has only been producing a few crappie, mainly in the mornings. About 8 crappie has been the average and that number is spread out over several fishermen, not 8 per person! I don't know if the night hit has been better, but I seriously doubt it has been much different.
The water at Decatur dropped about 9 inches today (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/al/nwis/uv?03577150) but looked like it might rise some at the last reading on the USGS site. I don't think TVA's lakeinfo page predictions (http://lakeinfo.tva.gov) for lake level can NOT be relied on at this time based on past experience. Although the actual readings of the lake level at the dam are accurate, TVA has been notorious for inaccurate predictions at their lakeinfo site.
The water at Whitesburg (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/al/nwis/uv?03575500) had fallen 2 feet the last time I checked and should continue to fall fairly rapidly compared to lower areas of Wheeler lake (nearer Wheeler dam).
I could be wrong about my own predictions as TVA may slow the flow as levels stabilize on Wheeler in order to allow downstream lakes to get a break from all the flooding.
In any case, I haven't had or seen anyone catching a LOT of crappie anywhere around Decatur from the bank and I doubt there have been many in boats doing a whole lot better... of course, I could be wrong. (grin)
Good luck and good fishin'
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