Posted by Kerry Grissett on October 06, 2005 at 17:01:08:
In Reply to: Re: Wheeler water level posted by olemule on October 06, 2005 at 12:38:27:
As a result of the ROS, TVA will keep Wheeler's winter level approximately 6 inches higher on average than in previous years with the "normal" operating range for winter being 550.5 to 552 where it used to be 550 to 552. Also, the draw down to winter pool now starts a month later than in the past. Before, it began at the beginning of August and now starts at the beginning of September. The "target" date for full draw down to winter pool is still around the first of December with the raising back up to summer pool starting around the middle of March.
Keep in mind that many factors may influence how the water levels are managed, so the operating guides are just that "guides". Even things that happen many miles away from this area can affect our water levels as TVA must use all the resources at hand to manage a large and complex river system. In my opinion, they do a pretty fair job most of the time even if I don't always like how it can affect the fishing at times. lol!
You can check out the current operating guide for any of the TVA controlled lakes at http://lakeinfo.tva.gov to verify my data.
You can see the old operating guides on this site at http://home.hiwaay.net/~ksgrisse/lakeinfo.html
Good luck and good fishin'
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