Posted by Kerry Grissett on January 07, 2003 at 20:52:14:
In Reply to: Wheeler Lake posted by hoppels on January 06, 2003 at 23:08:41:
As Mark C. implied, Wheeler fluctuates quite a bit. Since it is used as a control lake for flood conditions that may occur far away from the area, it can fluctuate wildly and widely even if we haven't had any local rain. This makes it a difficult lake to predict for more than a few days at a time and sometimes that is difficult to do accurately even for that short of a period. You can be on 'em good one day and go back the next and find nothing.
Wheeler has a draw down of 6 feet from summer to winter pool. If you check the http://lakeinfo.tva.gov site, you can see the current levels and predictions for the lake and dam releases. The normal minimum level (at Wheeler dam) is 550.0 amsl and the maximum normal level is 556.0 amsl. You can access the operating guide for Wheeler and other TVA lakes by going to the link at the top of the NAFF message board index for Historical Tennessee River Lake Level and Temperature Data. Although this is the actual operating guide from TVA, I have found that Wheeler can be anywhere between minimum and maximum at any time of year depending on local and regional rainfall. The level can fluctuate enough even in dry periods to make a big difference on this lake, keeping the fish moving and the fishermen guessing.
Hope this helps.
Good luck and good fishin'
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