Date Posted: March 05, 2018

After 12 inches of rain in 11 days, the river has been on a wild ride.  High, muddy water and a broken berm on a large pond downstream had us all guessing.  The river has rebounded and all is getting better.  The lake has risen 14 feet during this time and put it in the flood pool so we will have some heavy generation during the next three to four weeks to get the lake back near normal but all in all, the river is ok. 

The rain last night has left the river slightly stained but fishable and they are running 2 generators for 10 hours today from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.  The Corp has informed me they will probably request this amount of generation thru the weekend due to the water level in Greers Ferry which is now 470.4 ft; 8 ft. above normal.  When the White River at Georgetown permits, they will increase the generation on the Little Red.  This may be the middle of next week.  Times of the generation may fluctuate, so it would be best to check the SWPA forecast before planning your trip.

Nymph fishing should be good on the river by fishing the lower water sections during this generation period.  Hopefully they will stay close to the 10:00 to 10:00 time schedule since this provides a window to stay ahead of the generation each day. Tomorrow they have scheduled the generation for 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.  This is due to colder temperatures in the morning causing an increase in demand for power early. Hopefully by Thursday, with milder temperatures, the generation will be back to 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

One should take care in launching and operating a boat at Dripping Springs due to the amount of debris in the river from the flash flood event last week.  From the launch ramp, downstream, the bed of the river may be filled in some areas and the low water bridge at Pangbnrn has debris from broken docks and other material that washed into the river. 

Good Fishing!!

Greg Seaton


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