This is technically Kentucky water, but it has implications for Tennessee since the same thing could happen on the Caney.

I saw the news today that Lake Cumberland is pretty much out of cold water, and KDFWR has implemented an "emergency measure" allowing people to keep twice the normal limit of rainbow trout from the tailwater. I assume the logic is that it's better to let people take them home than have them die. The water coming into the hatchery intakes at the Dam is 70 degrees now.

The river's not completely dead yet, and the slot limit is still being kept in place in the hope that some larger rainbows might survive until cooler temps reach us in the fall. But the Cumby is clearly on its last legs, and one good rain may do it in.

For now, the Caney seems to be holding on with tailwater temps staying in the mid-to-high 60s. But Center Hill Dam is undergoing similar repairs to the ones at Wolf Creek, and the situation is precarious.

Let's keep our fingers crossed that the Caney continues to hang in there. Maybe they'll make enough progress on the repairs to bump the lake levels back up a little before too long and give us a little more "margin for error."


Edited by Brian Dunigan (09/15/09 01:52 PM)