East Texans interested in boating and fishing this month are experiencing a difficult situation. That's because, lake water levels across our area are down, some as much as five feet. One lake, Lake Fork, is close to hitting it's all time low, which worries some fishermen.
"I think it hurts because a lot of the fishing I like to do, I like to go shallow water fishing, but when the water drops like this the fish move out and get off in a tree somewhere and they are harder to find and harder to catch," said Tim Kistner, a fisherman. Fishermen say it's also hard to dock their boats because the docks are so far out of the water.
The Sabine River Authority, which oversees the lake, says the lake is about three feet lower than it should be, and until it rains, it's going to stay that way.
"We get calls asking when we're going to fill the lake back up, which we really don't have a whole lot of control over right now," said Troy Henry, Assistant Division Manager for the Sabine River Authority. "We're sitting here at 17 inches of rain in October, which is about 10 inches behind where we should be." Evaporation is another reason the lake lost so much water. In the summer months, Henry says the lake lost about 100 million gallons of water everyday.
"Probably what will happen, is we will get that through a series of different rain events eventually in April and May when we get the majority of our rainfall," said Henry. Lake Fork feeds water to Quitman year round, and parts of Gregg County during the summer. The Sabine River Authority says there is enough water right now for its customers, however, if the situation worsens, there is a plan in place to ration the water supply. That would be if the lake level drops more than 20 feet.