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3/20/06-Lake Fork

Popular Bass Lake Starts Rise Following Weekend Rain

Troy Henry of the Sabine River Authority says the weekend rains are the start of what they hope will be the end of the drought.

"We recorded right at five inches of rain here at the dam over the last two days -- two and a half days," he says.

For the home of "big bass" -- Lake Fork -- the big downpour is a gift that has paid off already.  However, Henry says the lake wasn't in a critical level like other areas.

"We were in good shape. It was just unusual to be this low this time of the year," he says.

The past year at Lake Fork tells the tale; a huge drop. The weekend's rain starts the long climb back.

"The grounds are saturated and we could continue to see runoff," Henry adds.

For boaters at Lake Tyler, it's been hard to launch anything more than a dinghy without driving around.

"If you back in too far, your trailer will fall off the edge, but there are still good places to access Lake Tyler," says Dave Terre of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Deparment. 

Water is still flowing in at Lake Tyler, but the Neches River basin didn't do as the Trinity River and Sabine River basins did, so it's going to take several more big rains and several more feet of water to have a significant impact on Lake Tyler.

"We need some significant rainfall just west of [Tyler], so it's going to take two or three inches of rain in the right location to fill it up to full pool," Terre says.

Back at the Lake Fork Lodge, Kyle Jones says visitors can see all the stumps and all the bumps. A lower lake level actually makes navigation a bit safer.  Also, the fish have fewer places to hide.

But if the rain stops again before the summer, anglers will have a much bigger challenge.

"If we don't get rain between now and [July], you're going to see a lot of those [boat] ramps where you can't launch a boat."

As the skies clear from this event, the ground is soaked, and those who live on the water hold out hope.

"With the next few rains, it's going to keep rising. And we're going into the rainy season, April and May, and that's when we receive the majority of our rain."

Several lakes saw large water rises. Lake Edgewood in Van Zandt County is now higher than it has been in more than a year.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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