Lake levels in East Texas lower than normal

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 8:03pm

East Texas has experienced drought and recent rainfall this past week.

Reports say, lake levels across the state sit below normal.

Some lakes in East Texas hit their record low. KETK spoke to a licensed fishing guide at 'Jim's Fishing' he tells KETK lake levels are at historic lows for this time of year.

In East Texas lake levels are little below normal and vary, but it's not negative at all.

"One of the bright spots is our own Lake Palestine, Lake Palestine has recovered quite well from the drought of 2010-2011 and is now up close to normal pool," says Jim Beggerly, Licensed Fishing Guide, in Lake Palestine.

Beggerly says, at this time the lake level at Lake Fork remains 3 feet low, Lake Tyler is 2 feet low, and Lake Palestine has a normal pool averaging close to 3 feet low. Levels have gradually recovered.

"Now to being within what's considered the normal fluctuation range about 2 1/2 feet," says Jim Beggerly, Licensed Fishing Guide, in Lake Palestine.

A Tyler fisherman tells KETK, "Last year my sister my sister and them their lake lot was about so far down they couldn't even get their boat in the lake, so this year is better," says Stephen Shepard, Tyler Fisherman.

Beggerly says, the lower levels can also make it dangerous for fisherman and boaters.

"Now you've got stumps, that are now near the water level just under the surface, stumps that are dangerous," says Jim Beggerly, Licensed Fishing Guide, in Lake Palestine.

 

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