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In answer to your question about water temperatures

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august 2006


In answer to your question about water temperatures

Where can I obtain water temperature information for TVA-managed reservoirs?

Water temperatures are of interest to many reservoir users, particularly anglers. Doug Peterson, Regional Fisheries Biologist with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), explains why: “Depending upon the time of year and the type of fish you’re after, water temperature information can be a valuable tool in planning a fishing trip. This time of year, for example, anglers in search of striped bass can use that information to tell them how deep they’ll need to fish in order to reach that cool, oxygen-rich zone where stripers like to congregate. By the same token, springtime surface water temperatures can guide anglers to locations where the water has warmed enough to encourage spawning.”

TWRA’s web site provides online fishing reports that include surface water temperature information. The agency also offers summer water quality reports that include water temperatures at various depths for Boone, Cherokee, Douglas, Fort Loudoun, Fort Patrick Henry, Melton Hill, Norris, South Holston, Tellico, and Watauga reservoirs.

“We collect this information primarily to monitor the health of the fisheries,” says Peterson. “But we recognize that it’s also of great benefit to anglers. I think that philosophy would hold true for most of my counterparts at other state fisheries management agencies throughout the Valley. We want to provide anglers with information to make their fishing experiences successful.”

For information about reservoir water temperatures in other states, contact the marinas in your area or try searching online. You’ll find numerous angler guides and commercial web sites geared toward outdoor recreation. Some colleges and universities also conduct biological monitoring that features this type of data.

Some sites are updated more regularly than others, but all can be helpful when it comes to planning your next fishing trip.

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