High water levels hurt fishing business

High water levels hurt fishing business

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The water levels have made fishing harder and flooded the bottom of trees. The water levels have made fishing harder and flooded the bottom of trees.
"The water levels are changing and the fish aren't biting as good as they should be," Indian Creek Boat Deck owner Ken Ankiewicz said. "The water levels are changing and the fish aren't biting as good as they should be," Indian Creek Boat Deck owner Ken Ankiewicz said.
Despite spilling at local dams, water levels remain above their normal summer levels. Despite spilling at local dams, water levels remain above their normal summer levels.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - East Tennessee has seen record rainfall this summer and the unstable water levels are hurting the fishing business.

"With the fluctuation, it makes it a little bit harder," Indian Creek Boat Deck owner Ken Ankiewicz said. "This ramp here yesterday, the water was over the top of the concrete ramp."

Parts of trees that used to stand on land are now underwater along Indian Creek.

Ankiewicz said it's taking a toll on business.

"Because of the high water, you have people calling asking about the fishing," Ankiewicz said. "You're not going to lie to them so you go, ‘Well, it could be better because the water levels are changing and the fish aren't biting as good as they should be.'"

Fisherman Michael Strother said he noticed the difference immediately.

"We usually catch fish this time of year about 15-20 feet deep," Strother said. "Now, we're catching them seven or eight feet deep. I've never seen water levels this high."

The Tennessee Valley Authority said the lakes and dams are already at the highest levels during the summer for recreational purposes and adding the above average rainfall to that, means abnormally high water levels.

TVA said it's working aggressively to bring down the water levels by releasing excess water.

TVA expects to continue spilling the next week, but it does depend on weather conditions.

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