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AHQ Report - Lake Russell

October 20

After being more than 4 feet above full, Lake Russell water levels have dropped down to a few inches above full pool at 475.33 (full pool is 475.00).  Pretty much the whole lake is stained but it’s much better than it was, particularly in terms of floating trash, and morning surface water temperatures are about 74 or 75 degrees. 

October 6

Lake Russell water levels are well above full pool to 474.49 (full pool is 475.00) and rising fast after recent rains. They have had 5 inches of rain already and are expected to get 3-4 more inches, and so water clarity is dropping fast. In the backs of the creeks to about halfway out it’s already getting pretty bad. Morning surface water temperatures are in the mid-70s. 

Monsoon conditions are unlikely to put the bass on the bottom, and so Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

September 30

Lake Russell water levels are at 474.98 (full pool is 475.00) and the main lake is still clear. However, in the backs of creeks there are signs that the water is starting to turn over and you can already see brown water and bubbles on the surface. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped into the upper 70s.   

Even though it would be customary to expect the bite to fall off a bit when the lake starts to turn over,Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

September 17

Lake Russell water levels are at 474.54 (full pool is 475.00) and the main lake is still clear. Morning surface water temperatures have dropped to about 82 degrees. 

It’ll take temperatures dropping a few more degrees before patterns really change, andGuide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

September 2

Lake Russell water levels are at 474.35 (full pool is 475.00) and the main lake is still clear. Morning surface water temperatures are 85-87 degrees. 

Even with recent rains there is very little change in the patternGuide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) is fishing, and he reports

August 20

Lake Russell water levels are up to 474.68 (full pool is 475.00) and morning surface water temperatures are about 85 degrees. 

This weekGuide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

August 6

Lake Russell is down to normal elevation at 474.26 (full pool is 475.00) and the main lake is clear. Morning surface water temperatures are about 84-85 degrees. 

The fishing continues to drop off a bit on Lake Russell, perhaps because of the rain earlier this week, butGuide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

July 28

Lake Russell is still just above full pool at 465.10 (full pool is 475.00) and the main lake is clear with the lake overall clearing. Morning surface water temperatures are about 86 degrees. 

The fishing has slowed down just a little on Lake Russell this week, butGuide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

July 21

With around four inches of rain two nights ago Lake Russell water levels shot up about a foot to 475.62 (full pool is 475.00). While the main lake remains clear the backs are murky even in spots that usually stay clear. Morning surface water temperatures are around 85 degrees.   

The action is still very good on Lake Russell, andGuide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

June 23

Lake Russell water levels are still very high at around 474.8 (full pool is 475.00) and the lake remains clear except in the very backs.  Morning surface water temperatures are around 83-84 degrees.   

Unexpectedly, if anything Lake Russell may just be beginning to cool off a little, and as a resultGuide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

June 18

Lake Russell water levels are still very high 474.73 (full pool is 475.00) and the lake remains very clear.  Morning surface water temperatures are around 83 degrees.   

Even though thebass still haven’t gone very deep on Lake Russell,Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

June 11

Lake Russell water levels are up to 474.80 (full pool is 475.00) and the lake remains very clear.  Morning surface water temperatures are up to the lower 80s. 

Even though the catch rates are goodbass fishing on Lake Russell,Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) reports

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