Local marinas are moving and water-goers are smiling. The recent rains and snows have taken our "exceptional drought" status down to moderate levels, where one more good soaking will bust our drought.
Randy Pritchard, a local marina mechanic says, "It's come up about three-and-a-half feet in the last three weeks, since that last little snow we had. We started getting a lot of runoff."
With lake levels rising, previously closed boat ramps are now open.
Denny Tryon, a local fisherman says, "They've just re-opened here since this has raised this last time. All the docks are in on the lake, with the exception of that one."
More people out fishing and boating, nearly two months before the start of summer means more money for local marinas.
"Well, it's good for the boaters. I mean, the pleasure boaters. They get boats in, now," said Tryon.
With a potential drought-busting rain coming this week, the feeling is mutual.
"I, I feel pretty good about that. I'm alright with that," adds Tryon.
So what do ya' say? It's time to come out and go fishing. There's no doubt about that.
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--Meteorologist, Kyle Borchert
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