The funk ain't leaving the lake today

Unless the inflow from today's rain can match the outflow from Lake Hartwell's dam, the funk ain't leaving the lake today. Power generation began at 5 a.m. and is scheduled to continue until 10 p.m. It was a similar outflow of 17,000 cubic feet per second that dropped the lake level three inches yesterday.

The funk? Let Bill Lowen explain it: "The lake is just not fishing the way I think it should be because the water is falling so much. It's kind of got the fish in a funk."

Added Lowen, "It absolutely has to do with falling water. It has fallen close to a foot since we've been here. Anytime it's falling, it puts 'em in a funk, I don't care what body of water you're on. If this thing would stable out, I think you'd see fish just crash to the bank."

Lowen is making the best of the funk. He's got 13 pounds at 11:15, which has him in third place. But he's got the foundation for a big bag, with a 5-pounder and a 4-pounder in the boat.