Perspective on Tenkiller's falling water

On one hand, it might not sound like much, Lake Tenkiller's falling water level of half-a-foot per day. But the consistency of that puts into perspective what the Elite Series anglers are dealing with this week: The lake level has dropped 10 feet in 22 days.

On August 29, the lake level was 642.36 feet above sea level. Today at 7 a.m. it was 632.93. To be precise, that's a drop of 9.43 feet. It's getting close, but it's still not down to the conservation pool level of 632.00. It's unusual for a lake in this part of the U.S. to still be releasing flood pool water in September, after the dog days of August. But that's the way it is on Sept. 20, 2019, at Lake Tenkiller.