Carolyn Landrum, president of the Weiss Lake Improvement Association, said the organization has been working to get the winter pool level raised since Alabama Power started its relicensing process at the Weiss Dam several years ago.
"What we originally sought was to keep the lake at full pool all the way through September, and then raise it back to summer pool a month earlier in the spring," Landrum
said the Corps of Engineers forged forward last winter to publish a new water manual for Weiss Lake without waiting for Alabama Power
to complete the additional studies needed to get the water level increase included in the new manual which governs water use in the lake.
"I think we are going to have to meet with our federal lawmakers to motivate the Corps," Landrum
said the Corps could have let Alabama Power
raise the level of the lake on a trial basis - something that was done at the Neely Henry reservoir, which is the next major lake downstream on the Coosa River.
said that adding to the winter pool would greatly increase accessibility to the lake.
While the typical winter day on Weiss Lake can be gray and gloomy, that type of weather is almost perfect for crappie or bass fishing, if anglers can get into the water, she