Big Bass

utline: Copperas Cove Police Department Detective Rick Counter shows off his 10 pound 4 ounce “Toad,” a huge Bass he caught May 3 at Stillhouse Lake.

As you are all aware with the rain we’ve had, both Belton and Stillhouse lakes are at well above full pool. In fact, Belton’s full level is 594 feet and is currently at 603.88. That’s 7.33 feet above. Stillhouse’s full level is 617 feet and is currently at 629.61, and both are still rising.

You are probably wondering why the Corps of Engineers doesn’t keep the lake levels at a constant rather than letting them go above pool or to flood stage. To understand this, you have to understand the rivers that feed the two lakes, where they drain into and what happens if too much water is released at one time.

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