It is fishable now. For some of us. Some people will likely not be able to get their boats out of their slips/slings. That is very bad for them.
I don't like the current lowered lake levels either, especially during the spawn, which is coming up very soon.
BUT, I really DISLIKE water in my house. Hope to never go through that again.
Work on the dam may help us, not sure. But I don't think the SJRA wants us or Lake Conroe to
experience another Harvey or Imedla (only for Lake Houston).
I can promise you that if the lake had not been lowered for the repair of the dam, Imelda would have gotten into our house.
Adding gates would help both lakes eventually.
Just remember, the lake is only a water supply resource for the city of Houston. Fishing and boating is just a side benefit of this.
One thing to remember going forward is that nothing is being done in regards to the rampant development within the watershed of Lake Houston. Detention pond requirements have not changed. Craphac, I know you live on Luces and my heart goes out to those that flooded, but I am afraid that these temporary lowerings are merely a smokescreen for folks like yourself. the law of averages says Harvey won't happen for a while, but then we had Imelda. FYI - Terranos de Houston and the other developers of the colonias are advertising that land for sale as far away Mexico City. Much of that land lies in the watershed of Luces and the East Fork. Future flooding will only get worse on luces and the East Fork once undeveloped land becomes developed as has happened in the Cypress Creek and Spring Creek watersheds. HCFCD is even buying up land for water detention purposes on Cypress Creek, but I am afraid that it is too little, too late for many, Kingwood included. Millions of dollars for just buying the land for a 200 acre detention pond and that is before someone digs it up and diesel is not free.https://www.hcfcd.org/Find-Your-Watersh ... nformation
I have no problem lowering the lake, but I have not seen any studies that confirm it to be any part of the solution at all, in fact the opposite conclusion was reached below and if you extrapolate the data for the building the 10 gates they have $ for now, then you can extrapolate a 16" reduction in flood height in KW for the next Harvey. It does make many people sleep better though and at least the politicians can say they did do something. http://www.houstontx.gov/council/e/king ... ndings.pdf
I still maintain that the 1960 bridge is also a cause. The study linked above said that Harvey dumped so much rain to drain and refill Lake Houston 8 times over and that there was a wall of water 8' tall going over the entire 4,000' long spillway. Next time you are at the railroad bridge, look at those 2 openings on 1960 and ask yourself how you get that same 4,000' long wall of water that 8' tall in those openings. Then look at all the sediment that had built North of the 1960 bridge last 20 years or so. There always trees washed up now. Was not always that way.