For several weeks, one of the two generators at Beaver Dam on the White River has been offline for maintenance. Recently, the second unit has developed issues and is currently also out of service. Since Beaver has no true minimum flow technology installed, there's not much SWPA can do to address water temperature and oxygen levels.
Some baitfish kill has already been noted, but nothing serious yet involving trout. Clearly, the trout will be seeking deeper, cooler pockets, as temps rise through the 80s, especially when there is sun on the water. Plenty of trout to be caught, but realize you will be stressing them by catching them, so play them quickly, and gently release them, taking extra time to make sure they recover before you let them out of your sight.
Check frequently with local sources for updates on generator repairs. It would seem logical that some generation will resume as soon as a unit is available. Southern Trout will also bring you updates as we have them. https://www.swpa.gov/generationschedules.aspx is a great resource for Beaver information.
Times like this remind us of the importance of minimum flow on our tailwaters, might be a good time to write your congressman and other elected officials to remind them of the need.
Meanwhile, practice good conservation and safety on the stream, and have fun!
Trent Fleming for Southern Trout