April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, and each year, Smith Mountain Lake locals hope they bring the lake water levels up as well. Though the area has had its share of springtime rain, the noticeably low water levels here are raising some concern. Several regional news outlets are providing explanations for the levels, starting with news on the fishing front.
According to WDBJ7 news outlet, a nearby hatchery requires water from Smith Mountain Lake to help hatch striped bass each year. American Electric Power lets water flow through the SML dam to provide for this need. By doing so, the lake looses water even as residents hope the weather will bring it to full pond in preparation for summer lake recreation.
In addition to providing for a healthy fishery, the lake simply hasn’t received the soaking rain necessary to make up for a relatively dry winter. It’s still only mid-May, so there’s ample time for mother nature to make up for healthy hatcheries and dry conditions.