High water levels present challenges for fishermen, others

MARSHALL COUNTY-  The Marshall County Rescue Squad helped pull four people from a lake after their boats were overtaken by water. That water is still above normal levels.

With high winds and high waters over the past few days, some fisherman are deciding to stay on dry land.

William Webster enjoys a good catch. The bank he usually fishes on is covered by water.

“I haven’t caught anything today. I haven’t even caught a bite yet. But I’m just happy being out here. It’s relaxing to me,” Webster said.

Even though it’s still winter, Marshall County Emergency Management Director Curt Curtner said the water levels are 10 feet above what they would normally be in the summertime.

He also said there are hidden dangers in the water.

“Trees, foundations, even potentially in some places we have camp grounds and tables under water right now. If somebody tries to come right across here, their boat is going to be disabled. Worst case scenario, they’re going to eat their prop and their whole lower unit is going to be trashed,” Curtner said.

Webster would normally be out on his friend’s boat fishing, but he doesn’t believe it’s worth the risk in bad conditions.

“I wouldn’t go, personally. The fish are always going to be there, and I’m not going to take a chance on drowning trying to catch them,” Webster said.

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