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Is power plant at lake decker still operational? #14247588 01/13/22 03:10 AM
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Just trying to find out if the plant is running? Or if any one knows current water temp. Would have to drive from Killeen, just wanted to find out info before making the drive.

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Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: daleche21] #14247669 01/13/22 11:36 AM
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Water temp is 56. I usually fish the lake 2x per week and yesterday was the first time ive seen the plant run in about a month.

Fyi the lake is very low but still launch able for a 20ft bass boat.



Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: daleche21] #14247881 01/13/22 03:32 PM
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I was riding my bike near the power plant the other day and it was running

Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: daleche21] #14247889 01/13/22 03:38 PM
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If you're using a 20 footer you better not like your skeg or prop a whole lot. It's low enough last time out I dinged up my dang prop. And nobody likes a dinged, dang, dogone prop.


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Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: daleche21] #14247979 01/13/22 04:59 PM
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They must not run it much, I was there last winter and the water was cold [Linked Image] tons of grass though so it still fished good

Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: daleche21] #14248006 01/13/22 05:32 PM
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Look up Walter E Long, Decker's new name, on lakemonster.com and you can see a thermal map of the lake. I just checked and the image data is a few days old but it'll give you a general sense of where the warmer/cooler parts of the lake are.

It's a fun little lake. Hope you land a DD.

Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: daleche21] #14248493 01/14/22 01:00 AM
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I am almost positive that it's been shut down for years.


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Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: Rayzor] #14248589 01/14/22 02:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Rayzor
I am almost positive that it's been shut down for years.


No sir Rayzor. They just don't run it very much or often. But it's still running from time to time. I would imagine during peak times or unusual weather patterns.


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Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: daleche21] #14248754 01/14/22 10:41 AM
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Plant runs nearly everyday in the summer



Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: daleche21] #14248922 01/14/22 03:11 PM
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I would guess last February it may have ran unless it was one of the plants that had already been mothballed for the spring, I was there before that and it was the same temp as lake austin at the lime.

Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: daleche21] #14249167 01/14/22 06:59 PM
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Careful at that ramp. It is still useable but lots of skegs and props getting banged up unless you are extremely careful. I've never seen the lake this low below. Dinged my skeg last trip (Ranger Z520C), had jack plate all the way up and trimmed to 80%. Didn't try to power load and still hit. Won't be heading back til they pull some water in. frown

Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: fivebites] #14249469 01/15/22 12:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Rayzor
I am almost positive that it's been shut down for years.


No sir Rayzor. They just don't run it very much or often. But it's still running from time to time. I would imagine during peak times or unusual weather patterns.


I am glad to hear that it is at least running some!


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Originally Posted by Kapnbill
Careful at that ramp. It is still useable but lots of skegs and props getting banged up unless you are extremely careful. I've never seen the lake this low below. Dinged my skeg last trip (Ranger Z520C), had jack plate all the way up and trimmed to 80%. Didn't try to power load and still hit. Won't be heading back til they pull some water in. frown


Yea it is getting really low again this year. I have a Z520 as well and definitely have to be careful at the ramp. If it goes down further I'll have to switch to my jet boat like I had to last year. As far as the plant being shut down it was slated to but I heard the winter storm from last year got the powers to be rethinking shutting down some of these plants and bought it some more life.

Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: daleche21] #14251066 01/16/22 05:59 PM
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I work in the power industry and saw a notice from Austin Energy that they will be retiring 2/3 of the generating capacity at Decker by end of March this year. Assume it will run even less in the future.

Link for those interested: https://austinenergy.com/ae/about/n...gy-announces-generation-portfolio-update

Re: Is power plant at lake decker still operational? [Re: Amberlamps] #14251900 01/17/22 01:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Amberlamps
Water temp is 56. I usually fish the lake 2x per week and yesterday was the first time ive seen the plant run in about a month.

Fyi the lake is very low but still launch able for a 20ft bass boat.


We were on Bastrop today. Water was 59 max in the lake. Went to the discharge where the water was screaming through, but it only measured 62 max.


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