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A desert cooldown

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The winds create ripples on Lake Mead. Photo by Jennifer Simmons.
Falling temperatures and more winds could mix things up on Lake Mead
April 8, 2005 • Jennifer Simmons • Toyota Series

HENDERSON, Nev. – After the conclusion of the day-two weigh-in, the gusty winds that had swept into the Lake Mead area continued to blow mightily, creating dusty conditions that warranted a dust advisory for the entire Las Vegas area for Friday. The dust is not the only thing the winds brought in – a cold front has also made its way to Lake Mead, and no one is quite sure what that means for the remainder of the EverStart Series Western Division event.

The fish on Lake Mead are in a variety of spawning stages, with many competitors this week opting to go after the bed fish with a sight-fishing pattern. However, incoming cold fronts tend to stop the bite, although the fishing has been tough on Lake Mead all week.

After highs in the mid-80s the last couple of days, competitors will be fishing today in temperatures that will max out in the low 70s. The wind will continue to blow, although the area is not currently under a wind advisory. Expected wind speeds range between 15 and 20 mph.

Even higher winds are expected tomorrow, with temperatures falling even further to the mid-60s.

After two days of competition, the field was cut yesterday to the top 10 pros and 10 co-anglers who advanced to fish today and tomorrow. They will weigh in the first of their final-round catches today at 4 p.m. at the Wal-Mart store located at 300 E. Lake Mead Drive in Henderson.

Friday’s conditions:

Sunrise: 6:16 a.m.

Temperature at takeoff: 48 degrees

Expected high temperature: 72 degrees

Wind: from the west at 19 mph

Maximum humidity: 23 percent

Day’s outlook: mostly sunny and cooler