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Keystone ready for holiday weekend

Like tree rings show age, the water lines on the rocks of the banks near Keystone Dam show just how high the water's been (KTUL).

Like tree rings show age, the water lines on the rocks of the banks near Keystone Dam show just how high the water's been.

"This was probably about 10 feet under water," said Richard Satterfield.

Campers Richard and Juliette, frequently visit Keystone Lake and recall how high the water got just a few summers ago.

"These trees were filled with trees," he laughed.

The turtles weren't laughing though, they're just happy to finally take a break from treading water. Levels so high that the only thing the fishing stuff down at the flea market on highway 64 has caught is shut eye.

"Very much, our business has been real low, and we usually get a lot of business from people coming in and going fishing," said Katie Harris.

But now that things are back to normal…

"My partner and I are down here checking the Keystone Dam for people catching stripers," said Game Warden Ryan Walker, making sure folks have their fishing license because if you don't, the fee will hit harder than a 20-pound catfish on a minnow.

"They are shocked when I first start off my statement of how you can take care of the ticket with the $250, but when I show them that they can keep fishing for the next 30 days and only have to pay $50, they're very gracious," he said.

That's right, there's a temporary penalty license for for $50 bucks that'll get you out of the $250 fine. All of which could be avoided by simply paying the $25 fee for a regular license in the first place. So head on out to the lake, where the fish are biting, the jet skis are flying and the campers are camping.

"It's a beautiful place," said Juliette Smith.

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