Happy New Year! Now go fishing.
With recent heavy rains, Lake Varner — which has been closed to boaters for a couple months — has come up about 2 feet. The boat ramp will open to anglers Friday, Dec. 30.
Mike Henderson, the reservoir manager, said with extensions to the existing ramps and rain bringing up the lake level, he plans to open up the left-side ramp on Friday. He said he’s still playing it by ear but expects the lake to remain open under normal winter operating hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Known for producing big bass, the lake outside of Covington has been closed to boaters since Oct. 21 because of the low water level.