tail·​wa·​ter | \ ˈtāl-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce tailwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of tailwater

1 : water below a dam or waterpower development
2 : excess surface water draining especially from a field under cultivation

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Recent Examples on the Web But 168 miles of cold tailwater trout streams were created in their place. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | REX NELSON: Trout waters of Arkansas," 24 Oct. 2020 Matt takes Eddie fishing on his driftboat on the Watauga River, a big, brawling tailwater that flows through eastern Tennessee. Field & Stream, "Appalachian Trout Road: Big Rivers to Skinny Waters," 14 Aug. 2020 Thousands of catchable-sized rainbows are stocked each month in the cold tailwaters exiting from this dam in a project financed by Alabama Power and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Frank Sargeant, al, "What anglers need to know about Alabama trout fishing," 4 Dec. 2019 At Pickwick, Captain Brian Barton reports continuing good action on catfish, white bass and some big smallmouth in the tailwaters, with the cats taking drifted skipjack, the white bass and smallmouth caught on jigs and small swimbaits. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What’s hooking fish on Alabama lakes?," 1 Nov. 2019 One of the benefits to this particular southern Colorado tailwater is the ease and accessibility of two major highways bringing you right to Pueblo’s stretch of the Arkansas. Patricia Cameron, The Know, "10 of the best spots to fish in Colorado," 22 June 2019 There is also a creek, a blue-ribbon tailwater trout stream and large reservoirs for boating and fishing. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Giant Colorado Ranch With Private Saloon Seeks $36 Million," 6 Aug. 2018 Here are some fishing etiquette tips to keep the peace Bass fishing tips from a high school champ Prince nymphs, hare’s ears, pheasant tails and tiny tailwaters are tried-and-true South Fork patterns. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Check small streams for big fish this spring (fishing report, March 16) | Idaho Statesman," 16 Mar. 2018 San Juan River, NM The tailwater below the Navajo Dam remains a steady 38- to 40 degrees year-round, which means all-season fishing, according to Andy McKinley of Duranglers, a 35-year-old outfitter. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Epic Fishing Trips in the West," 22 Jan. 2018

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1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tailwater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailwater. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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