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

Examples of tailwater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Trout fishing remains good in the tailwaters below the dam--check with Riverside Fly Shop for the best flow-rates and for trout tackle; www.riversideflyshop.com. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 4 Aug. 2017 The current river forecast calls for the Fox River to crest at the Algonquin tailwater early Sunday morning, St. Charles officials said. Judy Pochel, Aurora Beacon-News, "Storms add to worries about Fox River flooding; bridges closed in St. Charles," 22 July 2017 There are still waters that are iced over, so anglers will have to primarily rely on tailwaters, which refer to the waters below dams or any other structure that regulates water flow. Colorado Parks & Wildlife, The Denver Post, "Colorado fishing report for week of March 12, 2017," 12 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of tailwater

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 23 Feb. 2020.

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