High lake and river levels due to all of the rain this spring have been a mixed blessing for Missouri fishermen this year. The elevated reservoir levels have created more cover for the fish to lay eggs in, but the falling levels can end up leaving eggs high and dry. Steve Eder, a fisheries expert with the State Conservation Department, says despite the up and down levels, this year’s fishing has been pretty typical. Eder says the higher water has meant cooler temperatures which can affect the timing of when the fish spawn.