In a month-by-month comparison, January 2016 water level numbers came in three feet above the same period in 2015. Also, the trend line for 2016 is moving up while during the same period last year it was going down.
The water levels for January hold true to the projection given in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers monthly forecast bulletin for Lake St. Clair published today (February 8th). As of today, the forecast that was made in January showed an increase in the water levels and the report shows that the actual levels matched the projected levels exactly.
Looking forward you can see that it shows a two-foot drop in the water levels over 2015 by July, if you accept the projection for the rest of the year. So a three-foot increase in January may not result in an increase in the water levels during the height of the bass tournament fishing season.