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  1. Thanks for sharing. Was wondering how the river was doing.
  2. Each year, usually in August, restrictions are placed on generation because of low DO in Table Rock at 130 feet where we get our water. Those restrictions are now in place. So if they run allot of water, say 4 full units, they have to inject liquid oxygen. that costs money and they don’t like spending money. So we should start seeing less heavy generation very soon, especially with TR dropping below 918 today.
  3. Those warmwater fish have been holding in the corners at the cable for a long time. But that's about the only place you'll find them till you get down to the warm creeks or well below Branson.
  4. Our generation patterns on Lake Taneycomo have been almost identical for the past six weeks. About 7,000 cubic feet per second of water flows from 9 p.m. until 1 p.m., then 12,000 c.f.s. flow from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. It's been pretty easy to plan a fishing trip when the pattern is this consistent. Trout fishing is pretty good early in the day until about 9 a.m., then it gets a little slower. When the heavier water starts flowing, it gets really tough but not impossible. Guess what I'm saying . . . for the best fishing start early! Our water temperature has risen to almost 56 degrees since my last report, and the dissolved oxygen content is about 6.5 parts per million. That's a little high for the first of August and the D.O. level is a little low, but manageable. That may mean the fall season might get a little dicey, though. Our water temperature should keep going up as more cold water is released from Table Rock, leaving warmer water to follow. I believe we'll see water temps in the low to mid 60's by October. Again, manageable but not ideal. At least I don't think we'll see an event like in 2015 when the water coming from Table Rock was toxic and killing fish. For now, our trout are feeding well and fighting hard. The water has really cleared up, too. We're thinking about going to two-pound line, especially if we start seeing slower generation. Table Rock's level dropped below 918 feet today, well on its way to the power pool of 915 feet. I really believe we'll start to see slower flows, if not no generation, especially in the mornings. Captain Tony Weldele reports catching quality rainbows on the sculpin jig early in the mornings, both in and out of the trophy area. He has been using four-pound line and either a 3/32- or a 1/16th-ounce jig throwing it straight with no float. Captain Steve Dickey is using the pink power worm under a float, on two-pound line, about five- to seven-feet deep. Clients have caught good fish from Fall Creek to Short Creek, then doing well down at the Branson Landing later in the mornings. Captain Bill Babler is drifting night crawlers from Fall Creek to Trout Hollow and scoring big rainbows. too. The area in front of the resort has been holding nice-sized rainbows. We see boats drifting by catching trout, mainly on Berkley Power Eggs in white and orange. The pink worm under a float is working here, too. We've been drifting scuds in and out of the trophy area with good success. A #14 gray or rainbow gray is the best, drifting with an egg fly or a San Juan worm. Our buddy Dan Boone said he tried tying on a #14 Zebra Midge as a trailer behind his 1/8th-ounce jig yesterday and caught five rainbows on the midge. I think he was trailing it by two or three feet. Dan's group fished the last couple of days and said they did well on white jigs with red thread collars. Blake has been fly fishing using a scud under an indicator from Lookout Island down to Fall Creek and catching rainbows. He's setting the float about four- seven-feet deep and adding a tiny split shot to drop it to the bottom. He's using 6x tippet. I've been trying the dry fly some but have only experienced one or two takes on them in an afternoon. I've tried the Sofa Pillow, a big Simulator and a Riffle Fly. My friend Kelly Hines said he saw big trout taking dragon flies off the surface against the bluffs in the trophy area last week, but I could get no takers. I'll keep trying. Marabou jigs have been working most of the time. Steve said he's doing well fishing them under a float early in the morning from Lookout Island down, about four- to five-feet deep using 6x tippet. He's using 1/100th-ounce jigs. We're throwing the jigs mainly with four-pound line. Sculpin ginger and white seem to be the best colors although black is doing okay, too. If the water flows drop, we'll go to two-pound line and start throwing smaller, 1/16th- and 1/32-ounce jigs.
  5. Our generation patterns on Lake Taneycomo have been almost identical for the past six weeks. About 7,000 cubic feet per second of water flows from 9 p.m. until 1 p.m., then 12,000 c.f.s. flow from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. It's been pretty easy to plan a fishing trip when the pattern is this consistent. Trout fishing is pretty good early in the day until about 9 a.m., then it gets a little slower. When the heavier water starts flowing, it gets really tough but not impossible. Guess what I'm saying . . . for the best fishing start early! Our water temperature has risen to almost 56 degrees since my last report, and the dissolved oxygen content is about 6.5 parts per million. That's a little high for the first of August and the D.O. level is a little low, but manageable. That may mean the fall season might get a little dicey, though. Our water temperature should keep going up as more cold water is released from Table Rock, leaving warmer water to follow. I believe we'll see water temps in the low to mid 60's by October. Again, manageable but not ideal. At least I don't think we'll see an event like in 2015 when the water coming from Table Rock was toxic and killing fish. For now, our trout are feeding well and fighting hard. The water has really cleared up, too. We're thinking about going to two-pound line, especially if we start seeing slower generation. Table Rock's level dropped below 918 feet today, well on its way to the power pool of 915 feet. I really believe we'll start to see slower flows, if not no generation, especially in the mornings. Captain Tony Weldele reports catching quality rainbows on the sculpin jig early in the mornings, both in and out of the trophy area. He has been using four-pound line and either a 3/32- or a 1/16th-ounce jig throwing it straight with no float. Captain Steve Dickey is using the pink power worm under a float, on two-pound line, about five- to seven-feet deep. Clients have caught good fish from Fall Creek to Short Creek, then doing well down at the Branson Landing later in the mornings. Captain Bill Babler is drifting night crawlers from Fall Creek to Trout Hollow and scoring big rainbows. too. The area in front of the resort has been holding nice-sized rainbows. We see boats drifting by catching trout, mainly on Berkley Power Eggs in white and orange. The pink worm under a float is working here, too. We've been drifting scuds in and out of the trophy area with good success. A #14 gray or rainbow gray is the best, drifting with an egg fly or a San Juan worm. Our buddy Dan Boone said he tried tying on a #14 Zebra Midge as a trailer behind his 1/8th-ounce jig yesterday and caught five rainbows on the midge. I think he was trailing it by two or three feet. Dan's group fished the last couple of days and said they did well on white jigs with red thread collars. Blake has been fly fishing using a scud under an indicator from Lookout Island down to Fall Creek and catching rainbows. He's setting the float about four- seven-feet deep and adding a tiny split shot to drop it to the bottom. He's using 6x tippet. I've been trying the dry fly some but have only experienced one or two takes on them in an afternoon. I've tried the Sofa Pillow, a big Simulator and a Riffle Fly. My friend Kelly Hines said he saw big trout taking dragon flies off the surface against the bluffs in the trophy area last week, but I could get no takers. I'll keep trying. Marabou jigs have been working most of the time. Steve said he's doing well fishing them under a float early in the morning from Lookout Island down, about four- to five-feet deep using 6x tippet. He's using 1/100th-ounce jigs. We're throwing the jigs mainly with four-pound line. Sculpin ginger and white seem to be the best colors although black is doing okay, too. If the water flows drop, we'll go to two-pound line and start throwing smaller, 1/16th- and 1/32-ounce jigs. View full article
  6. Can’t see the adipose fin area but it looks to be snipped. Probably a triploid. Doesn’t look like Frank.
  7. The water has really cleared up the last 10 days. It's taken all summer to clear - it's usually clear by May. Water temp is 55-56 and the last DO reading was 6.2 ppm at the dock. High temp and low DO for July. Sign of things to come I'm afraid. Might be a tough water quality fall season for Taney. I'm due to do a fishing report soon. It's all about the same. I helped clean 4 rainbows caught off our dock this morning. 3 of 4 were packed full of sow bugs - some still alive. Some scuds too. That's nuts. They were 13-15 inch rainbows too, nice ones.
  8. Oh man that sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing.
  9. OK... go that cleaned up. I guess I need to warn you guys... you keep dragging conversations to the gutter. I'm going to start closing memberships here. I've only done it a couple of times and it was with people who were only here to cause trouble from the beginning... not long time members. These are trying times... for everyone. I can't be on the forum right now - we have had 4 go down sick on staff with 2 others gone. Marsha and I are bearly keeping up. Not asking for sympathy... we are so, so blessed. But I can't keep up with this nonsense. It really shouldn't be happening.
  10. Generation patterns for Lake Taneycomo have been consistent over the past 4 weeks. They've been running 2 units at about 6,500 cubic feet of water per second with the exception of a 7 hour period between 3 and 8 p.m. everyday. Table Rock's level has dropped to 724 feet, only 9 feet over power pool. It's dropping about .25 feet per day. We've had very little rain over the whole basin although there's been some isolated downpours delivering a lot of rain to small areas. There isn't much rain forcasted for our area for the next 2 weeks. Taney's lake water temperature is 52 degrees. It has only risen 1 degree in the last month which is a good thing although 52 is pretty warm for this time of year. It should still be down in the high 40's. But the trout don't mind. They've been very active, enjoying the warmer water along with forage fish and other fish food. Missouri Department of Conservation continues to stock rainbows via boat and truck. June, July and August are the highest months of the year for stocked trout in Taney at roughly 64,800 stocked each month. The average size of rainbows stocked in 11.5 inches annually. We are seeing a very good number of rainbows that have been in the lake for several months and have lost their "stocker spots and color", showing off their natural colors of red, pink, silver and green. Our trout are still very health looking -- fat and hard fighters, although I have caught a few rainbows that didn't fight hardly at all. This could be a sign of low oxygen in the water. I have not been able to test the water for dissolved oxygen yet. I am waiting on a part for my meter. Oxygen in our water we get from Table Rock typically starts to drop in July and continues on into December until Table Rock "turns over". This is a natural occurrence in most tailwaters because the lake above stratifies during the summer. The good, cold water from winter months gets sucked out of the lake through pipes at the dam down 130 feet in the lake. This video simulates how this happens and what it looks like throughout the year. Of course the blue is good, cold, oxygenated water and the red is warmer water void of dissolved oxygen. Liquid oxygen is injected into the turbines which mixes before being released into Lake Taneycomo. FULL ARTICLE ABOUT TANEYCOMO'S SEASONAL BOUT WITH LOW DISSOLVED OXYGEN Early in the morning is by far the best fishing. Most of our guides are on the water by 6 a.m.. The fog on the lake hasn't been too bad, although it is foggy and you have to take it slow anywhere you go. Depending on the day, it's burned or blown off the water by 8 a.m.. If you're spin fishing and fishing the trophy area, jig fishing has been very good. I've been throwing white 3/32nd-ounce jigs using 4-pound line and hooking some nice quality rainbows just about anywhere from the dam down to Short Creek. I'm not necessarily working the bluff banks but working out from the bank and keeping the jig close to the bottom. Steve landed this 7 pound 22 inch brown Saturday night from the dock at our unit #24 using powerbait nuggets. The fish was struggling, but he put in the extra effort to make sure it was revived before fully releasing it. Some mornings, there's a lot of midge action. Trout, mainly rainbows, are coming to the surface and take midge flies out of the film or on the top. Throw a small 1/32nd-ounce jig using 2-pound line and work it fast, close to the surface. See if these feeding rainbows will chase and take the jig. Good colors are black, olive, sculpin, black/yellow and brown. If they are midging, or even if they're not, you can try a midge under an indicator, either spin or fly rod. Red has been the best color but you can also try a black or brown. Best size is from a #14 down to a #18, and use 2-pound line or 6x tippet. Fish it shallow if they're midging (12-18 inches) and deeper if they're not (24-60 inches). Blake has been doing pretty good dragging a 762 or a 606 jerk bait in shad colors. Drifting night crawlers from Fall Creek down has been producing very nice rainbows. I believe these rainbows have moved down from the trophy area after growing up protected by the slot limit. Gulp PowerEggs in orange or white have been catching mainly rainbows, drifted from Short Creek down past the Branson Landing. Back to throwing the marabou jig... sculpin/peach has been hot, fishing it from Trout Hollow Resort down through our place, working it mid lake and close to the bottom. If they're running only 2 units, use a 1/16th or a 3/32nd-ounce jig and 4-pound line. View full article
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