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Phil Lilley

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  1. We are back to low-flow releases here on Lake Taneycomo after a few weeks of a higher release rate, which has brightened the fishing prospects for boaters and waders alike. Area lakes rose almost four feet after a series of rain events caused releases from all four dams in the White River chain. We saw flows up to 8,000 cubic feet per second here on Taneycomo, which is a little less than three-quarters capacity through our dam's turbines. Now that the lakes are below their seasonal power pool levels, flows have been reduced to a "trickle." Beaver Dam's turbine is actually off-line and
  2. We are back to low-flow releases here on Lake Taneycomo after a few weeks of a higher release rate, which has brightened the fishing prospects for boaters and waders alike. Area lakes rose almost four feet after a series of rain events caused releases from all four dams in the White River chain. We saw flows up to 8,000 cubic feet per second here on Taneycomo, which is a little less than three-quarters capacity through our dam's turbines. Now that the lakes are below their seasonal power pool levels, flows have been reduced to a "trickle." Beaver Dam's turbine is actually off-line and
  3. May be some shad.... report back if you go. Hope it's awesome!
  4. My app says they are running 400 cfs over the top this morning? True? If so, why?? 400 cfs? That's a trickle.
  5. I still have some salmon. But if there's enough warm stuff, I'll bring smoked salmon.
  6. Phil Lilley

    What's Cooking?

    He hasn't seen the political forum yet...
  7. We didn't look at a lot of stuff... I'd caught them on the flat in the winter before so we headed there and found them. No need to look at more cover.
  8. When you say shallow.... how shallow?
  9. This is out the back of the house we're renting... I'm excited!
  10. We looked at structure and didn't see much on it. Up in Flat, just above the bridge, we saw a continuous line of fish right on the bottom. We fished for them and they were interested but not biting. From the size and attitude, I think they were either blue gill or small bass - leaning towards BG. It was cool to see them and how they acted. On the flat on the main lake, the crappie were in small schools sometimes but mainly they were just scattered. When we'd see them, they were in small schools but not tightly grouped at all. They were in 3's and 4's and suspended 15-18 feet deep in
  11. Oh but those dark, crappy days are the best ones to catch the big ones!
  12. Just south of Venice. Marsha's sister lives there so I mailed packages to them.
  13. We’re going to spend a week down in Florida well after next. I mailed some of my tackle down ahead- my trout stuff. We rented a vrbo house on a key, on the inside so we have a small pier to fish from. I’m inexperienced at fishing for fish that have teeth. Any suggestions? Not after big fish, just whatever pulls on the line. Of course I’m taking my marabous...
  14. At Bridgeport. North side of the highway
  15. January is almost half gone, and we've yet to see any down water on Lake Taneycomo. Table Rock Lake had lowered to 913 feet, two feet below powerpool, but after a couple of rains, it has jumped up to over 916 feet. Beaver Lake is in better shape at only one foot over pool, but water is running at Beaver Dam 24/7 which is adding to Table Rock's volume. Today, Table Rock's flow bumped up from two to three units, 6,000 to 9,600 cubic feet of water per second. Table Rock has crested and is starting to fall just a bit. I would guess we'll see this flow for about a week, then a dropping in
  16. January is almost half gone, and we've yet to see any down water on Lake Taneycomo. Table Rock Lake had lowered to 913 feet, two feet below powerpool, but after a couple of rains, it has jumped up to over 916 feet. Beaver Lake is in better shape at only one foot over pool, but water is running at Beaver Dam 24/7 which is adding to Table Rock's volume. Today, Table Rock's flow bumped up from two to three units, 6,000 to 9,600 cubic feet of water per second. Table Rock has crested and is starting to fall just a bit. I would guess we'll see this flow for about a week, then a dropping in
  17. Water Temp - 41.3 and pretty clear. Yes it was cold yesterday! It just wouldn't warm up to the 41 forecasted. But we caught them. Good day. We boated up in Flat Creek first and looked around on the flat above and below the bridge. Not much. Did see some schools of probably crappie but with the clear water we couldn't get close. They were spooky. Went out and up past point 15 and fished the flat. Found crappie scattered all over the place, from 14 to 24 feet of water mainly on the bottom but some were schooled up in small numbers moving around. We were able to cast to a f
  18. @RSBreth Nice to see your post!
  19. Incredible fish weighed in today. Best overall numbers I've ever seen in any tourney on Taneycomo. Didn't count but had over a dozen rainbows and one brown over 20 inches. Most were released. This is a private tourney. Bait is allowed. Trophy Area was off limits and so was going up in the creeks.
  20. I browsed the topic and found a ton of great info there... no wonder I pinned it on the Crane Forum.
  21. It’s not a boom ... they were thick last year too. We had allot more behind our dock last summer.
  22. I've taken some time off from writing the Lake Taneycomo fishing report, but then not much has happened to change how our fish have been biting. The generation rate has not changed in over a month. Operators have been running between 2,500 and 3,500 cubic feet of water per second (or from a half to a full unit), 24/7. Water quality is excellent with no major changes in lake levels. We have, though, received rain in the last couple of days. The Beaver watershed received the most - about 2-3 inches, while about two inches has fallen in the Table Rock watershed. And because of the rains
  23. I've taken some time off from writing the Lake Taneycomo fishing report, but then not much has happened to change how our fish have been biting. The generation rate has not changed in over a month. Operators have been running between 2,500 and 3,500 cubic feet of water per second (or from a half to a full unit), 24/7. Water quality is excellent with no major changes in lake levels. We have, though, received rain in the last couple of days. The Beaver watershed received the most - about 2-3 inches, while about two inches has fallen in the Table Rock watershed. And because of the rains
  24. What MDC has to be careful of is over stocking the fishery. Sounds like the food base isn't good - then why put more fish in just to starve? They've reduced stocking numbers on Taney and we've seen good results - bigger fish. I think money should be spent on planting trees for shade and bank retention, looking at replacing gravel if needed and getting creative and adding structure to the river to accommodate FOOD for the trout rather than a quick fix of adding fish. We selfishly want to fix things in our lifetime what would naturally take decades to fix after an event like this.
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