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  2. Phil Lilley

    Got lucky today. Last cast.

    Last cast!!
  3. Phil Lilley

    2019 Shad Run Part 2

    It's a GoPro 4 and Sennheiser ew100 mic system. I have the GoPro 5 but hooking a mic to it is tough. I do need to look and see if they've come up with something better and change over to using the 5's. My 4 is getting pretty beat up.
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    Yes it's True... Shad!

    This isn't a false alarm. There are shad coming through the turbines at Table Rock Dam. Reported to me via FB Messenger, Tyler Paulsell told me he caught a bunch of trout last evening on white and they were spitting up shad. He also saw shad in the water. Duane and I boated to the dam a little before noon today. Had to see for ourselves. No boats! Only one gull and he was diving. We made 3 passes. Used 1/8th oz white jigs, 4-pound line. Duane caught 6 rainbows on the first drift - I caught 3 I think. Did catch a nice rainbow. The other drifts were not as productive. The wind is out of the east and with 4 units cranking, it's tough to get and keep a jig on the bottom. In this video, notice Duane isn't cranking much at all. No way to tell how long this will last. May not a day, may be a week. But they should be taking white jigs and other shad-like lures for a while.
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    Yes it's True... Shad!

    Notice Duane is hardly reeling... keeping it on the bottom. He lost more jigs than I did, but he caught more fish.
  6. Phil Lilley

    under wader pants?

    I was hoping someone googled it 😁
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    under wader pants?

    Levi 720 High Rise Jeans
  8. It's that time of year when I check several indicators on my phone -- the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock App and the NOAA Weather Prediction site because both will tell me the future and how to plan my trout fishing strategy for the days to come. They also gives me what I need to tell others what to expect as far as flows here on Lake Taneycomo and what fishing report to give. The indicators, right now, tell me we're going to see heavy generation for at least a week. But with very little rain predicted, we should see lake levels dropping very soon and less generation in the near future. We were starting to see lower flows until the area received 1 to 1.5 inches over the Beaver and Table Rock basin. Actually, Bull Shoals got more rain, and we'll see it jumping up more than the upper lakes. One inch of rain doesn't sound like a lot of rain -- plus it was a slow, steady rain over two days -- but Beaver has come up 18 inches and still is rising. Table Rock has risen 12 inches and crested. Beaver is running its turbines a full 12 hours a day (so far) and Table Rock is now running 199 megawatts or 13,000 cubic feet per second round the clock. Now to translate all that information into a fishing plan. The common and most used fishing pattern is drifting with the current and using live bait, Power Bait or a fly or lure. And for the most part, that technique is the most effective. The keys are -- the right amount of weight and position of the boat. That's right, it's not really what you're putting on the hook but how you're drifting that hook. If you're not putting your offering in front of or in sight of the fish, you're not going to get bites. Getting the weight right is key. You want just the right amount of weight to get your weight to the bottom and keep it there. Yes, position of the boat is important, too -- the speed of the drift -- keeping the boat moving at the speed of the current. You should feel the weight consistently ticking the bottom. If it's not, add more weight. If it's grabbing a lot, reduce the weight. Trick: To add weight you can add a removable split shot to the line and slide it down onto the bell weight. This allows you to change weights quickly. Where you drift in relation to the bend of the lake is vital. I tend to drift on the inside quarter of the lake. In another words, if you draw a line down the center of the lake, the bluff of the channel side is on one side and the lower bank/shallow side is on the other. I will stay on the inside half of the lake, toward the shallow side. Nothing wrong with staying dead center in the middle, but I would not go past the line towards the channel. To do that, assuming I have a trolling motor (and I strongly recommend having one in these conditions), I would point the trolling motor towards the inside bend so I can pull the boat to that side. The current will want to pull you to the outside, but keeping the method of propulsion pointed in the direction you want to go will make the operator's job much easier. Regardless of where you drift, keep clear of the banks. Trees fall into the lake off the banks and trees eat drift rigs. Enough said. What to use? Power Bait Gulp eggs are good for fishing when the water is not running or when it's running pretty slowly. They smell good! But they're softer than Power Eggs and fall off the hook faster. Power Eggs smell, too, but not as much (just my observation), but when the egg is drifting at 5 mph, smell plays less of a part in luring the fish to bite. So I'd go with Power Eggs instead of paste or Gulp Eggs. Color? That's where you need to have all the colors and try them all. Even during the day, if they stop hitting one color, change. You'll find a favorite, probably. But even that preference will change as the sun changes the light at the bottom of the lake. Night crawlers and minnows are other great baits. I believe you will have a better chance of catching a bigger trout using natural baits similar to what they see every day, especially minnows. But depending on their mood, being aggressive or not, you might go through a lot of minnows. My experience is that they tend to suck the minnow off the hook, assuming you're hooking the minnow in the lips. If this is the case, find the smallest minnow in the bucket and see if that helps. If they're aggressively feeding, it won't matter. Most anglers will fish down past Cooper Creek, down past the Branson Landing, when four units are running. The water is much more manageable, slower, and there's plenty of trout in these areas to catch. If you find a "hot spot" where you consistently catch a trout or double up in one particular area, keep motoring back up to drift through that area until the well runs dry. Now for other methods of fishing. Duane has been throwing stick baits and drifting crank baits on his guide trips this week and faring well. He's using the Bomber Fat Free Shad and ticking it on the bottom, catching a lot of browns up to 22-inches. He's also using the MegaBass 110+ shad and doing fair. These methods aren't for the faint at heart. They're a lot of work with less results compared to drifting bait or even throwing jigs. But you have a better chance of catching a trophy fish. Seriously, if you don't have the equipment or time to spend learning this bite, hire a guide who does have the equipment (hundreds and hundreds of dollars in equipment) and the know-how to put you on fish throwing big lures. You'll be much happier. Plus, it'll be his lures you'd lose, not your own! We're back to using our 1/8th-ounce jigs in this fast water. And we're seeking out slower water, eddies where fish will be holding. We're fishing the inside banks, or, if we're fishing the channel, bluff banks, we're working the eddies, places out of the current and getting bit. And . . . we're losing a lot of jigs in the process. We're also using four-pound line, too, either Vanish or Trilene XL (green or clear). If you're not losing a few jigs, you're probably not catching very many trout. You need to be down where they are and that's usually down where there's some snags. The darker colors are working better that white or white/gray BUT we're always trying white just in case they switch, or are starting to see shad or bait fish. If they get on white, they will be much more aggressive on the bite, in my experience. Always have white jigs in your box. Drift a fly on the bottom in the trophy area... actually I'd drift one all the way down to Trout Hollow. A bigger scud (#12) in gray or olive, an egg fly or big San Juan Worm. Even a Mega worm. The bottom is fairly clear of moss so you'll get a clean drift this time of year. And make sure it's on the bottom. Media Note! Between my fishing reports, if you're wanting to know what's going on here on Lake Taneycomo, tune in to our DAILY BROADCAST called One Cast. We talk about lake levels as well as who's catching fish on what. And we might catch a fish ourselves. One Cast... going for almost 1500 days in a row. Subscribe and click the BELL for instant notification. Or see us on Facebook. View full article
  9. It's that time of year when I check several indicators on my phone -- the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock App and the NOAA Weather Prediction site because both will tell me the future and how to plan my trout fishing strategy for the days to come. They also gives me what I need to tell others what to expect as far as flows here on Lake Taneycomo and what fishing report to give. The indicators, right now, tell me we're going to see heavy generation for at least a week. But with very little rain predicted, we should see lake levels dropping very soon and less generation in the near future. We were starting to see lower flows until the area received 1 to 1.5 inches over the Beaver and Table Rock basin. Actually, Bull Shoals got more rain, and we'll see it jumping up more than the upper lakes. One inch of rain doesn't sound like a lot of rain -- plus it was a slow, steady rain over two days -- but Beaver has come up 18 inches and still is rising. Table Rock has risen 12 inches and crested. Beaver is running its turbines a full 12 hours a day (so far) and Table Rock is now running 199 megawatts or 13,000 cubic feet per second round the clock. Now to translate all that information into a fishing plan. The common and most used fishing pattern is drifting with the current and using live bait, Power Bait or a fly or lure. And for the most part, that technique is the most effective. The keys are -- the right amount of weight and position of the boat. That's right, it's not really what you're putting on the hook but how you're drifting that hook. If you're not putting your offering in front of or in sight of the fish, you're not going to get bites. Getting the weight right is key. You want just the right amount of weight to get your weight to the bottom and keep it there. Yes, position of the boat is important, too -- the speed of the drift -- keeping the boat moving at the speed of the current. You should feel the weight consistently ticking the bottom. If it's not, add more weight. If it's grabbing a lot, reduce the weight. Trick: To add weight you can add a removable split shot to the line and slide it down onto the bell weight. This allows you to change weights quickly. Where you drift in relation to the bend of the lake is vital. I tend to drift on the inside quarter of the lake. In another words, if you draw a line down the center of the lake, the bluff of the channel side is on one side and the lower bank/shallow side is on the other. I will stay on the inside half of the lake, toward the shallow side. Nothing wrong with staying dead center in the middle, but I would not go past the line towards the channel. To do that, assuming I have a trolling motor (and I strongly recommend having one in these conditions), I would point the trolling motor towards the inside bend so I can pull the boat to that side. The current will want to pull you to the outside, but keeping the method of propulsion pointed in the direction you want to go will make the operator's job much easier. Regardless of where you drift, keep clear of the banks. Trees fall into the lake off the banks and trees eat drift rigs. Enough said. What to use? Power Bait Gulp eggs are good for fishing when the water is not running or when it's running pretty slowly. They smell good! But they're softer than Power Eggs and fall off the hook faster. Power Eggs smell, too, but not as much (just my observation), but when the egg is drifting at 5 mph, smell plays less of a part in luring the fish to bite. So I'd go with Power Eggs instead of paste or Gulp Eggs. Color? That's where you need to have all the colors and try them all. Even during the day, if they stop hitting one color, change. You'll find a favorite, probably. But even that preference will change as the sun changes the light at the bottom of the lake. Night crawlers and minnows are other great baits. I believe you will have a better chance of catching a bigger trout using natural baits similar to what they see every day, especially minnows. But depending on their mood, being aggressive or not, you might go through a lot of minnows. My experience is that they tend to suck the minnow off the hook, assuming you're hooking the minnow in the lips. If this is the case, find the smallest minnow in the bucket and see if that helps. If they're aggressively feeding, it won't matter. Most anglers will fish down past Cooper Creek, down past the Branson Landing, when four units are running. The water is much more manageable, slower, and there's plenty of trout in these areas to catch. If you find a "hot spot" where you consistently catch a trout or double up in one particular area, keep motoring back up to drift through that area until the well runs dry. Now for other methods of fishing. Duane has been throwing stick baits and drifting crank baits on his guide trips this week and faring well. He's using the Bomber Fat Free Shad and ticking it on the bottom, catching a lot of browns up to 22-inches. He's also using the MegaBass 110+ shad and doing fair. These methods aren't for the faint at heart. They're a lot of work with less results compared to drifting bait or even throwing jigs. But you have a better chance of catching a trophy fish. Seriously, if you don't have the equipment or time to spend learning this bite, hire a guide who does have the equipment (hundreds and hundreds of dollars in equipment) and the know-how to put you on fish throwing big lures. You'll be much happier. Plus, it'll be his lures you'd lose, not your own! We're back to using our 1/8th-ounce jigs in this fast water. And we're seeking out slower water, eddies where fish will be holding. We're fishing the inside banks, or, if we're fishing the channel, bluff banks, we're working the eddies, places out of the current and getting bit. And . . . we're losing a lot of jigs in the process. We're also using four-pound line, too, either Vanish or Trilene XL (green or clear). If you're not losing a few jigs, you're probably not catching very many trout. You need to be down where they are and that's usually down where there's some snags. The darker colors are working better that white or white/gray BUT we're always trying white just in case they switch, or are starting to see shad or bait fish. If they get on white, they will be much more aggressive on the bite, in my experience. Always have white jigs in your box. Drift a fly on the bottom in the trophy area... actually I'd drift one all the way down to Trout Hollow. A bigger scud (#12) in gray or olive, an egg fly or big San Juan Worm. Even a Mega worm. The bottom is fairly clear of moss so you'll get a clean drift this time of year. And make sure it's on the bottom. Media Note! Between my fishing reports, if you're wanting to know what's going on here on Lake Taneycomo, tune in to our DAILY BROADCAST called One Cast. We talk about lake levels as well as who's catching fish on what. And we might catch a fish ourselves. One Cast... going for almost 1500 days in a row. Subscribe and click the BELL for instant notification. Or see us on Facebook.
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    2019 RAW Results

    Great day to be on the water... and fishing was decent for most. No big stringers, no real big trout. Close place finishers made it a competitive contest for all.
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    Trout on the fly at night

    Where do you fish mainly?
  12. Phil Lilley

    41st Annual Rod Scott tournamment

    Thanks for posting!!
  13. Phil Lilley

    Missouri's next record brown trout

    We haven't seen him since they've been generating. And Yes he is a trip! He was probably hatched in 2010.
  14. Phil Lilley

    what size line works best this time of year

    3/32nd oz jigs and heavier - 4 lb 1/16th oz jigs and lighter - 2 lb
  15. Phil Lilley

    Chiefs - AFC championship game

    I remember members of the Chief's team coming to Parsons in the off season and playing a basketball game. It must have been a benefit or something. I got a lot of autographs on a team photo... and of course that's gone with all my good baseball cards worth thousands now. I remember Buck Buchanan, Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier and Curley Culp. Yea it was all the big guys who played.
  16. This tournament is unlike any other tournament on this lake, may be on any area lake. It's fun... and challenging. Every trout counts. Catch, measure and release. So far, Duane Doty has owned this contest. Someone needs to knock him off the podium... is it possible??? 2019 CAM Benefit Trout Tournament.pdf
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    Chiefs - AFC championship game

    My take on Mahomes is he has talent. But he's young and he has a lot of prove on the field. He appears reckless but most of his reckless-appearing flings end up completed passes with very few interceptions. Experience and maturity may prove him one of the best or a flash in the pan. Probably somewhere in between. But you have to admit so far he's fun to watch.
  18. Phil Lilley

    January 19th. Lake Report

    Do they have plugged in their guns???
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    brady.jpg

    Really, you put in your gallery!!??
  20. Phil Lilley

    Chiefs - AFC championship game

    Chiefs lost it in the first half... if they played Chief's football the whole game, it would have been a route, or at least a good win for KC. Chalk it up to experience. KC will have that next season.
  21. Phil Lilley

    Quality fishing report

    My "mean" comment should have had a smiley face after it.
  22. Phil Lilley

    Quality fishing report

    He edited his post... you guys are mean!
  23. Phil Lilley

    Fishing Buddy Report

    Winter trout fishing in January in Missouri? After my third year in a row having a great week at Lily's Landing on Lake Taneycomo, I can't wait to do it again. My Uncle Len and his lifelong friend John invited me a few years back and I was skeptical because of the time of year and the potential for freezing temperatures. But we've been on a run yearly having some days in the 60's and some into the 30's. They both happen to be retired and arrive on Monday, fish half a day, then 3 full days, and check out Friday morning to return home to the St Louis area. We arrived on Monday, January 7, 2019 to mid 60's temperature After putting in the boat at Coopers Creek & getting a room key from the resort, we were on the water. I was using an ultra light rod, 4lb clear mono line, and a gold 1/4 oz spoon. 1 hour in and after a few stocker size release the catch of the week was hooked. I landed a 4 pound, 20 1/2 inch rainbow. Upon retuning to Lilly's to call it a day, Phil was kind enough to take my picture with my prized catch and saved it for me on a flash drive. The next morning Jimmy in the front office presented me with a certificate, pin and patch to celebrate many memories in the future. The resort is kept very nice. Maintenance is always working to keep the basics up. I could see the many things to do aside from fishing (outdoor pool, game cart, basketball hoop, playground, multiple bbq pits & fryers, outdoor fireplaces, several outdoor sitting areas). Our room was comfortable, clean, and well stocked with a full kitchen. Forget anything for your trip or want to fish what your buddy is catching with, then head to the shop. It has almost anything you'll need. Fishing was tough but good as water movement from the dam the first 3 days seemed like three turbines although only 2 were predicted. It was tough to hold the boat on a good hole and get more than one or two casts. Further, you need heavier lures to get your presentation DOWN. Brown trout were abundant ranging from 12 to 15 inches and had to be released. Surprisingly the rainbow to brown ratio was 50/50 for all fish landed in the boat over our time out. The last day the water movement was not as Swift on Lake Taneycomo however the weather had dropped 30° and it was tough to stay out very long. Special thanks to Jimmy at the shop. He is an amazing, personable representative of Lillys Landing. He helped when calling ahead to get our dock slip and room information and got us checked in, allowing us to get on the water fast. Later in the evening, as he was locking up shop and we were bringing bags to our room, he made offer of help. It was a casual "Did you need help with anything", but since it was 6:30 pm and he was headed home as we were getting in, it was above and beyond expectations. Again, trophy trout memories as mentioned above. Checking the water levels in the shop daily, Jimmy was outgoing and friendly. Finally, at checkout Jimmy made us feel welcomed and wanting to return. (Disclaimer: I never met they guy before, didn't room with him at college, he's not in my family, and he didn't pay me to write this.) I can't wait to get back to Lilly's and will be sharing the positive feedback with fellow trout-a-holics. Keep calm & fish on, Rich Harrod
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