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Phil Lilley

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  1. I haven't heard of any huge brown sightings, even through the fall season so may be not. Hard to say for sure.
  2. White Bite is still on. But I've found it to be better below Fall Creek rather than above it. We saw shad coming through thick at our place a week ago Sunday so all these fish, probably clear down past the Landing, saw these and fed on them. I'm using a 1/16th oz jig because I want the jig not to sink very fast. I'm not jerking the jig but shaking it to give it a wiggle - like the shad that were going down last week.... stunned, or lifeless and letting it just sink real slow. I worked the bluff starting well down from FC to Short Creek, then starting where Sun Valley used to b
  3. I have a terrova tm I want to give my son in law but he doesn't have room for the third battery. So the question is - can he run it on 24v and if he does, what can he expect? Thanks
  4. This jig bite isn't the easiest. The reason for the light jig is to try to "float" it across the bottom. Too deep and it grabs moss. They are chasing, like Bill said. My son Caleb had some luck working it alittle faster.
  5. See.... my editor will take care of these little typos. I spelled it the way it sounded I was in a hurry!!
  6. This is no April Fool's Lake Taneycomo fishing report! The trout are biting! But it is still fishing and not catching. It did finally happen! All day Sunday, threadfin shad poured into Lake Taneycomo from Table Rock Lake. It was amazing. How and why they did, just all of a sudden, is a mystery. They came in alive and they came in stunned. Hundreds and thousands floated down past even our resort all day Sunday. And, yes, the trout would hardly bite on anything we threw at them. Our jigs and shad flies weren't any match to the real thing. And the shad outnumbered us a thousand
  7. This is no April Fool's Lake Taneycomo fishing report! The trout are biting! But it is still fishing and not catching. It did finally happen! All day Sunday, threadfin shad poured into Lake Taneycomo from Table Rock Lake. It was amazing. How and why they did, just all of a sudden, is a mystery. They came in alive and they came in stunned. Hundreds and thousands floated down past even our resort all day Sunday. And, yes, the trout would hardly bite on anything we threw at them. Our jigs and shad flies weren't any match to the real thing. And the shad outnumbered us a thousand
  8. He and his wife... they’re doing the whole Branson thing.
  9. He said it is the first time back since the early 80’s. His timing here was perfect. Will try to get him out again this week.
  10. Well after a day and a half, they started biting. Crazy bite this morning. The rainbow with my grandson Jerry is well over 23 inches.
  11. not a good one... I tried one on our bank last evening
  12. Fished late afternoon with Blake and Darin. We just got to the cable, videoing a "boat ride", the horn blew and they started shutting the spill gates. Talk about perfect timing although I didn't think they'd shut them till tomorrow. Lots of shad in the water. We drifted using shad flies, white jigs, sculpin jigs, egg flies, scuds - nothing. We tried everything. Drifted to Short Creek. Nothing. Those fish are keyed in on shad and they've had their fill today I guess. They're running 3 units at 10,000 cfs. They may slow it down tomorrow - we'll see. Table Rock is just below 91
  13. It started sometime this morning, early. Shad started POURING - not over the top - but through the turbines. It's 2:30 and they're still floating past our dock. The bite early was good but mid morning not so much. We did better below Fall Creek and on scuds, not shad flies. They are supposed to reduce flows either later today but probably in the morning (Monday). More info to come... and some awesome white bite fishing in the near future.
  14. We bought this from our neighbor who is in poor health. They had it under a tarp for most of it's life. We gave the motor a tune up - runs good. Will make someone a nice fishing boat.
  15. The Corps will reduce flow tomorrow afternoon or Monday morning.
  16. Kayaks on Taney, esp right now, is a death wish waiting to happen. I had a guy waving his arms at me the other day as I approached. Was slowing down to idle speed to pass him and a few other kayaks and boats anyhow so I asked him if he was in trouble. He pointed behind me and said he didn't wanted to get swamped by my wake. I told him nicely that he was on the wrong lake if he was concerned about that. I think he was terrified the whole float cause it was a Saturday and the lake was full of boats.
  17. Reports are the creeks have been pounded and few fish are left. If MDC stocked down in the Landing area, they might get replenished. There are some big blue gill being caught above the bridge and around the docks though. And reports of crappie are coming in, being caught around the docks at Rockaway Beach, upper end of the town.
  18. There's really no good way to "handle" bigger trout in a boat. Touch them and you'll wipe off their slim. A boga has the risk of ripping out their lower jaw. Handing them even with 2 hands and they're dropped in the boat. There's no winners. Best is to flip them off the hook over the water with no pic... but that's not going to happen on a guide trip.
  19. I found some fish this evening... some nice fish. From Lookout Island down to the Narrows on the BLUFF. White 1/8th oz jig worked from the bank out 30 feet. Pay close attention to the eddies. Caught 5 rainbows and hooked and lost 2. All were at least 16+ inches. 2 pushing 20. I measured one, it was 19.5 inches. They were thumping it.
  20. I've always told ppl 4 to Branson and another 4 to RB. I guess I need to change my lingo.
  21. Beaver is coming up today after the rain and TR is steady at 916.14 feet. The rain probably added 2-3 days more heavy flow to the schedule. But with the shad coming through, I'm not going to complain.
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