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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from BilletHead in Threadfin Shad... in Abundance   
    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.
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Threadfin Shad... in Abundance   
    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.
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from laker67 in Threadfin Shad... in Abundance   
    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.
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    Phil Lilley reacted to mixermarkb in Spring Break Trip, 2021   
    Hey Guys-
    I fished out of the Buck Creek area Wednesday and Thursday. I had my boys and father in law with me for our annual “man trip”.
     
    Wednesday I found Kentuckies and a few largemouths on transition banks in the creeks. I caught three right away cranking the brush line with a wart, then put the treble hook baits up for safety’s sake and backed out a little on the same sort of banks.
    My father in law managed 6 on a grub,  and I caught a half dozen more on grub and Mr. Ned. The boys both missed a few bites, but the little guy kept himself busy with the net. 
     
    Thursday we basically waited for the rain to stop. When we got out, I tried the same pattern as the day before, with no bites. I backed out to a main lake bluff end, and threw a jerkbait for a couple casts, and caught a nice smallmouth.
     
    The rain hit again right after that,  and ended the day. Friday the boys didn’t want to fish in the cold morning, and my father in law was pretty sore from the day before so we just packed up and headed home.
    Met a couple guys from the Jefferson Co Hawg Hunters bass club who were having a derby today and Sunday. Hope they caught them good, and maybe they will post a report. Nice bunch of guys seemed like.
    I will be back after them after Easter, can’t get away until then.



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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from BassPastor in No boats beyond here...   
    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.
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Bass Yakker in How Far by Boat   
    About 8 miles.  Yes there is but I don't remember the name of the dock.  
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from dpitt in Lilley's Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report, March 25   
    I've been hesitant about writing a fishing report for Taneycomo this week because I know as soon as I do the Corps will change the generation pattern and thus completely blow my report of out the water.  So I'm going to write a short one and wait for the change which I think will happen in the next couple of days.
    They've been blowing 15,000 cubic feet of water per second since March 15.  That's 14,256,000,000 cubic feet of water or 106,634,000,000 gallons of water in 11 days.  The flow is equal to 4 full tubines running but only 3 are online so they're making up for the extra flow by spilling 5,000 c.f.s. over and through 5 gates.
    Water temperature is about 41 coming through the turbines and about 45 over the top.  When mixed, we're seeing 44 degrees down around the resort.  Clarity is pretty clear.
    We've seen some shad come over the top of the dam for sure but we might be seeing some come through the turbines.  White jigs are doing ok but dragging white shad flies is producing a lot more fish.  I've been really trying to make my jigs work but I just can't beat the numbers of rainbows mainly being caught between the dam and Trophy Run.
    Phil Stone's clients caught some nice rainbows drifting from Lookout through the Narrows dragging small 1/16th ounce jigs on the bottom on Wednesday.  And others are dragging a double scud rig on the same drift, using a #10 or #12 gray scuds with 4-pound line.
    Again, I worked the bluff bank using an 1/8th-ounce white jig and only caught a couple on one drift... not the success I'd think I'd have if these fish are seeing shad.
    From Fall Creek down, the water is fast and it's hard to get anything to the bottom unless you're drifting from the big log cabin down and staying on the inside of the lake.  Scuds, minnows and night crawlers are doing just ok here.  You really need to stay down below the Riverpointe Estates boat ramp, I think, to get a good drift.  The flat from Short Creek to Trout Hollow has been producing good numbers of rainbows.
    Drifting minnows from the bend past our place and staying middle to inside of the lake has been pretty good too.
    The creek downtown are the best and easiest place to catch a limit of rainbows.  They're going up into Turkey, Coon and Roark Creek to get out of the current and finding warmer water.  Our guides are still catching them on the Pink worm under a float, fishing it 4-feet deep, 4-pound line.  I've also heard of people catching them throwing spoons and rooster tails.
    Table Rock is approaching 916 feet, only 1 foot over power pool.  It should hit it by tomorrow morning, depending on how much rain falls today.  Honestly, I'm surprised they've ran it this hard as long as they have, and I'm really not sure if they will slow it down once the level drops below 916 feet.  But chances are they will back off a bit, at least shutting down the spill gates.  This will slow the water down and make it easier to fish, especially in areas like just below Fall Creek where a lot of big trout are usually caught.
    We will see.

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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Quillback in Lilley's Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report, March 25   
    I've been hesitant about writing a fishing report for Taneycomo this week because I know as soon as I do the Corps will change the generation pattern and thus completely blow my report of out the water.  So I'm going to write a short one and wait for the change which I think will happen in the next couple of days.
    They've been blowing 15,000 cubic feet of water per second since March 15.  That's 14,256,000,000 cubic feet of water or 106,634,000,000 gallons of water in 11 days.  The flow is equal to 4 full tubines running but only 3 are online so they're making up for the extra flow by spilling 5,000 c.f.s. over and through 5 gates.
    Water temperature is about 41 coming through the turbines and about 45 over the top.  When mixed, we're seeing 44 degrees down around the resort.  Clarity is pretty clear.
    We've seen some shad come over the top of the dam for sure but we might be seeing some come through the turbines.  White jigs are doing ok but dragging white shad flies is producing a lot more fish.  I've been really trying to make my jigs work but I just can't beat the numbers of rainbows mainly being caught between the dam and Trophy Run.
    Phil Stone's clients caught some nice rainbows drifting from Lookout through the Narrows dragging small 1/16th ounce jigs on the bottom on Wednesday.  And others are dragging a double scud rig on the same drift, using a #10 or #12 gray scuds with 4-pound line.
    Again, I worked the bluff bank using an 1/8th-ounce white jig and only caught a couple on one drift... not the success I'd think I'd have if these fish are seeing shad.
    From Fall Creek down, the water is fast and it's hard to get anything to the bottom unless you're drifting from the big log cabin down and staying on the inside of the lake.  Scuds, minnows and night crawlers are doing just ok here.  You really need to stay down below the Riverpointe Estates boat ramp, I think, to get a good drift.  The flat from Short Creek to Trout Hollow has been producing good numbers of rainbows.
    Drifting minnows from the bend past our place and staying middle to inside of the lake has been pretty good too.
    The creek downtown are the best and easiest place to catch a limit of rainbows.  They're going up into Turkey, Coon and Roark Creek to get out of the current and finding warmer water.  Our guides are still catching them on the Pink worm under a float, fishing it 4-feet deep, 4-pound line.  I've also heard of people catching them throwing spoons and rooster tails.
    Table Rock is approaching 916 feet, only 1 foot over power pool.  It should hit it by tomorrow morning, depending on how much rain falls today.  Honestly, I'm surprised they've ran it this hard as long as they have, and I'm really not sure if they will slow it down once the level drops below 916 feet.  But chances are they will back off a bit, at least shutting down the spill gates.  This will slow the water down and make it easier to fish, especially in areas like just below Fall Creek where a lot of big trout are usually caught.
    We will see.

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    Phil Lilley reacted to oghfm in Went to CC   
    and it wasn't pretty.  Still some stain in the water.  Marked a ton of shad and fish, mostly white bass near the channel at the bridge area, 10 boats at the ramp and water was way up the ramp so the slope wasn't much, had to put the FJ's wheels in the water to launch/recover.   Couldn't get a bite initially, for about an hour or so strolling w/ 2 jigs tipped w/ minnows.  Finally left channel flats and entered what I believe is Springfield cove where the floor was about 20 foot deep, started picking up small crappie on a really light bite but backseater wasn't getting any.  He finally changed to a bare hook minnow tipped and picked up 4 keepers up to 13 inches,  I believe they could feel no pressure at all from the line/jig and that was what worked,  definitely a strange pattern to me.  No keepers for the fat man.  Cleaned the keepers for him while camouflaging my pouting.  Sometimes I despise my back seaters.  Better days will come.  OGHFM
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    Phil Lilley reacted to curtisce in White bass   
    Arrive around 7:00AM. Styarted at Beaver Creek put inlooking with electronics for signs of fish. WT around 54 in morning. Found places with fish on LS but  not any takes. Tried most everything we had to offfer. Went up past 160 bridge to the first shoal whch stopped us from going further. Caught a few nice males nothing huge. Lots of boats and not much catching going on. midday was very slow. Stated to see a little activity later in afternoon and the bank fisherman were arriving . fished around 160 bridge cahsing fish with LS some success. Worked our way back down stopping where we'd seen fish earlier. Caught a few one on megabass and one large female oon flicker shad. WT ended at 57 when we pulled out at 6:00. 
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    Phil Lilley reacted to Scott Keling in White bass   
    The whites were biting good for us today up beaver. A-rigs. 2 limits in 3 hours. Not a bad first day of or trip 


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    Phil Lilley reacted to ness in Phil Lilley Is My Hero!   
    I’ve had more tech problems in my little world the last couple months than I can ever remember. Used to be I was able to figure a lot of stuff out on my own, but it’s way more complicated now. 
     
    Glad the pics are back here. It’s a big part of things and it would suck if it went away. Thanks. 
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from ness in Phil Lilley Is My Hero!   
    It took 2 tickets. And they haven’t acknowledged they caused the issue. 
    They have been awesome... up to now. 
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from bobby b. in Table Rock / Bill Babler One Cast   
    I'd like to more of these.... if I can Bill to take me fishing.
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from abkeenan in Table Rock / Bill Babler One Cast   
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from slabseeker in Table Rock / Bill Babler One Cast   
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from liphunter in Table Rock / Bill Babler One Cast   
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from big c in Table Rock / Bill Babler One Cast   
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Quillback in Table Rock / Bill Babler One Cast   
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from David Goddard in Table Rock / Bill Babler One Cast   
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from dpitt in Table Rock / Bill Babler One Cast   
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Jadesjigs in Table Rock / Bill Babler One Cast   
    I'd like to more of these.... if I can Bill to take me fishing.
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from m&m in Table Rock / Bill Babler One Cast   
    I'd like to more of these.... if I can Bill to take me fishing.
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    Phil Lilley reacted to hillbillyflyshack in Boonville Area Trout Tournament   
    We had a great day for a tournament albeit a windy one. Every kind of bait you can imagine was used as the bite was a bit tough for most everyone however the team of Reagan, Riehn and Hyland prevailed and got first with a weight of 9.57lbs with Riehn catching big fish at 2.21 lbs and Hyland had a 1.86 lb trout for 2nd big fish. The team of Snapp, Ruffel and Reagan got 2nd with a weight of 8.06 lbs and the team of Hofstetler, Wolf and Moreland got third with 7.32 lbs and I was fortunate and got 3rd big fish with a 1.67 trout. We wish to thank Phil for all the things him and his staff does to help make our little tournament a success. Will see you all again next year.
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