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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from BilletHead in personal avatars/ images   
    I use Amazon s3 storage.  May be I'm not politically correct or Woke enough for them...  
    We've been blocked!!  😮
    No... I've been trying to understand this s3 bucket thing and came to the conclusion that for whatever reason my files were blocked on 3/16 about noon.  Images since are fine - older images are "404".  So I've submitted a trouble ticket to Amazon.  We'll see what they say.
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from crazy4fishin in OA One bass tournament March 20   
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Seth in OA One bass tournament March 20   
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from crazy4fishin in OA One Bass Tournament ( March 20) Pot Luck Food List   
    I still have some salmon.  But if there's enough warm stuff, I'll bring smoked salmon.
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Seth in Lilley's Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report, March 14   
    Rain has returned to the Ozarks.  And after watching my source of future rainfall amounts, we're getting about what NOAA predicted.  We received three inches of rain last night with similar amounts dropped into the Table Rock watershed, but fortunately it appears Beaver Lake was spared.  That will help us in the long run.
    Generally, one inch of rain equals a one-foot rise on Table Rock.  With the lake level starting at 913 feet, we may see a rise to about 917 feet.  This will not trigger any automatic flows from Table Rock Dam, but we may see releases in the neighborhood of 11,000 cubic feet per second, or four units of generation.  Table Rock's level has to crest above 920 feet before spill gates come into play.
    So for Lake Taneycomo we're looking at moderate generation for the next couple of weeks.  Drift fishing will be the norm for most anglers, although as soon as the creeks clear out, I'm sure there will be big numbers of trout taking shelter in the warmer and calmer water.

    Salem Kellenberger 16-inch brown - Released
    The creeks to target would be Bull, Bee, Coon, Roark, Turkey, Cooper and Short creeks.  Really, any side water that's fed by ground water will be warmer than the 42 degree water coming through Table Rock's Dam.  Yes, trout are coldwater fish, but 42 is chillier than they like.  They would prefer 50-55 degree water over 42 any day.  So would their food.
    A spring rain like this one will wash worms into the lake . . . lots of night crawlers.  We should see a lot of worms in the bellies of trout below these creek mouths.  Minnows and night crawlers will be the bait of choice after a good rain.  And if you're fly fishing, the San Juan Worm would be a good fly to try.
    I drifted a minnow on Friday out in front of the resort and had three good bites.  The first, I had a large minnow on a #8 hook.  The bite was a good one, but I evidently didn't let him take it long enough -- although I missed the fish, my minnow showed scars of a fish with teeth.  It was almost bit in half, which means my bite came from a brown trout.  I sure hate missing those bites!  But I did nail a few rainbows on Saturday late afternoon including a nice 18-incher in front of Lazy Valley Resort.
    This week, we've been hammering the upper lake, using white jigs and shad flies, hoping to find evidence of any threadfin shad coming through the turbines at the dam.  So far I don't think we've seen any shad.  We're catching a few trout on white, but that's pretty typical all during the year.  Table Rock's surface water temperature is starting to warm up, but the water below the surface is still in the low 40's.  Threadfin shad don't do well in this cold water so we should see shad dying for most of the spring.  Hopefully some will make down to 130 feet deep at the dam and get sucked through the turbines.
    With the low flows this winter, the green algae we see on the bottom of our lake has been pretty thick.  We haven't had enough hard flows to kick it loose yet.  But with this rain, I'm hoping the heavier flows will dislodge and clear out some of this stuff and at the same time roll some gravel and move some scuds out of their safe places  into our trout's mouths.  In the spring, we usually see our trout beefing up on scuds, and drifting scud flies on the bottom becomes the number one technique of choice for plump catches.  We will see!

    Conner Walker caught this 20” Rainbow in the trophy area using an 1/8oz. white jig - Released
     Way too windy Saturday at the dam but boatloads of anglers were out trying.  White jigs were reportedly hot in the morning, but they had cooled off by the time I arrived.  Ended up finding some rainbows and did One Cast showing how I caught them.  Basically I had to fish a scud under a float, keeping it from dragging on the bottom.  There's too much algae to drag a fly across the bottom.  I used a spinning outfit with a weighted float and a split shot about 20 inches from the scud.  I fished a #12 gray and a #14 rainbow/dubbing scud and both caught fish.
    We had a 25-inch rainbow come in, caught on an 1/8th-ounce white jig in the Narrows area Saturday afternoon.  Released.
    Anglers are also catching trout drifting orange Gulp Power Eggs from above our place at Lilley's down past Cooper Creek.  Also white is doing pretty well, too.  But remember  night crawlers and minnows -- they have a much better chance catching a trophy brown or rainbow.
     

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    Phil Lilley reacted to fishinwrench in I chase girls   
    Oh yeah 🙂 I think it's good for them.   Orion gets the dark meat strips trimmed from White bass too.   I learned to cut him off after about 10 of them though.   If he has too many his farts will run everybody out of the house. 😂
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    Phil Lilley reacted to Ham in Double XX Boats   
    I have a friend that owns one. He loves it. He had run Supremes in the past, but I think he's sold on XX now
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    Phil Lilley reacted to jdmidwest in A nice surprise in 33.5 degree water   
    Did this ever get certified?
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Seth in Ate Some Humble Pie Yesterday   
    They are predicting 4-7 inches over the 4-day weekend for the whole area.  They'll bring the big water through, probably not spill gates but 4 units for sure.  That will clean out the algae, move some scuds and cause a scud-feast.  May be bring in some shad too.
    I was hoping for some down water this spring but that's not going to happen now.  On to the spring patterns.
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Seth in Ate Some Humble Pie Yesterday   
    The moss was bad. After days of slow generation, I guess the bottom loaded up with it. They “flushed” the lake with 3 units for a couple of hours and it all broke loose. Our water is very clear too for this time of year. It all adds up I guess. 
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from mixermarkb in Bull for "First Timers"   
    As far as high water, the Corp is managing water differently than they did 20 years ago. Used to they’d pull the lakes down way below their power pool levels in the winter so make room for spring rains. Not sure of the exact year but they raised those pool levels so that the White River would get a higher minimal flow. Rain patterns changed and now we get flooded one out of 4 years on average basically. 
    Will the rains go back to “normal” or swing the other way?  Probably. But until then I’m not getting my hopes up anytime soon. 
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    Phil Lilley reacted to netboy in More Dam fish 3/3 and WTH   
    The "powers to be"  ran water this morning and shut off at noon. I arrived at the access at 1pm and my friend Scott was already there and suited up. He said the horn just blew... WTH, I said, the water just went down so they must have seen me coming. Well we waited for a while and no water came. He went out and I got ready only to hear the horn go off again??  Ten minutes and no additional water. So off I go. Then Mike shows up at 1:30 pm and he gets ready and while he is walking down to the river the horn goes off again. Well I move back to the bank and again no water comes. 
    I got there at 1pm and they blew that darn horn 6 times (about once every 40 minutes) before I left at 4 and no water ever came. I told Mike maybe they were training a new guy how to push the horn button.
    With that said the fishing was pretty good. Seeing more caddis and lots of midges on top. Caught some nice rainbows and saw a huge rainbow swim within 10 feet of me. He was at least 30" and I would estimate around 8 or 9 pounds. Never saw him again. Best flies today were pink egg patterns and a size 18 crackleback. 
    Here's a couple of the better rainbows...
     
     
     


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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from tho1mas in Bull for "First Timers"   
    As far as high water, the Corp is managing water differently than they did 20 years ago. Used to they’d pull the lakes down way below their power pool levels in the winter so make room for spring rains. Not sure of the exact year but they raised those pool levels so that the White River would get a higher minimal flow. Rain patterns changed and now we get flooded one out of 4 years on average basically. 
    Will the rains go back to “normal” or swing the other way?  Probably. But until then I’m not getting my hopes up anytime soon. 
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    Phil Lilley reacted to Ham in Cold Springs Access 3/2/21   
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from dpitt in More minimum flow and a first 2/22   
    They're hitting midges here on Taney too.
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    Phil Lilley reacted to netboy in More minimum flow and a first 2/22   
    Size 16 ruby midges.
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    Phil Lilley reacted to netboy in More minimum flow and a first 2/22   
    SWPA ran a little water this morning but shut it down at 9:00 am. I headed to the dam C&R area and got there at 9:30. Water was already down and fishing was good with some nice size rainbows and a couple of cutthroats. Surprisingly I have yet to catch a brown up there since it reopened Feb 1.
    Now for the first... I was wading in the middle of the river and a guy in a kayak comes straight towards me. I am thinking WTH is he doing? Then I hear, Hi, State Game Warden. So I said cool, what do you want to see? He says license and wants to see my fly. I say great... glad to see you out here. Well I had a bit of trouble digging my wallet out of my back pocket in waist deep water, but finally got to it. I have a 65+ lifetime license for fishing and hunting and all the stamps. Fly was barbless and all went well. He did say he was checking the entire C&R area and said he saw some flies/lures with barbs😒.
    That is the first time I have seen a GW on the water since I started fishing up here 7 years ago. Glad to see them out there as I have picked up quite a few spinning lures with barbed treble hooks from the root wads up there. Also some heavy duty bait rigs with big hooks with barbs.
    Here's a couple of the nicer rainbows...
     


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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from tjm in Using / organizing the forum on Mobile   
    I uninstalled Tapatalk along time ago. It didn’t work very well. 
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from tjm in Using / organizing the forum on Mobile   
    Look at the top bar. See the square that kinda looks like a newspaper?  That’s the “ new content” button. 
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from bobby b. in Lilley's Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report, February 20   
    Me and Duane were talking this morning about shad kill.  There is a good population of threadfin shad living in Lake Taneycomo... we tend to forget about that.  They live in the lower half of the lake where the water temp tends to be higher but I wonder how far up lake would you find them?  Reason being... they should be dying on our lake like the other area lakes.  Bass and trout should be feasting on them.
    We were also talking about below Powersite Dam - in Bull Shoals.  If shad are dying above the dam and getting sucked through the turbines there, walleye and brown trout, among other fish, should be getting a good dose of shad.  That sounds like fun!
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from bfishn in TR Generators   
    The only way they don't get power from Table Rock water is if it goes over the top of the dam, not through the turbines.
    Winter draw downs are a thing of the past.  Some of the reason why is the new set of power pool levels, initiated when they upped the minimum flow below Bull Shoals.
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