MickinMO reacted to laker67 in 24 pound brown
As you can see from the photo, this is not a triploid so it is an old fish. A real good possibility that this fish is 11 or 12 years old. The stress may have been more than the fish could handle. Life expectancy is about 13 years for this strain as best as I can recall. The fish appears to already be losing some of it's color in the photo.
MickinMO reacted to netboy in Lilley's Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report, August 3
I think a siphon would help, however the $$$ are probably not in the budget.
Here's a short article on the Norfork dam siphon which helped the water quality.
MickinMO got a reaction from ColdWaterFshr in Boats You Miss
Miss my 2003 G3 1860. Had a 90HP 2 stroke Yamaha on it and in calm water that boat would scoot. Great for fishing any lake and using as duck boat in winter. Bought it new from Center City Marine in Springfield. Boat was easy to pull, put in, and load. Light enough to manhandle in the driveway or when putting in storage. That boat would float in 3 inches of water. Never should have sold it. Guy who bought it from me was going to build a larger front deck and turn it into a bass fishing boat
MickinMO reacted to Phil Lilley in Lilley's Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report, July 13
Generation patterns for Lake Taneycomo have been consistent over the past 4 weeks. They've been running 2 units at about 6,500 cubic feet of water per second with the exception of a 7 hour period between 3 and 8 p.m. everyday. Table Rock's level has dropped to 724 feet, only 9 feet over power pool. It's dropping about .25 feet per day. We've had very little rain over the whole basin although there's been some isolated downpours delivering a lot of rain to small areas. There isn't much rain forcasted for our area for the next 2 weeks.
Taney's lake water temperature is 52 degrees. It has only risen 1 degree in the last month which is a good thing although 52 is pretty warm for this time of year. It should still be down in the high 40's. But the trout don't mind. They've been very active, enjoying the warmer water along with forage fish and other fish food.
Missouri Department of Conservation continues to stock rainbows via boat and truck. June, July and August are the highest months of the year for stocked trout in Taney at roughly 64,800 stocked each month. The average size of rainbows stocked in 11.5 inches annually.
We are seeing a very good number of rainbows that have been in the lake for several months and have lost their "stocker spots and color", showing off their natural colors of red, pink, silver and green. Our trout are still very health looking -- fat and hard fighters, although I have caught a few rainbows that didn't fight hardly at all. This could be a sign of low oxygen in the water. I have not been able to test the water for dissolved oxygen yet. I am waiting on a part for my meter.
Oxygen in our water we get from Table Rock typically starts to drop in July and continues on into December until Table Rock "turns over". This is a natural occurrence in most tailwaters because the lake above stratifies during the summer. The good, cold water from winter months gets sucked out of the lake through pipes at the dam down 130 feet in the lake. This video simulates how this happens and what it looks like throughout the year.
Of course the blue is good, cold, oxygenated water and the red is warmer water void of dissolved oxygen. Liquid oxygen is injected into the turbines which mixes before being released into Lake Taneycomo.
FULL ARTICLE ABOUT TANEYCOMO'S SEASONAL BOUT WITH LOW DISSOLVED OXYGEN
Early in the morning is by far the best fishing. Most of our guides are on the water by 6 a.m.. The fog on the lake hasn't been too bad, although it is foggy and you have to take it slow anywhere you go. Depending on the day, it's burned or blown off the water by 8 a.m..
If you're spin fishing and fishing the trophy area, jig fishing has been very good. I've been throwing white 3/32nd-ounce jigs using 4-pound line and hooking some nice quality rainbows just about anywhere from the dam down to Short Creek. I'm not necessarily working the bluff banks but working out from the bank and keeping the jig close to the bottom.
Steve landed this 7 pound 22 inch brown Saturday night from the dock at our unit #24 using powerbait nuggets. The fish was struggling, but he put in the extra effort to make sure it was revived before fully releasing it.
Some mornings, there's a lot of midge action. Trout, mainly rainbows, are coming to the surface and take midge flies out of the film or on the top. Throw a small 1/32nd-ounce jig using 2-pound line and work it fast, close to the surface. See if these feeding rainbows will chase and take the jig. Good colors are black, olive, sculpin, black/yellow and brown.
If they are midging, or even if they're not, you can try a midge under an indicator, either spin or fly rod. Red has been the best color but you can also try a black or brown. Best size is from a #14 down to a #18, and use 2-pound line or 6x tippet. Fish it shallow if they're midging (12-18 inches) and deeper if they're not (24-60 inches).
Blake has been doing pretty good dragging a 762 or a 606 jerk bait in shad colors.
Drifting night crawlers from Fall Creek down has been producing very nice rainbows. I believe these rainbows have moved down from the trophy area after growing up protected by the slot limit.
Gulp PowerEggs in orange or white have been catching mainly rainbows, drifted from Short Creek down past the Branson Landing.
Back to throwing the marabou jig... sculpin/peach has been hot, fishing it from Trout Hollow Resort down through our place, working it mid lake and close to the bottom. If they're running only 2 units, use a 1/16th or a 3/32nd-ounce jig and 4-pound line.
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MickinMO reacted to Phil Lilley in Lilley's Lake Taneycomo fishing report, June 26
The days of no generation may be over for now. We've seen the dam operators moving some water the last few days from lake to lake, even though the White River at Augusta, Arkansas is still at flood stage. With no rain in the foreseeable future, we may see more and more water running through Lake Taneycomo.
We've been seeing about 6,000 cubic feet per second of flow for most of the day lately with a bump up to 12,000 late in the afternoon. That's 2 units to 4 units worth of water. There's really no way to know if this pattern will continue but for now it seems reasonable to think it will.
Trout fishing has been just ok. There are days though it has been real stinky! Early and late, of course, is the best times to fish. Most of our guides are on the water by 5:30 am and the bite is good for a couple of hours. Then they have to work for fish.
Most of the guides are either drifting a Berkley pink powerworm just on a hook on the bottom or on a small jig head under a float. The pink worm is actually catching some big trout. This little gal caught a trophy brown trout using her kid pink fishing rod.
Anglers are catching mainly rainbows drifting night crawlers and power eggs. And we've heard all colors are good except red or pink, which makes no sense because the pink worm is working better than power eggs. It must not be the color. Best area to drift is Lilleys' Landing down through the bridges. Stay in the middle when drifting because there's a lot of old, sunken dead trees on the edges of the lake.
Right now there's a ton of stocker rainbows in the Branson Landing area. They're being caught on the Berkley pink worm on a small jig head under a float 5-7 feet deep.
I personally haven't tried drifting minnows lately and we haven't sold many but I would think drifting them on the bottom should catch trout, especially brown trout, seeing all the browns being caught right now.
Trophy brown trout are still being caught at various areas of the lake on bait and lures. I've been asked why does it seem all of a sudden we're seeing so many big browns being caught. The short answer is I don't know. But it does coincide with an increase of trophy rainbows which I believe is a result of constant flow of water from Table Rock over the past 2+ years. The food base in Taneycomo (plankton, scuds, midges, sculpins, small forage fish) stays much healthier when the water is running verses when there's long periods of no generation.
We've had reports of browns being caught on the pink worm, night crawlers, marabou jigs (white, sculpin/ginger and sculpin/peach), Doty's custom painted jerk baits, MegaBass 110+ jerk baits and other jerk baits, and smaller jerk baits drifted on the bottom, mainly in the trophy area.
Trophy rainbows are also being caught, mainly in the trophy area though. They being caught on scuds drifted on the bottom, jerk baits and marabou jigs (same colors). Last count, we were up to 55 - 20-inch trout or bigger registered as catch and release trophies for the month of June but I know Blake caught a 24-inch brown last night close to Lookout Island.
Drifting scuds on the bottom is just ok... there's a lot of algae on the bottom and cakes up the fly. You need to reel in and check it pretty often.
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MickinMO reacted to JCreek in Crappie at Night
Took the wife out Wed evening. Night actually by the time we put in. She forgot the boat key.... Had to go back for it....
Had a spot in mind. Taken. Went on in and found a spot but not as deep as would have liked at a little over 20 ft. Threw the green light in and tossed crawlers at cats for an hour or so with no takers.
I've been night fishing before. Spent sundown to sunup out there once. Something about this night was different. I stumbled all over the place. Need a bigger boat with a larger payment. Almost fell in twice. Once stumbled over the wife as she sat on the port gunnel of the back platform. 116 pound lady kept this old 200 pound man from going in the drink. Nice bruise on her back from my elbow.
At any rate. Nice big active minnows from the 66 station in Stockton netted us 5 really nice white bass.😀 Had one crappie at somewhere proud of 13 inches. She was full of eggs. I'll let you biology types explain that one. I though it a little late in the year myself, but I'm only an expert on non fishing matters.
We both lost several whites. I had one in the boat that was easily the largest one I ever caught. He was hooked in the lip and as I went for his lip, he flipped - broke the line, skipped off the gunnel and was gone. I lost 2 or 3 more at least. Wife lost 2 or 3 also. 6 LB Stren. Used that on my ultra light gear for 40 years or more. Guess they improved it and I'll look for something else. I've tried smaller braided and found it too hard to tie especially in the wind. Cleaned the last fish at 0300.
I've joked about white bass, but we ate them. Compared to that frozen crap from China they were delightful!
MickinMO reacted to moguy1973 in Drowning worms
Bass haven’t been biting so I took my daughters fishing for bluegill and pumpkin seeds down by the dock shore. They were done fishing so I took the float off and used up the last worm on my youngest’s princess pole on the bottom off the dock. Caught this. Probably the first flathead I’ve ever caught.
MickinMO reacted to olfishead in Crappie at Night
Go on summer dark nights. Fish over deep water, (I like fishing in standing timber , tie to a snag.) Minnows seem to always produce the best. You will have to experiment with different depths, usually on Stockton between 15 and 20. One of the best ways to do that is let down deep and reel up very slowly.
MickinMO reacted to MNtransplant in Bottom of the 9th
Started fishing around 6 with no luck, threw jigs in brown and olive, stripped woolies and clousers, tried a jerkbait..nothin...when it got dark i dug to the bottom of the tacklebox and found a baby ratl trap that i normally throw for white bass up on the little sac..first cast and after 3 cranks got crushed by a chubby 19" rainbow...proceeded to give me heck after getting in the net. Broke a set of trebles and flipped out of the net right as i took the picture...but still kicked off all ticked off at me.
About 5 casts later a small walleye smashed me with about 6 feet of line out so that was a nice little scare..
An otherwise unsuccessful trip was turned around in the last 20 minutes.
I think I could get into the night fishing thing on Taneycomo.
Every drive back to Springfield I just keep thinking how blessed I am to have such an awesome fishery close by as well as the opportunity to enjoy it. God has been very good to me.
MickinMO reacted to Ryan Miloshewski in Taneycomo Magic
Fished for a week on Taney May 27-June 3rd and did great. Midges, scuds, egg flies, jerkbaits and the like worked well. But I know Chuck Gries well and hung around his fly shop for hours each day. Met two guys who wanted to night fish. Told them to meet me at Outlet One at 8:30 pm. They showed. We fished, drank beer, and chatted.
Turns out one guy was one of the first Navy SEALs ever and the other trains other countries on underwater mine demolition. Super cool guys. The trainer has top government clearance and didn't give me any information on aliens, sadly. Just the magic of the great lake. Would not have fished with those guys ever if I wasn't around. We exchanged numbers and now they want to get together whenever they are in town. Both live on the east coast.
I've met some of the best people of my life via the outdoors, and this one doesn't disappoint!
Oh, and they both caught two 20-inchers at night. They're hooked!
MickinMO reacted to mojorig in Cristobal Moisture
As requested, here is the Bull Shoals Lake data from 1951 to 2018. I took the Christmas Day water level minus the Thanksgiving Day level for each year. So this graph should be showing the increase or decrease in water level for the requested time period for these years. For example, in 1982, the water level rose 22.8 feet in that time period while in 2009, it decreased by 14.4 feet.
To answer your question, it has happened four other times - 1971 (10 ft.), 1973 (17 ft.), 1982 (23 ft.), and 1984 (15 ft.).
MickinMO reacted to Terrierman in Cristobal Moisture
I believe it takes an act of Congress. I would not hold my breath that this congress can do anything like this which actually makes sense. The Democrats will be all over the Republicans and the Republicans will be all over the Democrats and Mitch McConnell will sit on anything the House of Representatives sends to the Senate. Our country is as close to broken as it needs to get. NOTHING gets done anymore in DC. Other than posturing. There's plenty of that.