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    tjm reacted to Phil Lilley for a article, Lilley's Lake Taneycomo fishing report, September 11   
    Unedited... I wanted to get this out because there's some interesting info about small rainbows and the shocking survey from last night.  I may add more and of course, some might be edited after Marsha gets through with it  
    Generation has all but halted on Lake Taneycomo this week, something we haven't seen for a couple of years!  With no flow comes the new reality of what the lake now looks like at low water... and it's changed quite a bit.
    We have noticed that the lake seems lower than it used to be, but again, it's been a long time since we've seen this and ALOT of water has gone over the dam in those 2-3 years. 
    It's changed the bottom in many areas, especially in the trophy area.
    Just below the dam, the gravel has moved down and filled in holes.  Runs have moved, changed.  It's changed where fish hold.  It's changed how anglers fish the wading areas below the dam.  But more thing has changed -- the trout today are much bigger and healthier than they've been in many, many years.
    The channel at the Narrows is much narrower and not as deep.  Some of our guides have said they've hit bottom trying to go through.  There's a big gravel island at the Narrows too - one you can get off and wade from!
    The gravel is covered with algae but it's also full of bugs - sow bugs, little worms and scuds.  There's sculpin all over the bottom too.
    Pondweed.  It's an aquatic vegetation that grows all over our lake in the summer.  It's a real menace on the lower lake, choking off docks and banks.  But up here, it houses tons of bugs and small fish.  
    Lately, we've seen quite a few small rainbows.  When I say small I mean 3 to 5 inches long.  These trout are full finned, beautiful colors, and appear to be naturally spawned in the lake, not stocked.  There's been some discussion on this, guides, locals and conservation experts.  One thought makes sense.  We've had a good, natural spawn this last winter/spring, which may or may not happen each year.  Because of the additional pondweed in the lake, especially in the trophy area, these rainbows have survived being eaten and are thriving.
    Thursday night, Missouri Department of Conservation officials performed a shock survey in which several boats shocked, took measurements and released fish in the upper lake.  One thing they found is when they shocked the pondweed beds, it would light up with small fish - rainbows, chubs, sculpins and other small forage fish.
    Oxygen readings since the water hasn't been running have stayed well above 6 parts per million which is good.  Fish are fighting real well with no signs of faltering.  But we have noticed with people who use live wells that don't keep the water running all the time on their catch, those fish die pretty quick.  Keeping trout out of the water for a long time will stress it to the point it will not survive release.  Please don't  ~Catch, Kill and Release~.  Be very careful with your catch if you want to release them.  Cut the line if the hook is buried in the fish's mouth.  Handle them with a wet hand or a wet cloth, if you have to handle them at all.
    There's been a lot of algae break off the bottom and float to the surface.  We see this every year about this time.  It can be a pain to fish through but it doesn't hurt the fish.  We've noticed with rainbows have sought the cover of this stuff and take midges off the surface right in the middle of it.  We've been catching these feeding trout on several small lures under a float any where from 6 inches to 5 feet deep.  I've been fly fishing and using Zebra Midges, size 16 in bright red and  green, the P&P (primrose and pearl), brown and even white.  The olive micro jig has been working good as well as the Berkley Pink Worm.  Use 2-pound line for the best effort but 4-pound line is good.  Our water clarity isn't the best since they aren't running much water.
    Night crawlers are still king of the big trout and the hot area is from the Riverpointe Estates boat ramp to Short Creek.  Use 4-pound line, a small split shot and a #8 short shanked, bronze hook.  I'd put the shot about 18 inches above the hook and use half a worm, hooking it one time in the middle and inject a little air in the worm using a syringe.  This will float the worm off the bottom.
    With the water off, we're throwing 1/32nd ounce jigs using 2-pound line and doing pretty well working the jigs close to the surface, especially during low light times - early, late and on cloudy days.  Dark colors are working the best - black, olive, sculpin, brown and combination colors.  Keep switching till you find the one they want.
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    tjm reacted to ozarkflyfisher for a article, Smallmouth on a Fly Rod   
    I decided to post some smallmouth pictures of fish caught during a three day trip wading trip to New York State last month in hopes that this audience will be more appreciative than the guys at work.  When we talk about our vacations and I talk about fishing, I receive comments like, “I hate fishing--it is so boring”.  And, this comment is from a guy who goes to Florida with his family for a week and as far as I can tell, mainly just sets on the beach or swimming pool.  Oh well, I suppose if everyone was as passionate about fishing as most of us on this board, then our fishing waters would be way too congested.
    My wife is from the Buffalo area and I’ve come to appreciate the fly fishing in the area through the years while visiting her family.  I usually do a Spring and/or Fall Steelhead trip, however some Springs I get up there too late for Steelhead and so, like this year, we mainly fished for smallmouth bass.

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    tjm reacted to KC Angler for a article, 5/8 Report - First Time at Crane Creek   
    Me and a buddy arrived at Crane Creek the morning of May 8th, starting at the Lower Access bridge. About 100 yards downstream at the first bend in the stream we each landed our first McCloud. The reputation of these fish as strong fighters is well deserved. I was fishing a prince nymph and my friend had on a sow bug. He  caught another one a little further down at the next major bend in the stream. We ended up fishing a few hundred yards further downstream, which required some bushwhacking, but turned back at a point when the stream go much wider, swifter, and more difficult to access because of steep banks. 
    After a short break, we drove into town and parked at the baseball fields. From there, we walked the railroad tracks to the trestle and started fishing our way back upstream. We came across a few nice holes, but didn't have much action until my friend hooked a really nice 14 incher a short distance downstream from the ball field. It put up a considerable a fight and quite a bend in his 7' 4wt. I caught my second fish of the day directly behind the baseball field on a bead-head crackleback. We got a few more bites in the park area, but the only other fish caught were fingerlings. 
    We also scouted the middle and upper access areas, but the water was much smaller and we weren't up to the task of walking significant distances to find fishable holes. It was a hot day and we were both exhausted. So five McClouds between us for our inaugural trip to Crane Creek. We both agreed it was a successful day of fishing and we would return.
    Thanks to everyone who contributes to this forum and who answered the questions I posted prior to my trip to Crane. The information was very helpful. 

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    tjm reacted to Dan the fisherman for a article, Crappie   
    I just got back from a 110 mile solo kayak trip last night on the current river.  I woke up today wanting to fish ol beave’s so I got the boys ready and headed to the lake.  I wasn’t expecting much success sense I haven’t  been on the lake all week and didn’t know what was going on.   But I was pleasantly surprised with the bite.  I had bought some crappie minnows for the boys to use and pitched them about lay downs and caught quite a few fish.  We must have caugh 20 or so but only kept 10 or so.  I wasn’t really keeping count cuz the boys had me busy helping them.  If ur into crappie this would be a good time to go.  My 9 and 7 year olds tore them up for  a few hours today.   Here’s a couple of pics. 

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    tjm reacted to Phil Lilley for a article, Definitely not a catfish: Birthday trip yields a huge Taneycomo surprise   
    It was supposed to be a memorable trout fishing birthday trip for his brother.
    But on the last day of a cold and windy outing at Lake Taneycomo, Ken Adam is the one who got a gift he'll never forget.
    Adam, fishing Monday with brother Steve in an adjacent boat, said he was almost ready to call it a day because of the lousy weather and murky water when he flipped a white and purple McStick lure up close to a floating log.
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    tjm reacted to Johnsfolly for a article, Bennett's Springs C&R - 12/30/17   
    I have been trying to get a trip down to Bennett's and the Niangua to fish the catch and release for trout and try to get a couple new species for my 2017 season, particularly rock bass or redhorse suckers. I was also hoping to catch at least 15 fish in order to finish 2017 with over 900 fish caught. I knew that it was going to be a bit cold. Instead of leaving by 5 am and potentially hit ice, I left my house at 8. I hit some flurries between Camdenton and Lebanon. Didn't know what to expect in terms of the number of fishermen. I drove through the park and down to the Niangua to see where folks were fishing. Only saw about 6 or 7 people, a couple above the spillway and four or so around the hatchery outlets and none between the whistle bridge and the confluence. As I headed back into the park, I met two fawns feeding. This one was only 20 feet from my car and the other was even closer. They didn't seem to care as I stopped and took their pictures, even the radio noise did not deter them from putting away some grass.

    I hit the water about 10:30 and fished downstream of the spring. I was spin fishing and using mircrojigs mostly.  I typically sight fish with these microjigs, I watch the response of the fish, focus on those that are tightly turning around or following the bait on the drop, and set the hook as I anticipate the strike. With the snow, fog, pipe smoke from the flyfisherman upwind from me, and wind disturbing the water surface, it was hard to judge when a fish had the bait and get a good hooks set. I caught one rainbow and missed two others on white, then lost one on a salmon colored microjig. I missed two, lost one, and landed one on a John Deere microjig. I switched to a 1/64 oz cinnamon marabou jig and lost two rainbows on that jig. I put on a tricolored egg and missed at least two strikes. On one drift I kept the egg high in the water and had a rainbow come from 8 to 10 feet determined to take the bait. She was about 15" in length and thin. It was the largest trout that I caught.
    I moved downstream and fished above and below the whistle bridge. I caught one other rainbow on the John Deere and got a couple of more misses. I wasn't seeing more than 8 to 10 trout at any one time. I switched to a yellow chenille grub microjig. I missed one or two trout strikes, but did start getting the attention of the local sculpin population. Since I had only caught 4 fish thus far, it was not hard to switch to microfishing to get a few more numbers. Lots of sculpin were interested and I landed four above the bridge and three large ones in the deep pool just below the bridge. I was fishing from a sycamore root wad and got the attention of two of the large suckers but missed getting a hook set one either of them. Those two moved downstream and the others did pay my hopping grub any attention. That hopping got the attention of a fish up under the roots that darted out and grabbed my bait. I was able to hook and land my first rock bass for 2017.

    I moved again and started catching striped shiners on the grub. A few of these guys were over 6" in length. I moved again down the confluence spring branch and the Niangua. I caught a bunch more striped shiners on the grub just above the bridge. I ended up with 13 striped shiners for the day. I didn't see any sculpin near the bridge, but did have some darters interested in the grub, but that jig was too large for them to bite.
    I left the park and fished the Niangua below the bridge. I was trying to drift a worm under a deep undercut below a large sycamore tree. I didn't get any strikes, but when reeling in my line I had a sculpin holding onto the worm. I also caught another on the grub bait. I am pretty certain that it was a mottled sculpin, which would be another species for 2017. From my position I just could not get a good drift and decided just to fish from that sycamore. I saw a couple of suckers in a log jam below the sycamore. I could not get a bait positioned where it would be upstream of these fish and I could actually pull it out if I got bit. I made a cast and positioned the rod in amongst the roots as a rod holder and was going to fish the grub in the rootwad. As I picked up the grub rod, I had a big hit on the worm. I picked up the worm rod and got hit again. Unfortunately I broke off just as I set the hook. I had moved the fish and could see it in the water. It was either a large trout >16" or a sucker. I retied and fished a while longer. I couldn't get another substantial bite. I did catch a couple of hornyhead chubs and two more sculpin.
    I ended the day around 3:30 pm. The temp was dropping and was in the high teens as I left the water. I caught one of the two species that I had hoped for on this trip. I will determine if the sculpin that I caught in the Niangua were mottled sculpin and that may be another species for the year. I also landed 30 fish to end 2017 with 915 fish. Not a bad day.
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