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    MoCarp reacted to Krazo for a article, 6/21-22 report   
    Well it was the first time fishing taneycomo for my son and he was excited to get after some trout.  We headed down Friday and put in at Cooper Creek about 4 that afternoon.  First thing we did was boat up to the dam and drifted back.  We fished jigs but it was tough for us.  We had a few strikes, picked up a lot of moss but just weren't getting any to the boat.  We stopped in at Lilly's and picked up more supplies, talked with duckydoty and got some tips.  We ended the day boating just a couple rainbows.  
    Saturday we were on the water by about 830 and by then there was maybe 1 unit running.  again we run upstream and floated down from fall creek.  we did this most of the day and had much better results.  My wife landed the first (her first brown trout in MO) and last fish with several in between.  My son and I tag teamed a few as well. It was a great day on the water with several nice fish caught and some that didn't quite make it to the boat.  A big THANK YOU to @duckydoty for sharing some of his SS hand painted cranks and help putting us on fish.  and while my son wasn't successful hooking up with a brownie (certainly it wasn't for lack of trying) he did have plenty of luck with the bows.   



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    MoCarp reacted to Phil Lilley for a article, Taneycomo Fishing Report, May 29   
    I'm writing a fishing report for the Kansas City Star this morning.  The deadline is today at noon.  But because of the timing of this report, most of it is speculation on my part.  Why?  Because conditions have changed in the last 24 hours, and they will change again in the next 24 hours.  Let me try to explain.
    On May 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened five spill gates at Table Rock Dam, releasing 5,000 cubic feet per second of water to make up for a turbine that was down.  The combined flow was 15,000 c.f.s..  This has been the release rate every day up until yesterday at 1 p.m. when officials shut those gates as well as one turbine.  Last night, they shut down all turbines -- so zero generation.  Big change.
    Today, we will have several rounds of storms move through the area dumping an estimated one to four inches of rain on our watershed.  That will send lake levels up, and will force the Corps to start the flow again.  The big questions are how much rain and how much flow?
    Beaver Lake is at 1,126 feet, five feet over power pool.  Table Rock is pretty much at power pool since it is recorded now as 916-917 feet.  But officials have shown they're not messing around with any water over power pool on Table Rock, releasing at least 15,000 c.f.s. of water if the lake goes over that power pool mark.  Beaver, on the other, hand historically has held water right up until  near flood stage which is 1,130 feet.
    What does slower generation mean on Taneycomo?  For most fishermen it means easier fishing.  Easier because there's less water to deal with --- less flow, less depth.  But there's something else to mess with your mind . . .  colder water.  With no spill gates, the water coming through the turbines is about 46 degrees.  This is about 10 degrees colder than the combined flow of gates and turbines we've been seeing.  Will that slow down the bite?  It may for a short time, but I wouldn't worry about it too much.  The change in flow will make trout move and adapt, which may slow the bite down a bit, too.
    I  fished last evening after the gates closed and  found fishing pretty good, not great, but good.  I fished basically from the dam to just past the Narrows (all in the trophy area) and caught rainbows consistently on mainly a white jig. They didn't want a darker jig.  Of course, our trout have had a ton of food to eat all winter and spring so they're all beefed up.
    We started reporting that drifting scuds was the ticket earlier in the spring, and for the last couple of weeks we've had a run on the flies.  I think there's a ton of people that thought a scud was a missile -- ones who had never used a fly before, much less drifted one like a night crawler.  But we've sold over a thousand of the bugs this month, and I don't think the fly is going to lose its effectiveness any time soon.  Side note:  If you're a fly tyer and want to tie scuds for our shop, please let us know!!!
    I could go on and report on what has been working,  but it's hard because I don't know what our water condition will be in the coming days.  I will say if the flow stays down -- less than 15,000 c.f.s. -- use the same thing that's been working but with less weight.  Same jigs but smaller.  Rig some rods with two-pound line because the smaller 1/16th- and 1/32nd-ounce jigs will start working.  
    One thing that's great about less water -- dock fishing should be decent!  Easier for sure.  And anglers who like to wade below the dam will have more options.
    Stay tuned!
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    MoCarp reacted to netboy for a article, Norfork 4/23   
    Made a trip to Ackerman access this morning and the water was down to minimum flow. There were some caddis hatching along with lots of midges. Elk hair caddis worked good until the clouds came in around 10:00 and then the caddis hatch dissipated. I switched over to a ruby midge and caught this pretty cutthroat along with some more decent rainbows.
     

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    MoCarp reacted to rangerman for a article, Table rock walleye   
    I have spent the last couple of days beating up on bull shoals walleyes but decided to switch gears to table rock. 
    As was on bull shoals the early morning bite is the best by far. Trolled flickers shads with 2 ounce snap weights. Flicker shads in your standard shad patterns were the best. Speeds 2.3. Gravel roll offs 22-25 foot deep and there is also a suspended fish pattern but may have to contend with some white bass. Planer boards lines were picking fish up 4-1 over flatlines. I had 9 walleye this morning in 2.5 hours and some giant whites. Did keep a limit for supper. Go get em! And get off water by 10 cause it gets HOT!



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    MoCarp reacted to Phil Lilley for a article, Bonnots Mill angler snags state-record blue sucker   
    MDC congratulates Bryant Rackers on breaking the state record by snagging a 9-pound, 1-ounce blue sucker on the Osage River.
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Bryant Rackers of Bonnots Mill became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he snagged a blue sucker on the Osage River. The new “alternative method” record fish snagged by Rackers on April 21 weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce with a length of 30 inches. Rackers’ recent catch broke the previous state-record of 7-pound, 6-ounces, caught in 1980.
    “I knew I snagged a couple pretty nice fish during that day, but I didn’t think anything about it until I weighed the larger blue sucker, and after checking online I realized that I had a new state record fish,” Rackers said.
    MDC staff verified the blue sucker’s weight by weighing it on a certified scale in Jefferson City.
    Once MDC staff confirmed that fish was a new state record, Rackers said he was very excited. “I can’t believe I finally hold a state record in Missouri for catching the largest fish,” he said. “This hopefully won’t be the last time you see my name because I’m going after other state records now.”
    Rackers said he plans on getting the state-record blue sucker mounted.
    Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl. For more information on state-record fish, visit the MDC website at http://on.mo.gov/2efq1vl.

    Congratulations to Bryant Rackers on breaking the state record by snagging a 9-pound, 1-ounce blue sucker on the Osage River.
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    MoCarp reacted to Ryan Miloshewski for a article, Thinking out of the box, crank baits for trout   
    The 2005 Bassmaster Classic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was one of the toughest in history. With only 11 fish and a measly 12 pound 15-ounce weight, Kevin Van Dam pulled off his second Classic victory. The key? Being able to adapt and change to the conditions. Other anglers were catching fish, but hardly any keepers. Van Dam switched to a classic Smithwick Rogue and boated several keeper smallmouth bass.
    The one thing makes any person truly successful is being able to adjust when conditions change. Staying static when everything else around you remain dynamic does not bode well for success. With fishing, anglers tend to rely on techniques and spots that have worked previously. All of us are guilty of it.
    Southwest Missouri, known as the Tri-Lakes area, has gone through three 100-year floods from 2008-2017. In April 2017, Beaver, Table Rock, and Taneycomo all reached or crested flood stages for a few weeks due to heavy rains. Because of federal laws and practicality, the Southwestern Power Administration (SWPA) began releasing 20-50, 000 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water from Tale Rock Lake into Lake Taneycomo.
    With the floods came a challenge for fishermen on Taneycomo: where were the fish and how do you catch them? The usual hot spots were rendered useless due to the high water. Lake Taneycomo, with four turbines and 10 flood gates open at Table Rock Dam, was raging. Extremely fast and high, some guides were struggling to find clients fish.
    Fish hold in slower water like eddies and breaks when the current gets heavy. Islands, points, and docks all can prove useful during high water events. In 2017, typical eddies just weren’t holding enough fish. Enter Duane Doty, the dock manager and resident jig-tyer for Lilleys' Landing Resort and Marina on Upper Lake Taneycomo. He knew the fish had to be eating—he just needed to find him. He had an inkling the fish would be holding right on the bottom of the lake, where the current was, presumably, much slower. He was right.
    Another part of the equation changed during the high water. While the flood gates summoned raging current, it also brought over thousands of threadfin and gizzard shad, creating a buffet for Taneycomo trout and warm water species. Doty developed a technique so simple it’s hard to believe no one else thought of it prior.
    Targeting the shad influx, he tied on Bomber Fat Free Fingerling Shad crankbaits that dove from 8-12 feet, he threw out near the cable. With flood gates dumping thousands of gallons of water into Taneycomo painting the background, Doty turned the boat sideways and reeled fast to get the bait to reach the bottom. Keeping the crankbait in contact with the rocks, he only went 100 yards before he felt a big tug. After a battle, he netted his first fish of the day—a shad engorged, 22-inch brown trout. From the cable to Fall Creek, he landed five trout 20-inches or greater on the trip.
    For the next month, Doty and his clients managed to boat numerous trophy browns and rainbows, smallmouth bass up to 5 pounds, largemouth and spotted bass, hefty walleyes, white bass, and crappie on the technique. Others were struggling to simply catch fish, while Doty was putting his clients on big ones daily.

    In late March 2018, heavy rains returned to the Tri-Lakes area. With one turbine out of commission, and maybe some preemptive thought, the SWPA opened the flood gates for the second straight year. I called Doty and scheduled a trip for Easter weekend. His high school friend’s sons, Blake and Dillon Harris, were headed down as well. We knew what to do.

    Dragging crankbaits from the cable all the way to Fall Creek, in 24 hours we landed 10 browns from 18 ½-inches up to 23 ¾-inches, as well as several fat rainbows from 17-19 ½-inches. The top locations were behind Lookout Island all the way through the Narrows. Multiple fish came from the seam in the Narrows, including Blake Harris’ 6-pound lunker. Dillon hooked into his 23 ¾ inch 5.6-pound brown just as the bend started by Point Royale past Lookout Island.
    Being able to adjust to changing conditions put big fish in the boat for us. With more rain sure to come this spring and the possibility of high water, be sure to add this technique to your arsenal on Lake Taneycomo.

    Important Tips
    1.     Be prepared to lose crankbaits. We lost six in a three-hour period. With the lure constantly bumping the bottom, it is inevitable. 
    2.     Boat control is of utmost importance with this tactic. Keeping the boat sideways and flowing nicely with the current keeps the bait on the bottom and in the strike zone.
    3.     An East wind will make this tactic extremely hard because it pushes against the current you are riding.
    4.     This tactic will only be possible from the cable to Short Creek. Once you get to Short Creek, you lose the stronger current and the crankbaits struggle to reach the bottom and keep in contact with it.
    5.     We use a 6-foot, medium heavy spinning rod with 6-pound line. You could use a baitcasting rod and reel, sure, but I think the spinning rod gives you more control and leeway when a big fish hits. Being able to backreel on a big brown in heavy current is key.
    6.     You may struggle with identifying a bite at first—until you get one. It’s unmistakable. But, as Duane says, jerks are free! Don’t be afraid to set the hook if the bait stops vibrating or if slack gets in your line.
    7.     Check your lure for moss and other debris every couple of minutes, especially in the first mile from the cable. There’s a lot of junk up there.
     
                                                                                                                                               
     
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    MoCarp reacted to Quillback for a article, February 14, Eagle Rock - Big M area   
    Today was the first day in a while where I could launch early in the morning and have reasonable temperatures to fish in.  A little breezy. but not too bad.  
    Fishing was a bit better than the last time out, I caught 11 total, spots and largemouth, 5 keeper sized.  One of the keepers was one of those big headed, skinny body largemouth, but the rest were nice healthy fish.  Ned rig fish, except for three on a jerk bait.  Caught a few fish shallow today on windy banks, they were in 5 FOW or so.  The rest were out in the 20 FOW range.  
    Saw some top water activity again today off one rocky point, that's where I caught my jerk bait fish, throwing at those bass chasing shad on top.  Seems weird to see them chasing shad on top when the water temp is 42, but there they were.  
    I left at 2 PM, wind got pretty crazy at about 1 PM, a warm wind, but it was blowing.

     
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    MoCarp 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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    MoCarp reacted to cheesemaster for a article, Cape Fair 12/3/17   
    I put in at 7:20 and fished a straight worm for a couple hours and had a couple shorts, and a couple swing and misses. It was pretty slow with the worm. I started throwing some cranks, spinnerbaits and squarebill with not much luck at all. 
    I went to the very back of a 50 yard cut with a black Buzzbait with a gold blade and when I pulled it over the top of a log in the far back something took a swipe at it but stopped just short of hitting it. That got me excited because it seemed big. For some reason she pulled away from it. 
    I changed to a black on black Buzzbait and did much better. I caught about 12 on it with 2 good keepers, and they really wanted it. The big one was 3.14 and the other was 3.5 on my scale. 
    It sure was good to get out again and set the hook, it has been way too long. Water temp was 55.7 and I pulled out right at noon.



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    MoCarp reacted to Phil Lilley for a article, 28-inch Spawning Colors Rainbow   
    Not sure how to title this one.
    Went out this morning to get a baseline for a fishing report - try some things.  They are running one unit of water, lake level 705.3 feet.  I didn't get out till about 9 a.m. - boated up to just above the Narrows in the trophy area.
    I threw some jigs -- black, sculpin and olive -- with only a couple of bites.  The midges were hatching in clouds and rainbows were taking them along the current edges close to the bluff bank.  I didn't have my fly rod in the boat or I would have been throwing a small dry.
    I wanted to try one more thing before heading back -- a bead.  We use beads in Alaska to catch big rainbows during the salmon spawning season and I'd been experiment with them here.
    You peg the bead, which comes in various sizes and colors, to your line about 2 inches above a small hook.  Then you pinch a small split shot above the bead about 2 feet.  I was using 4 pound line.  Throw it out and drift it like you would any fly or bait.  Bump it on the bottom.
    I picked up 2 small rainbows and had 3 more good strikes.  Both rainbows had the hook in its mouth, not outside of it.
    Then I thought, let's do a comparison.  So I boated back up to the top of the Narrows and drifted a #12 grey scud (200R hook) using the same split shot.  Caught one small rainbow right off the bat.  Then got a good strike, then another.  I thought it would be about the same result.  But towards the end of the faster water, I hooked something that surprised me.
    Why surprise?  Well, I wasn't ready for something to pull hard enough to break my line, plus my drag wasn't set for it either.  Nor did I have my anti-reel switched so I couldn't reel backwards like I usually do.  Luckily, my line held up as the drag started to slip a little.  Then I was able to flip the switch and reel backwards.
    It was a good fish but the hard fast run fooled me.  I didn't think it was as big as it was.  It stayed deep for almost the entire fight, making 3 long runs and fought hard close to the boat to stay down. 
    I grabbed the Gopro, turned it on and set it up on the bar.  The video shows the fight towards the middle to the end, not the long runs.
    I netted the fish but kept it in the water.  I called Duane at the resort and asked him to come up with the camera to take some pics.  He was on a room repair mission so it took a while for him to boat up to where I was.  I drifted down to a spot on the bank where I could get out with the fish.  It's way too hard to get good, SAFE pics of a trophy trout while in a boat.  I say safe for the fish, not me.  I didn't want to raise the rainbow out of the water unless it was for a few quick pictures.
    The color of this big sow were incredible!  I was blessed to have landed and released.  I did get a measurement, marking my spinning rod against her length while in the net.  I set it on a measuring board and was surprised to see it was 28.25 inches long.  It didn't seem that long in the water.




    The release.....
     
     
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    MoCarp reacted to Johnsfolly for a article, Akers Microfishing - 9/23/17   
    I had planned on fishing around Akers Ferry to try for a few more new species for the 2017 season. I had caught two new species, the central stoneroller and the striped shiner, for 2017 at Montauk earlier in the day, I knew that knobfin sculpin were prevalent in that part of the Current river. Last year I had caught southern redbelly dace in a small creek near the Ferry access. So I was confident that we could catch at least a couple of new species on this trip. Livie caught the first knobfin sculpin of the trip, which was her first of this species. Then I caught one as well.

    I would love to say that it was challenging to catch these scuplin, but once we found some they were everywhere. Microfishing to me is not about high numbers, but targeting some new species. We could have caught many more sculpin, but went after darters and minnows instead. Livie caught the first darter, a female rainbow darter.

    We switched rods and I caught my first rainbow darter of the year (4th new species on the day; first fish below). I was surprised that the males still had some of their breeding coloration like Livie's male (second fish).

    We were surrounded by a large school of larger minnows. I caught one of these guys, another central stoneroller.

    They frustrated Livie to no end and she just could not get one to bite again. By this time it was getting really hot (possibly up to the mid 90s). After leaving the river, I still wanted to see if we could catch a southern redbelly dace. unfortunately the creek was just a trickle due to the lack of rain this summer. We had a great day. At the end of this trip, I had caught more different sp[ecies than I have ever done is a given year. I also have caught a larger number of fish in a given year than I ever have before. Yet I feel that there are still many species yet to catch and it may be possible that I may catch many more fish yet this year.
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    MoCarp reacted to Morgan Wyatt for a article, The National Neosho Fish Hatchery insures treasury of fish   
    Recently, as part of the National Association for Interpretation conference in Springfield, MO, I was able to tour the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, the oldest hatchery in operation in the United States.
    Since 1888, the Neosho National Fish Hatchery has been using local spring water to raise many different species of fish including bass, bluegill, catfish and rainbow trout  — and even freshwater mussels like the endangered fatmucket mussel. Rainbow trout continue to be its most plentiful fish species, with about 250,000 stocked into our own Lake Taneycomo each year. The cool, spring water is perfect for raising trout. But perhaps the most interesting species of fish currently being raised at Neosho are two native, endangered species; the Topeka shiner and the pallid sturgeon. Restoration efforts are underway for both species.
    Topeka shiners are a small minnow found in cold, clear streams. Their populations have declined due to habitat loss and pollution, and they have been on the endangered species list since 1998. The Neosho National Fish Hatchery now uses the raceways once designated for brown trout to raise Topeka shiners, which have successfully reproduced in the hatchery. In December, 2,200 young shiners were released into two prairie streams in Missouri.
    Pallid sturgeon are an ancient, big river fish that thrive on bottom-feeding. Adults are collected each year and used at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery for spawning. Newly hatched pallid sturgeon are then kept at the hatchery for two years before being released into lower sections of the Missouri River, where they are native. Pallid sturgeon numbers have been declining mostly due to the manipulation of waterways through channelization and dams. More than 15,000 pallid sturgeon are raised each year at Neosho.
    If you’re ever in Neosho — just an-hour-and-47-minute drive from Branson, you should stop at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery and learn more at the recently built visitor center. During our tour I was reminded of how fortunate we are to have such an incredible resource at our fingertips and of how fragile these species can be. Fishing is truly a privilege. With the continued help of our state and federal governments, Missourians will be able to enjoy seeing and fishing for a wide variety of species for years to come.
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