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      Masters Trout Tournament   01/16/2018

      Lilleys' Landing Resort & Marina, Lake Taneycomo, will hold it's annual trout tournament this Saturday, January 20th.  It is a 2-man team event.  $75 entry.  This is an artificial only, catch and release contest.  Cash prizes for 1st through 4th place.  Start time 8 a.m.  --  Weight in time 4 p.m.  A meal will follow the weigh in for contestants and spectators.  Call 417-334-6380 for more information.  Register at Lilleys' office up until 7:55 a.m. on Saturday.  http://www.ozarkanglers.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Masters-Elfrink-Entry-Form-2018.pdf
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Fishing has been slow for me on the upper end, but then I've been kayaking it more than with the bigger boat.  Even the dock crappie are not responding.  We've had pelicans since the first of October and gulls showed up last week.  Saw a few ducks this morning, and geese were landing last night.  May trailer the boat to Truman to see if I can find whites by the dam. The creek we're in doesn't seem to be doing much--just a fish here and there.  

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It drives me crazy when they draw the lake down like they did, they never used to do that this early in the Fall.   You'd think that the fish (temperates) would just pull back a little ways and do their thing just a bit further out.....but they don't seem to wanna do that.   If there isn't enough water to go all the way back they just stay out close to deep water and won't commit to large shallow flats, or so it seems.   Makes no sense to me. 

On Truman you'll seldom if ever find schools of whites on big upper end shallow flats, the best fishing is always down around the weir and the lower dam area.   I assume that's because the lake level fluctuates so much.   

I can't imagine why a pelagic fish like whites would care about steady lake levels but they sure seem to.   Moreso even than Largemouth and crappie.   Crazy!

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My stepson and I are headed up to my in-laws place for a weekend of bass fishing.  Sounds like the bite is a little tough.  We are not to familiar with the lake we fished it a couple time this spring and had some good luck.  We usually launch at Shawnee Bend and fish around that area.  Any advice on how to catch a few would be appreciated.  Wrench, we are not bringing any fly rods.  :( 

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I've done nothing but flyfish lately but I'd think that a Topwater bait, Fluke or a swim jig would get'em.   In my area there is still alot of fish around shallow wood cover, and suspended under the outside edges of docks.  The water is clear enough that I can see them up here and you'll never see one bass by himself, if there's one then there's 5 or more.

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Thanks, Wrench!  We are excited about this trip its our first time to be up there by ourselves.  No in-laws, no wife and daughter, just the two of us and we can fish all day if we want.  I would think by now the big boat have slowed down?  We might be able to move around the lake some.  We are new to Lake O and would like to try some new places if we can run without fear... :o

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After looking at the forecast for the next week going forward I'd say that the info I just gave you was worthless.  We are about to lose 10° of water temp and I'm sure that's gonna change things considerably.   

I looked back through my pics to see how I was catching them during mid-November last year and I see lots of Whites on Clousers and Sassy shads, and the green bass all had Football jigs and 1/2 oz. slow-roller spinnerbaits in their mouths.

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Thanks again on the update.  I was hoping we could catch a few on the blades.  Should we head back in the pockets or stay out toward the main lake.  Sounds like the water falling has the pockets a little off. 

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39 minutes ago, redshad said:

Thanks again on the update.  I was hoping we could catch a few on the blades.  Should we head back in the pockets or stay out toward the main lake.  Sounds like the water falling has the pockets a little off. 

I'd start in the backs and work your way out.    A large cove that faces south and has a nice wide backend flat would be a ideal place to start.

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