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Phil Lilley

Lilley's Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report, January 1, 2020

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Generation has stayed the same all week so there's no change in my report for Lake Taneycomo as far as water release.  Beaver has dropped a couple of feet but weekend rains have kept it from dropping even more.  Table Rock's level has risen a bit but they will all start going down as run off water slows down.  We should see this flow at least through this week.

One of the hot lures is the small jerk baits Duane and Blake have been demonstrating on One Cast.  There's a variety of baits you can use just as long as they are floating and anywhere from 4 to 5.5 inches long.  Duane, and now Blake, custom paint their baits to look like shad, rainbows or sculpin but there again, there are baits out there that you can buy that look pretty close to what they're making.

Here's a video Duane did explaining how he fishes them.

We have some knock-off baits in our shop for sale and I've ordered several hundred due to come in next week.  As Duane says, you lose a lot of these baits due to snagging on the bottom so don't go out and spend a lot of money on them.  But they have been working very well!

I got out the other day and drifted some PowerEggs with the grandkids down close to Monkey Island.  Ended up catching a half dozen rainbows in the short time we were out.  You have to use pretty small weights, even with the 3 units running, if you're fishing down lake because the current is pretty slow.  I was using a #4 split shot but a 1/8th ounce bell weight would be fine.

I've also heard there's a lot of rainbows to be caught doing the same thing from Scotty's Trout Dock down through the Branson Landing area.  You just have to be careful of the wind in that area.


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