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  • Lance34
    Got out Sunday afternoon and dirty water never looked so good.  Love it
    WT was 44, Rigging .2-.3 mph, using 1/2oz double minnow rigs in 5-8 fow, around 5 feet down for the most part.  
    The bite was a hit and run a lot of times.  Made for not getting good hook sets.  Pop offs all day.  
    That or they just kind of made out with the minnow. 😂 Really had to be patient with grabbing the rod out of the holder to set the hook.  You’ll eventually see the line go at an angle.  Then set the thing quick.  Not too many would hammer it and bury the rod tip.  
    Wish I would of got more quality size minnows.  They want the bigger beefier minnow.  Like 3”
    They survived the two week ice age🤪. Ended with 14
    Pics below, God Bless

  • Brian Sloss
    Took Mark on a guide trip today. The fishing was hot and cold as the fish were concentrated in certain areas due to the low water. Still scratched out about 25 fish, the highlight being a 23.5 inch trout (probably 7lbs). Mark hooked her in a deep hole and it took every bit of 10 minutes or more to land her on 5x tippet. We had to chase her about 100 yards downstream. After a couple quick pictures, she took off with the same fighting attitude she displayed during the fight. By the way, we both about lost our minds when she launched herself about 3 ft out of the water about a minute into the fight. www.elevenpointflyfishing.com

  • Phil Lilley
    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.

  • Phil Lilley
    Did something I haven't done in a long time.  Living this close to this water and not fishing it, wading it, would be considered a sin in most fly fishermen's book but fortunately I live by another book.  It was, though, nice to see and fish again.
    Ryan Walker, a long time friend, called and asked by if I wanted to go wade fishing below the dam.  No, first he asked me what I was doing.  He caught me between projects... I said nothing.  So when he asked me to meet him at the Rebar Hole, I didn't have a good out.  Me?  An out for fishing?  In my old age, I think I'm become more of a work-a-holic than a fisherman.
    Ryan was already catching when I arrived.  We parked at the lot to the south and above Rebar.  He had one on when I dropped over the edge down to the water.  We walked on up to the area across from hatchery outlet #2.  He had on a P&P Zebra with a gray scud dropper under a float and caught 3 more rainbows before I got rigged.
    I tied on a #16 green butt soft hackle.  It's a fly tied by legend fishing guide John Berry.  He lives and guides on the White River.

    There is a pretty good current in that area now.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The last time I had fished this spot (pre 2017 flood) there was very little movement.  It has deepened too, and you reall have to watch the area around the boulders placed there by MDC to create fish habitat --  the wash around them is big and deep.
    Anyhow, rainbows like the soft hackle.  It stripped it short and fast and they hit it.  I stripped it long and slow and they hit it.  I let it just drift in the current and they hit it.  And they hit it hard!

    Ryan was hooking up on rainbows too.

    This was a male that had been working the gravel.  You can see outlet #2 in the background.
    I also tried a zebra/scud combo.  I had a #16 red Zebra tied over a #20 dark brown camel scud (Leonard Keeney ties them).  They really like the scud. 
    We worked down to the top of Rebar.  Ryan wanted to try down at Rocking Chair, and we had time before the sun dropped behind the bluff so we walked out and drove to the parking lot further down the access road.
    We opted to start at the end of the path.  I tied on a scud duo -- a #14 tan Trout Crack over a #18 gray scud and set the float deeper than I had it uplake.  The water seemed to be much deeper there and I wanted the scuds close if not on the bottom.  I caught 5 rainbows before moving down to the gravel bar.
    We ended our evening throwing soft hackles, although they would cooperate for me as much as they did Ryan.
    I don't know how many fish we caught and it doesn't matter.  We caught up on family and fishing... and talked about his work and fishing excusions.  And it was good to fish the tailwater again.  Hope I won't be the stranger any longer.

  • Quillback
    Fished with my buddy Mike Tuesday afternoon and most of the day Wednesday in the Indian creek area.  For the most part, we fished Ned rigs, very slowly with most of the fish we caught coming in 10-20 FOW.  They have been scattered, one here and there, usually around steep rocky banks with or without timber.  The bites are very, very sluggish, you'll feel that rod tip get a bit heavy with a bit of a rubbery feel, and when you feel that, it's time to set that hook.  
    We boated 10 Tuesday afternoon and 15 Wednesday.  No bigguns, but some keepers, a couple of nice 2-2.5 lb. spots in the mix, but mostly smallmouth.  Only one largemouth, Kind of mystified as to where the LM's are hanging out.  
    Haven't seen much striper activity, had a school pass under the boat once, then they were gone.  Saw some shad balls, but not many, didn't see any dying shad or dead shad.  Water temps were 45-47.
    Very few fishermen out on that part of the lake, saw 2 other boats Tuesday, and never saw another boat yesterday.  
    A couple of pics:

  • Phil Lilley
    Generation on Lake Taneycomo has followed the variance of temperature.  When it's cold, dam operators have been running water pretty hard, but as soon as it gets warmer, they throttle it down.  It's running harder early in the mornings and back on after dark, but instead of no flow  during the day, it's been running at a strange 10 megawatts, 703 feet or less than 1,000 c.f.s.  It's strange because this level is rare -- and they ran it all last weekend!  Today, though, the water is all the way off.  Water temp - 45.3 degrees.
    Last Friday, the hatchery stocked rainbows, lots of rainbows.  And they stocked them off the access ramp down below the Landing close to where they keep their stocking boat.  Some of our tournament guys saw them dump the trout in . . . and word go out.  I guess it was pretty crowded Saturday morning during the Masters Tournament.  And quite a few of the rainbows caught were pretty decent, not the little ones we've been seeing most of the winter.

    Those newly stocked rainbows like to chase.  So throwing something shiny you can retrieve  was the key.  Spoons, rooster tails, jigs, jigs and float all worked well.  Anglers caught trout from that area up through the Landing.  Since then, it's been reported a lot of those fish have moved up and are being caught around Monkey Island.
    One of our guides fished up in Turkey and Roark creeks last week and said the creeks were full of trout.  He caught his fish on the Berkley pink worm on a small jig head, under a float.
    Anglers this week are fishing with Powerbait and doing pretty well.  They said they're catching a lot of little ones.

    I've fly fished and thrown a jig-and-float on outings this week.  I've seen the same thing . . . lots of 10- to 12-inchers from Lookout Island all the way down and below Short Creek.
    I tried a Zebra Midge - #16 olive green and a red, under a float from 12 to 36 inches and the trout hammered it, especially if there was a little chop on the water's surface.  They also creamed a #14 grey scud fished deep enough to be on the bottom.  Some would hit it as soon as it hit the water.  And I stripped a black hybernator (streamer) just above the River Pointe Estates boat ramp -- they hit it so hard I thought they were going to snap it off.
    I also fished a brown 1/50th-ounce jig with an orange head under a float.  As long as there was a good chop on the water, they took the float under.

  • Ham
    I was going to fish BSL, but I happened to notice that ZERO generation was projected for the Norfolk tail water. That settled it. I wasn’t in a Super Big hurry to get started, but then I noticed my fishing license was expired which cost me a little more time than it should have. Finally got on the water about 10:30 AM with plans to be at the confluence for 4 PM. My wife was nice enough to shuttle me at the end of the day.
    air temp eventually got to Mid 50’s. It was sunny but a little windier than I would have liked. I fought a head wind all day. Blowing me upstream when it would gust. Not ideal. 
    Water is still pretty dirty, but don’t let it get you down. Adjust your Jig color and fish with confidence.
    Shocking how many Good trout can be caught in that first big pool by the commercial trout docks. So much PowerBait gets used there. 1/16 oz Zig Jig got it done. I caught 11 fish before I dropped down into Long Hole. Several of them were really chunky.
    I also threw a BPS Mini Dad because I like struggling to remove treble hooks from trout. It caught fish very steadily, but they were smaller than the Jig fish. I’m actually always researching back up techniques for when I bring folks that can’t get the Zig Jig thing to work.
    I also threw the 1/32 oz Zig Jig quite a bit. It was definitely catching it’s share of fish. I throw it in the slower water or shallower stuff. Fish it patiently and you will get rewarded.
    I fish Norfolk when I can for size and variety. I had 10 cutties over 15 inches. Largest might have been 18 inches. No Bonnevillie Cutts were caught. I got several Nantucket Sleigh rides from trout today. 😁
    I had a great time that passed far too quickly. I had a long cold paddle out in the shade with a strong headwind to push against.
    I finally caught a nice Brown. It was my 55 fish of the day and I decided to quit on Double Nickels so I could be on time at the takeout. Unfortunately, my wife decided to be 22 minutes early. What the heck? 
    I wish the stars aligned for me to do this trip more frequently. I saw lots of guys with the long rod really whacking them. Maybe next time. It would have only been made better if I had a fishing buddy with me to share the experience.

  • Phil Lilley
    Lake Taneycomo is a tailwater lake below Table Rock Lake.  Table Rock's dam releases water for two reasons -- flood control and generation of electricity.   Recreation does not figure in to the overall plan for managing water.  The U.S. Corps of Army Engineers does work with the power companies, as well as the Missouri Department of Conservation, when asked to change water flows for various, important projects.  For instance, Table Rock Dam will hold generation when work is needed to be done on the lower dam at Powersite.
    The dam's operation is in the hands of the US Army Corp of Engineers.  The entity that controls the power generation is Southwest Power Administration.
    There are four lakes in this White River Chain -- Beaver, Table Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals.  Each one is managed to reflect the whole chain as to water storage simply because each one has different abilities to store a volume of water.  This comes in to play when heavy, seasonable rains come, normally in the spring.  That's when we may see high flows from Table Rock Dam, moving rain water down the chain of lakes to prevent flooding.
    Summer time brings hot temperatures and more demand for electricity.  This is when we may see more heavy flows at peak times of the day, when air conditioners are running at full tilt.  We also may see heavy flows after a rainy spring season, moving floods waters out of the upper lakes.
    Fall is normally the time we see low flows.  Less demand for electricity and drier skies means less generation most years.
    Winters bring cold temperatures and more demand for power.  We can see heavy generation during peak times during the mornings and less as it warms up in the afternoon.
    702.0 feet -- 000 m.w. -- 0,000 c.f.s.
    703.0 feet -- 010 m.w. -- < 1,000 c.f.s.
    704.0 feet -- 035 m.w. -- 2,500 c.f.s.
    705.0 feet -- 050 m.w. -- 4,000 c.f.s. -- 1 turbine (unit)
    705.5 feet -- 075 m.w. -- 5,000 c.f.s.
    706.0 feet -- 085 m.w. -- 6,250 c.f.s.
    707.0 feet -- 100 m.w. -- 7,500 c.f.s. -- 2 turbines (unit)
    708.0 feet -- 125 m.w. -- 8,000 c.f.s.
    708.5 feet -- 150 m.w. -- 10,000 c.f.s. - 3 turbines (unit)
    709.0 feet -- 175 m.w. -- 11,500 c.f.s.
    710.0 feet -- 200 m.w. -- 13,500 c.f.s.
    711.0 feet -- 220 m.w. -- 16,000 c.f.s. - 4 turbines (unit)
    Understand that if there's a number of units running at any one time, those units may be running at less than capacity.  That's why you can't depend on flow according to the number of units reported running.  You have to read the lake level and/or and cubic feet per second flow.
    Flow vs Wading Below the Dam
    Warning!  A loud horn will sound when turbines come online.  Get out of the water immediately.  Do not wait until water is rising.
    Warning!  Water release may increase WITHOUT any sounding horn or warning!!  Be watchful, and have an exit strategy in mind.
    The following is a general depiction of flow conditions as to the availability to successfully wade from the shore below Table Rock Dam.
    702 feet -- no generation.  Wading is possible below dam.
    703.0-704.5 feet -- up to 4,000 c.f.s..  Some wading on edges, at outlets, behind island across from #2 Outlet, in front of #3 Outlet and out on gravel bar, below boat ramp and above Trophy Run there's a long chute that can be good, but be careful not to get caught on rising water back to boat ramp (on foot) and Lookout Island (boat access only).  The inside bend at the Lookout area along Pointe Royale's property (boat access only unless you have special access to the property, which is private).
    704.5-706.5 feet -- up to 7,000 c.f.s.  Wading is difficult but not impossible.   Wade at the hatchery outlets and some edges, but be careful.
    706.5 + feet -- Wading is restricted to the outlets only.  Be very careful.  Currents are strong even along the banks.
    If you're wading below the dam and hear the horn blast, move to the bank immediately. Don't cast a few more times, don't try to catch that last trout, don't hesitate and get caught in rising water. Many have done it and found themselves in a dangerous situation, having to wade across fast and rising water to dry ground. Some have not made it. Be smart and get to the bank as soon as you hear the horn.
    Call the automated service provided by the USACE at 417-336-5083.  It will give you real time information as to what the lake level is (above and below the dam), how many units are running and the c.f.s. flowing at that time.
    Other useful links:
    Boating uplake with different flows on Lake Taneycomo
    The #1 question we get asked when it comes to boating on Lake Taneycomo is how high uplake lake can I boat?  That all depends on how much water is running at Table Rock Dam.
    *Zero water running, lake level 701-702 feet
    If there is no water running, you're generally safe to boat up and past the mouth of Fall Creek to the Narrows.  Stay middle to bluff side to Fall Creek and middle to right side past Fall Creek.
    At the Narrows, you HAVE to be on the far left, "at the tips of the tree branches" in the channel.  I can't express enough how narrow this channel is and how shallow the right edge will be.  The gravel is generally very dark and it is hard to see the bottom there.
    If there is a boat or two fishing the Narrows, don't try to be nice and go to the right of them.  Excuse yourself and stay in the channel.  They will understand . . .  and if they don't, well, they are clueless to the lake.
    There's a tree stump on its side off the bank that marks the top of the Narrows.  From there, go to the right slightly and get away from the bluff bank a bit.  Don't ride too close to this bank because there are big trees and rocks that will get you.  Stay middle left of center all the way to Lookout Island.
    You can boat more than halfway up past the island at Lookout but that's about all.  The lake is super shallow all the way across -- there is no channel here.  I have seen boats raise their motors up and creep past this shallow area to the Trophy Run Hole, but I wouldn't advise it.  But if you do get up there, the next chute past the club house will be too narrow and too shallow to get through.
    703.0 feet -- 010 m.w. -- < 1,000 c.f.s.
    These produce the same conditions as if the water was not running.  Not much difference in levels, just a little more current at the narrow areas.
    704.0 feet -- 035 m.w. -- 2,500 c.f.s.
    At the Narrows, you still should stay in the channel.  The current will be a lot faster, and it will look safe, but there's not enough water to go over the bar.  I have seen some people make it, but I sure wouldn't chance a prop by cutting through to save time.
    At Lookout Island, if you keep your boat up on plane, you can run up by the island, staying right of center.  You should be able to see the shallow flat riffling off the top of the island -- stay clear of that shallow water.  There's also a couple of big logs on the right, too, but their tops should be exposed, up out of the water.
    At this level, you can run up through the chute above Trophy Run.  Head right straight up the "V." marking the center of the channel along the right bank.  Again, don't get too close to the bank because there are a few logs and bigger rocks.  Better to stay on the left side and tip the gravel if you're going to err.
    At the ramp, you should be right of center.  Stay there until you're at the Rocking Chair access on the left bank (road/path coming down out of the trees).  At that point, you need to edge to the left and head towards the stump sticking up below the island.  Some people will stop at this point, but I would miss the stump on the right and cut it hard right toward the wooden steps on the right bank.  That's about where the channel is at Rebar.
    When you've traveled to about mid-lake, turn up towards the dam and stay mid center  all the way to the cable.  You should be clear of the boulders on each side.
    705.0 feet -- 050 m.w. -- 4,000 c.f.s. -- 1 turbine (unit)
    705.5 feet -- 075 m.w. -- 5,000 c.f.s.
    At this flow, you should be able to run over the shallow flat at the Narrows.  And you should be able to run the middle of the lake all the way to the cable below the dam.  But I would stay on plane over all the areas I've mentioned that are shallow.
    706.0 feet -- 085 m.w. -- 6,250 c.f.s.
    No worries at this point.  Unless you're running too close to any bank, you should be fine boating anywhere in the trophy area.
    *If there is no water running, don't assume the lake level is at "power pool" or 702 feet.  There are times, although not often, that Empire Electric draws more water out of the lake than it should.  Empire owns and operates Powersite Dam, the dam at the lower end of Taneycomo.  If  too much water is let out there, our lake level does drop to levels above Short Creek that could get you in trouble.

  • Phil Lilley
    WILDWOOD, Mo.— The Maple Sugar Festival at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Rockwoods Reservation offers visitors the chance to discover nature at its most delicious. 
    The annual Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival returns in 2018 on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to the whole family at no cost. 


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