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  • bobby b.
    Got out for a couple hours early this morning. I haven't been for a while due to the heat and other pressing matters.  Found fish pretty much bunched up at 20 ft in 28 fow in one particular spot on a long gravel run out.  Caught several, mostly keepers using drop shot and nightcrawlers.
    But here is the rest of the story as Paul Harvey would say:
    A guy showed up with two young kids and noting that I was catching a few and that I was working hard to stay in one spot with the waves and wind (I need one of those Spot Lock trolling motors), he began to troll in circles around me at about 20 ft. distance, apparently trying to see what I was seeing on the graph.  Occasionally I would would drift off the spot while retying and he would move in trying to find the spot.  Finally he asked how I was doing and I asked him "if those were his grandsons and if he was teaching them how to fish" and he said Yes.  I responded indicating that was very nice but told him he had the an opportunity to teach them something else and he said what was that and I responded that he "could teach them common courtesy and fishing etiquette".  He responded "am I too close and messing up your graph signal" .  I indicated that if you think our graphs are interfering with each other that should tell you something.   YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP.  ALL IN ALL A GOOD MORNING.  WEATHER WAS GREAT AND VERY FEW BOATS OUT UNTIL ABOUT 9 AM.
     



  • Quillback

     
    Today I made myself throw a square bill and tried hard not to pick up the dragging baits.  Stuck with the SB for about three hours, starting at daylight.  Didn't catch many, but got 5, all largemouth, 2 were keepers.  They all came on main channel chunk rock banks, up shallow.  When I am by myself throwing SB's or other cranks, I'll position my boat parallel to the bank and throw down the bank from the bow, trying to keep the bait running near the bottom, kicking off cover.
    Caught about a 3 foot gar on the SB also.
    Caught another 3 or so on the Trick worm, one was a keeper smallie.  Smallie was an accidental "deadstick" fish.  Had a hard rain shower hit me about halfway through my retrieve, put the rod down, put on my rain coat, picked up the rod, reeled in the slack and he was there.  Fortunately he didn't swallow it.
    Sun came out about 10 AM and that shut them down, I fished until 11 AM but did not get a bite after 10.   The wake boat navy was also making its appearance so it was time to go.
    Surface temp was down to 83.

     

  • Phil Lilley
    First time I've been up lake since they fixed Powersite Dam and the water's been off.  We boated by the crew pulling the last car out of the lake, or at least the last car that anyone has seen.  There could be more but it's either in a deeper hole or covered with gravel, probably the former.
    First impression:  The water is deeper than I thought it would be.  Back when the lake was dropping below normal pool because the spill side of Powersite had broken sections of the gates (in the down position) letting the level of Taneycomo drop lower than normal, the water was much shallower at the Narrows.  I liked it too!  I still do, just can't wade it like I thought I would be able to.
    We ran the boat up on the shoals and dropped the anchor.  Got out and started casting to deeper water.  I tied on a #18 red Zebra but after a couple of casts I switched to a meaty scud... cause I just wanted to catch big trout!  That's what normally happens - a scud does catch bigger trout.
    I set the float about 5-6 feet deep, fishing 3-4 feet of water, 6x tippet and a #12 gray scud tied on a 200R hook.  It was also weighted - about 7 turns of .015 lead.
    There was slight current moving down lake and the wind blew just a little from 3 directions.  I let the scud drag the bottom, switching it occasionally. The bite was mostly light, but had 2 or 3 rainbows take it and ran.
    I caught 4 real pretty, nice rainbows before I turned the video camera on.  Then came the dinks... and one really nice rainbow.  Didn't move at all - fishing the same spot.  Saw a couple of trophies swim by too.
    Started at 9:20 and quit at 11:00 a.m..  I think I'll go back!

  • Alumacraft190
    Got out last night with Dan and gave it a shot with the light on the north end.  WT 90 thermocline set up at 20' steady everywhere from pt 5 north.  Started pt 5, we marked a few fish here and there and set up over the light but we werent liking what we were seeing.  With the wind yesterday blowing we hit opposite bank and point from pt 5 and didnt come up with much on the graph.  Decided to go north to Indian Creek area.  Got a lot more bait working around the boat so we settled in and gave it a shot.  Picked up one, but surprisingly we had to go down to 50' to get it.  We marked quite all at one time down deep and that was the only one we got to play ball, never did get them up above the 50' range with the light down 16-17'.  Was a great evening on the water and enjoyed the good company.  I'll let Dan chime in with anything I missed.  As usual whether its in his boat or not, Dan is the one holding the fish at the end of the day!  


  • rps
    A few days ago a OA member messaged me for help catching walleye. He explained he would be camping at Parker Bottoms up by the Beaver Lake dam and that he would have a modest boat with him. He specifically wanted advice for fishing downstream as far as Beaver town. Instead I offered to show him.
    I picked Jack up at the Houseman ramp this morning at 6:30. We fished until noon between there and Butler Creek. The front that came through predictably made the fishing tough. We caught handfuls of bluegill but only scratched out two walleye. Unfortunately the one I caught was a 22 inch keeper, but the one Jack caught was between 17 and 18 inches.
    The fish came out of 15 feet of water with a surface water temp of 84.

    While up river very near Houseman I was amazed to find a wake boat with a boardhead tearing up the banks on both sides.

  • kvo113
    Finally found some fish after a long hot day with few bites. Had 15-20 fish, 3 keepers. One was 17.5" and another 19.5-20". Shakey head with mag trick worm. Most of the numbers were on a drop shot dragged from 8 out to 20 foot of water but the keepers were on the shakey head. Caught the big one around midnight in 4-8 foot of water relating to a dock corner surprisingly. 
     
    We were out out again this morning with few bites but hopefully will get on them again tonight. 
    Side note, this lake is becoming more and more like lake of the ozarks. Saw a wake boat with two little kids on a tube make a full speed u turn in the middle of the channel near 13 bridge and they cut right in front of a bass boat, who had to steer hard to avoid the tube. Complete idiocy. Water patrol was in the cove nearby but didn't see it I guess. 


  • Quillback
    One of those days where I couldn't really nail anything down, fished different kinds of structure using several techniques and baits.  Caught one here and there and ended up with a dozen bass, biggest went about 2.5 lbs.  The rest were 12-14" spots and LM's. 
    Got the most on a Trick Worm fished on a Spider head.  Got a couple of a c-rig, a couple early on a wobblehead with a Megabug, and one or two drop shot fish.  A couple of brush piles that were in the 10-20 foot range held a few, a few out on gravel, and the early fish were back in a main lake pocket. 
    There was some scattered TW activity, I was able to throw a Nutech Zinc spoon a few times on TW fish, had a couple of bites, got one about halfway to the boat that jumped a good three feet out of the water and tossed the spoon.  I could be wrong, but I am thinking we may see some main channel, summer early morning, TW activity soon, I think they are just getting started.   Lots of shad out in the channel for them to eat.
    Surface temp as close to 90 as it can get, I saw it hit 89.9 at one point.
    When I got to the ramp there was a husband/wife team (assuming they are married) launching.  Husband in the boat, wife backing the trailer in.  Husband yelling instructions:
    BACK!
    BACK!
    TURN!
    TURN!
    NO, TURN THE OTHER WAY!
    I SAID THE OTHER WAY!
    PULL UP!
    PULL UP!
    OK, NOW BACK!
    BACK!
    They got it done, you have to learn sometime right?
     


  • Phil Lilley

    Generation has been consistent the past few weeks. Dam officials have run "fish water" from about midnight until noon each day and then up to three or four units until late at night. With temperatures in the mid 90's, Table Rock's turbines are turning out much needed electricity.I call "fish water" the generation to the tune of 20 megawatts, or less than one unit. The top of the spillway at Powersite Dam is still damaged from the May flood, so it's letting more water through than normal, dropping Taneycomo's level below 701.3 feet. This causes major problems, exposing a lot of gravel flats uplake that normally are covered with water, so the water is run to keep them covered until the dam is fixed.

    Navigating the lake above Fall Creek is extremely tricky, so much so that a lot of our guides can't get their boats above the Narrows, a shallow, narrow spot in the lake about three-fourths a mile above Fall Creek. But it's makes for some interesting wading and fly fishing!

    The cars . . . the drama of the cars in the lake continues. But there is word that they are to be pulled out Friday and Saturday morning, July 21 and 22. Long story short, a local wrecker service is pulling them out at no charge. We'll see if he gets it done since it won't be easy.
     

    Our lake temperature is holding at 57 degrees, not increasing for a month now. Dissolved oxygen levels remain at good levels, too. There is some concern about the amount of water moved out of Table Rock over the last three months due to the flood in May. Cold water is pulled out of Table Rock at 130 feet, and when too much is pulled out too early in the summer/fall season, the water that's left becomes stagnate, not good for our trout. So we are thankful the water is looking pretty good in this hot part of the summer.
    http://forums.ozarkanglers.com/topic/17240-quick-link-lake-levels/
    We've seen and heard of a lot of big trout reports all this week, both browns and rainbows. Most have been caught on bait but some on jigs. Almost all have been released to be caught again.


     

    Night crawlers has been the hot bait all summer. I took a couple of friends and their kids out this morning fishing. They were running less than one unit as we headed up to Fall Creek, mainly to see the cars in the lake. But that's where we started drifting.
    I had four-pound line on the reels, using a small #7/0 split shot (about 1/16th ounce) 18 inches above a #8 short shank hook. I wanted to use the smallest weight needed to throw out the line, letting the bait sink to the bottom. The kids were novice anglers, so I didn't want them confused between the feel of bites and the feel of bumping the bottom. I pinched a worm in half and hooked it once in the middle, letting it hand off each side (I don't hide the hook).

    It didn't take long to hear, "Fish on!" Lily hooked her first trout! Gavin was the second, but his attention turned to being the net man for the rest of the morning. Keagan wasn't far behind, catching two in a row. It was hard keeping all the lines in the water. All and all, they caught their limits plus a couple and kept four for lunch.

    Randy and Tracy Kemp are regular guests of ours who have been here all week. Randy started fishing with jigs a few summers ago -- may have been last summer when he started. He told me he showed Tracy how to use them this trip and she's been out fishing him. "She hasn't asked to use Powerbait at all this week." And they've caught some nice trout.  Below is a brown she caught on a sculpin jig.

    The stretch from Fall Creek to Short Creek has been pretty good, but a lot of people have been going down as far as the Branson Landing and doing well. Beside night crawlers, orange and chartreuse Powerbait Gulp Eggs have been enticing bites.
    The size of rainbows has been up this summer, too. We're not seeing many really small rainbows as we did in summers past.

    Above Fall Creek, if you can get above the Narrows in the morning, trout are really starting to take zebra midges under an indicator early, before the sun hits the water. Also working are fishing a Miracle Fly (egg fly on a jig head) and a San Juan Worm dropper (bacon and eggs as Duane calls it) under an indicator six- to seven-feet deep.
    I've been testing out my dry flies fairly often -- a beetle, ant or a hopper -- with limited success. It may be too early, but they should be producing bites shortly.

    In the afternoons, fishing has been tough with three units running. I've tried throwing jigs with limited success. I did find some warm water species in slack water close to the dam. Yes, they're still up there. Crappie, red ears, smallmouth bass and spotted bass. I'm catching them on a sculpin 1/8th-ounce jigs. Also catching a few nice rainbows in the same places.

  • Phil Lilley

    Generation has been consistent the past few weeks. Dam officials have run "fish water" from about midnight until noon each day and then up to three or four units until late at night. With temperatures in the mid 90's, Table Rock's turbines are turning out much needed electricity.
    I call "fish water" the generation to the tune of 20 megawatts, or less than one unit. The top of the spillway at Powersite Dam is still damaged from the May flood, so it's letting more water through than normal, dropping Taneycomo's level below 701.3 feet. This causes major problems, exposing a lot of gravel flats uplake that normally are covered with water, so the water is run to keep them covered until the dam is fixed.

    Navigating the lake above Fall Creek is extremely tricky, so much so that a lot of our guides can't get their boats above the Narrows, a shallow, narrow spot in the lake about three-fourths a mile above Fall Creek. But it's makes for some interesting wading and fly fishing!

    The cars . . . the drama of the cars in the lake continues. But there is word that they are to be pulled out Friday and Saturday morning, July 21 and 22. Long story short, a local wrecker service is pulling them out at no charge. We'll see if he gets it done since it won't be easy.
     

    Our lake temperature is holding at 57 degrees, not increasing for a month now. Dissolved oxygen levels remain at good levels, too. There is some concern about the amount of water moved out of Table Rock over the last three months due to the flood in May. Cold water is pulled out of Table Rock at 130 feet, and when too much is pulled out too early in the summer/fall season, the water that's left becomes stagnate, not good for our trout. So we are thankful the water is looking pretty good in this hot part of the summer.
    http://forums.ozarkanglers.com/topic/17240-quick-link-lake-levels/
    We've seen and heard of a lot of big trout reports all this week, both browns and rainbows. Most have been caught on bait but some on jigs. Almost all have been released to be caught again.


     

    Night crawlers has been the hot bait all summer. I took a couple of friends and their kids out this morning fishing. They were running less than one unit as we headed up to Fall Creek, mainly to see the cars in the lake. But that's where we started drifting.
    I had four-pound line on the reels, using a small #7/0 split shot (about 1/16th ounce) 18 inches above a #8 short shank hook. I wanted to use the smallest weight needed to throw out the line, letting the bait sink to the bottom. The kids were novice anglers, so I didn't want them confused between the feel of bites and the feel of bumping the bottom. I pinched a worm in half and hooked it once in the middle, letting it hand off each side (I don't hide the hook).

    It didn't take long to hear, "Fish on!" Lily hooked her first trout! Gavin was the second, but his attention turned to being the net man for the rest of the morning. Keagan wasn't far behind, catching two in a row. It was hard keeping all the lines in the water. All and all, they caught their limits plus a couple and kept four for lunch.

    Randy and Tracy Kemp are regular guests of ours who have been here all week. Randy started fishing with jigs a few summers ago -- may have been last summer when he started. He told me he showed Tracy how to use them this trip and she's been out fishing him. "She hasn't asked to use Powerbait at all this week." And they've caught some nice trout.  Below is a brown she caught on a sculpin jig.

    The stretch from Fall Creek to Short Creek has been pretty good, but a lot of people have been going down as far as the Branson Landing and doing well. Beside night crawlers, orange and chartreuse Powerbait Gulp Eggs have been enticing bites.
    The size of rainbows has been up this summer, too. We're not seeing many really small rainbows as we did in summers past.

    Above Fall Creek, if you can get above the Narrows in the morning, trout are really starting to take zebra midges under an indicator early, before the sun hits the water. Also working are fishing a Miracle Fly (egg fly on a jig head) and a San Juan Worm dropper (bacon and eggs as Duane calls it) under an indicator six- to seven-feet deep.
    I've been testing out my dry flies fairly often -- a beetle, ant or a hopper -- with limited success. It may be too early, but they should be producing bites shortly.

    In the afternoons, fishing has been tough with three units running. I've tried throwing jigs with limited success. I did find some warm water species in slack water close to the dam. Yes, they're still up there. Crappie, red ears, smallmouth bass and spotted bass. I'm catching them on a sculpin 1/8th-ounce jigs. Also catching a few nice rainbows in the same places.

  • MOFishwater
    Finally got to dust off the new (to me) kayak and take a little spin on the river. Wife took the kids up to visit the inlaws so I had a long afternoon to get out and explore. 
    Never fail to be amazed at how we can have such an awesome resource next to a main artery of the state and there's literally nobody using it much of the time. Sitting there watching a couple kingfishers rattling up and down the river, mature bald eagle cruising by, deer drinking from banks while thousands of cars zip by a few hundred yards away oblivious to what's going on outside their vehicle's windows. Not complaining, I thoroughly enjoyed the serenity and alone time! I can be loaded up and down on the access in minutes so I plan to take as much advantage of it as possible. Only thing that would make it better would be having a friend upriver that would let me dump in there and float down instead of having to get a workout in to float back down all too quickly. 
    Had one small spot hit an inline spinner and come unbuttoned, other than that it was pretty slow, more just getting in tune with the new boat and adjusting to the space limitations. Still a wonderful few hours of having a river to myself, hard to beat. Never been much of a river fisherman so it's going to take some patience to find some success, I'm quite sure I'm not in high % water either but that makes it all the more fun to try and figure out. Threw jigs, spinners, whopper plopper, cranks, swimbait, buzzbait. Mebbe next time! 
     
     





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