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    MickinMO reacted to Phil Lilley for a article, June 4 Fishing Report   
    Here on Lake Taneycomo, we're finally seeing some slower generation after months of high water.  But we're an oasis in the middle of flooding, all around us.  There are so many people affected by flooding,  our hearts go out to them.  We could easily be in the same position if weather patterns shift.
    We've had rain this past week but our watershed hasn't been blanketed with inches, only isolated storms delivering a half-inch at a time which soaks into the ground with little runoff.  So our lakes are not jumping up and generation has slowed.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been running up to 3 units, starting early in the morning and shutting down after dark but this isn't the case every day.  Today, they are not running water until 2 p.m. which gives those who like to fish from the bank, or dock or wade a chance to enjoy some quiet water.  Hard to say what will happen in the coming days... we are forecasted to get quite a bit of rain this weekend but we will wait and see what falls and where.

    Duane had a guide trip this morning, early, and Steve did great throwing a stick bait.  He landed 4 rainbows over 20 inches, all in the lower trophy area.
    Speaking of scuds, a beaded scud under an indicator works well, using 6x or 2-pound line from Short Creek up.  So will a zebra midge.  I really don't have specific colors and sizes because I haven't been out to try it yet.  Same size tippet on the Zebras.
    Air injected night crawlers almost always catches fish anywhere on the upper lake but especially in the Short Creek area.

    The pink Powerworm caught this 15-pound brown in the Short Creek area last week.  We like to think a brown is smarter than that, growing from a 12-inch stocker to a 30-inch brute without being caught.  Taking a pink Powerworm shouldn't have been on this guy's menu.
    See all the trophies caught and released on our Trophy Page.
    Black/Olive marabou jigs have been doing pretty good so far this week, even out fishing the sculpin/peach jig.  White is still the color on the first half-mile of the lake, then switch to the darker colors.

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    MickinMO reacted to Phil Lilley for a article, Taneycomo Report, May 7   
    Quick and concise...  recent rains have brought our lakes up to levels which warrant some concern.  Beaver Lake is now approaching 1125.5 feet, only 4.5 feet from its flood pool while Table Rock hovers at 920 feet, that magical level that calls for flood gates and flows at 20,000 c.f.s..   But Table Rock Dam is now running 3 turbines full while one turbine is down for maintenance so 5 spill gates are open 1 foot each to make up for the 4th turbine, equaling 15,000 c.f.s of flow.  Four gates were open for about 24 hours yesterday when Table Rock's level reached 920.3 feet but dropped below 920 feet this morning.  All the while, Bull Shoals is rising and is now at 672.7 feet, almost 10 feet higher than a week ago.
    Taney's water temperature is 54 degrees on the spill side, 44 degrees on the turbine side.  When the extra gates were open we saw 60 degree water and a push of threadfin shad, just not as many as we'd like to see.  I think we got a deposit of warm water fish too, white bass, walleye and small mouth bass.
    White jigs have not taken off like we would have hoped with the spill gates open but fishing is fairly good.  Some are fishing a 1/32nd ounce white jig under a float 10-12 feet deep the first 3 miles of the lake while others are throwing 1/8th to 3/32nd ounce jigs straight, 4-pound line.  I'm also using our sculpin/peach jigs and doing pretty good too.  Spoons - silver Cleo or Boyaunt - are working well too.
    Work the eddies all the way down to Fall Creek using an 1/8th ounce earth color jigs like black, brown or sculpin.
    Below Fall Creek, drift minnows, night crawlers and Berkley Powerworm in pink, red or while on the bottom using drift rigs.  The word is the trout are not in the creeks right now for some reason but if you're out and want to try, I would because they really should be in there.
    The water isn't going to be as fast down at the Landing so fishing down there will be easier.
    With this high water, watch where you're drifting and stay mid lake.  Don't anchor in current and wear a life jacket if you're at all uncomfortable in swift water.
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    MickinMO reacted to CLoyd for a article, Nighttime Brown Trout   
    I was short on time this weekend, but made a quick 2-hour pass Friday night over the same stretch of water under the dam I have been fishing since June.  It was a pretty typical night with one big exception, I caught 3 browns.  None of them were big.  They were all 12"-14" and caught on a #8 Hibernator pattern.  I have only been catching a brown trout about once every 4 nights out all summer, so catching 3 in one night is exciting.  I'm optimistic about the coming weeks.  Hopefully this is the beginning of a good fall season!      

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    MickinMO reacted to Ryan Miloshewski for a article, Jerkbaits for Trout   
    Going after big fish on Taneycomo is a challenge, but I think I'm close to getting it narrowed down. I spent a week on Taney last week and fished three ways, exclusively--dragging cranks (which Duane and I have written about), jigs, and throwing jerkbaits. Jerkbaits produced the biggest fish this time around
    I am a big fan of the 6th Sense Provoke 106x and 106DD jerkbaits in Ozark Juice, Grape-Treuse, and French Bone Pearl colors. They are only $10, as opposed to a Megabass (which I do like, too, but at $25 a pop they can get expensive). Word must have gotten out because they are almost sold out of everything. But here's the link: https://6thsensefishing.com/collections/6th-sense-provoke-106-jerkbait. We also threw Spro McStick's, Megabass 110s and 110+1s, and Luck-E Strike Rick Clunn STK jerkbaits. Anything that looked like a shad worked well, as expected. 
    When they cranked the water on in the afternoons we boated up to the cable and beat the heck out of the banks all the way to Lookout. Then did it again. We'd average 2 fish on a drift, which is not a ton, but the fish were always 15-22-inches. My buddy hooked into a giant brown below Rebar but it broke the line. He set the hook, it jumped three times (giving us a great look), and swam straight at the boat. He gained the line but as soon as it reached the boat, it immediately turned for a big run. At that point, it was over. The brown was at least 26-inches long, but I think it was closer to 28-inches. I got good looks at him in the air and under the water before he swam out of our lives.
    When the water was off, we jig fished on the bend above Monkey Island. There's a big school of fish up there and most were 13-15-inches. We also beat the banks around the landing. On one occasion I had a tank of a brown chase my jerkbait out from the shade right across from Garfield's on the bluff bank. Right above the dike about 30 feet. He was 10-pounds or so, easily. Duane and I have talked, and I think if you hit the bluff banks from the landing down you'd get into some big ones. I have caught some nice browns across the lake from the resorts on Lakeshore Drive over the years, too. Just didn't get a chance to try it this time.
    Another thing we were catching was giant white bass by the cable on the south side of the lake. They schooled up toward the early evenings every day (from 4-6pm) and we caught 2-4 each day. All of them measured 16-17.5-inches long, and were easily 2-3 pounds. Such a blast! 
    Went with Duane early one morning and ended up catching three nice walleye, too. That day we ended up with seven species from Lookout to the cable (whites, walleye, kentuckies, smallies, browns, rainbows, and a sucker) on the jerkbaits.

    I landed a 22-inch rainbow where the whites were schooled up, too. Weighed 4 lbs and fought like a tank. On the last day, finally landed a 20-inch brown below the boat ramp. Didn't weigh him.
    It was extremely fun (and tiring) but required some persistence. If you're going to fish this way, stick with it! It can be hard work, but you know the reward is swimming around out there. We worked them all different ways, too. Jerk-jerk-pause, constant jerking to the boat, and sometimes 6-8 jerks and a pause. They hit each way. Just try different techniques and when you get bit, replicate that--until it stops working! We went some drifts without a bite, and on the second drift on the same bank hooked into a 17 or 18-incher. We had a bunch of fish following and "rising" at our jerkbaits on every drift, too. They were usually browns in the 18-20-inch range. Sometimes they bite, but 9 out of 10 they would investigate and scurry back to the bottom.
    My grandpa even landed a 19-inch rainbow, his biggest trout in eight years!

    We were using 8-lb test on medium-heavy baitcasting rods. We were prepared for the big one, but he had a little more in him than we liked! Until next time...
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    MickinMO reacted to Phil Lilley for a article, April 17 Fishing Report, Taneycomo   
    Well, we've been through another rain event which, at least for us here on Taneycomo, has ran its course.  Table Rock is back to power pool, and the powers who have run water through Table Rock Dam have cut back flows to a minimum (as of today).  Beaver Lake, on the other hand, remains very high and show no sign of being dropped any time soon.  One good rain puts more water on us, but the 7-day forecast calls for less than 1.5 inches over the area.
    Our lake water looks to be in great condition.  Water temperature is running about 46 degrees coming out of Table Rock Lake and I would expect our water to warm up with days in the 60's and 70's in our near future.  
    Because fishing has been so tough, really for most of the spring so far, there should be a build up of rainbows in the lake, especially from Branson to the dam.  There simply hasn't been the volume of trout cleaned, at least at our cleaning stations lately.
    Before the last rains, our guides and other anglers were catching a lot of rainbows on the pink Berkley's Powerworm under a float.  I saw one of them this morning fishing it in front of our dock and catching fish so I guess they're picking up where they left off.   The BPW should work - I'd use 2-pound line though - to catch more numbers of trout.
    Night crawlers are still one of the hottest baits right now.  With only 35 megawatts of power running (3,000 cfs), I'd only use a small split shot for weight, just enough to get it to the bottom.  We sell drift rigs with 1/8th-ounce bell weights... unfortunately, those are too big for the current we're seeing right now.  Just tie on a #8 hook and pinch a small shot 18 inches above the line.  Two or 4-pound would work fine.
    Don't wad the worm up on the hook... pinch the worm in half and slide the hook through the worm at the center point, letting the worm hang off both sides of the hook.  You don't have to hide the hook at all.  Inject it with air if you want but when drifting it, you really don't have to.
    Jig fishing should be very good with the water as low as it is.  Either throw a jig straight of use it under a float.  The sculpin/ginger or sculpin/peach has been the best color lately with white and white/gray a close second.  I've been throwing black and black/olive a lot with little success, which is surprising.  That was the best color this time last year.
    Fly fishing should be heating up too with the lower water.  We have seen big midge hatches the last few days and the barn swallows are back in big numbers.  You can tell when there's a hatch because the swallows are swarming all over the surface of the lake picking off bugs as they hatch off the water.  So midges - soft hackles and zebra midges should be good as well as cracklebacks.
    I'm being pretty general in my reporting because we haven't been out enough to see how the trout are reacting to this new generation pattern.  But we are looking forward to doing some more scouting very soon!
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