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Fishing Report


Phil Lilley

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Fishing hasn't been too bad lately. For an easy trip, our guides have been fishing night crawlers between Short and Fall Creek, pumping them up with alittle air and fishing them about 18 inches off the bottom. Babler's client caught several nice browns on a trip a couple days ago and Buster has seen some really big browns around Short Creek this week. I got out and boated to Big Hole last evening and caught 3 browns and 3 rainbows on a sculpin 3/32nd oz jig while they ran one unit.

Power Bait has been working ok... white with another colored egg in the Gulp but worms has by far been the best.

Jig and float using a brown/orange 1/125th oz jig working well fishing with 2 lb line, a float and fishing it 4-6 feet deep. We haven't had alot of wind this week so the surface is flat. Have to work the jig alittle more in these conditions, twitching it a bit to draw a strike. But if a breeze comes up, hold on... it should be real good. Lots of rainbows in the lake right now, esp in the Cooper, Short and around Fall Creek.

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Got out again late afternoon with daughter Megan. We boated almost up to Lookout and started. We fished #18 tan scuds under an indicator 6 feet deep but fished the edge of the flat in about 4 feet of water. The bite was extremely light but we managed a half dozen each in a couple of hours of fishing.

Ever seen a tree fall... naturally. I've seen 3 on Taney, mainly on the bluff side. We were fishing toward the bluff- but I'm hearing a cracking noise- Meg heard it too- we thought it was some kind of construction noise around the houses behind us. This went on for 3-5 minutes... then it got real loud and I knew what it was. We looked around to see the top half of a 50-60 ft sycamore tree snap off, twisting and falling onto the roof of a house, then rolling off. It was the second house down from Andy William's home. I listened for voices... the residence... neighbors?? Nothing. So we boated over to the gravel bar and started to get out of the boat. I wanted to at least let someone know what had happened... call the people so that they were aware. It's supposed to rain soon and they needed to cover the roof at least. Then, from 3 houses down, some people walked over. The lady asked us if we saw it fall- I said yes. She was in her house and heard it- sounded like it was falling on her house, she said. It was very loud- pretty cool. Those sycamore was bad about breaking and falling. And the trouble is they get big enough that the trunk is 4 feet across 30 feet off the ground!

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that is very unnerving.I fish bull shoals almost exclusively and have seen several large trees fall from the bluffs.Your right they arent silent and seem to be always way to close.And i swear those big red squirrels throw acorns at you from the top of the bluffs

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