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It started sometime this morning, early.  Shad started POURING - not over the top - but through the turbines.  It's 2:30 and they're still floating past our dock.

The bite early was good but mid morning not so much.  We did better below Fall Creek and on scuds, not shad flies.

They are supposed to reduce flows either later today but probably in the morning (Monday).

More info to come... and some awesome white bite fishing in the near future.

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Fished late afternoon with Blake and Darin.  We just got to the cable, videoing a "boat ride", the horn blew and they started shutting the spill gates.  Talk about perfect timing although I didn't think they'd shut them till tomorrow.

Lots of shad in the water.  We drifted using shad flies, white jigs, sculpin jigs, egg flies, scuds - nothing.  We tried everything.  Drifted to Short Creek.  Nothing.  Those fish are keyed in on shad and they've had their fill today I guess.

They're running 3 units at 10,000 cfs.  They may slow it down tomorrow - we'll see.  Table Rock is just below 916 feet and I'm sure it will continue to drop.  No real rain forcasted for the next 10 days.

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Well after a day and a half, they started biting. Crazy bite this morning. The rainbow with my grandson Jerry is well over 23 inches. 

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28 minutes ago, Phil Lilley said:

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Well after a day and a half, they started biting. Crazy bite this morning. The rainbow with my grandson Jerry is well over 23 inches. 

The other guy in the boat looks like Ron Shara from Minnesota bound ha!

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Just now, MNtransplant said:

That's awesome!! Grew up watching his show for years..cool to see him in the Ozarks!

He said it is the first time back since the early 80’s. His timing here was perfect. Will try to get him out again this week. 

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