It's amazing how much rain the area got last week and the effects of it on our lakes. Rain amounts were over 4 inches over the whole basin with big areas that received much more, up to 10 inches. Beaver Lake was already full so Table Rock got the brunt of all the rain. It rose most than 12 feet in a few days.
Over this past week, releases amounting to more than 43,000 cfs at Beaver and 21,000 at Table Rock have moved a lot of that flood water through the system to Bull Shoals. Beaver dropped 3 feet to 1128.5 feet and Table Rock has only dropped 2 feet to 925.8 feet. But Table Rock is dropping more than 6 inches presently. It needs to get down close to 920 before we see a reduction of flow on Taneycomo.
Water temp is about 55 degrees on Taney and clear.
The scud bite is still unreal. And the number of trophy trout is too. Unofficially we're over 70 registered so far this month. Most have been rainbows. https://lilleyslanding.com/trophy-release-2022-2t/
Anglers are coming in saying the trout they're catching mainly in the trophy area are coughing to scuds to the tune of hundreds. Some fish their mouths are full of undigested bugs while their bellies are bulging. They're taking scuds but not able to get them in their stomachs. Crazy.
So what's the best bait? You guessed it, scuds. #12 or #14 gray or tan with uv in the dubbing. The scuds I'm seeing in the cleaning sinks are an olive brown or sculpin color.
Most guides are still using a scud/egg combination, 4 pound line and either a 1/4 oz or 5/16 oz bell weight.
Best area is from the cable to the MDC boat ramp but they're catching them all the way down past our resort on this duo.
Orange Gulp Powerbait is also working out in front of our place down past Cooper.
I'm still catching rainbows on a 1/8th oz white jig at the cable down to Trophy Run. But the best area is from outlet #1 to past the Big Hole. Not much below than. The bites at the cable to quick and I'm missing 4 of 5 of them. Shad flies should be good too. I haven't tried them but Brett Rader said he's really doing good using them.
There are some trout in the creeks but mostly close to the mouth where the water is mixed with the 70+ temps in the creek and the 55 in the main lake. Turkey is the best.
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