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Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, April 17

Posted by Phil Lilley on April 16th, 2016

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Generation from Table Rock Dam has finally slowed to the point that we can actually predict with certainty that we’ll be seeing quite a bit of down water in the coming days, that’s until the next big rain.  Mild temperatures and normal lake levels mean less power demand and running water.  That’s good for those who like no generation on Taneycomo for fly fishing as well as anchoring and tight line bait fishing. read more…

Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, February 25

Posted by Phil Lilley on February 26th, 2016

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Guessing what the US Army Corps of Engineers is going to do with lake levels has been tough the last couple of weeks. I actually emailed and asked someone at the Corps a couple of weeks ago and didn’t get an answer. I asked about Beaver Lake’s level and if they were going to start dropping it, seeing it was so high. I got my answer a week ago – they started running water at Beaver Dam and now Beaver’s level has dropped considerably. At the same time, they bumped up the flow from Table Rock so we’re seeing 100 megawatts of water running this week, not the 40 mw of water we’ve been seeing. Beaver is now just under 1124 feet so it has a few feet to go before they’re down to winter power pool. We should see generation for another couple of weeks, then we may see more periods of no generation here on Taneycomo. read more…

Catch and release fish handling

Posted by Phil Lilley on February 12th, 2016

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by Al Agnew  The tangent the gigging thread veered into made me decide to start a thread on best practices of handling the fish you want to release. We all know that they should be handled with care to insure their survival. But what is the best ways of handling them? read more…

Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, January 29

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 29th, 2016

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On Tuesday of this week, the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers shut our flood gates off, ending almost a month of high water on Lake Taneycomo.  We went from moderate flows in December to flood conditions and a record breaking 73,000 c.f.s. flow in just a couple of days.  As flood water moved through the system and lake levels dropped, that flow dropped to its present level.  Our release has been about 6,500 c.f.s. or two units of water since the first of the week. read more…

Lake Taneycomo News, November 19

Posted by Phil Lilley on November 20th, 2015


This has been quite a week here on Taneycomo. Trout dying at our hatchery–lethal levels of nitrogen and sulphur in Table Rock’s water–zero levels of DO coming through the dam into the hatchery–and high nutrient levels in Table Rock is blamed. read more…

Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, October 8

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 8th, 2015


While fall colors are emerging on the Taneycomo lakefront, the generation pattern  has stayed the same.  The only variance has been how much water has been kicked on about 3 p.m. every day.  That amount is somewhere between 65 and 150 megawatts or  from just over one unit up to three full units.  Then the water has been back off by dark or 7 p.m. read more…

Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, September 30

Posted by Phil Lilley on September 30th, 2015

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Generation patterns have been consistently moving more and more to the slow side.  The U.S. Corps of Army Engineers ran 45 megawatts, or a little less than one unit, for most of the month of September, all day and night, except for a short blast of water starting about 3 p.m. each day for up to a couple of hours.  But today may mark another move towards even less generation, running 16 mw of water this morning which is very strange.  It’s strange because operators don’t run that little of water very often.  The Corps has said in the past that small amounts of generation is very hard on the turbine props’ blades, so not sure why the geneation has been dropped to 16 megawatts. read more…

2015 MDC/Lake Taneycomo Trout Sampling

Posted by Phil Lilley on September 3rd, 2015

Attached is the trout sampling summary from our sampling efforts on August 19.  The fishery looks great!  Fish were fat and happy, though not as fat as this spring, but still very healthy.  The big spike in 11 inch brown trout is a result of surplus brown trout in the hatchery stocked early this summer.  That brings the total number of brown trout stocked in 2015 to 20,217.  Next year will be the last year for stocking triploids and the 15,000 per year commitment.  Unless future sampling shows we need the additional 5,000 each year, we will likely return to stocking 10,000 annually in 2017.  The bottom line is that the brown trout fishery is back to where it was before the floods and anglers are beginning to see the benefits of that. read more…