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Lilley’s Taneycomo report, November 17

Posted by Phil Lilley on November 17th, 2017

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There has not been much change in regards to generation patterns lately.  The dam has been running a little water each day, but it’s anyone’s guess what time that water will run.  The lake level has reached up to 705 feet, one unit, once or maybe twice a day, in the morning and/or in the evening and running for less than an hour each time.  We call this “fish water.” read more…

Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, October 19

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 19th, 2017


Just a quick semi-short fishing report for Lake Taneycomo.  They’ve been leaving the water off most days and running a little in the evenings but there are exceptions!  Like yesterday and today!!  They’ve ran water all day the past couple of days except for a little break in the afternoons.  In other words, it’s unpredictable. read more…

Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, October 13

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 13th, 2017

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Cooler weather has brought less generation to Taneycomo.  The water has been running for an hour or two in the evenings and that’s about all.  That makes fishing off the docks and wading below the dam more enjoyable for sure. read more…

Two special catches on Taneycomo this week

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 6th, 2017


Generation is still constant during the day and night on Taneycomo.  About a half unit night and most of the day with a shot of heavier water mid to late afternoon.  Water quality remains good enough for the fish to eat, and fight.  The fears about bad water and fish kills this fall have not materialized, but we have about 5-6 weeks left of low DO season. read more…

2017 Taneycomo Sampling Survey Report

Posted by Phil Lilley on September 30th, 2017


Every year, the Missouri Department of Conservation takes a sample of the fish in Lake Taneycomo by electro-shock to see how the trout are fairing. The following are this year’s findings.

2017 Lake Taneycomo Sampling Study

Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, September 26

Posted by Phil Lilley on September 27th, 2017


Generation has been consistent for the last 10 days — at about 2,200 cubic feet per second at a lake level of 704 feet, generating 30-35 megawatts of power from midnight until 2 p.m.  Starting at 2 p.m., they’re building it up to 3 units (not full), almost 9,000 cfs at a lake level of 708 feet.  That’s a lot of water!  But it goes back down to 704 feet by 8 p.m. read more…

Big browns abound

Posted by Phil Lilley on September 23rd, 2017

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The brown trout run on Lake Taneycomo has been, well, suspect the last few years.  Seems like conditions have not lined up right each fall season for the big browns to move up.  But this year it seems like we are seeing a big push of trophy browns below the dam, and a few of them have been caught. read more…

Big girl gets caught again

Posted by Phil Lilley on September 23rd, 2017


Fished my heart out for this one, after looking at the pics, she was caught earlier this week by a guides client. I taped her at 32″. I would like to say thank you to the old timers who have passed down a lot of hard earned wisdom to me and my friends in the parking lot and at the pavilion. This fish is a true testament to catch and release, and the work of the MDC. Triploid triploid triploid. Thank you  to the guys with the tape and who walked down after I flashed my light and hollered for them!!

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