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Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, May 24

Posted by Phil Lilley on May 24th, 2016

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Rain is in the forecast! It has been a very interesting winter and spring, starting with a flooding rain event the first few days of 2016, then changing to a relatively dry and warm season from January through April. Now it looks like the rains have returned, but how much is yet to be seen. So far storms have split and gone both north and south of us with little effect to lake levels. Table Rock is hovering at 916 feet, which is normal for May. Generation on Lake Taneycomo has been consistent most days, running 30 to 50 megawatts, 22,00 to 36,00 cubic feet per second. One full unit is 55 megawatts with a lake level of 705.4 feet, about four feet high. Water temperature is 47.5 degrees when the water is running. read more…

Accuracy and Urgency

Posted by Bill Babler on May 24th, 2016

Bill Babler, Table Rock Guide on OzarkAnglers.Com

If your currently fishing either Table Rock or Bull Shoals the two words in the title are just about as important as putting gas and oil in your boat. read more…

Jeff Gustafson’s Introduction to Midwest Finesse

Posted by Phil Lilley on May 21st, 2016


Midwest finesse tactics played a role in the first Bassmaster Classic at Lake Mead, Nevada, in 1971, when Drew Reese of Rantoul, Kansas, finished in seventh place by using a Beetle, Beetle Spin, and a jig-worm combo, and those baits were the creation of Chuck Woods of Kansas City, who is lauded as being the father of Midwest finesse fishing.

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Brian Latimer’s Introduction to Midwest Finesse

Posted by Phil Lilley on May 21st, 2016


On April 18, we received an email from Brian Latimer of Belton, South Carolina, and he exclaimed: “I had a blast at Beaver.”  That blast occurred during the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour’s event at Beaver Lake, Arkansas, where he was introduced to some of the manifold virtues of Midwest finesse fishing.

The day we received Latimer’s email was the same day we received a telephone call from Drew Reese of Rantoul, Kansas, who reported that Jeff Gustafson of Keewatin, Ontario, became a Midwest finesse devotee by using a Z-Man Fishing Products’ green-pumpkin Hula StickZ affixed to a Z-Man’s green-pumpkin Finesse ShroomZ jig at the Beaver Lake tournament. read more…

Andrew Upshaw’s Midwest Finesse Tactics

Posted by Phil Lilley on May 21st, 2016


We published a Midwest finesse column on Nov. 1, 2013, about Andrew Upshaw of Sapulpa, Oklahoma. It was entitled “The finesse ways of Andrew Upshaw.”

Back then he was a new member of the Finesse News Network, but he was not a Midwest finesse angler. Instead, he was what some anglers call a standard finesse angler, which means he primarily used a drop-shot rig and a shaky-head jig. Those are tactics some Midwest finesse anglers describe as power finesse, and they are the tactics that tournament anglers employ when they are trying to be versatile. The closest Upshaw got to Midwest finesse fishing occurred when he wielded a grub-and-jig combo.
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Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, May 2

Posted by Phil Lilley on May 3rd, 2016

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We’ve seen very little generation the past two weeks. If the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers run it at all it’s midday for a couple of hours, enough to move algae out of the upper end of the lake. A slimy algae has been growing in both Table Rock and Taneycomo during daylight hours, which is normal for this time of year. The fish don’t mind it, but it’s tough on us anglers. read more…

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…