Lake Taneycomo

Fishing Report, February 3, 2012

Posted by Phil Lilley on February 3rd, 2012
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This brown was caught this week by Drew at outlet #1.

Generation has been pretty consistent each day this week, with water running hard in the mornings,  backed off to two units in the afternoon and then back hard in the evening and off at night.  I don’t see this changing over the weekend, but you never know.  Weather continues to amaze everyone; spring-like temperatures and weekly showers are now the winter norm in 2012.  Can’t complain, no way!

The lake has been busy on account of good weather, and fishing has been pretty fair for most people.  Seems like our trout are biting best when the water is moving in the mornings farther down  lake, from Monkey Island down through the bridges in Branson.  Power Bait Gulp eggs, night crawlers and minnows are catching the most trout while jigs and medium crank baits are hooking larger fish.  Down in the Landing area, they’re even catching quite a few bass along the banks on jigs and cranks.

Colors and styles:  Gulp eggs in orange and chartreuse.  Jigs in black, white, olive and brown.  Cranks  used are Pointers and Rapalas in silver, gold and rainbow.  Put at Gulp egg on a small, plain jig head  and fish it under a float five- to seven-feet deep.

Fly fishing below the dam has been limited to around the outlets when the water is running, unfortunately.  But anglers are catching trout on scuds, san juan worms and midges.  At night after the water drops out, streamer fishing is good using white leeches and woolly buggers.  During generation, dead drift a #12 scud/egg or egg/san juan tandem under a float and fish it deep enough to bump the bottom.  Throwing jigs with spin equipment has been fair using white jigs above the first island and darker jigs like black, olive and brown below it.  No shad have been reported coming from Table Rock, as of yet.

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