Lake Taneycomo

Lilley’s fishing report, 2/10/12

Posted by Phil Lilley on February 10th, 2012
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Generation patterns have remained about the same from past weeks.  The Southwest Power Administration is ordering power in the morning and evenings and the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers is suppling it at four units from early until mid morning,  and then one unit is running until evening when  another 3 units are kicked on.  But the weekends are anyone’s guess.  Last Saturday and Sunday there was no generation, but this weekend’s forecast of very cold temperatures may necessitate runing water.  We’ll see.

You can check SPA’s generation schedule site this evening (Friday) about 4 p.m. to see what is forecast for  both Saturday and Sunday.  The schedule is, I’d say, about 80% accurate.

We hosted a private trout tournament last Saturday.  Most of the good fish came from down lake.  This has been the pattern for the past six weeks, but I’ve heard that the larger rainbows that were stocked in January are starting to thin out.  Stocker rainbows are spread through the section between Trout Hollow and the bridges in Branson.  A group of guests this week just started their drift above the resort (Lilleys’ Landing) about 500 yards and drifted down to Lazy Valley and had no trouble catching their limit each day.

Gulp Powerbait is the easiest natural bait you can use for catching rainbows below Fall Creek.  It’s easy to apply to the hook, not messy and doesn’t leave a bad smell on your hands.  We generally use two colors at a time —  white paired with a bright color like pink or orange.  Use a drift rig if you like, or just tie a #8 bronze short shank hook on two- to four-pound line and add a split shot about 24 inches above the hook.  The size of split depends on the amount of water  running.  You want it to just tick the bottom and not drag or you’ll get hung up.  Air-injected night crawlers are also a good live bait;  use them the same way.

White and black jigs are working well, worked against higher, bluff banks.  Some say you have to cast them right against the bank to get bit and they are some nice rainbows being caught this way.  A gentleman fishing the week before caught two  20-inch rainbows below Fall Creek throwing a white jig against the bank.  I’ve been fishing the trophy area using black jigs mainly with fair results.  Olive/black jigs are also doing well.  The size of jig used depends on generation.  I’ve been throwing a 1/16th-ounce jig in the afternoons with one unit running.  I’ve had to work it right on the bottom to get bit, not necessarily against the banks, but out in the middle of the lake.  Been fishing from Big Hole down to the mouth of Fall Creek–not catching any rainbows over 15 inches, though.

I’ve found some rainbows midging in the afternoon on the shallow side  above Riverpointe Estates’ boat ramp along that shallow gravel bank.  They aren’t very big but lots of fun when you throw a fly rod and zebra midges, #16 black or green under a small indicator and set the depth at 12 inches.  I’d start up by the double log cabin and take your time working down lake.  If it’s choppy, a little windy, strip a crackleback, soft hackle or a griffith’s gnat.

I also did well yesterday drifting a miracle fly under an indicator four- to six-feet deep from Fall Creek down past Short Creek, staying in the middle of the lake.  A miracle fly is an egg fly tied on a small jig head, developed by local guide and fly tier, Jeremy Hunt.  Yellow or cream egg worked best and has been our best seller in the shop.

When they’ve been shutting the water down at night on weekends, fly fishing up below the dam has picked up.  Guys have been going up and casting PMS’s, white mink sculpin, black hibernators, olive and purple H2O’s.  Hibernators, PMS and H2O’s are flies designed my Leonard Keeney, a local angler.

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