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Lilleys’ Landing fishing report, March 14, 2012

Posted by Phil Lilley on March 14th, 2012
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Water generation hasn’t changed this last week.  A good amount of water  is running in the mornings, off in the afternoon and then more water in the evening, with the exception of unexpected generation on Monday afternoon.  Basically, we don’t  know for sure what the Southwest Power Administration will do, so it’s important to work with whatever the conditions are at the moment.

I’ll take Monday as a good pattern day for my report.  In the morning our guides struggled in the trophy area but dropped down below Fall Creek and caught rainbows on Gulp Powerbait eggs, drifting them from Lilleys’ Landing Resort past Cooper Creek.  The Missouri Department of Conservation stocked a bunch of rainbows off the Cooper ramp yesterday morning.  Trout were also hitting silver Cleos and pink Rooster Tails.

After the water slowed down and then stopped, guides headed up below Lookout and started fishing a micro jig four foot under a float  and caught a lot of rainbows.  Nothing really big, but Babler reported a few in the 16-inch range.  He said the olive with an orange head half-micro worked best, using two-pound line as tippet.  Tony Wedele’s clients did well throwing silver Cleos in the trophy area, working them on the bottom.  He said they were rolling them across the gravel and the trout were picking them up.

I took my clients up to Lookout Island.  We got out and waded the main channel toward the top of the island where the water moves through pretty fast over the shoals, even when the water is not running.  I’ve found that rainbow like to sit in this really skinny water and will take a small scud.  They were doing pretty well when I noticed the water had picked up speed.  The was at 3 p.m., and generation wasn’t scheduled until 6 p.m.  But then the horn blew and I realized I’d missed the sound of the first horn as I was boating up.  But as the water rose, the guys were hooking rainbows one after another.  They were using #14 gray scuds with a little flash in the dubbing tied on 200R hooks, weighted.

Darin got out for a quick trip yesterday; here is his report:

I had a chance to fish for a couple of hours yesterday just before dark.  There was four generators going and the weather was nice.  Since I only had a couple of hours I decided to do some streamer fishing.  I started on the south side right under the wire up by the dam.  I worked that bank down to just above to Conservation Department boat ramp.  I had a lot of chasers but no takers.  For the last hour I ran back down to the bluff across from Lilleys’ Landing and fished that clear down to Cooper Creek.  Again I had a lot of chasers but also had a few hits — and they were browns.  I was fishing a #4 white Boogie Man on 150-grain sink tip line with 3x tippit.  I was casting right up next to the bank and around as much structure as I could, getting the fly really tight to it.  Most of the takes were hard and fast on the second or third strip.

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