Lake Taneycomo

Lilley’s fishing report, April 19

Posted by Phil Lilley on April 19th, 2012
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This is Phil Lilley with the Lake Taneycomo fishing report.  Water generation has been pretty consistent the past week with the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers running water most of the time.  One unit has been running  in the mornings, building to two units in the afternoon.  This makes a nice drift regardless of how you’re fishing.  Our weather  has been nothing short of awesome.  Warm, sunny days, little rain and not much wind.  It’s like mild summer with temperatures in the low to mid 70s everyday.  The lake water temperature is 44 degrees.

Fishing is fishing —  not catching, I know  — but it’s been more catching this past week than fishing.  Follow me?  Catching has been very good, as reported by our guests and our fishing guides.  The best bait has been drifting PowerBait Gulp Eggs from Fall Creek down past Cooper Creek.

The trick to drifting bait on the bottom is not to use too much weight.  You want just enough to get to and stay on the bottom but not too much.  If you’re using too much, you’re constantly bumping hard and getting stuck on the gravel, and it’s hard to tell if you’re getting a bite or if it’s the bottom pulling.  You also get hung up more often and lose rigs.

Start small and add weight.  We sell rigs with 1/8th-ounce bell weights,  the smallest weight on our rigs.  Start with something like this, then pinch on a split shot on the line above the bell if you need more weight.  This way you don’t have to retie or change rigs.  At times, the 1/8th-ounce weight is even too big.  Break off the bell, tie a small pool knot at the end of that line and pinch on a split shot.  Try different weights until you get the right one.

Night crawlers are working well, too, but  minnows, only fairly so.  You will catch larger, older trout on natural baits such as  worms and minnows, but maybe not as many.

Above Fall Creek in the trophy area, nice rainbows and browns are taking white 1/8th-ounce jigs fished right at the cable at the dam.  But once you’ve drifted past outlet #2, they don’t seem to want white — they want black.

Drift brown or red San Juan worms on a drift rig or under an indicator using a fly rod.   You also can use #14 grey, olive or brown scuds and egg flies.  If the afternoon, trout are hugging the bluff bank down from Lookout Island and taking dries off the surface.  I fished this morning and caught one nice rainbow and had several refusals along the bank using a #14 grey stimulator.

I also worked the same bank using a #14 black or red zebra midge  — under a palsa indicator 24 inches deep  — and caught a few rainbows.  I worked the slack water as well as pockets under overhanging trees.

I also tried a miracle fly under an indicator about six-feet deep and caught a few rainbows.  I fished it about 20 feet from the bank in the channel.

The trout  really liked a black 1/8th-ounce jig this morning.  I worked the main channel and caught numerous rainbows and quite a few browns. The largest rainbow was about 15 inches and largest brown was 13 inches.  All appeared to be in good health and fatter than they’ve been in months.

Hear Bill Babler’s fishing report by clicking HERE!

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