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Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, July 5

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 6th, 2012
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This is Phil Lilley with the Lake Taneycomo trout fishing report for this week. Generation patterns have been pretty consistent the last couple of weeks. Water has been off in the mornings into early afternoon, then two to three units have been brought online, bringing the level of Taneycomo up to 706-7 feet four to five feet higher than power pool). Water temperature is 48 degrees coming out of Table Rock Lake, and the DO (dissolved oxygen level) is five parts per million.

This is actually another installment of a continuing fishing report I’ve given for the past four weeks which includes clear water and bait-dodging trout. The fish are there, but you just have to work hard for them. You must do a few things to help your chances of success when fishing for these trout!

First, don’t expect to catch a trout on Lake Taneycomo by using a packaged rod and reel set. It just won’t happen. These rigs come with line that’s too heavy for our clear water and small baits. Either replace the line with smaller diameter line or tie a short three feet of “tippet” to the end so the fish won’t see the line and bite the hook. We suggest two-pound line, preferably fluorocarbon but mono filament is okay, too.

Second, be patient and smart. Patience is always part of fishing. Enjoy the water and quiet surroundings while waiting on the fish to bite. To be smart–use what’s recommended and not something your neighbor said he caught fish on five years ago when he visited the area. Well, try it, but move on if it doesn’t work. Also, move around and talk to other anglers on the water. If you’re not getting bit where you are, move. It doesn’t have to be far, as little as 100 yards. That’s what you’ll see guides doing. And if you see people catching fish, pull up to where you’re not interfering with their fishing and ask what they’re using. Most anglers are happy to share their wealth of experience.

In the mornings, our guides are doing well anchoring between Short Creek and Fall Creek using air-inflated night crawlers. Yes, two-pound line, #8 or #6 short shank bronze hook and a small split shot 18 inches above the hook. Hook the worm once in the bank, letting the worm hang off each side of the hook, shoot some air in the head or fat end of the worm and toss it out. I suggest laying the rod down, securing it somehow and letting it alone until getting bit. In my experience, trout don’t like the worm moving around much.

If the afternoon after generation starts, drift fishing from Lilleys’ Landing down to Monkey Island is producing rainbows using drift rigs and PowerBait Gulp Eggs in white, orange and yellow. Also use a Trout Magnet, Sassie or Cotton Candy under an indicator five- to six- feet deep and fish close to the bluff banks.

Above Fall Creek early in the mornings, use a micro jig, in olive, ginger or black under an indicator four-feet deep, 7x tippet along the bluff from Lookout down to the Red House. This is the deeper water in this stretch. Below the Red House, the water gets shallow and our rainbows seem to be avoiding shallow water and migrating to the deeper pockets. Also try #16 red, black or rusty Zebra Midge same setup.

Up by Lookout Island, rainbows are taking scuds over Zebra Midges. The #16 or #18 grey scuds under an indicator and fished in slow-moving water on the main side of the island has produced some nice rainbows and a few browns, according to Lincoln Hunt, whose working here at Lilleys’ Landing for the summer on break from teaching and coaching in Texas. After the water starts in the afternoon, fishing is slow in this area.

Up below the dam, early in the mornings fishing is pretty good. Small thread midges and small scuds are working between outlets #1 and #2, as well as black ants. Use thread midges in size #22 in black, red or olive; scuds in #18 in gray, olive or brown and black ants in #16. Later in the mornings, try a brown San Juan and/or a #16 black or red Zebra Midge under an indicator at the bottom of the Rebar run. Some resort guests caught a lot of trout down in the Big Hole flat yesterday on a 1/125th olive marabou jig under an indicator two-foot deep.

I’ve been fishing the Rocking Chair area and have written a couple of reports and one article on what and how I did along with some underwater pictures I took and you can find them on Taneycomo’s Ozarkanglers site.

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