Lake Taneycomo

Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, August 2

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 2nd, 2012
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It’s August already.  When I was in school, in my younger days in Parsons, Kansas, I used to think summers flew by and the rest of the year dragged on at a snail’s pace.  Now time flies all the time, but summer still seems to go the fastest.  August… already.

Generation patterns haven’t changed all that much here on Lake Taneycomo.  The water temperature coming out of Table Rock Dam is still about 50 degrees, clear and cold.  If you wet wade (wade without waders) below the dam,  you’ll find out really fast how cold 50 degrees is.  It makes the bones your feet hurt.  The water quality and oxygen content is still good and our trout are in great shape.  The rainbows in the upper lake look to be well fed–big and fat. Generations starts every afternoon about 2 p.m. and  produces 25 to 145 megawatts of power (1/2 to three units running at lake levels 705 to 708 feet, 701.5 being power pool).  See past levels by clicking on this link and you can see the Southwestern Power Administration’s schedule by clicking this link.

In the mornings with the water off, it’s been a little tough getting the trout to bite–but not impossible.  This morning, for instance, there was a small thunderstorm in the area and the wind was blowing slightly.  It was enough to get the fish biting early and a lot of anglers did well.  Power Bait nuggets and Gulp eggs using yellow, orange or pink have been working fairly well, as well as air-injected night crawlers, which are working the best.

Only use half a worm, hook it one time in the middle, and then hang it off both sides of the hook.  Shoot air in it with a worm blower (available at Wal Mart or a tackle store).  The worm will then float off the bottom as an enticing bait.

Above Fall Creek, there seem to be a lot more trout up there than in past weeks.  I’ve been up there a few times this week and have  just seen more numbers while boating around.  Conditions dictate how you fish up there:

  • In the early morning when there is no wind, and it’s very still and  foggy,  use a float and something under it; an olive micro jig, copper head or a ginger micro has been working well.  A small #18 rusty zebra midge or a black zebra midge is also good,  or throw and working a 1/16th- ounce sculpin jig with no float.  With all of these use small line – – 7x leader or two-pound line, preferably fluorocarbon.  The bite will be slight and you really have to watch.  Sight fish if you can . . . lots of fun.
  • Later when the wind picks up, fish the same way but you try hoppers, stimulators, black ants and beetles along the bluff bank and under the trees.  The chop on the water breaks up the surface enough that the trout can’t distinguish between a real bug and a fly, plus the wind blows insects into the water so they’re looking for them.
  • After the generation starts, try a pink full micro or marabou jig under a float six- to  seven-feet deep and drift it from Lookout to Fall Creek.  Stay close to the channel in deeper water.  Also try throwing small to medium stick baits along the bluff banks.  And don’t forget that marabou jigs, 1/8th-ounce in black, brown/orange, sculpin/ ginger or white worked deep along the bluffs and in the channel from the dam down through Lilleys’ Landing are working very well.  Work them slow and deep.

If you missed it, I did catch a big rainbow on Monday morning.  Here’s the article.

Fly fishing below the dam: there are a bunch of trout up there right now.  Early, they’re a bit particular, especially if there’s no wind, but once the wind starts and there’s a chop on the water, strip a #18 crackleback, soft hackle or wooly on the flats between outlets #1 and #2, below #2, below Rebar and at the flats at Big Hole and at Rocking Chair down through the chute below the Missouri Department of Conservation boat ramp.  Also, try black ants on the surface if there’s a chop.

I fished for an hour this morning just above the boat ramp.  At times the wind was blowing pretty well,  and when it did the trout were eating off the top aggressively.  I had a flesh-colored  HiViz Rainy’s hopper on the line from fishing it the other evening when I arrived at the water’s edge.  Since the wind was blowing  I threw it out there and immediately got a blow up —  but it was a miss.  On the next cast there was no miss as I hooked a pretty rainbow (video).  The wind quieted down and I had no more takes, so I started changing flies to match the conditions.  The wind had me hopping (pun intended), but  i did find the trout would take a red #18 soft hackle, then a #24 red thread midge, but it was slow.  I only brought two to hand, but still, it was a rewarding trip.

By the way, we just got a huge hopper (grasshopper) fly supply into the fly shop.  They look awesome!

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