Lake Taneycomo

Lake Taneycomo – fall forecast 2013

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 9th, 2013
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In considering what our fall fishing season might look like here on Lake Taneycomo, I look at a couple of things.  First is the water levels of the lakes above our lake on Table Rock and Beaver lakes.  With the recent rains and more forecasted, we should expect heavy flows for at least through the first part of September.  But as we know, the clouds can dry up tomorrow and not rain again until Christmas… you never know.

When most anglers think of the fall season on our lake, they think of our brown trout spawning run.  We start seeing a few browns move up above Fall Creek and the trophy area as early as the first of September, but the main run doesn’t take place until later in October and into November.  I was just told Sunday of a big brown  pushing 30 pounds sighted in the Fall Creek area.

We’ve seen a very big increase in the number of brown trout caught in the lake this summer.  The Missouri Department of Conservation increased the number of browns stocked in Lake Taneycomo a few years back, and we’re starting to see the fruit of that increase.

The fall brown trout season has not been too spectacular really since the 1980’s and 1990’s when we’d see numerous browns caught in the 25-to 30-inch range.  I don’t think anyone has come up with a good reason for their  decrease, but the good news is that trend is starting to change.

Another favorite on our trout waters is dry fly fishing.  August kicks off hopper season on all of our tailwaters, including Beaver and Bull Shoals tailwaters as well as the Norfork, all three in Arkansas.  But Taneycomo holds its own when it comes to fly fishing with topwater flies like stimulators, hoppers, beetles, ants and parachutes.

There’s nothing like executing a good fly cast close to cover and seeing a big trout nose out of the water to slurp a hopper off the surface.  And most of the trout we catch on hoppers are bigger fish for some reason.  My personal best is a 23-inch brown caught a couple of summers ago on Taneycomo, but I’ve caught numerous 20-inch-plus browns on hoppers on the White River below Bull Shoals Dam.

There really isn’t anything like fishing late in summer or in autumn when the leaves are changing. The mornings dawn crisp and cold, and the bite of winter seems to be anticipated in the air.  It makes venturing out on the water all the more sweeter.  Hope you can join us!

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