Lake Taneycomo

Lilleys’ Lake Taneycomo fishing report, January 22

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 23rd, 2014
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We’ve been on a wild roller coaster ride in weather temperatures, and the wind is giving us fits, but winter trout fishing has remained pretty good the last couple of weeks.   The water temperature has dropped to 45 degrees.  Compared to Table Rock that’s pretty balmy — it’s in the mid 30’s on some parts of that lake.

The U.S. Corps of Army Engineers have been running water almost every day and night for months, but there were a couple of days the last week when it was shut down during the afternoon.  No way to know when that might happen again.  With these cold days I believe we’ll see continued generation,  but if the temperatures warm to  over 60 degrees, we might see some down time.  We have not seen any hard generation, though  with mostly one to three units running.

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I reported on OzarkAnglers Forum that we’ve seen evidence of thread fin shad coming through the turbines at Table Rock Dam here in the last couple of weeks — not a lot but enough for our trout to be very interested in anything white.  This curiosity, though, only extends about half mile below the dam.  White marabou jigs, shad flies and small silver shad-type crank baits have worked well.  The trout we’re catching have big bellies, full of shad.  We haven’t caught any monsters but many rainbows between 15 and 19 inches.

With the wind giving us fits, we’ve been going to a jig and float.  It’s easier to handle in the wind, but using it does mean you have to keep the boat in line with the float, and that takes some work.  Depending on generation, I’ve been using a 1/32nd-ounce white jig when two units are running or less and a 1/16th-ounce jig when more water is moving.  I’m setting the float about six- to seven-feet deep.  If the wind isn’t bad, throw a 1/8th-ounce white jig and work it off the bottom.

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Other colored jigs have been working up below the dam.  Try brown, sculpin, purple, gray and sculpin/ginger as well as a brown/orange-headed jig when using a float.

Captain Steve Dickey called in a fishing report today.  You need flash to open and listen to his message:

Our guests had good fishing off our dock last weekend despite the water running.  And drift fishing from Fall Creek to our place proved to be the hot spot for most.  The best bait was Gulp Power Bait Eggs, one white and one orange or pink.  Night crawlers and minnows worked, too.

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Crappie continue to be caught down at the Branson Landing.  It’s rare, at least for me, to catch anything but trout on Taneycomo, so those fish have been a treat.  We’re finding them anywhere from Scotty’s Trout Dock down through the Branson Landing on the Branson side of the lake.  They’re about six- to eight-feet deep, mostly suspended in 14 to 20 feet of water.  There is some structure in the water that they are holding to, but for the most part they’re scattered up and down the bank.

We’re catching our crappies on a variety of lures and minnows.  Set your float at seven feet deep and fish a minnow about 50 feet off the shoreline.  Also throw a white or gray 1/8th ounce jig and try to work it about seven feet down.  I’ve even trolled with them down the bank.  There are some really nice slabs being caught.

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