Lake Taneycomo

Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report, June 22

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 22nd, 2016
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Taneycomo Rainbow

Dustin Ewers with a huge 24-inch rainbow caught off Lazy Valley’s dock. Released. 

Summer has settled in here on Lake Taneycomo; as evidence I offer the temperature today — 98 degrees.  After a mild winter and spring, we shouldn’t complain very much, right?  We knew this was coming.  Good thing our lake water is cold — I’d hate to be on a warm water lake fishing in this heat!

Generation:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been running water a little in the mornings and then starting mid day, running it until about 8 p.m., as much as three units.  Table Rock’s level is down to 916 feet, so the flow is not due to high lake levels but for electricity with the higher power demand from high air temperatures.  We may see more water running and for longer periods of time if this heat continues.  The water coming from the depths of Table Rock is still about 46 degrees.

Our guides are getting out on the lake as early as 5:30 a.m. and doing pretty well.  Most are fishing something under a float.  Below Fall Creek, Trout Magnets are tearing them up, fishing them five- to six-feet deep using a pink or pink/white magnet on a gold jig head.  Don’t move it very much because the trout like it stationary.  If you don’t get a bite in a minute, pick it up and move it.  Use four-pound line, or two-pound line if the water clears and the fish are real picky.

Taneycomo Rainbow

Photo courtesy of Captain Rick Lisek

 

Micro jigs are working, too.  Olive with an orange head and ginger are the best colors.  A white megaworm on a jig head, pink or orange head is also good,  or a white maggot with the same jig head colors.

If you’re fly fishing, fishing something under a float also works.  Grey, tan or olive weighted scuds, #14 or #16; red, rusty or white zebra midge; #16 or #18, red, pink or tan San Juan Worm (micro or medium) with 6x fluorocarbon is best.  If there’s a chop on the water’s surface, strip a purple, white or pink woolly bugger, #12 or #14 or a soft hackle, red, yellow or black #16 or #18.

Taneycomo Rainbow

Photo courtesy of Captain Rick Lisek

 

If you’re throwing jigs, white is still right!  Whether you are using them under a float when the water is running or throwing them straight, our trout are still looking for shad-colored things in the water, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference where on the lake.  Of course, up close to the dam is the best, but the guys have been picking up nice brown trout below Fall Creek using white jigs.  White/gray is working just as well as plain white.

Other colors are working as well:  Sculpin, olive and brown and combinations with lighter colors like burnt orange, peach and ginger.  Jig size depends on how much water is running (or not) and what size line you’re using.  If the water isn’t running, ideally you’re using two-pound line and throwing a 1/16th-ounce jig, even a 1/32nd-ounce jig in shallow water.  As one unit kicks on, go to a 3/32nd-ounce jig and once the generation bumps to two or more units, go to an 1/8th-ounce jig.

Don’t automatically fish your jig close to the bottom.  Try throwing it and working it close to the surface.  Seems like early in the morning the trout are holding closer to the surface.  Work it fast and jerky, too, because they have been chasing lures lately.  You may get a lot of follows and short strikes, so keep working it fast and slow and see if you can get them to commit.

net full of trout

Photo courtesy of Captain Rick Lisek

 

Night crawlers have been the hot live bait lately, injecting them with air and fishing them off the bottom when there’s no generation.  The best area has been around Short Creek, off the channel to the shallow side of the lake.  Powerbait Gulp eggs are good, too, using a white/yellow or white/orange combination.  Four-pound line is fine with our water clarity, which is getting better each week.

 

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