Lake Taneycomo

Quick trip this afternoon

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 31st, 2016
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Got to fish with a buddy from Boy Scouts and high school this afternoon. He and his family come down to Lake Taneycomo every year for the week after Christmas. They have been doing so for over 40 years now.  He asked me for some tips earlier in the week and I suggested 1/16 black jigs.  On Wednesday , Ron told me he fished the jigs for a day and a half only catching one trout.  I told him I needed to show him how to fish jigs and asked him if he could fish Friday afternoon.

We met up at Lilley’s at 2:30 and headed up to the trophy area. Ron had never fished up in that area by boat with the water off. I showed him how to navigate through the Narrows up to Lookout. There were a couple of guide bouts and a couple of fishing boats from the Narrows to Lookout and a bunch of wade fishermen all around Lookout and Point Royal.  We started just below Lookout and while I was explaining how I was fishing the jig, I caught one on the first cast. Then one on the second cast.  Ron caught one on his third cast after a few corrections in his retrieve method, then we doubled up a couple of cast later. The water was off, The sun was bright, and the wind was blowing pretty hard. We picked up quite a few fish along the bluff.  About half way down the bluff, I turn on the big motor and we ran down to the Narrows. Fished through there picking up a few fish with another double. Motored again to just above Fall Creek and made a few cast, both of us picking up a couple of fish. Ron wanted to keep a few and I wanted one small one for Harvey, so just as the sun went down we motored to the boat ramp flats above Short Creek. We both caught quite a few there that were slurping midges in the shallow water. I believe Ron has mastered the jig now.  It was fun to visit, and fish with a friend from a long time ago. We both agreed to make it a yearly thing.  Looking forward to fishing with Ron again next year!

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