Lake Taneycomo

Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, October 13

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 13th, 2017
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Cooler weather has brought less generation to Taneycomo.  The water has been running for an hour or two in the evenings and that’s about all.  That makes fishing off the docks and wading below the dam more enjoyable for sure.

Below Fall Creek, we’re catching trout in many ways actually.  Fishing has been pretty good.  The pink Berkley’s Powerworm has been the go to bait for most of the guides… still!  We’ve demonstrated that on One Cast a couple times this week and caught fish on both occasions off the dock.  Night crawlers are catching fish too but so is Gulp and Powereggs and traditional salmon eggs.  Still using 4-pound line for most bait applications but 2-pound when using anything under a float like the pink worm and small jigs.

Look for the chop!  Preached it many times and will continue to do so.  The wind has been blowing fairly well this week but still, if you’re in an area where there’s no wind, go find it if it’s around.  Fish bite much better when there’s a chop on the surface.

I found out black is the color, at least it was the other evening.  Black or black/olive marabou jig.  This was late in the day into the evening and there was a little water running at the time.  It’s not that they won’t change at any time — you just have to keep trying colors until the right one is found.  This isn’t a trophy area only thing… it’s lake wide.  And colors will change with the time of day, brightness of the sun and even wind and current conditions.

I mentioned in the video about line size and using small jigs.  I don’t think there’s any question that lighter line like 2-pound will catch more fish than bigger line like 4-pound but it’s more about the lure you’re using.  You can’t throw a 1/16th ounce jig very far when using 4-pound line.

I absolutely hammered them using a #16 red Zebra Midge the other day.  I tied on a black and a red about 12 inches apart, 6x tippet about 3 feet deep and was fishing the flat below Fall Creek on the east back above the boat ramp.  Never caught one on the black.  It was towards evening with no water running.

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