Trout fishing has still been very good on Lake Taneycomo. They have been running some water the last few days, but not very hard. Like today the schedule is 1-2 generators. Last time I checked it was running 2 at 704.2. Which the off level is 701.4. Today we are getting ready to go out wading. A week ago Monday, on a guided trip John landed a 8 lb rainbow, and a couple of days prior to that Bob landed a 12 lb brown. Both trips we were wading. So there are still some nice ones up towards the dam. Pictures can be found on Anglers and Archery Outfitters facebook page.
Scuds & midges have been doing very well and soft hackles & cracklebacks when the water is off.
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Fishing is good and there are still some really nice ones up by the dam, browns and rainbows. We have hooked some nice 5-10 lb fish on some of our guide trips.
We have been catching them on a variety of different patterns, small scuds, small glo balls, soft hackles, sculpins, and midges in the slower water. Remember, (I know I have said it a million times) presentation in your set up is also a major part of success, not just what you use (flies), but how you rig it all up.
Weather has over all been really nice. Yes a few extra chilly mornings, especially on the boat ride up the Lake. And Christmas has officially kicked off in Branson, providing lots of extra activities.
Water generation has been very inconsistant. The phone numbers you can call have not been accurate and the generation schedule has not been correct either. A couple of days you had to physically go down to find out the correct level. Hopefully it is short lived and back to normal. Table Rock has been at the 915.7 level.
Sat, Sunday, and Tuesday pm I did waded trips, and on Saturday Ryan from NC landed a really nice 9# brown. It was a great fish! I really look forward to guiding their group every year, we always have a great time. Wading is really the preferred method for hunting down the big fish, but we have hooked into lots of very good sized fish while out in the boat, A much easier way to go when they are generating.
The browns really did show up later this year than in the past. But it is still going strong, if you haven’t gotten to fish it yet, you may want to make plans to do so.
Fly patterns have been very consistant. Scuds, san juans, glo balls, soft hackles, sculpins, and woolies. A little farther down stream, tungsten midges and micro’s are a good choice.
We are using 5 & 6 wt. rods, and once in a while we break out the 8′6″ 4wt. Echo carbon, a sweet responsive rod, given to me by Tim Rajeff the owner of the company on a recent visit to our shop. And I really love the St. Croix Bank Robber for throwing the streamers. It really can throw a long ways with little effort, and is a great American made rod to have in your line up.
Browns have definitely been moving up making their debut. Still quite a lot of really nice rainbows also. On guide trips we have landed rainbows up to 25″, and lost some nice ones also. The biggest brown has been 12 lbs. We hooked probably at least 4 fish over 7 lbs, in the last week. Almost all of the larger fish were caught on a scud, or sculpin pattern. But we are also using soft hackles, and midges when water is off.
Water generation has been sporadic at best. Generally water has been running some everyday, lately they start generating in the afternoon (1pm or so) and run till 7-9 at night. Sometimes they are only running a low 1 or 2 generators. Todays schedule is almost the same for Sunday and Monday, pretty cookie cutter, if they stick to it. Water was off till 1pm and is too run till 11 pm, Sunday & Monday its says on at 2pm and off at 9pm or after.
I Have been putting in some long days guiding, with lots of success! On Tuesdays trip Bruce landed a really great 25″ rainbow, What a beautiful fish! We were wading up in the dam area. Got some good use out of his new St. Croix Bankrobber, which I might add is a perfect rod for now. That was the biggest one, but we also did see some other extra large fish. Yesterday we went in the boat all day. We caught lots of fish, but nothing extra huge. Water was off in the morning so we couldn’t come up all the way to the dam, but they started running 2 low generators later in the afternoon, so we could make it up farther then. Out today in the boat again should be a great trip, looking forward to it.
Overall we are starting to see many more bigger fish, it almost seems like they show up overnight. As to pin point an exact primetime for all the big browns to show up; I will leave that to the crystal ball! (mine is broke)
Water generation has been pretty consistant, and very close to there projections. For the most part water is off till around 2-4 pm in the afternoon, running for 1-4 hours. Sunday they ran l-2 generators all day, but we still did really well. Monday I didn’t go out, because of all the bow work we had. Archery season is in full swing, And browns are starting to make their presence. Doesn’t get much better!!
We have been using lots of different patterns too. It really does matter what exact area your at as to what works best, which has been hard to make people understand. Not one fly pattern will work up and down the whole stream. Spillways fish different than the rebar hole, or up closer to the dam, or if your fishing slower slack waters. Basically flies vary, so its a must to have a good mix. Top choices should be: Sculpins or woolies for stripping, indicator fishing: scuds (smaller) with a glo bug (and the right size split shot), Soft hackles or cracklebacks for just below the surface, or on top, Dries: big ugly, small gnat or mosquito. Slower waters, zebra midges (make sure they are tied with a tungsten bead).
Hope to see you soon!
Fishing has been really good lately. Water is off everyday for a good amount time. So wade fishing has been the most preferred. Seeing lots of fish too. Nothing huge yet. But I did see a couple of nicer ones, 25″ & a 28″ when I was out on a wading trip, then there was the 6 footer we saw when we were out on the boat during a trip… a spoonbill! A week ago last Friday, took Bruce out on a wade trip and he hooked a 4.5 lb largemouth just below the dam.
The fish have not been incredibly picky either on flies, but line size is another story. Streamer fishing we have been using 3x - 4x leaders and tippet. Any other patterns 6X or even 7X fluorocarbon tippet. Smaller dry flies early in the morning have been successful also. Cracklebacks in any color, small scuds, and midges in slack waters.
Hope your making plans to fish here soon!
It sure was a great Labor Day weekend for fishing. Water was off most of the time with only one generator running for an hour or two later in the afternoons. The pattern has been generally in the mornings its a safe bet for wading.
We had a huge run on brown San Juan worms, small scuds, micro’s, and the always fun to fish…..sculpins. Zebra midges did good also, mostly farther down, and the colors varied: rusty, black, and the flash were most popular.
Definitely hooked some nicer fish too. 20″+ rainbows. Some of the fish still had some much larger than normal bellies from the recent shad feast. A few browns were also caught, but nothing huge. I know they had released fish last wednesday.
It was really important to use fluorocarbon tippet, 6X and even down to 7X at times. Also a fresh new leader really made some difference.
So now the watch begins… Rainbows will spawn then the browns will come!
Hope to see you soon!
Today and yesterday we got to experience the generators being off. Yesterday it was for about 4 hours, today it is scheduled to be off till 2pm.
We are still seeing lots of browns just below the dam in the 16″ - 19″ range. They traveled up to the dam to enjoy the huge buffet of shad, that are here from the 5 gates that were opened last week. Just to make it clear, the browns are not up here for spawning , just to eat!
Larger rainbows should be starting to move up soon to start there spawn. We hooked a 25″ rainbow this last week. We have hooked into a couple more larger rainbows while fishing out of the boat this last week in the 3-5 pound range but they both got off before we were able to net them.
We’ve been using scuds, woolly buggers, and zebra midges, mostly.
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They just shut the gates at the Dam at 8 am this morning.
So I guess our shad frenzy will soon come to an end. Every trout we have caught has been plum full of shad, there bellies just bulging.
This past week fishing has been insanely good. I think we have had some of the best fishing days ever!! and we have been fishing Taneycomo for a good number of years. At one point you could not beat the fish off. Whatever you threw, as long as it was white would work. My clients are even hooking a couple of browns a day. Nothing huge in the brown department…. 18″-20″. Sounds like the hatchery is going to get the fish ladders open and going too. The rainbow spawn should be just around the corner with the browns following after that.
I have to mention our almost perfect weather too. Upper 70’s and no rain! It really doesn’t get much better.
Stop by the store when your here and we can hook you up with all the latest local patterns that are working the best.