Fishing Report- Lake Taneycomo August 9, 2004

Editors General Comments: Very little affects the fishing on LakeTaneycomo like the generation of power at the Table Rock Dam. Call 417-336-5083 for up to the moment information on generation and lake levels or click here. August 9- At 0550- 0 generator(s) on, Table Rock is at 916.8 and Taneycomo at 701.5.

Trophy Trout Area: Special Regulations apply to the Trophy Trout Area running from Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek. Click here for an overview of these regulations.

Fly Fishing Only by River Run Outfitters (Dam to Fall Creek)- Aug 10- Last week fished good. Saturday morning was a little tough, but after lunch, we caught some nice fish, 16 to 18 inches on the olive size 18 zebra midge. Since we were in the boat, we found slack water near the banks behind seams holding lots of nice fish. Late morning and early part of the afternoon Saturday, the shallow bank below Point Lookout fished very well drifting the size 16, red tunghead midge. By midday, the deep side below Point Lookout fished better, but still with the red midge. Sunday the dark olive soft hackle, size 16; green L’il Easy, size 18; and green holographic crackle back, size 14 were catching lots of fish. Probably other flies working, but these are so much fun. Floated the deep bank below Lookout with the red midge on our way out and caught lots more fish. Yesterday and today, before the water started, it was fishing well on most anything. When the fish were coming up, Renegades, soft hackles, and crackle backs. Wet flies included the tan flashback scud. Really did well on the tan scud today and the insect green soft hackle. Don’t forget those terrestrials!

Fly Fishing and Spin Fishing By Chartered Waters Guide Service and Fly Shop August 8th – The toughest day I’ve had all year. One unit was running when I woke at 5:00 and it stayed at 1 all day. Ken Joplin and his son BJ started the day at 6:30 at the dam. We started on the shoal out from outlet #3 and caught nothing. No one around was catching anything other than a couple of shufflers. They had a few fish on and lost but that place with one unit is usually very solid. I took them back to where I took Ken yesterday but stopped half way there when I saw several rising trout in one area sipping midges. I tied on some GLB Zebras and had them cast to those rising fish. We caught quite a few BUT…they were all those little 5 inch hatchery fish with a couple of exceptions. We arrived at that same hole from yesterday and we managed half a dozen in and around that area (pictured is BJ with a rainbow from there) but again the action was very slow. We decided to hit the boat with greater expectations in mind. We did catch more fish out there for sure but still I would call it sub par. I tried many different patterns and colors. When we found midging trout (and usually in a very concentrated area) they would take midge emergers fairly well. Black, pink, peach and olive Soft Shelled Scuds in #16 were probably best overall but no one any better than the other. I found 6x caught more than 5x. The best places were those in areas I typically don’t find a lot of fish during one unit. The bites were lighter and faster than usual and we missed many opportunities because of it. They probably caught 25 – 30 fish total today. By comparison I’d guess Ken himself caught about 50 – 60 yesterday. They both had a great time but I felt bad I couldn’t get them hooking up more. So it goes sometimes. It was tough…I kept changing all day…never found the magic combination. Not sure it was out there today anyway. We’ll hit it again tomorrow with better things in mind. Editor Note: If this is a bad day can you imagine what a good day is. I went fishing with Brett last week and caught 25 fish in about 2 hours and missed about a hundred. Visit his site, he is one heck of a fisherman and a great guy to boot.

Gary‘s Current Report: August 9- Tough day on the water, My neighbor, Howard Couch, caugtht about 15-20 fish in about 2 hours. He started with the size 16 Red Bead Head Midge in the shallow water side and switched to the 128th ounce White Thread Jig when we moved over to the channel side. Fished from Lookout Hole down stream using a spin-float system with with indicator set betwen 4 and 5 feet all the way down.

Guide Bob Klein: Bob Klein, the not pretty half of the former owners of Main Street Marina, Bob and Jackie Klein, is still guiding as “Bob’s Guide Service.” As of August 8, 2004 Bob reported that water flow has been consistent and that the best fishing from Branson to Rockaway Beach has been using orange and yellow power eggs drifted off the bottom. Small browns being caught below Fall Creek on nightcrawlers. As always the following standard default techniques are producing fish.

Water Off Conditions (not generating power from Table Rock Dam) – Air injected night crawlers or Orange and Chartreuse Power Eggs, with the Chartreuse on shank of hook and the Orange on tip. Fish them off the bottom with no heavier than 4 pound leader, size 8 or smaller hooks, and just enough split shot to cast. Place the shot so that the bait floats 12-18 inches off the bottom. Spin-A-Lures and Little Cleos have been working well.

Water On Conditions – Orange and Chartreuse Power eggs with the Chartreuse on shank of hook and the Orange on tip, white Power Eggs, or inflated night crawlers bounced off the bottom using the standard “Lake Taneycomo Drift Rig.” which is readily available at all Marinas and most resorts on the Lake.

Get Your Lake Taneycomo Questions Answered:Bob, Gary, Brett, and Stan will be monitoring the Outdoor Activities Forum on the Branson.Com Message Board . If you have any fishing questions on LakeTaneycomo just ask.Use the word “Taneycomo” in the Search Function and enter it in all your posts so they’ll show up.

About Gary Groman aka The Ole Seagull

Editor of The Branson Courier
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