Back to normal generation? Fishing is excellent

Editors General Comments: Seemingly all summer long there has been one or more generators going at 0600 instead of the normal 0830-1100 time range as is normal for this time of year. For the last four days there has been no generator going at 0600. May we hope that they are going back to the normal summer cucle. 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 29- At 00600- 0 generator(s) on, Table Rock is at 914.8 and Taneycomo at 701.6. At 1645 1 genertor(s) on, Table Rock 914.8 and Taneycomo at 704.8.

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)- August 25 – Saturday while the water was off, we hit the banks most successfully with size 16 caddis and parachute Adams. The other hot fly was the green holographic crackle back. Fish were taking it both on the drift as well as the strip. Sunday, they ran two generators most of the day. Fished in the late afternoon and caught fish on the dark olive soft hackle, green holographic crackle back and the red midge. Monday the water level was too high to wade so we went to the gravel bar at the City Campground just downstream from the old Taneycomo bridge. Four of us fished the downstream bar and caught several fish on the same flies we fished Sunday. Nothing big, probably best fish was 16 inches but we had a good time. When the water is down or even with the generation, folks are catching fish in the hatchery area and the “chutes”. Tan or gray scuds, San Juan worms, and sculpin patterns are what most people are fishing.

Fly Fishing and Spin Fishing By Chartered Waters Guide Service and Fly Shop August 25th – My neighbor Bill and his friend John from St. Louis gave Chartered Waters a try today for a half day fly fishing trip. Water was running all day yesterday then dropped down to 2 units before I went to bed at 11:00. Checking the generation chart at 6:00 am I saw they had it down to one unit around 2:00 am and that’s what we found at 7:00am when we started. I figured that would be a tough bite and also thought it would be an olive day. I started with a two fly rig using a peach or pink #16 Soft Shelled Scud on top dropping an olive #16 (same pattern) below that. These guys were “ex” fly fishermen. They used to do it for bass and bluegill but never for trout, and their biggest hurdle was not setting the hook too hard. They both broke off several early, but soon got that quick wrist flip down to where they were hooking up often. Olive probably caught half the fish with peach and pink taking the other half. Good action. … fishing again at 1:00pm so we were ready and back at em ..3 units had just come on which made for great fishing for Bill and John. I set the rods up for some deep drifting using big pink, coral and peach Soft Shelled Scuds and like clockwork..the bite was strong. Bill caught a nice 18″ rainbow and both caught several in the 15 – 17″ class.

Gary‘s Current Report: August 29- Went out at 0645 back by 0830. Fished spin float system with 128th Peach Jig with indicator set at 4′ under water off conditions just around the bend up stream fro Fall Creek Dock. Caught 15 fish between 0730 and 0815 and missed about 8. The Peach Jig has a size 12 hook. These jigs can only be found at at River Run Outfitters because they are tied using a custom blended dubbing that Shannon hand mixes in a blender in his basement at home. The result is a jig that becomes trnslucent in character as it is used. When combined with the hook that he uses it has replaced the Bass Napper Oliver Gren 100th as my starting jig each day. Earlier in the day, I tried something new, between 0700 and about 0730, the size 20 Olive G Bug tied by Brett of Chartered Water Guide and caught four fish and missed about 10. Surely it must be the smaller hook not that the fisherman is slowing down. I was fishing it at various depths between 18″ and 4′ off and around the gravel bar at the bend just upstream from Fall Creek Dock. No big ones but lots of fun and broke a good one off.

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 29, 2004 Bob reported that Fishing good from Cooper Creek to Rockaway Beach using pink and white power eggs and night crawlers. 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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