Editors General Comments: June 13- The fishing on Lake Taneycomo over the last couple of week can only be described as fabulous! 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. July 23- At 0515 there are zero generators on, Table Rock is at 916.1 and Taneycomo at 702.0.
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 Report by River Run Outfitters (Dam to Fall Creek)- July 22 - Saturday and Sunday were a little slower than we are accustomed to. Saturday we caught most of our fish on the zebra midges, rust and olive. Sunday, we were only out for a couple hours but caught most of our fish on the insect green, size 16 soft hackle. All our trips this week have caught a majority of their fish on the red tungsten beadhead midge, size 16 with two #1 shots or a size 12 pink scud fishing the seams. With so much water running during the week, we have been suggesting to our customers that they try and see if there is a space to fish up by the hatchery at the chutes. Depending on the time of day, you might get lucky. Sent a couple more customers up to chute #1 with the caterpiller type fly this week and they caught some nice fish on it. Imagine this bug has run it's course as we are not seeing caterpillars falling out of the tree anymore. When conditions allow, good time to start trying terrestrials such as hopper patterns, stimulators, etc. Scuds, sowbugs and San Juan worms are good choices for the chute area.
Gary's Current Report: July 11- Have fished just about every day for over a week between 0600 and the latest 0845.fishing has been average. Averaging 7 fish per hour boated with about as many strikes and misses per hour.From Lookout Hole down to just above the Fall Creek Bend the 128th ounce White Thread Jig or the Peach Jig, available at River run Outfitters, have been working well. Have caught two nice Bows in the 16-18 inch range and my neighbor Howard Couch caught a nice 19 inch Rainbow.
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." On July 22, 2004 Bob reported that water flow has been heavy 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, 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.