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Fishing Report- Lake Taneycomo October 3

by Gary Groman aka The Ole Seagull
published: Oct 4, 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.  October 4- At 0600- 0 generator(s) on, Table Rock is at 913.2 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)- September 30- Came home from vacation Tuesday. Had a great time on the Little Red River in Heber Springs, Arkansas. Basically the same flies, olive zebra midges, sow bugs, etc. but we also had the good fortune to get into some great BWO hatches and terrestrials hitting the water in the afternoons. So, we got out the dries and did really well. While we were gone, had boats on the water most every day. All trips are catching lots of fish, especially on the zebra midges. Olive and rust were the colors yesterday. The tan flashback scud worked well below the KOA yesterday afternoon. Stan's couple from Alabama were seasoned fly fishers and caught 60-70 fish. Nothing big but still decent size fish, 13-17 inches. 

Fly Fishing and Spin Fishing  By Chartered Waters Guide Service and Fly Shop -

October 2nd - Brad and his son Zach joined me for a half day boat trip this cold October morning. I expected another tough one early (no water running) and we definitely got that. Both started spin fishing and action was slow that first hour. The very windy conditions and choppy water made it tough to see the hits we were getting.


Time for some major moves, and while I knew the day would bring improvement with a higher sun and the front blowing through, we needed fish now. I started by going down to 7x Rio Fluoroflex. I don't do that a lot on the spinning reel set ups but drastic times call for drastic measures. I moved to an area where trout tend to start midging before all other areas and I dropped a #22 Smidge (olive and brown) behind a #18 brown G-Bug on that 7x. That was the combination as both fishermen started picking up fish nicely from there on out. We had good (but not quite as good) action with a black GLB Zebra about 18" down then trailing a Smidge about 3 feet behind that with no weight. An all midge setup in and around those midging trout but the brown G-Bug was supreme all day. Olive Bit Scuds were not good at all and while I love that fly a lot there are times that dictate adjustments from the norm. Today was one of those days. .


Gary's Current Report:  October 3- 0700-1000 water off conditions.  Went fishing with my friend Duane (Mac) McCammon. Fished from the 21 mile makrer about half way to Fall Creek with the boat out far enough to cast back into the "channel". Mac used a fly rod and I used my spion float system and we both used orvis Miage 6x tippet. Mac stayed pretty close to 3 1/2 feet all the way down and I stayed at 4 feet. Between us we caught over 40 fish in the 12-18 inch range with most of them in the 12-15 inch range. Mac decaught a beautiful Rainbow that was definately closer to 18 inches than it was to 15 inches. Although, as on any trip different flies and jigs were used, Mac caught his big one and the majority of his fish on the size 16 Red Tungsten Bead Head Midge and I caught the magority of my fish using the a  1/100 ounce River Run Peach Jig. I will mention however that I started the day using a white version of the Peach Jig that Shannon, of River Run Outfitters tied for me and it did real real coming down the chute from the 21 mile makrer into the Lookout Hole. It seemed that one us had a fish on most of the time and we ended the day with out second or third double of the day. Congratulation to Betty McCammon, the beautifylhalf of the the Mac and Betty team who caught a nice 19 1/2 inch Brown on the 2nd.

Guide Bob Klein: October 3- No change from Bob Klein, of "Bob's Guide Service". Fishing is 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.


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