Table Rock & Bull Shoals Fishing Report - November, 2014

November bass are easier to find with a lure that can be fished at all depths.  One such bait is a jig.  November is a great time to jig fish!  Bass, bulking up for a long winter, will eat gobs of crawfish this month, and a jig imitates a craw very well!  Get out there!  The scenery is breath taking!  The fish are hungry!

 

Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom.  A crawfish imitation needs to move slowly, from behind one rock, to the next rock.  It is hard to fish this bait too slowly.  Right now, bass are from 4-35ft. deep, either in the backs of coves, or off or next to, main lake and secondary points, and the shoreline surrounding them.  Try a 1/4 to 5/8oz. round head or football jig, brown or green pumpkin in color, and add a trailer, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, or cinnamon purple.  Add scent to your jigs.  Even if the chosen soft plastic offering is already scented, adding garlic, or craw scent will cause the hungry fish to chew on the bait a bit longer, giving the angler more time for a hook set.   

 

Spinner baits are working now.  Try a 1/2oz. double willow blade spinner bait, especially on any windy or rainy day.  Natural shad colors, and black, are working well.  Vary retrieve speed, to improve number of bites.

 

Shaky head fishing is hot right now!  Take a 1/16oz or heavier shaky head jig head (it is built to make the soft bait you attach to it stand up), add a crawfish, worm, or baitfish soft trailer, and work it slowly along the bottom, frequently stopping the bait completely.  The bass just cannot leave this bait alone!  Try a skirted twin tail grub, in brown purple or smoke purple.  If you closely examine a shaky head jig when it is fished with a slow, short, twitch retrieve, this bait appears to challenge any fish coming at it from behind.  The lure seems to sit up, as if ready to attack.  This type of behavior attracts feeding bass.  Savage strikes are often the result!!!

 

Try a drop shot rig.  Find a line of trees or stumps off a bank with a varied depth.  The crawfish, shad, or pan fish the bass are after, will be moving among these trees, and suspended bass will be ready to ambush.  Look for underwater timber at all depths.  Mark the depths where the most bait fish and bass are found, and find timber at that depth.  Fish straight up and down to these suspended fish.  Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is.  You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.      

 

There is still a top water bite on most of each lake.  Top water lures, such a s a Zara Spook, Chug Bug, etc., will work during this time, as will most of the wake baits.  Beginning at dawn, look for fish rising on big flats, or cove backs, and fish in these areas.  Many times, the bite will end when the sun becomes visible, though, particularly if fog is present, the bite can go on all day!  This bite will continue until the water surface temperature decreases significantly. 

 

Don’t forget soft plastic tubes.  Try a ¼ to 1/2 oz. jig, with a tube, on main lake and secondary cove points, and any transition banks or flat.  Remember, it is important to add scent to all soft plastic, to maximize the time fish hold the bait in their mouth.  

 

Try fishing around  docks, pole cedar lined banks, chunk rock points and cove banks, with a jig, tube, drop shot rig, Carolina rigged lizard, finesse worm, French fry, or creature bait, also Carolina rigged.  Don’t pass up any different feature, like an underwater hump, depression, ledge, chunk rock section, etc.  Shallow to medium depth flats, near deep, main lake water, often produce nice fish. 

 

Do not pass up any main lake point that looks good to you, during this time of the year, since smallmouth congregate there, and are now 4-35 ft. deep, for much of the day.

 

                         They are out there waiting for you!!!

 

                               Good Luck and Good Fishing!

 

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Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report – November 2014

Early in November, when leaves clog the lake surface, when wind blows almost daily, trout begin to hang out under the lake’s leaf canopy.   It is possible to get a jig through the leaves, either below a float, or fished off the bottom.  Hungry trout will often hit, as the wind blows and causes a lifelike twitch to the jig.  Taneycomo trout fishing is great, in November!

Fall is the time when most brown trout spawn.  There will be many browns staged below #3 outlet, below the dam, and more in the area between outlets #1 and #2.   Remember to revive any brown caught during the next couple of months, since these fish are often weakened by the spawn, and any help you give them, helps them recover, after being caught.  

When there is no current or wind, the clarity of the water becomes a big issue.  Try a smaller lure or fly, and the lightest line you can get.  If possible, attempt to get your bait offering deep enough to become invisible to you.  If you can’t see the trout, they can’t see you, and your catch rate will increase.

Currents resulting from generation, or rain runoff, cause trout to look for areas with an eddy, and many of those are near bank structure.  Trout feed all day long, while residing in these sheltered eddies, and are often accessible to the bank or dock fishing angler.  Power bait, earth worms, spoons, spinners, lures and flies all work on these fish.  Trout become a little less finicky when current brings them a quick meal.  These fish have less time to examine passing food. 

Anglers who offer bait presented below a bobber, drifted from upstream to downstream, can employ a 1/16 to3/8oz bait and sinker rig, and allow it to rest on the bottom, with the bait above, or below. 

 

Anglers choosing to throw a jig, need to adjust for the amount of current at the time.  During a time of no current, a 1/16oz jig is fine, but as generation increases, jig weight can vary all the way to ¼ oz.  Excluding a mini jig, most jigs attract more fish when they are fished on or very near the bottom.  Keep increasing your jig weight, until you are in contact with the bottom, and more fish will see the bait, and your bites per day will increase. 

 

Fly fishers can streamer fish with great success, during mild generation.  Olive wooly buggers, craw or sculpin patterns, slow stripped in the current, will take trout, as will many other streamer patterns.  Flies such as soft hackles and crackle backs, can be fished as small streamers, and will often take trout any time of the day.

 

Spoons and spinners will take fish when there is generation.  Vary the weight of the lure, to match the amount of force of the current.  Greater generation requires more lure weight.  Anglers wanting the best all-around lure weight will find 1/6 oz. spoons and spinners a good bet.

 

Thomas Bouyant and Little Cleo spoons are working well, and best power bait colors have been white, pink, red, orange and green Gulp eggs.  Fish two colors of eggs on the same hook for more bites.  Don’t forget real earth worms, and add air to them, if possible, to make them float.  A real earthworm, when combined with a Gulp egg, will take a surprising number of trout.  Minnows will work well, also.

 

Trout go for nymphs and wet flies, as fall temperatures drop.  The angle of the sun, and the length of the days, help get the water temperatures down.  Try sizes #12-#16 for the point fly, if you use a two fly rig, and add a small midge, size #18 or #20 below that big point fly.

 

Remember, the current can change at a moment’s notice.  Take care to watch water levels. Fall is here, and it is the perfect time to catch big trout!  It is also just nice to be outside, during this time of the year!

 

                        Good luck, and good fishing!  

      

 

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Table Rock & Bull Shoals Fishing Report - October, 2014

Fall bass are staging off main lake or secondary points.  Each morning, these fish move onto flats early, to feed on baitfish they push to the surface.  October is a great time of the year!!!  The fish are concentrated and often can be found!  Jig, top water, square bill, soft plastic, will take fish this month!  Get out there!  The scenery is breath taking!  The fish are hungry!

Shaky head fishing is hot right now!  Take a 1/8oz or heavier shaky head jig head (it is built to make the soft bait you attach to it stand up), add a crawfish, worm, or baitfish soft trailer, and work it slowly along the bottom, frequently stopping the bait completely.  The bass just cannot leave this bait alone!  Try a skirted twin tail grub, in brown purple or smoke purple.

Fish a drop shot rig.  Mark a small school of suspended fish on your depth finder.  Fish straight up and down to these suspended fish.  Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is.  You can also fish the drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.      

There is a top water bite on most of each lake.  Top water lures, such a s a Zara Spook, Chug Bug, etc., will work during this time, as will most of the wake baits.  Beginning at dawn, look for fish rising on big flats, all shoreline, or cove backs, and fish in these areas.  Many times, the bite will end when the sun becomes visible, though, during a transition month such as October, the bite can go on all day! 

From late morning to early evening, jigs and tubes often work well, since black bass key on crawdads during this time.  Try a ¼ to 1/2 oz. jig, with a craw trailer, on main lake and secondary cove points, and any transition banks or flat.  It is important to add scent to all soft plastic, to maximize the time fish hold the bait in their mouth.  Try fishing around  docks, pole cedar lined banks, chunk rock points and cove banks, with a jig, tube, drop shot rig, Carolina rigged lizard, finesse worm, French fry, or creature bait, also Carolina rigged.  Don’t pass up any different feature, like an underwater hump, depression, ledge, chunk rock section, etc.  Where the bank transitions from one type of rock to another, such as small chunk rock to gravel, try jig fishing. Shallow to medium depth flats, near deep, main lake water, often produce nice fish. 

Do not pass up any main lake point that looks good to you, during this time of the year, since black bass congregate there.

Wind and rain offer an opportunity to change tactics.  Wind will allow spinner baits and shallow running crank baits to work well, and rain can cause water clarity to get murky or muddy, allowing a jig or tube to work even better.  Big bass are out there waiting for you!!!

 

                               Good Luck and Good Fishing!

 

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Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report – October 2014

Trout fishing on Lake Taneycomo has been great!  As the angle of the sun and the length of the days change, trout begin to eat more, as they add weight to make it through the winter.  October is a great time to catch a very large trout, maybe even THE trout, …you know…the one you absolutely must have a picture of…the one that you will remember, and never forget…!  Night fishing for the big fish of the fall is great in October!  Brave anglers, who venture forth into the dark, can use heavy leader, and cast to huge, hungry, fish!  Large rainbows often lie downstream from brown trout spawning beds, waiting for drifting eggs to come to them. Every cast could result in a monster trout!   

Even a moderate wind, especially when combined with a canopy of fallen leaves, can free trout to feed on or very near water surface, without worry about predator attack (usually birds).  Autumn usually offers an abundance of both wind and fallen leaves.  Thus, October can be a great month to catch trout at the top of the water column!  

Currents resulting from generation, or rain runoff, cause trout to look for areas with an eddy, and many of those are near bank structure.  Trout feed all day long while residing in these sheltered eddies, and are often accessible to the bank or dock fishing angler.  Power bait, earth worms, spoons, spinners, and flies all work on these fish.

Anglers who offer bait presented below a bobber, often can fish in harmony with the leaf coating in the fall.  When the leaves interfere with the bobber’s float, the resulting movement of the bait below can trigger a strike! 

It is possible that rise forms are not surface feeding trout.  Instead, these rise forms may be caused by tail movement, from fish feeding just under the surface, in the film (up to a foot under the surface).  If the trout holding lie is in the surface film, a mini jig or other bait, presented 6” or less, under an indicator or bobber, can be seen, and may be taken.

Fall fly fishers can streamer fish with great success, during mild generation.  Olive wooly buggers, slow stripped in the current, will take trout, as will many other streamer patterns.  Flies such as soft hackles and crackle backs can be fished as small streamers, and will often take trout any time of the day.

Spoons and spinners will take fish when there is generation.  Vary the weight of the lure, to match the amount of force of the current.  Greater generation requires more lure weight.  Anglers wanting the best all-around lure weight will find 1/6 oz. spoons and spinners a good bet.  Thomas Bouyant and Little Cleo spoons are working well, and best power bait colors have been white, pink, red, orange and yellow Gulp eggs.  Fish two colors of eggs on the same hook for more bites.  Don’t forget real earth worms, and add air to them, if possible, to make them float.  A real earthworm, when combined with a Gulp egg, will take a surprising number of trout.  Minnows will work well, also.

Trout go for big nymphs as fall temperatures drop.  The angle of the sun, and the length of the days, help get the water temperatures down.  Try sizes #6-#12, especially the point fly, if you use a two fly rig, and add a small midge, size #18 or #20 below that big point fly.  Remember, the current can change at a moment’s notice.  Take care to watch water levels. Fall is here, and it is the perfect time to catch big trout!  It is also just nice to be outside, during this time of the year!

                                    Good luck, and good fishing!  

      

 

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Table Rock & Bull Shoals Fishing Report - September, 2014

Shaky head fishing is hot right now!  Take a 1/16 oz or heavier shaky head jig head (it is built to make the soft bait you attach to it stand up), add a crawfish, worm, or baitfish soft trailer, and work it slowly along the bottom, frequently stopping the bait completely.  The bass just cannot leave this bait alone!  Right now, with the surface temperature of both lakes still very warm, putting your boat in 35-40ft. of water, and casting toward the bank, then slowly working the shaky head out into the deeper water, is working.  Try a skirted twin tail grub, in brown purple, smoke purple, or green pumpkin purple.  This bait looks like a feeding craw fish, and, when you add a twitch or shake to the retrieve, it draws attention from cruising bass!  Remember, work this bait slowly.  Add scent, to allow more time for a hook set (the bait will remain in the mouth of the fish longer).

Try a drop shot rigFind a line of trees or stumps not far off a bank with varied depth.  The crawfish, shad, or pan fish the bass are after, will be moving among these trees, and suspended bass will be ready to ambush.  As the surface temperature of the lake cools, look for suspended fish around underwater timber at all depths.  Mark the depths where the most bait fish and bass are found, and find timber at that depth.  Fish straight up and down to these suspended fish.  Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is.  You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.     

There is an early morning top water bite on most of each lake.  Top water lures, such as a Zara Spook, Chug Bug, etc., will work during this time, as will most of the wake baits.  Beginning at dawn, look for fish rising on flats and points, and fish in these areas.  Many times, the bite will end when the sun becomes visible, but, on occasion, this bite will go on for a few hours.  The term “walking the dog,” refers to moving the bait like a wounded baitfish.  A fishing associate will instruct you as to how to go about imparting this action to your bait.

Right after the top water bite stops, look for fish staged on the bottom, and try a jig or Carolina rig on any you find.

From late morning to early evening, jigs and tubes often work well, since black bass key on crawdads during this time.  Try a ¼ to 1/2 oz. jig, with a craw trailer, on main lake and secondary cove points, and any transition bank or flat.  It is important to add scent to all soft plastic, to maximize the time these fish hold the bait in their mouth.  Try fishing around  docks, pole cedar lined banks, chunk rock points and cove banks, with a jig, drop shot rig, Carolina rigged lizard, finesse worm, French fry, or a creature bait, also Carolina rigged.  Don’t pass up any different feature, like an underwater hump, depression, ledge, chunk rock section, etc.  Shallow to medium depth flats, near deep, main lake water, often produce nice fish. 

Do not pass up any main lake point that looks good to you, during this time of the year, since water is often being pulled (generated) from each lake, and the resulting lake currents, cause shad to congregate off these points, and nearby main lake shore line.  Early morning fishing, employing a finesse Carolina rig, jig and trailer, tube, square billed crank bait, or other bait which will work in the shallow to medium depth of a cove flat or secondary flat, will pay off, for a while, until the water gets warm enough for the available oxygen to begin depleting.  As the water temperature goes up, dissolved oxygen level shrinks.  So, fish move to deeper water, to find better oxygen levels.  A big rain will add oxygen and bring fish back into the shallows!

Wind and rain offer an opportunity to change tactics.  Wind will allow spinner baits and shallow running crank baits to work well, and rain can cause water clarity to get murky or muddy, allowing a jig or tube to work even better. 

 As we move into fall, the bass will begin to feed and store food for the winter.  

This is a great time of the year to catch a big fish!  They are out there waiting for you!!!

 

                               Good Luck and Good Fishing!

 

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Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report – September 2014

Water level and current have been down, in the morning, for the past month or more.  Low or no water release often results in great early morning fishing up below the Table Rock dam.  Timing of generation and the resulting release of water varies by day. 

The best fishing available to the wading angler during the fall is often from dawn until the sun rises over the horizon, each morning.  Most fall mornings, the least water release there will be all day, occurs during the early morning, and frequently water levels are down low enough to wade.

Fall rain will increase chances of more water release, and resulting strong current and higher water levels, can change best baits, and retrieval methods throughout the day.  Currents resulting from generation, or rain runoff, cause trout to look for areas with an eddy, and many of those are near bank structure.  Trout feed all day long while residing in these sheltered eddies, and are often accessible to the bank or dock fishing angler.  PowerBait, earth worms, spoons, spinners, and flies all work on these fish, so fishing on Taneycomo is good!

Trout become a little less finicky when current brings them a quick meal.  These fish have less time to examine passing food.  During this time, a presentation of two flies, under an indicator, works well.  The first fly could be an egg imitation, a worm, nymph, scud, or midge, followed by another fly about 3 ft. behind.  This same rig will work for the spin fisherperson.  The fish concentrate on the first offering, and if that is refused, the second bait is on them quickly, and little time is left to evaluate it.  Fish having to make this quick choice, often choose to bite. 

 

Anglers who offer bait presented below a bobber, drifted from upstream to downstream, can find success at times.  When the bobber rig does not work, try a 1/8 to1/4oz sinker rig, and allow it to rest on the bottom, with a bait above. 

 

Anglers choosing to throw a jig, need to adjust for the amount of current at the time.  During a time of no current, a 1/16oz jig is fine, but as generation increases, jig weight can vary all the way to ¼ oz.  Excluding a mini jig, most jigs attract more fish when they are fished on or very near the bottom.  Keep increasing your jig weight, until you are in contact with the bottom, and more fish will see the bait, and your bites per day will increase. 

 

Fly fishers can streamer fish with great success, during mild generation.  Olive wooly buggers, slow stripped in the current, will take trout, as will many other streamer patterns.  Flies such as soft hackles and crackle backs can be fished as small streamers, and will often take trout any time of the day.

 

Spoons and spinners will take fish when there is generation.  Vary the weight of the lure, to match the amount of force of the current.  Greater generation requires more lure weight.  Anglers wanting the best all-around lure weight will find 1/6 oz. spoons and spinners a good bet.

 

Thomas Bouyant and Little Cleo spoons are working well, and best power bait colors have been white, pink, red, orange, green and yellow Gulp! eggsFish two colors of eggs on the same hook for more bites.  Don’t forget real earth worms, and add air to them, if possible, to make them float.  A real earthworm, when combined with a Gulp egg, will take a surprising number of trout

 

Remember, the current can change at a moment’s notice.  Take care to watch water levels. Fall is here, and it is the perfect time to catch big trout!  It is also just nice to be outside, during this time of the year!

 

                        Good luck, and good fishing!  

      

 

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Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report – June, 2014

Fishing on Lake Taneycomo is great!

The amount of power generated, and the current it causes, allow the angler to pinpoint where the trout are.  Heavy generation causes the trout to seek an area where current meets slack water.  Less generation allows the trout to feed in a mild current, usually offering a comfortable spot behind a rock, where a trout can wait for food to come, carried toward the rock by the current.

Early summer, so far, is a time of lower need for generation.  This low or no generation, offers an opportunity to wade up by the dam, and to fish from the bank, all up and down the lake!  The fish are hungry, and, the increased desire to feed, is delightful!

Jigs (white or sculpin in color), 1/6 oz. spoons, hard bait lures, and natural and scented bait all are working right now!  Try the new power bait colors and scents for a great bite!

Trout become a little less finicky when current brings them a quick meal.  These fish have less time to examine passing food.  During this time, a presentation of two flies, under an indicator, works well.  The first fly could be an egg imitation, a worm, nymph, scud, or midge, followed by another fly about 3 ft. behind.  This same rig will work for the spin fisherperson.  The fish concentrate on the first offering, and if that is refused, the second bait is on them quickly, and little time is left to evaluate it.  Fish having to make this quick choice, often choose to bite. 

Try presenting bait below a bobber, drifted from upstream to downstream,.  When the bobber rig does not work, try a 1/8 to1/4oz, (or more) sinker rig, and allow it to rest on the bottom, with a bait above. 

Anglers throwing a jig, need to adjust for the amount of current at the time.  During a time of no current, a 1/32 or 1/16oz. jig is fine, but as generation increases, jig weight can vary all the way to 1/8oz. (or more).  Excluding a mini jig, most jigs attract more fish when they are fished on or very near the bottom.  Keep increasing your jig weight, until you are in contact with the bottom, then adjust your rig slightly more shallow, to avoid hanging up.  When you are using an indicator float or bobber, try setting it about 4 to 6ft. above the jig, so that the bait will get down to where the fish are.  Fly fishers can use even smaller jigs weights, but if the jig is not fished below an indicator, the jig needs to contact or be very close to the bottom.    

 

                                                The fish are biting!!!

                                            Good luck, and good fishing!  

      

 

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Table Rock & Bull Shoals Fishing Report - June, 2014

Finally, Summer begins!!!   Fish are on the bank, this month, and are easy to find and catch!  Table Rock and Bull Shoals are such big lakes!  As water warms up, bass move into the coves, often hugging the bank, as they journey to their spawning beds. 

Lake surface temperatures can be an indicator of when the bass spawn will peak.  Some bass have not spawned yet, and others are already in post spawn.  Early in the post spawn period, bass often move into deeper water close to their spawning beds, and stay for a few weeks.  If there are no fish on the beds, move back off the shore, since it is easy to spook bass, during this time, and a boat in position to cast to the bank, is often right over the post spawn holding lie.

Almost any bait imaginable is working now!  Some baits are so hot this month, that every cast will result in trailing fish!  The hottest bait changes week to week.  Ask a fishing associate what bait is the hottest right now!

Warm rain will drive the fish into the very back of the coves, as they seek bait fish and craw fish that are moving in the same direction.  Square billed, shallow running, crank baits, are working, as the fish move into the shallows.  On any windy, rainy day, try a spinner bait

Top water hard and soft baits will work this month, as will wake and swim baits.  Ask an associate to help you find the right baits for the day you are going out. All finesse baits, such as shaky head jigs, finesse Carolina rigs, Texas rigged short worms and lizards, are now working.

A word about top water baits!

Try fishing either from dawn to 30 minutes after sunrise, or the last hour of sunlight in the evening.  At these times, bass move onto flats, and top water action picks up.   “Walking the dog,” is a way of retrieving a top water bait, to attract more bites.  Ask an associate about this method, and ask about add on feathered trebles, and other ways to enhance your top water offering.

There is a jig bite now.  Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom.  A crawfish imitation needs to move slowly, from behind one rock, to the next rock.  It is hard to fish this bait too slowly.  Right now, bass are at all levels, looking for the most comfortable mix of oxygen and temperature they can find, from 2-35ft.  Look for them, especially off or next to, main lake and secondary points.  Try a 1/4 to 5/8oz. round or football head jig, brown, peanut butter and jelly, or green pumpkin in color, and add a trailer, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, or cinnamon purple.  Add scent to your jigs.  The jig bite really comes on, as the water warms up.  As bass patrol the lake points, looking for a meal, there is an interest in crawfish!  Remember, fish this bait slowly!  Also try light weight shaky head jigs, especially when a front is moving into the area.

Try fishing a drop shot rig, vertically.  Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is.  This technique works well, on fish suspended on the sides of main lake points.  You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.      

                                      

                                     They are out there!!!

                               Good Luck and Good Fishing!

 

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Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report – May, 2014

Lake Taneycomo spring fishing remains great!

The amount of power generated, and the current it causes, allow the angler to pinpoint where the trout are.  Heavy generation causes trout to seek an area where current meets slack water.  Less generation allows the trout to feed in a mild current, usually offering a comfortable spot behind a rock, where a trout can wait for food to come, carried toward the rock by the current.

 

Recent heavy generation, and the cold temperature of the water from the bottom of Table Rock Lake, has resulted in fish migrating toward warmer water temperature, and less current, to feed.  Early May has brought with it, so far, the lessening of generation.  This low or no generation, offers an opportunity to wade up by the dam, and to fish from the bank, all up and down the lake!  The fish are hungry, and, the increased desire to feed, is delightful!

    

Jigs, 1/6 oz. spoons, hard bait lures, and natural and scented bait all are working right now!  Try the new power bait colors and scents for a great bite!

 

Trout become a little less finicky when current brings them a quick meal.  These fish have less time to examine passing food.  During this time, a presentation of two flies, under an indicator, works well.  The first fly could be an egg imitation, a worm, nymph, scud, or midge, followed by another fly about 3 ft. behind.  This same rig will work for the spin fisherperson.  The fish concentrate on the first offering, and if that is refused, the second bait is on them quickly, and little time is left to evaluate it.  Fish having to make this quick choice, often choose to bite. 

 

Anglers who offer bait presented below a bobber, drifted from upstream to downstream, find success at times.  When the bobber rig does not work, try a 1/8 to1/4oz, (or more) sinker rig, and allow it to rest on the bottom, with a bait above. 

 

Anglers choosing to throw a jig, need to adjust for the amount of current at the time.  During a time of no current, a 1/32 or 1/16oz. jig is fine, but as generation increases, jig weight can vary all the way to 1/8oz. (or more).  Excluding a mini jig, most jigs attract more fish when they are fished on or very near the bottom.  Keep increasing your jig weight, until you are in contact with the bottom, then adjust your rig slightly more shallow, to avoid hanging up.  When you are using an indicator float or bobber, try setting it about 4 to 6ft. above the jig, so that the bait will get down to where the fish are.  Fly fishers can use even smaller jigs weights, but if the jig is not fished below an indicator, the jig needs to contact or be very close to the bottom.    

 

                                                The fish are biting!!!

 

                                            Good luck, and good fishing!  

      

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Table Rock & Bull Shoals Fishing Report - May, 2014

Spring time is a great time for the angler!  Fish begin coming o the bank, and are easier to find and catch!  The annual spring migration starts with bass staging on points on the main lake, at the mouth of coves.  As water warms up, bass move into the coves, often hugging the bank, as they journey deep into the coves.  Any warm spring rain, will drive the fish into the very back of the coves, as they seek warmer water and the bait fish and craw fish that move in the same direction. 

 

Square billed, shallow running, crank baits, will begin working as the fish move into the shallows.  On any windy, rainy day, try a spinner bait.  Top water hard and soft baits will begin working this month, as will wake and swim baits.  Ask an associate to help you find the right baits for the day you are going out.   All finesse baits, such as shaky head jigs, finesse Carolina rigs, Texas rigged short worms and lizards, will work this month.


There is a jig bite now.  Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom.  A crawfish imitation needs to move slowly, from behind one rock, to the next rock.  It is hard to fish this bait too slowly.  Right now, bass are at all levels, looking for the most comfortable mix of oxygen and temperature they can find, from 2-35ft.  Look for them, especially off or next to, main lake and secondary points.  Try a 1/4 to 5/8oz. round or football head jig, brown, peanut butter and jelly, or green pumpkin in color, and add a trailer, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, or cinnamon purple.  Add scent to your jigs.  The jig bite really comes on, as the water warms up.  As bass patrol the lake points, looking for a meal, there is an interest in crawfish!  Remember, fish this bait slowly! 

 

Don’t forget the Wiggle Wart bite!  It comes on fast, lasts two weeks, or so, and the action is fantastic!  Be on the lake at this time, if you can, and have a Wiggle Wart tied on. 

 

Try fishing a drop shot rig, vertically.  Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is.  This technique works well, on fish suspended on the sides of main lake points.  You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.      

 

Remember, during this time of the year, as the sun warms the water, or if there is a warm rain, fish will begin to move into the coves, first just inside, the main lake pints, then straight into the backs of the coves.  Warm rains will accelerate this migration.  When you have fish concentrated in one area, it can make for an unbelievable day of fishing. 

 

This is THE month of the year, for fantastic fishing!!!                        

                                      

                                     They are out there!!!

 

                               Good Luck and Good Fishing!

 

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Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report – April, 2014

Lake Taneycomo early spring fishing remains great!

Shad are coming through the turbines, during generation, but the timing is iffy.  This is the exception, and not the rule, this year.  Be prepared, though… make sure to have a white shad imitation tied on, and get ready for unbelievable action, if the shad suddenly appear! 

If the shad are not around, the normal baits will work.  Jigs are working better than spoons now, and it is still true that using two egg imitations together, one of them being a white one, will work the best.  The best egg colors for the past week are orange or pink, with white, of course!  A new gulp egg color is sherbet blast, which combines orange and pink, in one gulp egg.  Air-infused worms are still working well.  Add purple to the color list of jigs.   

Amount of water generated, has been changing, hour by hour, throughout the day. If fishing is good, and then the bite stops, it can be that generation has changed, and more or less water is suddenly being released.  Try a different bait, when this happens.

When there is no current or wind, the clarity of the water becomes a big issue.  Try a smaller lure or fly, and the lightest line you can get.  If possible, attempt to get your bait offering deep enough to become invisible to you.  If you can’t see the trout, they can’t see you, and your catch rate will increase.  Try fishing a mini jig (less than 1/16 oz.), below a float.

If two generators are running, bank fishing is a good choice, if a boat is not available.  Where you find deeper areas near the bank, fish close in to the bank first, although bank fishers should stay back from the edge of the bank.  Trout are sensitive to vibrations, such as those made when walking along the bank shore line.  Stay back at least three feet.

Currents resulting from generation, or rain runoff, cause trout to look for areas with an eddy, and many of those are near bank structure.  Trout feed all day long while residing in these sheltered eddies, and are often accessible to the bank or dock fishing angler.  Power bait, earth worms, spoons, spinners, and flies all work on these fish, so fishing on Taneycomo is good!

Trout become a little less finicky when current brings them a quick meal.  These fish have less time to examine passing food.  During this time, a presentation of two flies, under an indicator, works well.  The first fly could be an egg imitation, a worm, nymph, scud, or midge, followed by another fly about 3 ft. behind.  This same rig will work for the spin fisherperson.  The fish concentrate on the first offering, and if that is refused, the second bait is on them quickly, and little time is left to evaluate it.  Fish having to make this quick choice, often choose to bite. 

 

Anglers who offer bait presented below a bobber, drifted from upstream to downstream, find success at times.  When the bobber rig does not work, try a 1/8 to1/4oz, (or more) sinker rig, and allow it to rest on the bottom, with a bait above. 

 

Anglers choosing to throw a jig, need to adjust for the amount of current at the time.  During a time of no current, a 1/32 or 1/16oz. jig is fine, but as generation increases, jig weight can vary all the way to 1/8oz. (or more).  Excluding a mini jig, most jigs attract more fish when they are fished on or very near the bottom.  Keep increasing your jig weight, until you are in contact with the bottom, then adjust your rig slightly more shallow, to avoid hanging up.  When you are using an indicator float or bobber, try setting it about 4 to 6ft. above the jig, so that the bait will get down to where the fish are.  Fly fishers can use even smaller jigs weights, but if the jig is not fished below an indicator, the jig needs to contact the bottom.    

 

                                                The fish are biting!!!

 

                                            Good luck, and good fishing!  

      

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Table Rock & Bull Shoals Fishing Report - April, 2014

As soon as the water warms up enough, bass in Table Rock and Bull Shoals will begin thinking about eating!  Another few degrees or so, just a few warm rains, and bass will begin to stage on the main lake points, waiting to attack passing schools of shad.  Look for where the main lake channel swings in toward a main lake point.  If there is generation, there will be current around the main channel, and shad are drawn to this current, so, a great fishing opportunity is possible.

 

The Alabama rig is working now!  This is an exciting bait to fish, and many anglers have caught more than one fish on a single cast!!!  Ask a fishing associate about this rig, how to fish it, and how to set it up.  Take a rig home, and try it out on the lake. 

 

The suspended jerk bait has tapered off a bit.  This bait will still work, but hungry bass in warmer parts of the lake, are easier to attract with the greater food value presented to them in the form of the Alabama rig.   
Do not give up on the jerk bait, though, since, as the water begins to warm up, this bite will pick up.  Suspended black bass, positioned in the water column at a depth that offers both comfortable temperature and oxygen levels, will attack a dying shad, if it looks real, and it stays around long enough to attract attention.  Present the shad imitation above the suspended bass, and employ a jerk and wait retrieve.  The longer the wait, between jerk retrieves, the better, as this allow the fish to react and attack.


There is a jig bite now.  Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom.  A crawfish imitation needs to move slowly, from behind one rock, to the next rock.  It is hard to fish this bait too slowly.  Right now, bass are at all levels, looking for the most comfortable mix of oxygen and temperature they can find, from 4-45ft.  Look for them, especially off or next to, main lake and secondary points.  Try a 1/4 to 5/8oz. round or football head jig, brown, peanut butter and jelly, or green pumpkin in color, and add a trailer, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, or cinnamon purple.  Add scent to your jigs.  The jig bite really comes on, as the water warms up.  As bass patrol the lake points, looking for a meal, there is an interest in crawfish!  Remember, fish this bait slowly!  Don’t forget the Wiggle Wart bite.  It comes on fast, last only a week or so, and the action is fantastic!  Be on the lake at this time, if you can, and have a Wiggle Wart tied on. 

 

Try fishing a drop shot rig, vertically.  Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is.  This technique works well, on suspended fish!  You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.      

 

Remember, during this time of the year, as the sun warms the water, or if there is a warm rain, fish will begin to move into the coves, first just inside, the main lake pints, then straight into the backs of the coves.  Warm rains will accelerate this migration.  When you have fish concentrated in one area, it can make for an unbelievable day of fishing.                            

                                      

                                     They are out there!!!

 

                               Good Luck and Good Fishing!

 

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Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report – March, 2014

       Lake Taneycomo winter fishing remains great! Water temperature is still very low. Crappie are still being harvested all around the landing area!

       Low water releases are here for now. Wading has been good below the Table Rock dam on upper Taneycomo. The shad kill could come at any time! Get ready, … make sure to have some white imitation to throw, and be prepared for unbelievable action! The colder Table Rock gets, the better the chance for a big shad kill near the dam. When this happens, these dead shad will be swept through the turbines, and into Taneycomo! The trout go nuts when shad are presented in quantity, and you can be part of the resulting carnage, if you present your white shad imitation to the feeding fish at this time!

        If the shad are not around, the normal baits will work. Jigs are working better than spoons now, and it is still true that using two egg imitations together, one of them being a white one, will work the best. The best egg colors for the past week are orange or pink, with white, of course! A new gulp egg color is sherbet blast, which combines orange and pink, in one gulp egg. Air-infused worms are still working well. Add purple to the color list of jigs.

       When there is no current or wind, the clarity of the water becomes a big issue. Try a smaller lure or fly, and the lightest line you can get. If possible, attempt to get your bait offering deep enough to become invisible to you. If you can’t see the trout, they can’t see you, and your catch rate will increase. Try fishing a mini jig (less than 1/16 oz), below a float.

        If two generators are running, bank fishing is a good choice, if a boat is not available. Where you find deeper areas near the bank, fish close in to the bank first, although bank fishers should stay back from the edge of the bank. Trout are sensitive to vibrations, such as those made when walking along the bank shore line. Stay back at least three feet.

        Currents resulting from generation, or rain runoff, cause trout to look for areas with an eddy, and many of those are near bank structure. Trout feed all day long while residing in these sheltered eddies, and are often accessible to the bank or dock fishing angler. Power bait, earth worms, spoons, spinners, and flies all work on these fish, so fishing on Taneycomo is good!

       Trout become a little less finicky when current brings them a quick meal. These fish have less time to examine passing food. During this time, a presentation of two flies, under an indicator, works well. The first fly could be an egg imitation, a worm, nymph, scud, or midge, followed by another fly about 3 ft. behind. This same rig will work for the spin fisherman. The fish concentrate on the first offering, and if that is refused, the second bait is on them quickly, and little time is left to evaluate it. Fish having to make this quick choice, often choose to bite.

       Anglers who offer bait presented below a bobber, drifted from upstream to downstream, find success at times. When the bobber rig does not work, try a 1/8 to1/4oz sinker rig, and allow it to rest on the bottom, with a bait above.

        Anglers choosing to throw a jig, need to adjust for the amount of current at the time. During a time of no current, a 1/32 or 1/16oz. jig is fine, but as generation increases, jig weight can vary all the way to 1/8 oz. Excluding a mini jig, most jigs attract more fish when they are fished on or very near the bottom. Keep increasing your jig weight, until you are in contact with the bottom, then adjust your rig slightly more shallow, to avoid hanging up. When you are using an indicator float or bobber, try setting it about 4 to 6ft. above the jig, so that the bait will get down to where the fish are. Fly fishers can use even smaller jigs weights, but if the jig is not fished below an indicator, the jig needs to contact the bottom.

The fish are biting!!!

Good luck, and good fishing!

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Table Rock & Bull Shoals Fishing Report - March, 2014

As soon as the water warms up enough, bass in Table Rock and Bull Shoals will begin thinking about eating!  Right now, most fish are suspended at a comfortable temperature and oxygen level.  When surface temperatures are in the 30s, bass are not really in an eating mode, because their metabolism is so low, that they do not need much to eat.   Water surface temperatures are climbing into the low 40’s now, and with warming water, the bass will begin to need food. 

Right now, dead shad are at the bottom of most lake coves, and pelicans are gorging themselves on this fortuitous delicacy!  Soon, our bass will be doing the same thing! 

The Alabama rig is working now!  This is an exciting bait to fish, and many anglers have caught more than one fish on a single cast!!!  Ask a fishing associate about this rig, how to fish it, and how to rig it.  Take a rig home, and try it out on the lake. 

The suspended jerk bait is tapering off a bit.  This bait will still work, but hungry bass in warmer parts of the lake, are easier to attract with the greater food value presented to them in the form of the Alabama rig.   
Do not give up on the jerk bait, though, since, as the water begins to warm up, this bite will be back on.  Suspended black bass, positioned in the water column at a depth that offers both the comfortable temperature and oxygen level, will attack a dying shad, if it looks real, and it stays around long enough to attract attention.  Present the shad imitation above the suspended bass, and employ a jerk and wait retrieve.  The longer the wait, between jerk retrieves, the better, as this allow the fish to react and attack.

There is a jig bite now.  Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom.  A crawfish imitation needs to move slowly, from behind one rock, to the next rock.  It is hard to fish this bait too slowly.  Right now, bass are at all levels, looking for the most comfortable mix of oxygen and temperature they can find, from 4-45ft.  Look for them, especially off or next to, main lake and secondary points.  Try a 1/4 to 5/8oz. round or football head jig, brown, peanut butter and jelly, or green pumpkin in color, and add a trailer, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, or cinnamon purple.  Add scent to your jigs.  The jig bite really comes on, as the water warms up.  As bass patrol the lake points, looking for a meal, there is an interest in crawfish!

Try fishing a drop shot rig, vertically.  Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is.  This technique works well, on suspended fish!  You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.      

Cold weather increases the need for home heating, which can increase power consumption.  Dam generation creates power.  Generation from the dams causes current off main lake points, attracting the shad.  Therefore, do not pass up any main lake point that looks good to you, during this time of the year, since fish congregate on and around these points, looking for shad and crawfish. 

Black bass can be particularly difficult to find during the late winter. As the water warms, though, keep looking, and you can find a group of hungry fish, waiting for you!!! 

                        

                                      They are out there!!!

 

             Good Luck and Good Fishing!

 

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Late Winter Fishing On Table Rock Lake

       This winter has been a cold one in the Ozarks. The water is stained, unlike the extremely clear water that is normal most late winters. Dead shad are on or near the bottom in most coves, and bass are out in deeper water, many off main lake points, and in deep water around islands, or just suspended over very deep water, in the middle of the main lake.

       Bass can be caught on Alabama rigs, suspended jerk baits, jigs, tubes, and spinner baits fished deep. Soon, the surface temperature of the lake water will slowly begin to rise, and bass will venture back into, first, the main lake coves. When this happens, anglers who fish main and secondary lake points, the back of main lake coves, deep bluff banks, and deep flats, will begin to pick up fish.

        There are indicators of a great fishing season coming this year. Anglers who concentrate on making plans to fish more than usual this spring will likely be rewarded with great success. Just like the Farmer’s almanac successfully predicts weather most years, indicators like dead shad on the bottom of shallow and mid-depth coves, both main lake and secondary, are an indicator of the future spring bass gorging-frenzy that is likely to occur this spring.

       While waiting for spring, an angler can search for a main or secondary lake point, one which offers oxygen and a water temperature that is a bit warmer than surrounding areas, and find and fish the area where these three things meet with bottom structure. There will be fish in that area, and perhaps a lucky angler can entice the bite!!! Good luck, as we wait for spring!!!

Steve Fritz

Fishing Lead Bass Pro Shops

White River Outpost

Branson, MO

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Get Ready for Spring White Bass! Creating New Flies

       I looked at the Grizzly Marabou on the peg, in the White River Fly Shop, and thought back to a time, about 15 years ago, … only a couple of years after I started to work in the fly shop at Bass Pro Shop, in Springfield. I had been altering existing fly patterns, and creating new fly patterns, for over 20 years, at that time. One glance at the variegated color of the grizzly marabou (it was barred) ,… and an idea for a new series of jigs was born!

        After recent trips to local creeks and rivers, to fly fish for white bass (called sand bass, back in Texas and Oklahoma), I realized I needed a new jig pattern for the white bass spawning run. Fishing side by side with many of the locals, who were out to harvest some of these “line sides”, I was being out fished! The jigs they used were homemade, and I quickly tied some up, and then I could keep up with the local anglers, but I wanted my own patterns!

       I decided the grizzly marabou was going to be the tail section of the new pattern, which would be tied on a jig hook, probably a 1/64 ounce jig head. Having secured these, the next step was to sit and create a new pattern. The body was big up by the jig head, the front made by winding three turns of medium chenille, and behind that on the hook, were turns of pearl flashabou, all the way back to the grizzly marabou tail. It looked great!

        I tried it out the next day, and it worked even better than it looked! An entire series of shad and minnows, in many colors, followed, most of them fish catchers! They were new, or at least new to me, and these patterns still work today, over fifteen years later!

                                                                                   So….

       Beginning In March, every Thursday evening at 7pm, there will be a meeting of The White River Fly Tyers, in the fly shop, at Bass Pro shops White River Outpost! This is a new fly tying club! There are no dues. ‘Wanna become a member? Just show up! Every Thursday, beginning March 6th, we will get together and tie, swap stories, have a good time, and watch a demo of a new fly being tied at each meeting. How can you resist? I’ll see you there, and maybe we will create a new fly pattern that night!!!

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Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report – February, 2014

Lake Taneycomo winter fishing remains great! Water temperature is low right now, down to the lower 40’s! Browns are being caught in quantity, and overall, the trout are running larger than in recent weeks! Crappie are being harvested all around the landing area!

        Low water releases are here for now. Wading has been good below the Table Rock dam on upper Taneycomo. The shad kill could come at any time! Get ready, … make sure to have some white imitation to throw, and get ready for unbelievable action! The colder Table Rock gets, the better the chance for a big shad kill near the dam. When this happens, these dead shad will be swept through the turbines, and into Taneycomo! The trout go nuts, when shad are presented in quantity, and you can be part of the resulting carnage, if you present your white shad imitation to the feeding fish at this time!

        If the shad are not around, the normal baits will work. Jigs are working better than spoons now, and it is still true that using two egg imitations together, one of them being a white one, will work the best. Air-infused worms are still working well. Add purple to the color list of jigs.

        When there is no current or wind, the clarity of the water becomes a big issue. Try a smaller lure or fly, and the lightest line you can get. If possible, attempt to get your bait offering deep enough to become invisible to you. If you can’t see the trout, they can’t see you, and your catch rate will increase.

        If two generators are running, bank fishing is a good choice, if a boat is not available. Where you find deeper areas near the bank, fish close in to the bank first, although bank fishers should stay back from the edge of the bank. Trout are sensitive to vibrations, such as those made when walking along the bank shore line. Stay back at least three feet.

       Currents resulting from generation, or rain runoff, cause trout to look for areas with an eddy, and many of those are near bank structure. Trout feed all day long while residing in these sheltered eddies, and are often accessible to the bank or dock fishing angler. Power bait, earth worms, spoons, spinners, and flies all work on these fish, so fishing on Taneycomo is good!

        Trout become a little less finicky when current brings them a quick meal. These fish have less time to examine passing food. During this time, a presentation of two flies, under an indicator, works well. The first fly could be an egg imitation, a worm, nymph, scud, or midge, followed by another fly about 3 ft. behind. This same rig will work for the spin fisherperson. The fish concentrate on the first offering, and if that is refused, the second bait is on them quickly, and little time is left to evaluate it. Fish having to make this quick choice, often choose to bite.

        Anglers who offer bait presented below a bobber, drifted from upstream to downstream, find success at times. When the bobber rig does not work, try a 1/8 to1/4oz sinker rig, and allow it to rest on the bottom, with a bait above.

       Anglers choosing to throw a jig, need to adjust for the amount of current at the time. During a time of no current, a 1/32 or 1/16oz. jig is fine, but as generation increases, jig weight can vary all the way to 8 oz. Excluding a mini jig, most jigs attract more fish when they are fished on or very near the bottom. Keep increasing your jig weight, until you are in contact with the bottom, then adjust your rig slightly more shallow, to avoid hanging up. When you are using an indicator float or bobber, try setting it about 4 to 8ft. above the jig, so that the bait will get down to where the fish are. Fly fishers can use even smaller jigs weights, but the jig need to contact the bottom. Remember though, trout have eyes that see best ahead, up, and to the side. Trout often do not see food items that are presented to them at a lower vertical point in the stream than the depth at which they are holding. So, if you present something to them on the bottom, when they are holding on the bottom, they see it, and may feed on it. If the trout holding lie is in the surface film, however, a mini jig or other bait presented 6” or less, under an indicator or bobber, will be more apt to be seen. The fish are biting!!!

Good luck, and good fishing!

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Table Rock & Bull Shoals Fishing Report - February, 2014

       The suspended jerk bait bite is on! This bait will work for the next couple of months! Suspended black bass, positioned in the water column at a depth that offers both the comfortable temperature and oxygen level, will attack a dying shad, if it looks real, and it stays around long enough to attract attention. Present the shad imitation above the suspended bass, and employ a jerk and wait retrieve. The longer the wait, between jerk retrieves, the better, as this allow the fish to react and attack.

        The Alabama rig is working now! This is an exciting bait to fish, and many anglers have caught more than one fish on a single cast!!! Ask a fishing associate about this rig, how to fish it, and how to rig it. Take a rig home, and try it out on the lake.

       Spinner baits are working – early, late, and in the wind or rain. Try a 1/2oz. double willow blade spinner bait. Natural shad colors are working well.

       There is a jig bite now. Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom. A crawfish imitation needs to move slowly, from behind one rock, to the next rock. It is hard to fish this bait too slowly. Right now, bass are at all levels, looking for the most comfortable mix of oxygen and temperature they can find. from 4-35ft. Look for them, especially off or next to, main lake and secondary points. Try a 1/4 to 5/8oz. round or football head jig, brown, peanut butter and jelly, or green pumpkin in color, and add a trailer, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, or cinnamon purple. Add scent to your jigs.

       Try fishing a drop shot rig, vertically. Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is. This technique works well, on suspended fish! You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.

       Cold weather increases the need for home heating, which increases power consumption. Dam generation creates power. Generation from the dams causes current off main lake points, attracting the shad. Therefore, do not pass up any main lake point that looks good to you, during this time of the year, since fish congregate on and around these points, looking for shad and crawfish.

       Black bass can be harder to find during the winter months. Keep looking, though, and you can find a group of hungry fish, waiting for you!!! They are out there!!!

Good Luck and Good Fishing!

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Table Rock & Bull Shoals Fishing Report - January, 2014

       The suspended jerk bait bite is on! This bait will work for the next couple of months! Suspended black bass, positioned in the water column at a depth that offers both the comfortable temperature and oxygen level, will attack a dying shad, if it looks real, and it stays around long enough to attract attention. Present the shad imitation above the suspended bass, and employ a jerk and wait retrieve. The longer the wait, between jerk retrieves, the better, as this allow the fish to react and attack.

        The Alabama rig is working now! This is an exciting bait to fish, and many anglers have caught more than one fish on a single cast!!! Ask a fishing associate about this rig, how to fish it, and how to rig it. Take a rig home, and try it out on the lake. You will not be sorry you did. These rigs make excellent stocking stuffers!!!

       Spinner baits are working – early, late, and in the wind or rain. Try a 1/2oz. double willow blade spinner bait. Natural shad colors are working well.

       There is a jig bite now. Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom. A crawfish imitation needs to move slowly, from behind one rock, to the next rock. It is hard to fish this bait too slowly. Right now, bass are at all levels, looking for the most comfortable mix of oxygen and temperature they can find. from 4-35ft. Look for them, especially off or next to, main lake and secondary points. Try a 1/4 to 5/8oz. round or football head jig, brown, peanut butter and jelly, or green pumpkin in color, and add a trailer, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, or cinnamon purple. Add scent to your jigs.

       Try fishing a drop shot rig, vertically. Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is. This technique works well, on suspended fish! You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.

        Do not pass up any main lake point that looks good to you, during this time of the year, since fish congregate on and around these points, looking for shad and crawfish.

       Black bass can be harder to find during the winter months. Keep looking, though, and you can find a group of hungry fish, waiting for you!!! They are out there!!!

Good Luck and Good Fishing!

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Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report – January, 2014

       Winter fishing can be fantastic, on Lake Taneycomo!!! Trout often want smaller flies, so go to size #18-20, on midges, and #16-18, on scuds and small nymphs, if the fish are refusing the bigger stuff.

       When there is no current or wind, the clarity of the water becomes a big issue. Try a smaller lure or fly, and the lightest line you can get. If possible, attempt to get your bait offering deep enough to become invisible to you. If you can’t see the trout, they can’t see you, and your catch rate will increase.

       Changing water conditions offer new opportunities. Lake levels are back down. When no generators are running, wading up by the dam is possible. Even with one generator going, some wading may be possible.

        If two generators are running, bank fishing is a better choice, if a boat is not available. Where you find deeper areas near the bank, fish close in to the bank first, although bank fishers should stay back from the edge of the bank. Trout are sensitive to vibrations, such as those made when walking along the bank shore line. Stay back at least three feet.

       Currents resulting from generation, or rain runoff, cause trout to look for areas with an eddy, and many of those are near bank structure. Trout feed all day long while residing in these sheltered eddies, and are often accessible to the bank or dock fishing angler. Power bait, earth worms, spoons, spinners, and flies all work on these fish, so fishing on Taneycomo is good!

        Trout become a little less finicky when current brings them a quick meal. These fish have less time to examine passing food. During this time, a presentation of two flies, under an indicator, works well. The first fly could be an egg imitation, a worm, nymph, scud, or midge, followed by another fly about 3 ft. behind. This same rig will work for the spin fisherperson. The fish concentrate on the first offering, and if that is refused, the second bait is on them quickly, and little time is left to evaluate it. Fish having to make this quick choice, often choose to bite.

       Anglers who offer bait presented below a bobber, drifted from upstream to downstream, find success at times. When the bobber rig does not work, try a 1/8 to1/4oz sinker rig, and allow it to rest on the bottom, with a bait above. Anglers choosing to throw a jig, need to adjust for the amount of current at the time. During a time of no current, a 1/16oz jig is fine, but as generation increases, jig weight can vary all the way to ¼ oz. Excluding a mini jig, most jigs attract more fish when they are fished on or very near the bottom. Keep increasing your jig weight, until you are in contact with the bottom, then adjust your rig slightly more shallow, to avoid hanging up. Remember, trout have eyes that see best ahead, up, and to the side. Trout often do not see food items that are presented to them at a lower vertical point in the stream than the depth at which they are holding. So, if you present something to them on the bottom, when they are holding on the bottom, they see it, and may feed on it. If the trout holding lie is in the surface film, however, a mini jig or other bait presented 6” or less, under an indicator or bobber, will be more apt to be seen.

        Fly fishers can streamer fish with great success, during mild generation. Olive wooly buggers, slow stripped in the current, will take trout, as will many other streamer patterns. Flies such as soft hackles and crackle backs can be fished as small streamers, and will often take trout any time of the day. Remember, small and slow. Go smaller with your baits, and move them slowly. Give the trout time to decide to take them.

        Spoons and spinners will take fish better, when there is generation. Vary the weight of the lure, to match the amount of force of the current. Greater generation requires more lure weight. Anglers wanting the best all-around lure weight will find 1/6 oz. spoons and spinners a good bet.

       Thomas Bouyant and Little Cleo spoons are working well, and best power bait colors have been white, pink, red, orange and yellow Gulp eggs. Fish two colors of eggs on the same hook for more bites. Don’t forget real earth worms, and add air to them, if possible, to make them float. A real earthworm, when combined with a Gulp egg, will take a surprising number of trout. The fish are biting!!!

Good luck, and good fishing!

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