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!