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! 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
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!