BRANSON, Mo., September 6– The most comprehensive fishing report available Branson’s Lake Taneycomo submitted by people who fish the lake on just about a daily basis. As used in this report “Trophy Area” refers the portion of Branson’s Lake Taneycomo between the mouth of Fall Creek and the base of Table Rock Dam. It is the primary wade fishing area, a trophy management area and has special regulations and limits in effect within the area. Natural baits, Gulp and soft plastic baits are illegal in Trophy Area. but ok for the other 19 miles of Lake Taneycomo.
Lake Taneycomo Trophy Area – Fly Fishing – by Carolyn Parker, River Run Outfitters
Since the rain that came through this past Friday and Saturday, it has been a bit steamy on the river with the temperatures in the upper 90s. After tomorrow, we should see a drop in temperatures down to the mid 70s over the weekend to the mid 80s by early next week. Chance of some showers Friday with temperqtures in the mid to upper 80s. We’ll take it!
Darrell and Carolyn had the Louisiana folks, Dawn, James Albert and Albert out Labor Day. We all labored over catching fish. Great day. Dawn and Carolyn did well on the big ruby and with a size 18 ruby dropper, but the best pattern, once we found the spot, was the CQ streamer on the sinking leader. You know that Dawn loves stripping. Darrell and the guys had a great day an egg pattern with the P&P dropper.
Yesterday, Stan took Joe and his brother James out for the day. They had a very good day on the black zebra with copper head in the morning, then changed to the P&P under the egg pattern. Unfortunately, they turned on another generator around 2:00 p.m. and once the water started dirting up and you couldn’t keep the gunk off your fly, the catching was over.
Meanwhile, Carolyn had Joe’s son, Chris and wife, Vickie, on the water, and in Chris’ case, in the water, showing them the art and fun of fly fishing. Joe warned me Chris was probably go swimming…..and he did. We hooked and brought in some fish, and we hooked and let go of some fish. I think Vickie is ready to try it again!
Submitted by Carolyn Parker, River Run Outfitters
Lake Taneycomo – by Eric Prey, FocusedFishing.com
The rain from Isaac has forced the Corps of Engineers to run more water over the past week and the fishing has improved from Fall Creek through Branson. Fishing guide trips have been outstanding with both numbers and quality coming on board with a variety of baits and presentations.
Small jerkbaits from Rapala or Yo-Zuri have been very productive during low light hours around docks and other cover from Cooper Creek to Branson. Fishing guides have been keying on shady areas near the docks to draw strikes from quality trout. As the sun rises the fish tend to move a little deeper; Zig Jig marabou jigs in ginger, olive and tri olive have been working on these deeper fish. Cast the jig close to cover, allow it to sink to around six feet deep and work it back to the boat with an erratic retrieve.
As the day wears on most Branson fishing guides will switch to a float rig with either a Trout Magnet or a marabou micro jig on a six to eight foot leader. Allow the wind or current to impart most of the action on the bait, and pay close attention to the float for any stop in movement as that will usually happen before the float goes down. Natural colors have been best for most Branson fishing guides; browns, blacks and cream colors have out produced loader colors.
When the sun is high in the sky trout will hunker down tight to the bottom and it’s time to throw a drift rig. Gulp and Power Bait eggs in mixed colors have been very productive when at least one generator is running from Lilley’s down through Branson. Fishing guides will use two baits of the same color when current is slack or switch to a live night crawler with a small amount of air injected into it to keep it off the bottom and in front of the trout.
When things get tough a few Branson fishing guides have been using an old trick to keep the trout biting. Take half of a night crawler on a #12 hook tied to six pound fluorocarbon leader and a small swivel and throw it weightless or with one bb shot to draw strikes from weary trout.
Submitted by Eric Prey, FocusedFishing.com
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