BRANSON, Mo., October 18, 2012 — 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
Fishing has been good this past week. Lots of wading time as they have generated very little during the day. Usually we see a low flow for 1-2 hours and then off again. On an off and on basis, we are seeing several nice browns cruising the upper area around the hatchery. Also a few nice rainbows. Lots of people fishing and catching, but have not heard yet of any really large fish being caught. It was a little tougher in some places Monday than over the weekend. Probably due to the fact that very little water has been generated this past week.
Best patterns have been the P&P and ruby midges on the bright days. Also stripping the holographic green crackelback. Overcast days, try a black or rusty midge. Bright or overcast day, the stripping the golden variant sculpin using an intermediate sinking line or leader has been successful. Sunday, several folks were catching fish on dries such as a Royal Coachman, ant, or beetle pattern right near the banks. Don’t forget the scuds. Several fishers report hooking up with nice fish on the gray scud. Some of these nice fish broke off before being seen.
Time to get out in the water to enjoy the good fishing as well as the fall foliage.
Submitted by Carolyn Parker, River Run Outfitters
Lake Taneycomo – by Eric Prey, FocusedFishing.com
…Early and late Zig Jigs are still producing but brighter colors have become much more productive than natural ones; yellow / orange, chartreuse / white and olive / orange have all been hot colors this past week. Look for midging fish, cast beyond them and retrieve with an erratic cadence to draw strikes. The trout magnet bite has waned a little over the past couple of weeks, Branson fishing guides have been doing well with pink and pink / white about six feet below a float, most of the fish are holding close to laydowns and boat docks and need very little action on the bait to draw strikes. Micro jigs in the same colors as Zig Jigs have been working well with or without a float; small subtle twitches will draw more strikes than working the bait hard.
Drift rigs continue to produce with both prepared and live bait. Just like with jigs the brighter colors have been better than subdued ones and most Branson fishing guides have been experimenting with mixing bright colors to draw strikes from Taneycomo trout. Live night crawlers have been working when nothing else will, allow the boat drift to move them along the bottom, if there is no current slowly drag them along the bottom to draw strikes.
Submitted by Eric Prey, FocusedFishing.com
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