Fishing Report for April, 2008

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Fishing Report

Hello everyone. Yesterday they opened the flood gates again due to the rain…with more in the forecast. The lake (table rock) level today is 931.6…915 is powerpool. The tailwater (taneycomo) is 715.5 max output with 4 generators is 711.0. Last time the flood gates opened it brought up some big smallmouth, white bass, and walleye. The fishing after the gates shut down was fantastic. I landed 2 white bass that were between 3.5 and 4 pounds. The next day I caught a 3.25 to 3.5 lb smallmouth bass. Of course I got in on the tail end of the great bite. There have also been really large walleye caught as well…I’ve seen quite a few over 20″ and have heard of them up to 30″. When I was fishing for these different species I was throwing a spinning rod with jerk baits.
The trout seemed to be really keying in on san juan worms lately. Small midges and scuds have been working when the fish slow down toward the middle of the day. I’ve had friends throwing some crappie jigs under strike indicators on their fly rods and catching trout and a several walleye. Right now with the tailwater level as high as it is…you may want to try some spots farther down river. Small creeks are a good alternative, although with the rainfall they may be real murky.

We wish you the best of luck….and please think safety first when fishing in the heavy current.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Fishing Report

This morning all the flood gates were shut off. Although all the Lake levels are still high, and they are still running all 4 generators on Taneycomo, just below the dam it has significantly dropped from where it was, roughly 11 ft. or so (Taneycomo’s tailwaters).

We have had guided fly fishing boat trips out today and yesterday. I had them fish mostly in the creeks farther down stream. They caught plenty of fish, and I have to rate it as being really good! We started out with fish on every cast first thing in the morning. Towards lunch time it slowed up some what, but not much. Today I had 3 guys from South Dakota out, and it was pretty much the same, really good! One of the guys, Ray owns a hunting lodge in northeastern South Dakota. It sounds like a really great place. I recommend checking out his website– www.huntinclark.com, they do several different kinds of hunts. The largest fish landed today was 17″. Well I should say the largest trout.

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

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Thursday, April 10th, 2008

High Water

Today just after noon all flood gates were opened at Table Rock Dam. It went from 5 gates to all 10. Beaver and Norfork spillways were opened up earlier in the day. Table Rock Lake is suppose to crest on Sat at 733.3. Top Flood stage is 731.0. Flood pool is 921.