Friday, April 25th, 2008
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.