Lake Taneycomo, Missouri Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Lake Taneycomo, Missouri Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The lake has turned and the oxygen level for the fish is good. Only probably we have had for the past week and a half has been the extremely cold weather. It has been above freezing this week and the generators have been off in the afternoon for 5-6 hours. Fishing is not fast and furious yet, but fishers are catching. Tan or gray scuds, of course, especially around the Hatchery area and the outlets. Ruby 2 midge is still the midge of choice in other areas. On the bright days, the holographic green crackleback or Tiger Tail have been the ticket. There has been some emerger fishing off and on, especially with tiny, 18 or smaller patterns. Special notice, if you plan to come to Taneycomo or any cold water state managed trout stream in Missouri.....LEAVE YOUR FELT SOLE WADING BOOTS AT HOME, or go to the Missouri Department of Conservation web site and see how to make your wading boots non-porous. Missouri has banned porous sole boots effective March 1, 2012.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
1 / 10 / 2018
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lake Taneycomo is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
River Run Outfitters

Water flow: 2000-9000 cfs

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 45 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid morning and afternoons or night when generation is low or constant. Night fishing good now.

Best stretch: From the base of Table Rock Dam to Fall Creek.

Best access point: Several good access points are available at the Shepherd of the Hill Hatchery in the State Park for wading. A river trail parallels the bank on the the northern side of the river. Public access boat ramps are available at the hatchery and Cooper Creek.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges size 18-24. Our midges hatch sporadically throughout the day throughout the entire year, but we frequently see hatches in the late morning and afternoon.

Fish species: Rainbow and Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: April 1 - November 30)

Nearest airport: Springfield-Branson National Airport

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Lake Taneycomo Description

Lake Taneycomo is a year round tailwater fishery stocked with rainbow and brown trout. A three mile section from the dam to Fall Creek is a designated Special Management Area; this area is the favorite for fly fishing and has public access. Large numbers of fish hold near the dam because of the flows from the outlets at the trout hatchery, and with zero or low generation, wading is easy on the gravel bottom ...

Techniques & Tips

With streamer patterns, use intermediate sink leaders or sinking tip lines with 4X tippet and cast across the stream on and allow the fly to sink and swing with the current. In high water indicator rigs with heavy shot and dropper rigs with San Juan worms fish deep are a good way to go. With no generation look for moving water, drop offs and deeper water. Use 6x tippet and the lightest indicator possible, good choices are big dry flies and palsas. Zebra midges are a food staple at Taneycomo, but plan to change colors and depths to keep the fish hooking up. These fish turn on and off to color depending on where you are fishing the river. Scuds work well in the outlet area near the dam and hatchery.

7-Day Forecast

Temperatures in the mid teens New Years Day. A couple cold days followed, but we are now in the 40s most of the days. Unfortunately, this weekend looks like a couple days in the upper 20s or low to mid 30s. Next week is up and down from 40 one day to upper 20s the next day. By next weekend, we might see a upper 40s and low 50s weekend. Fishing should just start getting better, especially with the cold weather we have had and the lake turning. Midges of any kind almost work during this time of the year as well as the scuds. You can always call us for an update or keep checking the schedules and real time for generation. A link to that information and phone numbers is available on our website. (Click on River Run Outfitters at the top of the page and the link to "Visit our Website" for current trip reports and pictures an generation schedules.)

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