Bigger rainbows

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 7:24pm

Hopefully this is the start of a new leaf, turned over.  Or something like that to keep me posting here on my personal blog.

It's been hard to find time to keep up with all I've started on the internet.  Bit off more than I can chew, for sure, but I wanted to communicate my thoughts that may, or may not, help others in their fishing endeavors - or life endeavors, whichever comes closer.

I write fishing reports for my lake, Lake Taneycomo, about every 2 weeks.  I'd love to write every week and really should try but it's hard to come up with the same lingo, the same techniques every week seeing conditions and trout fishing doesn't change much week to week.  

I try to get out and fish all I can but some weeks it's tough.  Then when I get out the fishing stinks and I like to get good fish pics and videos to share.

I just hope it helps and I'm not too boring in my reporting.

I do, though, through the week see small changes at times.  Like this weekend, it seemed like everyone was bringing in their limits of trout, all rainbows, but the size of rainbows caught my eye.

I guess MDC stocked some bigger-than-normal trout last week because some of the rainbows we were seeing were well over 13 to 14 inches.

You can tell a freshly stocked rainbows from a rainbow that's been in the lake a few weeks or more.  The stockers are pretty uniformed, lots of spots, and have an overall purplish tint.  And you'll know they're fresh out of the hatchery if you clean one--their meat will be white compared to an older rainbow's meat being a pinkish orange.

We've been fighting a barrage of "silver bullets" lately.  These are rainbows stocked from our federal hatchery located in Neosho, Missouri.  They stock a couple hundred thousand every year and a lot of them come in the winter months.  They're smaller, and silver, thus the "silver bullet" label.  They fight good and if they survive being caught and kept, they make excellent fighters when they get bigger.

So there you have it.  Anglers will enjoy bigger rainbows for a while here on Taneycomo, at least till they're all caught out.