This morning was one of those mornings that almost everything went well. Boated up to Lookout and found a little water running, just a little. We put on 3/32nd ounce black jigs, 2-pound line, and started going to town. Duane had 4 rainbows on his first 4 casts and tried his hardest to get 5 for 5 but only came up with 4 strikes.
Jigfest is an annual fishing event attended by Ozarkangler Forum members on the White River. We generally pick on of the first couple of weekends in December and meet at Riley's Station at Buffalo City, Ar. on the White River.
The month of November was one of the mildest on record -- the lake stayed pretty busy with anglers catching trout. The only thing bad about the weather was that we had a lot of days with no wind, which made the bite tough at times. But that's improved this week, at least. The temperatures are still mild, but we've had a good breeze almost every day.
For the most part, there's been very little generation on Lake Taneycomo the past couple of weeks. If operators run the turbines, it's early in the morning for an hour or two (70 megawatts) and in the afternoon beginning 2 to 4 p.m. and running either for an hour or until dark. I know that sounds arbitrary, but there really isn't a pattern. We count on some water running every day but with extended periods of no generation most of the day and all night.
Generation is almost predictable at the moment. Dam operators have been running water starting about 1 p.m. until dark on weekends, the amount varying from day to day. Some days they're running almost three full units (140 megawatts) while others they're running from one to two units. On weekends, no water except one hour or less of "fish water" or up to one unit of water.