Last few nights were slow. Today was an interesting mixed bag o fish.
Brother in law and I went out after they closed the gates. We headed up by the cable and waded out as far as we could. We caught 2 nice walleye 1 on a jig other on a stick bait, and about a 2lb Kentucky I think, and I hooked a real solid 20in+ rainbow on a stick as well. All in about 2 hour span.
Our generation pattern has been unpredictable this last week, mainly because of the increasing rain the area has received. Even though Northwest Arkansas has had a lot of rain, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been dumping Beaver Lake -- now to a full foot lower. Table Rock has held at 917 feet because of the release into Taneycomo. Thankfully, our forecast shows an end of precipitation today for at least eight days but it comes with an expected rise in temperatures into the 90's.
Rain is in the forecast! It has been a very interesting winter and spring, starting with a flooding rain event the first few days of 2016, then changing to a relatively dry and warm season from January through April. Now it looks like the rains have returned, but how much is yet to be seen. So far storms have split and gone both north and south of us with little effect to lake levels. Table Rock is hovering at 916 feet, which is normal for May. Generation on Lake Taneycomo has been consistent most days, running 30 to 50 megawatts, 22,00 to 36,00 cubic feet per second. One full unit is 55 megawatts with a lake level of 705.4 feet, about four feet high. Water temperature is 47.5 degrees when the water is running.
We've seen very little generation the past two weeks. If the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers run it at all it's midday for a couple of hours, enough to move algae out of the upper end of the lake. A slimy algae has been growing in both Table Rock and Taneycomo during daylight hours, which is normal for this time of year. The fish don't mind it, but it's tough on us anglers.
Generation from Table Rock Dam has finally slowed to the point that we can actually predict with certainty that we'll be seeing quite a bit of down water in the coming days, that's until the next big rain. Mild temperatures and normal lake levels mean less power demand and running water. That's good for those who like no generation on Taneycomo for fly fishing as well as anchoring and tight line bait fishing.