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Lake Taneycomo fishing report, March 5

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 12:00am -- lilley


All three lakes in the White River chain of  four lakes are now at their seasonal power pools:  Beaver Lake - 1,120.64 feet (pp 1,120.43).  Table Rock Lake - 915.00 feet (pp 915.00).  Bull Shoals - 658.88 feet (pp 659.00).  But the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers continues to run two units of water, at a lake level of 705.72 feet, day and night.  Some have asked when it will stop . . .  I'd say very soon, but there is rain in the forecast next week.

Lake Taneycomo fishing report, February 25

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 12:00am -- lilley

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Guessing what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to do with lake levels has been tough the last couple of weeks. I emailed to ask someone at the Corps a couple of weeks ago but have not received an answer. I asked about Beaver Lake's level and whether they were going to start dropping it, since it was so high. I got my answer a week ago -- they started running water at Beaver Dam, and now Beaver's level has dropped considerably.

Lake Taneycomo fishing report, February 11

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:00am -- lilley


Generation has been very constant and consistent the past couple of weeks. Operators at the dam have run 40 megawatts most of each day with the exception of a blast of water in the mornings of about two units. Forty megawatts is a little less than one full unit; the lake level is about 704.5 feet. It really is a nice flow of water, allowing you to boat to the cable at the dam if you know where you're going! And it's a perfect flow for drifting down here out of the trophy area.

Lake Taneycomo fishing report, January 29

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 12:00am -- lilley

Brown January 2016

On Tuesday of this week, the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers shut our flood gates off, ending almost a month of high water on Lake Taneycomo.  We went from moderate flows in December to flood conditions and a record breaking 73,000 c.f.s. flow in just a couple of days.  As flood water moved through the system and lake levels dropped, that flow dropped to its present level.  Our release has been about 6,500 c.f.s. or two units of water since the first of the week.

Lake Taneycomo fishing report, January 22

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 12:00am -- lilley

We had a change in generation/flood gates the other day that dropped the flow from 20,000 to 15,000 cubic feet per second of water -- which was a good thing.  Table Rock dropped below the magic 920 feet mark, so the U.S. Corps of  Army Engineers closed off most of the water coming over the spill gates.  I don't know the exact flow of water coming over the gates, but the water coming through the turbines has varied from 9,000 to 13,000 c.f.s. daily.  The lake level dropped about 18 inches here at the resort, and the flow is much slower, although it's still fairly swift.

Lake Taneycomo fishing report, January 14, 2016

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 12:00am -- lilley

January Newsletter Brown

We are a couple of weeks beyond the winter flood, and all of us are breathing a little easier.  The U.S. Corps of Army Engineers has been releasing 20,000 cubic feet per second since early January, moving all this flood water through our lake system.  The word is that operators will continue this flow until Table Rock Lake is down to 920 feet, which may happen as early as next week.

Lake Taneycomo fishing report, December 16

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:00am -- lilley


It's been an interesting 30 days here on our tailwater. News of the trouble on Lake Taneycomo  in November reached most local newspapers.  But about as soon as the news was really spreading, the situation righted itself and tragedy was adverted.  The water quality from Table Rock had deteriorated so badly that trout started dying both in the tailwater and in the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery.  But a welcome cold snap flipped Table Rock's water over at the dam, sending good, oxygenated water to the bottom.  Our water here on Taneycomo is excellent now and will stay that way through the summer.

Lake Taneycomo fishing report, December 1

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 12:00am -- lilley

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Oh how things change quickly on our tailwater fishery.  Two weeks ago, our trout just below the dam were fighting for their lives.  Water quality was lethal for many reasons.  I believe we've covered all  the "why."  (See my November 24th report for an explanation. )  But cold, windy weather last week has changed that, partially turning Table Rock over and sending good, oxygenated-water through the turbines and into our lake.

Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report, November 24

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:00am -- lilley

There's a big contrast between a Lake Taneycomo fishing report from last week and this week. We've gone from the edge of disaster to "a bite on every cast."  Three things have changed to cause this: We're getting water from the top of Table Rock Lake through the spill gates, and we're getting better water through the turbines because Table Rock is starting to "turn over." 


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