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."
This has been quite a week here on Taneycomo. Trout dying at our hatchery--lethal levels of nitrogen and sulphur in Table Rock's water--zero levels of DO coming through the dam into the hatchery--and high nutrient levels in Table Rock is blamed....
This is going to be a tough fishing report for me to write because trout fishing on Lake Taneycomo is pretty slow, except if you're fly fishing below the dam while the water is off. Then it's pretty good.
There has been no generation during the day except in the evenings when dam operators might run a little "fish water" -- about 30 megawatts or a half-unit for a few hours. But this amount varies. Weekends it seems they're not running any at all.
While fall colors are emerging on the Taneycomo lakefront, the generation pattern has stayed the same. The only variance has been how much water has been kicked on about 3 p.m. every day. That amount is somewhere between 65 and 150 megawatts or from just over one unit up to three full units. Then the water has been back off by dark or 7 p.m.