Lake Level 911.5
Normal Pool 915
Water Temp 63-66 degrees
Good Monday to everyone! Off today wanted to give a run down and fishing report of my guide trips last week and weekend. A lot of boats out for sure with the tournaments! But the pre spawn smallmouth still wanted to eat. Still catching lots of numbers of these guys and Kentuckies around the Dam to Kimberling City and Baxter Areas. These bass are roaming on the flatter banks, points and secondaries 8′-12′, chomping at a 4” single tail grub swimming it off bottom, 1/4 ounce underspin and norman flake Mcstick jerkbait. When it’s dark, windy out they’ll get a bit shallower and eat the jerkbait better. Calmer or sunny conditions more likely to get bit on the smaller grub but you never know so have them all tied on and ready. I’ve also been catching quite a few off bigger rock further back in the creeks winding a wiggle wart.
After a couple rains Table Rock’s came up over 6′ lately. I’ve been in both the James and Long Creek fishing the colored water coming in. Water was slightly warmer too. Each day we’d catch quite a few largemouth and some better sized ones on a 1/2 ounce white/chartreuse and coleslaw colored spinnerbait and fire tiger colored wiggle wart. There are all kinds of laydown’s and washed up debris right on the bank line all our spinnerbait fish came out of these. I didn’t get to flip a jig in any of them but imagine that would catch a few that the spinnerbait wouldn’t. This bite should get better as long as the water remains stained in these river arms and the sun comes out.
Taneycomo Trout fishing is fun and exciting as it gets! There is so many trout from Cooper Creek to Fall Creek. Been doing a little trout fishing around downtown Branson with the water on. Use a a pink trout worm or trout magnet below a float on a 1/100th ounce head with a 6′-8′ leader or orange power egg on a small jig head. More and nicer trout have been comin from Fall Creek down to Short Creek on the same trout worm/magnet set up and 1/8 ounce sculpin jig hopping a bit off the bottom.