Lilley’s Lake Taneycomo fishing report, November 10

Phil Lilley
Water has been off for the of the week this week but running today (Saturday) and that’s been the pattern for several weeks. Why? I have no idea. Water temperature is holding about 48 degrees and water quality seems to be very good for this time of year.

I got out and fished a couple of days below the dam, wading and fishing the rebar area. This is a fast water chute about 800 yards below the cable where the channel changes from the north to south bank. At first appearance, the water in the chute appears to be shallow but if you look closely there are pockets of deeper water which are holding big trout. Plus all through the chute there are trout holding, they’re just hard to see. Drift a bug through this area and you’ll find out what’s there.

I fished several styles of scuds in the faster water and caught quite a few rainbows. I use weighted scuds, #12 in tan, gray and brown mainly. Caught fish on a ultra thin San Juan in red or white too. I try not to use any extra weight except for the weight of the flies. When using a San Juan, I’ll use the scud to weight it down. Making long drifts is the best way to maximize your drifts.

Fished the narrows below rebar too and did well. Smaller scuds and zebra midges. If there’s a wind and chop on the water, I used a #18 light colored soft hackle and caught rainbows and a few small browns stripping lower on the flat.

Got out again a couple of evenings this week, no generation, and fished the east gravel bank above Fall Creek and below the narrows using a rusty or primrose & pearl #16 zebra midge under a palsa 16 inches. The rainbows are really on this bank especially in the evenings feeding on midges. Catching was almost non stop both evenings I went. Most of the rainbows were between 11 and 13 inches but we had several about 15 inches. Lots of fun! Using 6x fluorocarbon tippet.

Darin Schildknecht:
The Southwestern Power Administration has not really been on a predictable schedule the last week or so. Some days the power generators are off all day, some days they are on all day, and sometimes on for a little bit and then off for a while in the same day. Yesterday it was on for three hours and then off for the rest of the day, today it is supposed to be on in the morning and off in the afternoon then back on in the evening.

Despite all of that the fishing has been good. I was out for most of the day yesterday with three other guys and we all caught fish. Early in the morning, the water was off, we did great on olive with copper head 1/256oz micro jig under a float set about four to five feet. The set up for these is very easy. On a spinning rod, a short section of two pound fluorocarbon is a must off of the main line with a float that has enough weight that you will be able to cast. On the fly rod it is similar only with a small Palsa or similar stick on indicator also set about four to five feet deep. 6x fluorocarbon tippet is also must to get bit. After we caught some fish on that we wanted to try something different so we changed to an Oregon Cheese or Pink Lady Miracle Fly. We fished these the same way and also did very well. This was all above Fall Creek out in front of Lookout.

Below Fall Creek, the bottom boundary of the trophy area, night crawlers is the best live bait along with Berkley’s Gulp and Paste powerbait. Our water is a little merky now so you can get away with using 4-pound line when using live bait. When generating, drift bait on the bottom using a drift rig. Also this week Trout Magnets in Pink, Cotton Candy, Salmon Fix, Sassy, or Bison under and EZ Float. These are fished under a float with a two to three foot section of Phantom 7x or 6x tippet.

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Masters Trout Championship

Lilley’s Landing: Masters Trout Championship

Come on out and fish one of the Taneycomo tournaments this Winter! The rules for both tournaments require artificial baits only and are catch-and-release as well. The entry fee is $50 for each two-person team. Cash prices and trophies will be award to the top four teams. The teams with the heaviest trout are awarded big trout cash prizes.

Masters Trout Championship – Saturday January, 12, 2013
Times: 8:00 a.m. start, 4:00 p.m. weigh-in
Fees: $50.00 per team (two man team)
Entry Deadline: Saturday, January 12 – 7:45 a.m.

Visit this link for entry form and full details.

Location: Lilley’s Landing Resort & Marina

367 River Lane
Branson, MO 65616


Eclipse at the Branson Airport

Eclipse at the Branson Airport

BRANSON, MISSOURI (October 17th, 2012) – Forty-three Eclipse Jets landed at the Branson Airport for the Eclipse Owners Club Fall Fly-In. Pilots and enthusiasts alike came from all over the United States to take part in the annual fly in that allows pilots to visit with vendors and fellow owners to discuss the Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet.

Known as the “Time Saving Machine,” the energy efficient Eclipse 550 Jet allows travelers to fly at speeds of up to 430 mph on the quietest twin-engine jet in general aviation. Before production of the new Eclipse 550 Jet began in June of this year (first deliveries are expected in mid-2013), a total of 261 Eclipse 500 Jets were produced.

“This must be the largest collection of jets comprising one model ever to land on a field at the same time, to see so many Eclipse Jets in one large formation in such a wonderful setting really is incredible,” said Mason Holland, Eclipse CEO. “To look out at over forty aircraft and know that we will be producing that many more Eclipse Jets every year really gives us a sense of accomplishment, we are so impressed by the passion exhibited by our aircraft owners”

“It was certainly a sight to see,” says Executive Director of Branson Airport, Jeff Bourk. “We are excited and fortunate that these pilots were able to fly in to the Branson Airport and experience everything our area has to offer.”

The image attached is an aerial shot of the Eclipse Jets placed in formation.

Southwest Airlines has announced that they will be arriving in Branson March 9th, 2013 as the 79th official city to be added to the team roster. Southwest Airlines will fly non-stop to Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Orlando with connecting service to 67 other Southwest Airlines markets. The new service represents a significant increase in capacity over 2012 at the Branson Airport and the “Live Music Show Capital of the World.” Tickets are available for purchase now at


About Branson Airport

The Branson Airport currently has 6 nonstop destinations and one stop connecting service to more than 100 major cities in the United States. Nonstop destinations include: Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Houston and Orlando on AirTran Airways; and Denver on Frontier Airlines. For a complete list of destinations available at the Branson Airport, visit

Known for the unique airport experience and unparallel customer service, Branson Airport LLC is the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States. Branson Airport is currently serviced by AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines, Branson AirExpress, and most currently Southwest Airlines; allowing passengers the ability to access over 100 destinations all on low cost carriers. Located in the heart of the Ozarks and centrally located in the Midwest, the airport also boasts a state of the art FBO, Branson JetCenter and a full service travel agency, FlyBranson Travel. For more information visit or call toll free 1-888-FLY-BKG1 (1-888-359-2541).


About Eclipse Aerospace, Inc.
Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. is the manufacturer of the Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet, the most fuel-efficient jet in the world. Eclipse also provides engineering, maintenance, service, and support for the fleet of 260 Eclipse 500 Twin-Engine Jet aircraft. Adhering to the motto “Customer First,” Eclipse Aerospace is focused on providing a superior customer experience for existing and future owners, operators, and pilots of the revolutionary Eclipse Jet aircraft. Eclipse Aerospace corporate offices are based in Charleston, S.C. Principle operations are located in Albuquerque, N.M. and Chicago, Ill. Eclipse Aerospace is located on the web at



Lilleys’ Lake Taneycomo fishing report, October 21 2012

Written by Phil Lilley on October 21st, 2012

Generation – not much with the exception of one day this week when they ran quite a bit all day. It did clean the lake out, at least the upper end. They’ve been running “fish water” in the evenings, about 2 hours of a half unit. Check the SPA schedule, but don’t rely on it 100%. They do change it without notice. Lots of leaves on the surface of the lake right now. Remember a couple of things: Trout till hold close and under these leaves, using them as cover and also will eat bugs that come off the leaves. They’re also had to fish through if there’s a bunch in one spot. When boating, try to avoid the groups of leaves. Leaves will lodge themselves against the back of your motor and cause it to cavitate or suck air down to the prop. It sounds like your motor has come out of gear. Stop, shift into reverse and then you’ll be fine. Trout fishing has been great this week minus the time when the wind was blowing 30 mph. Actually the trout bit good during those times, it was just hard to fish! The only complaint we have is the size of the rainbows we’re seeing, not the numbers. We’re having to catch 5 or 6 trout to get one rainbow over 12 inches.

Rick Lisek reports he’s catching trout from Fall Creek to Lilleys’ Landing on pink/white or white/chartreuse Gulp Powerbait when the water is running and when it’s not on the micro jigs – ginger being the best color. Trout Magnets are also working under a float in Cotton Candy and Pink. In the trophy area, Rick’s catching fish using a drift rig and pink or peach egg fly trailed with a #14 UV gray scud or fishing an olive, orange head micro jig under a float. Best when the wind is blowing.

Below the dam, fly fishing has been fair. They’re seeing a few big browns but not many. Reports are fishing is slow except around the outlets. This usually is a seasonal issue caused by low oxygen in the water but I suspect it’s not as much about the low DO as it is just slow fishing. Some days the fish just don’t feed. More people walking around might be an issue too. This time of year we’ll see a lot more anglers wading around below the dam. Try to be as stealthy as possible.

Think small the thin. Small scuds and midges, san juan worms and soft hackles. Tippet – 6x and 7x fluorocarbon. Sculpin patterns may catch a bigger rainbow or brown but you won’t catch big numbers. Night fishing is fair. No big bruisers being caught or at least reported.


Get More out of The Great Outdoors

In the rush-rush culture we live in, it’s getting harder to find time to enjoy the wonderful outdoors world. It’s not that the opportunities aren’t there. It’s just finding the time — or taking the time — to participate. There’s the pride factor, too — or, the embarrassment factor. You’re 40 years old and have done a lot of things, but shooting a shotgun was never one of them. You don’t want to ’fess up and say you’ve never done it, so you avoid the activity altogether. Before you permanently shelve your outdoors interests, consider this: There’s a lot of nature around us that you’re missing. Outdoor activities can be educational. They can be good exercise. They can be good mental therapy.

Most importantly, they can be fun.

One thing you constantly hear about the Ozarks is it’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors. But if you’ve just moved here, or don’t have any experience in outdoors recreation, you’re probably saying, “All this outdoors stuff sounds great if you’re an expert, but how do I get started?”

If that’s a question you’ve been asking, circle this Saturday on your calendar. Area residents of all ages are invited to experience the Ozarks outdoors at Great Outdoors Day. This Missouri Department of Conservation event at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area northwest of Springfield celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day.

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