Lake Taneycomo, that runs through the heart of Branson, Mo., is one of the best trout fisheries in the Midwest and winter often is the best time to fish there.
During late fall Table Rock Lake, which feeds Taneycomo, turns over, inverting the waters. This, in turn, causes the water flowing into Taneycomo to hold more oxygen for trout.
On Saturday, Jan. 12, and Feb. 23. Taneycomo will be the site of two trout tournaments.
Anglers will take off at 8 a.m. from Lilleys’ Landing to try their luck and skill for cash prizes and trophies in the two public tournaments. Entry fee is $50 per each two-man team. Both tournaments are catch-and-release and anglers can only use artificial baits. All entrants and spectators are invited to a free meal immediately following the weigh-in at 4 p.m.
Marabou jigs have long proved to be a mainstay on the lake, because they are cheap at $1 each, and can last through a dozen or more fish.
Lilleys’ Landing tackle shop carries jigs in several different size of weights to vary with Taneycomo’s generation schedule.
Scuds and midges are also great to try in the upper lake, sometimes with a tandem rig tied with an egg fly or a San Juan worm 18 inches below the scud.
“We see midge hatches almost every day in the winter here on the lake, and that means our rainbows are ready and waiting to munch on little flies swimming up from the bottom and hatching on the surface,” said Phil Lilley of Lilley’s Landing.
More information on the tournaments is available from http://www.lilleyslanding.com/news/lilleys-landing-fishing-tournaments or by calling 888-545-5397 for a copy of the entry form and rules.
For current fishing tips for Taneycomo, anglers can go to www.Ozarkanglers.com.