As the weather temperature at mid-autumn is still mild, it will be exciting to experience autumn fishing in the TriLakes Area. Great is a time when the fog that had settled over the water is starting to disappear and soon trees on the opposite bank of the river came into view where the colorful leaves radiating with orange and gold in the October sunshine. In the shallow water, you’ll see many kinds of fish during this time including rainbow and brown trout. These big browns are what draw fly fishers to TriLakes Area during autumn season.
While the White River in Arkansas is a better brown trout fishery, Lake Taneycomo holds some giants of its own. Despite the size and number of rainbow and brown trouts, Lake Taneycomo is still the place to go for rainbows. Here you will find the best rainbow fishery in the entire White River system. The average rainbow trout here at Taneycomo is 14 to 16 inches. But you can have the chance to catch 22-inch trout. The lake has prolific hatches of midges – tiny, two-winged insects of the order Diptera. These miniscule insects hatch all year long, which makes fishing midge imitations a good bet on any day of the year.
A professional fly tier can create a number of original patterns for Taneycomo and can make a few tricks to help anglers catch more fish. One of the most interesting is tying his midge imitations on a slightly larger hook. If you can tie a size 20 midge on a size 18 hook, it can give you a better chance of hooking the fish because the larger hook has a bigger gap. The fly still looks the same to the fish, but it can be more effective. For those interested in learning how to tie midges and other trout flies, you can attend fly-tying classes at the Shepherd of the Hills fish hatchery in Branson.
If you want to fish for more, Table Rock Lake in the TriLakes Area offers excellent fishing for bluegill, catfish and, of course, three species of black bass – largemouth, smallmouth and spotted. "By national standards, Table Rock Lake supports some of the highest bass densities and remains one of the country's most popular fishing destinations," said Shane Bush, a fisheries biologist with the Missouri Department of Conversation. Known for its crystal clear water, Table Rock Lake is popular with boaters, scuba divers, and swimmers during summer time. But autumn months find the lake much quieter and, with the autumn foliage on the shorelines, it can be the most scenic time of year.
Shane Bush said from October into November, bass move into shallower water in the rivers and creek arms of the lake. "The river arms tend to be more productive during this whole time period, but bass can still be found deep in the main lake portions," he said.
No matter which species you decide to pursue, autumn season is a great time to fish in the TriLakes Area.
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