SEASONAL PATTERNS OF FISH IN LAKE TANEYCOMO

RAINBOW TROUT: Are aggressive sight feeders with high concentrations all along the lake, they will take a variety of artificial lures and flies and are equally responsive to live bait.

  • Spring: Trout feed very actively during the spring months due to the high content of oxygen in the water. Drift fishing from a boat usually produces the best catches since the current is swift.
  • Summer: You will find the best fishing is done early and late in the day and late at night. It’s not too bad to fish during the day if the current picks up, but as it is usually a lot slower and sometimes ceases, you will find you get excellent results from bank and boat fishing during the recommended times.
  • Fall: You will find that the fish’s patterns are similar to how they were in summer. Their mid-day activity picks up and improves in the late fall.
  • Winter: The current is generally moderate to swift during the winter months, causing an increase in the amount of oxygen in the water. This means MORE FISH! This is the trout’s peek feeding time. The higher oxygen levels means a higher lake turnover and you will find mid-day fishing is an excellent way to spend a rewarding afternoon.

BROWN TROUT: Some these babies are rumored to be in excess of 20 pounds, so chasing these could turn into a record setting day. They are very aggressive and carnivorous, you will find the largest gatherings in the first several miles below the dam.

  • Spring: They will eagerly take live bait drifted along the bottom, but will chase jerk baits that imitate minnows. During the spring months the trout will locate being gravel bars and undercut banks.
  • Summer: Best Time to go night fishing. The fish seek out deep holes so live night crawlers make the best bait. Flies can be good too.
  • Fall: Ahhh, the annual spawning run occurs in October in the headwaters, making this the best time of year to fish. You will probably end up catching at the very least a 5-pounder. A light line is important.
  • Winter: During this time of year the fish will relocate back to the gravel bars and undercut banks. They also tend to spread out a bit after spawning. Feeding and habitual patterns return back to how they were in spring.