When you fish Lake Taneycomo, you expect to catch rainbow trout, and a lot of them! However, one lucky angler, one of Mahoney Outdoors’ very own contributors, Payden Hays, found himself fighting a big bonus walleye below Table Rock Dam on August 13th.
We had heard stories from local guide, Duane Doty, who runs Ozark Trout Runners, that walleye can be found throwing jerkbaits. He has many pictures to prove it too. It’s just hard to believe it until you see it with your very own eyes. Well, Payden and myself are true believers now.
The walleye came just above Trophy Run. Payden was throwing a 1/16th oz marabou jig as the water was falling fast. Luckily we had the GoPro and a handycam ready to capture it all on video!
Payden Hays was just hoping to help his Grandpa, George Hays, catch his first rainbow trout on Lake Taneycomo in Branson, MO this past weekend. George has fished his whole life, but at 86 years old, had never caught a trout. After multiple trips on Lake Taneycomo, Payden was confident he could change that and wanted to share in the memory.
After launching the boat from Lilley’s Landing Resort and Marina, they successfully had George on the board with his first trout near Monkey Island. When fishing slowed there, they decided to make a run down lake to a spot Payden hadn’t really tried before. It turns out that was a heck of a decision.
Immediately, Payden hooked into and broke off an absolute giant rainbow trout that was pushing double digits. His grandpa decided to get in on the action shortly after. As the video shows, it was a tense couple of minutes, but they successfully landed George’s second trout ever, a whopper weighing 3 pounds, 13 ounces.
I had to use my older GoPro Hero 2 due to forgetting the battery on my newest one, so the quality isn’t as great on this vdieo… Water temps started at 85 degrees around 5:30pm and moved down to just above 83 by about 8pm. Wind was out of the southwest. Threw a “big” ned rig for a little while with only some bluegill taps. Switched to topwater double buzzbait and committed to that the rest of the evening starting around 615. Had 4 good bass bites, missed two. Of the few bites I had, they were consistent. All of them were less than 7 feet of water and relating to big cover – large rocks, logs, trees etc. They were also all in areas that had a hard, rocky bottom. Did not have a single bite around grass or anywhere with a mud bottom. Like I said, I committed to the buzz and didn’t try much else, so not saying they wouldn’t have hit something else along the grass. Not a bad night on Longview Lake, which isn’t known for being the best largemouth bass fishery.
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I spent the September 11th weekend in Waynesville, MO for the annual Missouri Outdoor Communicators Conference. We had the opportunity to float down the Gasconade River most of Sunday and do some fishing. The scenery was spectacular. Dramatic turns in the river opened up to long stretches where you could see far down the banks. Tall Ozark mountains could be seen in all directions around the river, creating scenic backgrounds you envision while reading a book. Other than our group, we saw maybe 4 or 5 other crafts on the water. The float was quite peaceful. I was excited to see all the structure available for the fish and we sure caught a lot of them. Throughout the day, we caught five species including largemouth, kentucky, smallmouth, goggleye, and sunfish.
The last two falls, I spent a week with Tony Caldarello up in the Rocky Mountains completely off the grid. Tony used to be an elk guide at Budge’s Flattops Wilderness Lodge for many years in the middle of the White River National Forest, but he is now retired. I was very fortunate he brought me along because it allowed me to witness many incredible things. I took this video coming back from a hike with Tate Caldarello. A mule deer doe just casually ate from the horse feed right along with the horses as Tate tried to walk up to her.