Over 200 species of fish can be found in the Branson/Lakes Area and Missouri Lakes. In Branson, trout and bass fishing are the very best. Anyone who fishes here must have the appropriate lifetime, annual or daily fishing permit – or qualify for an exemption. Contact the Missouri Department of Conservation for regulations. Guided fishing is available on all three lakes.
Bull Shoals Lake
Bull Shoals Lake is a popular tournament lake and has a reputation for producing huge fish of several varieties. It has a surface area of 71,240 acres at its highest levels. Smallmouth and spotted bass, along with crappie, bream, and catfish of all sizes can be found in the lake. Make sure you check fishing requirements first since some portions of this lake are located in both Missouri and Arkansas. Each state’s law governs the section of lake that falls within their territory. The last thing you want is a huge fish you hooked in Missouri to tow you right into Arkansas where you can be fined for fishing illegally! Five state record bass catches have come out of Bull Shoals Lake, making it the leading lake for state record fishing. Better fishing is hard to come by than what this amazing lake offers.
Lake Taneycomo is an absolute must for any avid fisherman, offering the ideal habitat to grow record sized trout. In Missouri, there are four trout hatcheries and one trout rearing area operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. These hatcheries help to maintain the trout population in order to meet the demands of anglers coming into the area. Word of mouth around here is that the best way to catch trout is by drifting angle worms or salmon eggs. The headwaters in the uppermost section of the lake are ideal for fly fishing and this section of the lake is also reserved for artificial lures such as tiny jigs and crankbaits. Plan a trip and keep the camera handy! You just may snag yourself one for the record books. What a vacation that would be!
Table Rock Lake
From novice to expert anglers, Table Rock Lake is a fisherman’s dream come true. On this beautiful lake, you will discover some of the best freshwater fishing including trout, bass, crappie, catfish, and blue gill. Fishing tournaments, sponsored by America’s top sports organizations as well as local chapters, are regular events throughout the year. This lake is nationally recognized as a top bass fishing lake. The action in this lake is fast and furious with large numbers of Kentucky spotted bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and white bass. Early spring and late fall are the best times to catch what is known as a lunker bass and crappie of about 15 inches can be caught during these seasons. During the summer months, catfish of all sizes scour the bottom of the lake and you will find that large bluegill, bass and crappie are in abundance; a real thrill for anglers of any skill level.