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Branson Fishing

Branson Fishing

Tucked away in the Ozarks, Branson, Missouri, is a popular Midwestern tourist destination. The family attractions in the area include 76 Country Boulevard and Silver Dollar City. While there is certainly plenty of entertainment to be had in this Ozarks destination, people typically seek out Branson for its proximity to the natural world. The Ozarks have many natural wonders, and the plentiful waterways are truly something special. With all this, the opportunities for Branson fishing are vast.

There are several key lakes in Branson, but the most popular is Bull Shoals Lake. This reservoir is massive, and it has more than 1,000 miles of shoreline. With so much water, the fish are populous at Bull Shoals. The area is best known for its population of Largemouth Bass. The fish spawn so readily here that many full-sized adults are beneath the surface. Some of the largest catches have been 12 pounds.

Another option is Table Rock Lake. Table Rock Lake is another manmade lake, and it is fueled by the White River, James River and Long Creek. Different Bass species are common here. You can find Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Spotted Bass. What people love about Table Rock Lake is that there are many inlets and shallow areas where the fish like to congregate. While catches are possible all year long, the best season is in the spring.

Bass is not your only potential catch in Branson’s waters. Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake and Lake Taneycomo are also great spots to catch Black Crappie, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. To support the population of Black Crappie, there have been a number of artificial reefs developed in these lakes. These reefs give the fish the habitat they need to thrive, and they ensure that Branson fishing is always strong.

Branson Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Branson, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Threadfin Shad

  2. Threadfin Shad

    There is a 83.92% catch rate for Threadfin Shad, based on 120 Threadfin Shad counted.

    Branson Threadfin Shad Counts Chart


  3. Rainbow Trout

  4. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 5.59% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 8 Rainbow Trout counted.

    Branson Rainbow Trout Counts Chart


  5. Black Crappie

  6. Black Crappie

    There is a 3.5% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 5 Black Crappie counted.

    Branson Black Crappie Counts Chart


  7. Brown Trout

  8. Brown Trout

    There is a 3.5% catch rate for Brown Trout, based on 5 Brown Trout counted.

    Branson Brown Trout Counts Chart


  9. White Bass

  10. White Bass

    There is a 3.5% catch rate for White Bass, based on 5 White Bass counted.

    Branson White Bass Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 5 species of fish and 143 fish counted for February around Branson.

To date, there are 24 species of fish and a total of 579 fish counted for Branson and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (164 years).

Last Update: 2/20/2024 5:15:09 PM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Branson Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Branson are the following:

  1. Yocum Ledge
    Good ledge off the point with the river channel real close to this spot. Good place to work for bass.

  2. Walleye

  3. Sugarload Ledge
    This ledge runs out to the center here with a good drop to the river channel below. Work the ledge for bass.

  4. Submerged Bridge
    Submerged Bridge

  5. Rock Ledge

  6. Sore Thumb Spot

  7. Submerged Bridge
    Submerged Bridge

  8. Submerged Bridge

  9. Channel Ledge

  10. Island Ledge

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Latest Branson Fishing Reports

  • January 8 2024 Fishing Report
    We are finally starting to see winter arrive here in the Ozarks after a very mild autumn.  Our lake water temperatures are still just above 50 but should drop steadily in the

  • December 2 2023 Fishing Report
    The month of November is at its end.  It has brought us cooler weather and with that more generation.  On Lake Taneycomo these last few weeks typically 50 to 75% of most days

  • November 1 2023 Fishing Report
    If you like to fish Lake Taneycomo with no generation then you’ve been loving the last five months.  There have been a handful of days when the water ran all day.  Most days

  • October 5 2023 Fishing Report
    Fall has officially descended on the Ozarks area after September stayed unseasonably warm.  A recent front has brought the desirable fall temperatures with a two-week forecas

  • September 1 2023 Fishing Report
    We’re heading into the fall season here on Lake Taneycomo and trout fishing has been fairly decent for the most part. It does seem like there are days when they just don’t ea

  • August 1 2023 Fishing Report
    Our fishing report for Lake Taneycomo could be a cookie cutter analogy of last month’s report.  Our generation pattern is exactly the same our water temperature is about the

  • July 1 2023 Fishing Report
    Generation patterns on Lake Taneycomo this summer have been consistent.  Operators at the dam ran water every afternoon for the month of June.  The only variant was on hot da

  • June 1 2023 Fishing Report
    We are enjoying a mild start to summer here on Lake Taneycomo.  After a relatively dry spring there’s not much rain in our forecast.  Our lakes are fairly low with the except

  • May 1 2023 Fishing Report
    April has been a spectacular month for catching trout here on Lake Taneycomo. Reports from guests and guides alike relay copious amounts of fish — and many quality trophy-siz

  • April 1 2023 Fishing Report
    It is definitely spring time here on Lake Taneyomo!  Spring rain has fallen and our water is running hard.  We’ve seen spill gates open for most of the month of March which m

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Top Branson Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Lilleys' Landing Resort & Marina
    Lilleys' Landing is a peaceful, scenic resort and marina on Lake Taneycomo five minutes from the middle of Branson. Lake Taneycomo offers great trout fishing. Our marina can outfit you with boat rentals or guided fishing trips. We have a fly and

  2. Baxter Marina
    Baxter Marina offers many services including a full-service fuel dock, store, boat rentals, wet and dry boat storage, and more. We will greet you at the dock, pump your fuel and get your ice for you as well. Our on-dock store offers many convenien

  3. Tablerock Bait & Tackle

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Top Branson Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Focused Fishing Guide Service
    Focused Fishing Guide Service a Full time Professional Branson Fishing Guide on Beautiful Table Rock Lake and Taneycomo Lake for Bass, Crappie, White Bass, Pan Fish, and Year round on Taneycomo Lake in Branson Missouri for Brown Trout and Rainbow Tro

  2. Chartered Waters
    A full service Fly Fishing & Guide Service on Lake Taneycomo in Branson Missouri. Catch Fish Guaranteed!!!...or your trip is free. BIG FISH...lots of fish


  4. Capt. Rick La Point
    Hi, my name is Rick LaPoint. I am a U.S. Coast Guard licensed, fully insured, professional guide for the last 18 years. I guide on Table Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lakes I have over 35 years of bass tournament experience, with many wins. I speci

  5. Branson Fishing Guide Service

  6. Catch 'em Guide Service
    If you are looking for a guided fishing trip, look no further. Catch 'em Guide Service is here and ready to provide you with a fishing trip of a lifetime. Whether it is fishing on fabulous Lake Taneycomo for excellent Rainbow or Brown Trout, or

  7. Doc's Guide Service

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Top Branson Marinas

  1. Lilleys' Landing Resort & Marina
    Lilleys' Landing is a peaceful, scenic resort and marina on Lake Taneycomo five minutes from the middle of Branson. Lake Taneycomo offers great trout fishing. Our marina can outfit you with boat rentals or guided fishing trips. We have a fly and

  2. Scotty's Trout Dock & Marina
    Family owned and operated Branson landmark providing fun for the whole family.

  3. K Dock Marina
    Our full service Marina features an onsite convenience store offering food, soda, bagged ice, snacks, ice cream, cold beer, propane exchange, tackle and live bait. Nightly boat slip rental is available offering a 10′ x 24′ slip for only $20 per nigh

  4. Indian Point Marina
    Marina, Boat Dock and Restaurant adjacent to Indian Point Campground.

  5. Cricket Creek Marina

  6. Rainbow Haven Resort & Marina

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