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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. Black Crappie

  2. Black Crappie

    There is a 15% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 15 Black Crappie counted.

    Branson Black Crappie Counts Chart


  3. Brown Trout

  4. Brown Trout

    There is a 14% catch rate for Brown Trout, based on 14 Brown Trout counted.

    Branson Brown Trout Counts Chart


  5. Rainbow Trout

  6. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 14% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 14 Rainbow Trout counted.

    Branson Rainbow Trout Counts Chart


  7. White Bass

  8. White Bass

    There is a 13% catch rate for White Bass, based on 13 White Bass counted.

    Branson White Bass Counts Chart


  9. Smallmouth Bass

  10. Smallmouth Bass

    There is a 8% catch rate for Smallmouth Bass, based on 8 Smallmouth Bass counted.

    Branson Smallmouth Bass Counts Chart


  11. Longear Sunfish

  12. Longear Sunfish

    There is a 6% catch rate for Longear Sunfish, based on 6 Longear Sunfish counted.

    Branson Longear Sunfish Counts Chart


  13. Bluegill

  14. Bluegill

    There is a 5% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 5 Bluegill counted.

    Branson Bluegill Counts Chart


  15. Largemouth Bass

  16. Largemouth Bass

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

    Branson Largemouth Bass Counts Chart


  17. Redear Sunfish

  18. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 5% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 5 Redear Sunfish counted.

    Branson Redear Sunfish Counts Chart


  19. Green Sunfish

  20. Green Sunfish

    There is a 4% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 4 Green Sunfish counted.

    Branson Green Sunfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 15 species of fish and 100 fish counted for September around Branson.

To date, there are 24 species of fish and a total of 576 fish counted for Branson and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (163 years).

Last Update: 9/19/2023 12:08:24 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. Rock Ledge

  5. Submerged Bridge
    Submerged Bridge

  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

  • 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

  • March 2 2023 Fishing Report
    Overall conditions on Lake Taneycomo couldn’t get any more stable than we’ve experienced the last couple of weeks.   Two units have generated flow nonstop day and night.  A l

  • February 9 2023 Fishing Report
    We’ve enjoyed a long dry spell that has given us long periods of no generation here on Lake Taneycomo. That has been especially nice for fly fishing. But we’re starting to se

  • January 10 2023 Fishing Report
    The year 2022 will go down in the record books as one of the best lunker trout years in recent history.  It may not have surpassed the “good ole’ days of the 60’s and 70’s” b

  • December 1 2022 Fishing Report
    We’ve enjoyed a lot of down water this fall here on Lake Taneycomo.  And with the long cold spell in late October and into November Table Rock Lake has turned over. Now we’re

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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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