Lake Taneycomo: A Complete Guide
Flowing through the heart of Branson, Lake Taneycomo offers endless ways to create lasting vacation memories for the whole family. Use this guide to prepare for the incredible trout fishing, scenic views, water adventures, lakeside strolls and waterfront shopping and dining that await on Lake Taneycomo.
Choose from a variety of resorts, campgrounds, RV parks, and full-service marinas, as well as outfitters for canoeing, kayaking, fishing boats, motors, guides, tackle, and pontoons for relaxing and fun-filled lake activities. The Taneycomo lakefront in Historic Downtown Branson is also home to Branson Landing, a shopping, dining, attraction and lake excursions paradise complete with a beautiful one-mile lighted boardwalk and a fountain show.
How To Get Here
Lake Taneycomo’s main accessibility points come from Historic Downtown Branson and at multiple points east including the communities of Rockaway Beach, Powersite and Forsyth. You can also gain access to Lake Taneycomo south of Branson in Hollister and Fall Creek.
Lake Taneycomo is stocked annually with approximately 750,000 10-12" rainbow and brown trout, making it a world-class trout fishing destination. Different sections of the lake offer unique fishing experiences. The uppermost portion of the lake is reserved for artificial lures like tiny jigs and crankbaits. These headwaters are also ideal for fly fishing with flies that imitate the freshwater shrimp and other creatures that trout feed on.
Take a tip from the locals: The best way to catch trout is by drifting salmon eggs or angleworms. Affix the eggs or worms to a small hook and cast into holes with an ultra-light rod and reel. This method used from a drifting boat or from a dock will yield a nice stringer of trout. It's important to note that few places in the main channel are shallow enough to fish while wading, so drift boats and docks are typically used.
"Lake Taneycomo is one of the best, if not the very best, of all trout streams in the U.S."
- Harold D. Eastman in "Trout Fishing on Lake Taneycomo," 1987
Lower Lake Taneycomo harbors a well-kept secret: The downstream area closer to Powersite and Forsyth offers considerably warmer water and many different species of fish, making Taneycomo a versatile destination for anglers. Many area resorts and marinas can also connect you with an experienced guide to help make the most of your Lake Taneycomo fishing experience.
Fishing Permits & Regulations
A Missouri fishing license is required to fish any Branson-area lake, river or stream and a trout permit is required for fishing Taneycomo between the Table Rock Dam and the U.S. Highway 65 bridges. Anglers must have a trout permit to possess trout anywhere on the lake. Resident, non-resident and youth licenses are available at most fishing outfitters and supply stores in the area. For details about licenses and regulations, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation's website.