Seven Reasons Trout Fishing Enthusiasts Love Branson

It’s no secret that Branson and the cool, clear waters of Lake Taneycomo are paradise for those who enjoy angling for trout.

But everybody needs a refresher sometimes. So, if you haven’t been for a while, here are seven reasons to make Branson the focal point of your next trout-fishing expedition. 

  • 750,000: That’s how many rainbows and browns are stocked in Lake Taneycomo each year. Like your odds now?
  • Big biters: The Missouri Department of Conservation says the state record for brown trout is a 28-pound, 12-ounce monster pulled from Lake Taneycomo.
  • Awesome accommodations: Whether you visit resorts like Lilley’s Landing or Fall Creek Marina, you find a place to rest your head comfortably, plus amenities from tackle and supplies to rental boats and insider tips.
  • Great guides: Expert anglers are found all around Branson. Check out Scotty’s Trout Dock. They take care of everything but your clothing (yes, that’s still up to you) and your fishing license/trout stamp. Now that’s service!
  • Fun for kids: If your young ones don’t have the patience for fishing – or they test yours when you go out – treat them to a different kind of trout experience at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Just be sure to take a roll of quarters with you – the kids will REALLY enjoy feeding trout who call the hatchery home.
  • Fish, shop, fish, eat: Access one of the public fishing docks along the Branson Landing Boardwalk for a fun experience in downtown Branson. If the fish aren’t biting, shop Branson Landing and then grab a bite at the White River Fish House (yes, trout is on the menu). After dessert, head back out to the dock. Your luck’s bound to have changed!

Ready to plan a great weekend here? You can find some advice on how to spend your time with this Angler's Itinerary.

Plus, get ready for your trip by learning tricks of trade for trout fishing on Lake Taneycomo from local Branson guides:


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