Accessible from historic downtown Branson and at multiple points east including the communities of Rockaway Beach, Forsyth, and Powersite and south of Hwy. 76 in Hollister and the Fall Creek area, Lake Taneycomo was formed with the completion of Powersite Dam in 1913.
It was originally a section of the White River, and although Taneycomo is now technically a lake, it retains the look and feels of a river. When the Table Rock Dam was completed at Taneycomo’s headwaters in 1958, the nature of the lake changed. Taneycomo’s water now comes from the bottom of Table Rock Lake, making it a coldwater lake.
The cold, clear water, stocked annually with approximately 750,000 10-12″ rainbow and brown trout, makes Taneycomo a world-class trout fishing lake.
- 2,000+ (approx.) acres of surface area depending on the water level
- 40+ miles of shoreline
- 58 degrees – average water temperature
- 750,000 + rainbow and brown trout stocked annually
Fishing Lake Taneycomo
The uppermost portion of the lake is reserved for artificial lures only such as tiny jigs and crankbaits. These headwaters are also ideal for fly fishing with flies that imitate the freshwater shrimp and other natural bait that trout feed upon. The locals say that 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 ultralight 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 drifts boats and docks are typically used.
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 and challenging destination for anglers who are aware of its changing character of this very unique lake.
LAKE TANEYCOMO FISHING REPORT