Got Fish? The answer is yes in Branson. If trout is what you are looking for, the Missouri Department of Conservation has the answer to your quest. They operate the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery where well over 1 million catchable trout are produced each year. The brown and rainbow trout thrive in the colder waters of Lake Taneycomo below Table Rock Dam, which is fed from the bottom of Table Rock Lake. Taneycomo’s water maintains an average temperature of 48 degrees year round. Free tours of the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery are available on most days.
The warmer water of Table Rock Lake above the dam may be more your style. Summer water temperatures can be into the mid or upper 80’s, making it a perfect place to swim, fish, and boat. Table Rock Lake is world-renowned as a top Bass Fishing Tournament location, and abundant varieties include Kentucky spotted, Largemouth, Smallmouth, and White bass. Bluegill, Catfish (channel and flathead), Paddlefish and Walleye.
Whatever type of fish you are looking for, chances are you can find it in or around Branson. You also will find dozens of stores with all the supplies you need from fishing poles, tackle boxes, bait, and more.