Branson Area Trout Fishing Opportunties This page was updated 5/1/09
Branson is much more than a vegas-style show & theme park tourist destination now days. It is
also a very popular location for corporate trainings and seminars. Regardless of the reason you
find yourself in Branson, if you are a trout fisherman, you must figure out how to sneak away
for at least an afternoon to try your luck on
Lake Taneycomo. Send the rest of the family to Silver Dollar City for the day while you
supposedly must stay at the motel due to stomach gripes. Tell your boss you got lost and ended
up in Arkansas -- that's why you're a day late to the seminar. Whatever excuse
you must fabricate, it is your duty as a trout enthusiast to get on the water. To find
Taneycomo's "headwaters", which is actually the tail-water pouring through Table Rock Dam,
find your way onto Highway 165, the road that crosses the dam. To avoid the traffic, you can
access 165 from Highway 65 south of Branson. On the north side of the dam, you'll find the
entrance to Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery. There are a couple of gravel parking areas near the
hatchery entrance and easy access to get down to the water. This is a good place to start.
To find Roaring River, head south from
Branson on Highway 65. Turn right onto Highway 86, and take 86 West to Eagle Rock. The road
will cross Roaring River at Eagle Rock. The fishing in this section can yield both Roaring River
trout and Table Rock bass. If you continue on a short distance further, you'll be able to turn
left onto Highway F. There are several access roads on your left that will lead you down to
Roaring River's White Ribbon Area, or stay on F to find the State Park.
To find Crane Creek, take 76 West out of Branson looking for Highway 13. Take 13 North to the
City of Crane. There is conservation department land upstream and downstream from Crane, but
there are fish throughout the creek. There are even some exceptionally "spooky" fish in the
city park, but you really need to be on your game to hook one. These are the only fish on this
river that get any kind of fishing pressure, so they don't exactly play by the same rules as
the fish in the wilder sections of the creek.
Yes, Roaring River and Crane Creek definitely deserve more attention than they are getting. To
be honest, though, people generally only leave Taneycomo to visit Roaring River or Crane Creek
when the Lake is too crowded for their taste or is flooded due to massive electrical generation
by Table Rock Dam. Even those who are turned off by the occasional crowds and intermittent
flooding will find it difficult to leave, however
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