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I am taking a trip to Branson for a family reunion.  I have "permission" to have a day all to myself fishing.  I was wondering if any of you would be interested in helping a fellow angler out and allow me to tag along with you on a fishing trip during one of the days between March 11-13.  Ill pay all the gas and bait (if you use any).  No this is not a scam, though I guess a man scamming people might say that. I just can't afford a guided trip, and would like to tag along.  If you are going during those dates send me a message and I will supply my phone number and we can discuss further.  Thank you for reading.

 

Sammy

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I'm a little too far north to help with the fishing trip, but in case you can't get someone to volunteer, Lake Taneycomo runs right through Branson and you can easily catch trout from the shoreline there. You can catch bass from the bank at Table Rock also, but the trout in Taney would be more of a sure thing.

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Bluebasser86

 

Would you mind providing a little more information about the shore fishing, locations, areas, bait, lures, etc....  If possible maybe you can PM me and ill give you my phone number and we can talk.

 

I did some trout fishing in the mountains of New Mexico, but I am no expert on trout.  (or the bass in your are for that matter.

 

 

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The trout are pretty easy. Light spinning rod, 4-6 pound test, variety of small lures like Little Cleo spoons in 1/8-1/4oz, inline spinners, small jigs under a bobber, or tiny crankbaits. The favorite presentation for most down there is Powerbait eggs or corn on a bottom fishing rig like you would for catfish.

 

I personally haven't done much bank fishing at Table Rock but I know I hear guys that do talk about the areas around Kimberling City and Indian Point being good for it. I'd fish around the boat ramps if I was going to be doing it. 

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If you don't find someone to take you fishing, you might consider driving an hour to the west to fish Roaring River. Tackle requirements are minimal, and you certainly won't need a guide. I take my family there once or twice a year.

https://mostateparks.com/park/roaring-river-state-park

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I found a few places where I can rent a jon boat, so i was thinking that I would just do that and spend a day out on a boat. Any ideas locations or fishing spots on TableRock you could recommend?

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16 hours ago, Sammy19 said:

I found a few places where I can rent a jon boat, so i was thinking that I would just do that and spend a day out on a boat. Any ideas locations or fishing spots on TableRock you could recommend?

I know you can rent boats at Big Cedar Lodge, but they're pricey. I've done well fishing in around that cove the resort is in and also Clevinger Hollow, which is the next big cove to the north of Big Cedar Hollow. It's very deep and clear water so be prepared for that. 

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My wife and I honeymooned at Big Cedar Lodge 26 years ago.  At that time, Big Cedar and rentals on Table Rock were already pretty pricey, but we fished Taneycomo one day in a small rental boat and as I recall, the price was pretty reasonable.  I don't remember the name of the business, but it was a small boat livery on the lake.  We rented the boat and went out with Powerbait and light line set ups and caught a bunch of trout, it really wasn't hard work or difficult to figure out at all.

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If your staying in Branson ,State Park Marina on Table Rock is pretty close. They rent boats,

 but I wouldn't get on that part of the lake in a jon boat.

   March is a good time to be on Table Rock but honestly by the time you rent a boat and buy fuel you can about get a 4 hour trip with a guide. I can get you some names if you decide to go that way but I would make a reservation soon.

 Taneycomo is a different story but you have to be aware of power generation. The trout fishing is great and there's also a decent bass population. For bass I would stay below the Branson Landing area around Roark creek or the gold mine. There is a public fishing dock at Cooper creek.

 You might want to check with Lilly's Landing about a boat if you fish Taney.

 

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From my experience renting a boat you can get a guide with a nice boat, that knows the spots, fish, what lures to through (usually will provide them), and provides rods and reels (might not be nice but you can bring your own) for about the same price. Did this on Lake fork in texas a couple times, instead of renting a john boat with a 9.9 we got a brand new skeeter with a 250 and gps units plus a driver that knew the lake for the same price. Did tip him so it came out to a little more but well worth it

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Fishing from the bank can be hit or miss on Table Rock, but if that is all you have available to you, I can give you a spot that produces spotted bass quite often for me from my boat and it is reachable from the bank.  Take Highway 65 south from Branson down to highway 86 and turn right going west.  Go to the bridge that crosses the Long Creek arm.  You will know you are there because it is the first bridge you cross.  Park on the east side of the bridge and go down underneath on the south side.  There are trees about 25 yards south of the bridge in the water and the water reaches 30 - 40 feet deep a half a cast from the bank.  Work those trees with a jig and craw or spoons.  More often than not I catch a few spotted bass there every time I fish that spot.  Be ready to lose some lures a there are hidden submerged trees out beyond the ones you can see next to the bank.  Sit there long enough and you may see the spots busting shad at the surface over the 40 feet of water and even deeper.  Cast a small silver spoon where they are busting and let it sink a second or two and then work it back.  You can often catch one on every cast if you work it right.

On 2/17/2018 at 12:52 AM, Bluebasser86 said:

I know you can rent boats at Big Cedar Lodge, but they're pricey. I've done well fishing in around that cove the resort is in and also Clevinger Hollow, which is the next big cove to the north of Big Cedar Hollow. It's very deep and clear water so be prepared for that. 

The North point of the island at the south side of the mouth of Clevinger Hollow is an excellent spot.  The bass stage there in 20 - 35 feet deep water in pre and post spawn.  If you are out in a jon boat and the wind is from the South you should be able to hold it steady on that side of the island.  Otherwise, you will need a good anchor.

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Guys thanks for the info....Keep it coming.  I would not mind getting some name of people that can take us on a guided trip.  Can you provide me with the information?

 

Thanks

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13 hours ago, Sammy19 said:

Guys thanks for the info....Keep it coming.  I would not mind getting some name of people that can take us on a guided trip.  Can you provide me with the information?

 

Thanks

Bill Babler, Pete Wenners, and Eric Prey would be some good ones to contact. Pete and Eric both do weekly fishing report videos and share great, up to date information. 

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I'd call Eric Olliverson (Erics elite guide service), Bill Babler, Pete wenners, or as blue metioned, Eric Prey.

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