Trout fishing at Lake Taneycomo

It’s always a treat to fish Lake Taneycomo even if the fishing isn’t up to its usual standards. Last week I enjoyed some beautiful Ozarks scenery, ate a great chicken fried steak at Lambert’s (the throwed rolls place), and scarfed down some tasty barbeque at Dana’s.

My life-long buddy Ned Spence and his lady friend were supposed to come up from Oklahoma City and meet me but they took sick and couldn’t make it. I wanted to take a selfy of me holding up a huge trout and email it to him but it didn’t happen, mainly because I didn’t catch any huge trout. In fact I almost didn’t catch any trout at all.

I didn’t see anybody tearing them up Wednesday morning. I did manage to fool one little rainbow with a yellow crackleback. You know it’s slow when you catch one trout and a guy comes over and asks what you’re using.

Thursday morning the fishing Gods smiled upon me and I was rewarded with two small rainbows for my two hour’s work. Actually I shouldn’t call it work because at least I was fishing, the weather was beautiful and I didn’t fall down and drown.









Lake Taneycomo

Country music isn’t all that’s happening at Branson, Missouri. Water from Table Rock dam forms Lake Taneycomo which gets its name from Taney County, MO and provides miles and miles of some of the best trout fishing in the state.

If you enjoy fishing from a boat you’ll hope for lots of power generation from the dam, which raises the water level in Taneycomo several feet and provides a swift current.

If you’re like me and prefer to wade you’ll hope for zero generation. There will still be a gentle current and you’ll swear you’re fishing a beautiful Ozark river. Ned Spence and I hit Taneycomo in one of her more gentle moods Sept. 24th and 25th.  Staying at Lilley’s Landing and fishing only a couple of hours each morning we made up in size what we lacked in numbers. Calm, sunny days are not ideal for trout fishing, yet Spence landed a beautiful 18” rainbow Tuesday morning. I followed up next day with another nice rainbow. It’s hard to measure a flopping fish while you’re trying to take its picture and keep from dropping your iPhone in the water but this beauty went at least 23 or 24 inches. Both fish were released.

Whether you want to fish, take in some shows, or just relax Lilley’s Landing is your kind of place. Check it out at .