COVID-19 hasn’t hampered angling success at Table Rock and Taneycomo

Due to COVID-19, this summer’s travel plans are tied to numbers.

The number of new COVID cases, the number of recovering cases, and the percentage of increase are all figures vacationers look at as they plot their summer destinations.

Here are some numbers the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants travelers planning a trip to the Branson area to look at:

• More than 1,400 – The number of fish habitat structures added to Table Rock Lake between 2008 and 2013 to improve fishing.

• 575,000 – The number of trout stocked annually in Lake Taneycomo.

• 40 pounds, 6 ounces – The size of the state-record brown trout caught at Taneycomo last year.

While many aspects of summer travel have changed for 2020, these numbers are clear indicators that fishing is still fine in the Branson area.

“Fishing has been outstanding in Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo this year,” said Shane Bush, the fisheries management biologist who manages both reservoirs for MDC. 

“High water over the past few years has improved both the number and the sizes of fish in both lakes.

“Anglers can expect to catch good numbers of quality-size bass and bluegill in Table Rock right now, as well as very good numbers of large rainbow and brown trout in Taneycomo.”

The fishing appeal of Table Rock and Taneycomo is no secret – it made the Branson area a vacation destination long before music shows, magic acts, and other entertainment venues arrived on the Taney County scene. 

The angling attraction of these reservoirs still exists today and is more vital than ever to people who are seeking alternatives to the normal summer vacation treks to Branson.

Table Rock Lake

For those seeking rod-and-reel relaxation on Table Rock, this 43,100-acre U.S Army Corps of Engineers lake provides opportunities for several species.

MDC electrofishing surveys indicate good populations of largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass, as well as crappie, walleye, bluegill, goggle-eye, channel catfish and several other sportfish species.

The six-year habitat project that was completed at Table Rock in 2013 has made a good fishing spot even better. 

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