It’s time for the lake fishing adventure you’ve always dreamed about. Join Dave’s Guide Service today for an unforgettable day out. Captain David Welch himself will make sure you have a productive fun-filled trip – with over 30 years experience fishing these waters, he’ll take you to the hottest spots.

Step on board his 22’ Alweld boat, which has enough space for you and 4 of your fishing friends. When fly fishing, 3 of you can fish at once, giving you enough space to cast. This vessel has a 115 HP Mercury engine that will get you out to the fishing grounds before you know it. The GPS and fishfinder will help give you that extra edge when out on the water.

Fish on the menu include Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Brown Trout, and Steelhead. If you are after Crappie, book a trip in April or May to catch their season. These great eating fish will be filleted by the captain after the trip for you. This just leaves you the hard decision to make regarding how to cook your fresh dinner once home.

Included in the price are top quality rods and reels from Browning, St. Croix, and Pflueger. These won’t let you down when reeling in your catch, whether it’s your first fish ever or even your hundredth. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome aboard, and children as young as 5 will have a great time reeling in the fish.

Also provided are the lures for the day. When live bait is used, the captain will prepare it for you before the trip, so no time is wasted when out on the water. You will need to bring along a fishing license for the day and are welcome to bring along your own food and drink.
      
Book a trip with Dave’s Guide Service and starting making lifelong memories today! You are sure to be back time and time again.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Mar 1
    $375
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $325
    Spend 4 hours going after Bass and Trout. Everything you need for a successful fishing trip is included, from the rod and reels to the lures and bait. Please purchase a fishing license before the day. You are welcome to bring along your own food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $325
    This short trip will have you targeting Trout. All fishing gear and tackle are included, you just need to buy a fishing license before the day. Feel free to bring along your own snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip - Noon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 11:30 AM
    $225
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Afternoon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $225
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About the Captain

David Welch
Branson, Missouri, United States
Angler's Choice
7 Fishing Reports
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216 Customer Reviews
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Member since November 2018
Captain David Welch has been fishing these waters for over 30 years. He runs the family business, after fishing the ozarks As a local, he knows these waters intimately and will make sure you have the best possible time out there. He takes great pride in this, and will even help with any lodging questions you have. Capt. David looks forward to welcoming you on board for a great day of fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Boat Specs

Alweld (Center console) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 115HP Mercury engine.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Arvada, CO
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on November 23, 2021
This late November morning was a bit beyond crisp, but it warmed rapidly.  Dave met us at the marina early, and we were on...
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James C.
United States
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Capt Dave deserves a promotion!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 22, 2021
After starting with confusion on the dock,  an older man was sure it was his charter because he was ‘detailed oriented’....
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Denise S.
Paducah, KY
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4 hour trout fishing with Dave in Branson

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 19, 2021
Dave is highly skilled and has a wonderful personality.  We caught some nice sized rainbows on this trip.  He knew Lake Taneycomo...
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Morton, IL
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VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip - Noon on June 22, 2021
My 8 year old grandson has really taken to fishing, so when my wife and I planned a trip to Branson this summer, I checked...
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Eli A.
St Louis, Missouri
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Great Guide and Great Experience!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 8, 2021
My husband, my 9 year old son and I booked Dave for a 4 hour morning fishing trip. I went off previous reviews/recommendations...
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FAQs about Dave's Guide Service

Dave's Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $200 per group, additional $25 per person after 1 guest - 2 Hour Trip - Noon (2 hours)
  • $200 per group, additional $25 per person after 1 guest - 2 Hour Trip – Afternoon (2 hours)
  • $325 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $325 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Dave's Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Dave's Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Browning, St. Croix, and Pflueger reels )
  • Live Bait (When used, prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Dave's Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing

Dave's Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing (3 can fly fish at once)
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Dave's Guide Service include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)