Explore southern Missouri and northwest Arkansas with Mozark Fishscapes! Your guide and host, Captain Darren, has been fishing these lakes since he was a kid and it’s a passion that lasts for over 30 years.

The majority of the trips depart from boat docks in and around Branson, depending on where the fish bite is the best at the moment. There’s a variety of Bass species in these waters, such as Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted, and White. Some of the best action you can get is jig fishing for bass early in the year or finesse fishing them in the spring with the Ned Rig.

Other possible catches include Crappie, Walleye, Steelhead, and Brown Trout. Capt. Darren is an avid fly fisherman and he brings that equipment too on his trips. This technique gives you a more personal experience, so don’t miss out on the chance to try it.

You’ll be fishing on a 21’ Basscat boat that accommodates up to 4 guests. She’s powered by a 250 HP Mercury Verado engine and features Lowrance navigational electronics, safety equipment, a live bait tank, and a cooler.

Capt. Darren covers all the fishing equipment you’ll need, including rods, reels, lures, and fly gear. Your fishing trip also includes light snacks and soft drinks. You only need to get your fishing license on time and you’re ready to go!

Whether you are an avid angler or casting a line for the first time, Mozark Fishscapes will do their best to make sure your trips is a memorable one. Join today!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $595
    Price includes guide services for 4 people and digital photos of your catch, all equipment (including rods, reels, lures), and light snacks and soft drinks. Target various types of Bass, Trout, and Crappie.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $475
    Experiment with different fishing techniques depending on what you want to catch. You can go after Crappie, Steelhead, Brown Trout, and several types of Bass. Don't forget to purchase your fishing license, while the captain will take care of snacks, drinks, and the equipment.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $340
    Join Captain Darren and explore the lakes filled with Bass, Crappie, Trout, and other fish species. Novice anglers are welcome to join, as well as families with children. Just don't forget to get your fishing license on time.
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About the Captain

Darren Sadler
Branson, Missouri, United States
11 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 hours
Member since September 2020
I started out fishing with my Grandpa when I was 5 yrs old. I guess you can say I got hooked. I was fortunate enough to grow up to have lived in a lake development. I was always on the water somewhere. My Dad always used to say he never worried about me getting in trouble, he knew if he just drove around the neighborhood he'd spot me on one of the lakes somewhere. The only trouble I'd get into was being late to the dinner table. My love for Trout fishing began in high school when I started fishing the MO trout opener at Montauk state park with my high school buddies. I moved to Springfield, MO in the early 90's to go to college at Southwest Missouri State. I began working at Bass Pro Shops. It was at this point that I really developed as a fisherman. I fell in love with the Ozark waterways and all that they had to offer. I made a lot of fishing buddies through work and college. We fished nearly every weekend, we fished tournaments together too. 30 years later, I'm still here!

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Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Bass (Spotted) Spotted Bass
Bass (White) White Bass

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Crappie Crappie
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Basscat (Bass boat) originally built in 2005. Powered by a 250HP Mercury Verado engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 1.5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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First trout ever!
Any size fish is fun to catch!
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Amy W.
Kansas City, KS
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Great Day on Table Rock with Capt Darren

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 19, 2021
My son and I had a day to remember with the help of Captain Darren. With his extensive knowledge and patience to teach, we...
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Lisa N.
Ruma, IL
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Half day morning trip with Capt. Darren

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 10, 2021
Captain Darren was a great guide! Took two guys who never trout fished, got us on fish, and showed us a good time. Taught us...
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Rick B.
Sugar Creek, MO
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on September 19, 2021
We had a great trip. Captain Sadler was very friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!
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Jason B.
Plano, TX
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Trout Fishing with Darren Sadler

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 11, 2021
Darren Sadler was a fantastic fishing guide and made our trip fun and easy! Highly recommend.
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Carol S.
Wichita Falls, TX
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on May 15, 2021
We had a wonderful time….started early ...Beautiful boat. Had everything we needed.  Got clear instructions with Lots of...
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FAQs about Mozark Fishscapes

Mozark Fishscapes offers the following trips to customers:
  • $340 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $475 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $595 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Mozark Fishscapes, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Mozark Fishscapes include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Mozark Fishscapes offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing

Mozark Fishscapes offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Mozark Fishscapes include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Bass (Spotted)
  • Bass (White)
  • Brown Trout
  • Crappie
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Walleye