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While the city is primarily known for its various entertainment venues, fishing in Branson, MO will be a pleasant surprise for any angler. When you’re done with exploring the theaters along 76 Country Boulevard, come on down to the local lakes and experience a real freshwater fishing adventure, Branson-style! Home to some of the finest angling hotspots in the Ozarks, you’re in for quite a treat.

Branson Fishing Spots

Branson and its anglers can consider themselves blessed to be surrounded by so many incredible freshwater hotspots. And word gets around quickly. Lake Taneycomo is considered to be the best Trout fishery in the entire Midwest. Likewise, Bull Shoals and Table Rock Lake are both frequently featured in FLW and B.A.S.S. tournaments thanks to their world-class Bass fishing.

Table Rock Lake

Known all over the States for Bass fishing that’s out-of-this-world amazing, Table Rock Lake has made quite a reputation for itself. When you see the Largemouth and Smallmouth bite during the season, you’ll be coming back for years to come. The lake is also home to there species like Crappie, Catfish, and Bluegill, so don’t worry about things getting repetitive any time soon.

Lake Taneycomo

Widely considered to be among the best in the world, Lake Taneycomo Trout fishing is an absolute must when you find yourself in these parts. The local Rainbows and Browns are here all year long, and are great targets for both fly and conventional anglers. Taneycomo’s headwaters are known as Trophy Trout Central among the locals, making them a great place to start (or end) your fishing adventure.

Bull Shoals Lake

Straddling the state line between Missouri and Arkansas lies Bull Shoals Lake, yet another fishery near Branson with exquisite fishing opportunities. Full of various types of bass, as well as Crappie and Walleye, this diverse lake is well worth your time. The best time to fish here is definitely around October and November, but you can still land fish at other times of the year too.

Branson Fishing Tips

  • During the fall months, the local fish will be eating a lot in preparation for winter. Creek mouths make for some of the best fishing at this time, thanks to the deeper water levels.
     
  • It’s good to be aware of how the weather can help you when fishing. You might be surprised, but clouds and wind can be good allies on the water. Fish prefer no direct sunlight, while windy conditions dirty the waters which helps to attract Bass.

Need to Know

While there’s great fishing in Branson all year long, it really pays off to hire a professional guide. You can save a lot of time otherwise spent looking for productive spots that way.

Regulations

You’ll need to have a fishing license for any freshwater fishing you plan on doing here. In addition, if you’re fishing Trout on Lake Taneycomo, you’ll also need a federal Trout stamp. These regulations apply for everyone over the age of 16.

Budget

Fishing with a guide can be very affordable if you take the time to browse around. A four-hour trip can cost you as little as $250, while a full day’s worth of fishing rarely costs more than $400. Branson is great if you’re in the market for a guided trip that won’t break the bank.

Getting There

U.S. Route 65 is the main link to other nearby cities and the one you’ll be taking whether coming up from Springfield up north or Little Rock down south. If you’re flying in, however, then you’ll have the local Branson Airport at your disposal.
 

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January

January in Branson is known among anglers for the challenging weather, but nothing that can’t be overcome. Stick with crank baits for the best chances at a good Trout day.

February

This time of fish is when the waters are full of dying baitfish, prime targets for the local Bass. Suspending jerkbaits make for the best way to take advantage of the situation.

March

March is when Bass fishing really starts to heat up. They’ll head to very shallow parts of the water on windy days, making for an easier catch.

April

If you’re up for some fly fishing, now’s a great time to do it. Explore the local lakes using flies like wooly buggers and zebra midges. 

May

The late spring bite is hot, with the local Bass population being hungry and angry. Branson in May has some of the best shallows fishing in the States.

June

Fishing Bull Shoals Lake in summer can be difficult this time of year, whereas Lake Taneycomo is loaded with Rainbow Trout ready and eager to take the bait.

July

You can count on the deep bite to be the name of the game in July. They’ll be holding anywhere from 20’–35’ deep, so get those crankbaits ready!

August

Lake Taneycomo Trout fishing remains some of the best ways to spend the day. Stock up on pink Trout worms and get ready for a fun day out.

September

The water temperatures are usually in the low-to-mid-eighties this time of year. Expect the shallow bite to become more consistent as the weeks come and go.

October

October marks the start of prime fishing at Table Rock Lake for all to enjoy! The fish are setting into the pre-winter feeding frenzy, so you’ll have plenty to do out there.

November

Fishing the creek mouths is the main avenue of approach for most Branson anglers simply due to the results it provides. Some of the best Bass fishing is right there for you to enjoy.

December

December fishing is a favorite among anglers who like to have the whole body of water to themselves. It’s a great way to mark the end of the year on a peaceful note.

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You have to be prepared for the fact that if there is a major change in the weather (cool front), the trout may not bite during your trip. It has nothing to do with your boat captain or equipment.
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You have to be prepared for the fact that if there is a major change in the weather (cool front), the trout may not bite during your trip. It has nothing to do with your boat captain or equipment.
Cindy  B.
Cindy B. Saint Clair, MO
Table Rock bite was on fire, landed well over 100 fish in 3 hours on water.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Table Rock bite was on fire, landed well over 100 fish in 3 hours on water.
Travis  O.
Travis O. United States
Dress warm and be ready to wok for the fish, they a a little lethargic. HAVE FUN!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Dress warm and be ready to wok for the fish, they a a little lethargic. HAVE FUN!
David  M.
David M. Fate, TX
Make sure to use lure colors and line for clear water fishing. I did not have clear lakes in my home area.
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Make sure to use lure colors and line for clear water fishing. I did not have clear lakes in my home area.
Donna  F.
Donna F. Portland, TN
Book with Dave. He is amazing. He helped my 6 year old and I have the time of our lives
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book with Dave. He is amazing. He helped my 6 year old and I have the time of our lives
Tim  B.
Tim B. Edmond, OK
Plan for plenty of time and expect different weather. Just enjoy your time on the water. Take time to enjoy the tranquility of it all
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Plan for plenty of time and expect different weather. Just enjoy your time on the water. Take time to enjoy the tranquility of it all
Jeff  L.
Jeff L. Belgrade, 00
You may want to try bass fishing if you are a novice fishermen. The trout fishing trip requires some experience.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You may want to try bass fishing if you are a novice fishermen. The trout fishing trip requires some experience.
Katherine  R.
Katherine R. Midland, MI
Definitely use a guide. They know the area and the techniques for the area. Brian at Captain B’s was great.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Definitely use a guide. They know the area and the techniques for the area. Brian at Captain B’s was great.
Brad  M.
Brad M. Malvern, Arkansas
I love Branson. Can be cold, but we happened to be there on a 60 degree day. Had a great time!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I love Branson. Can be cold, but we happened to be there on a 60 degree day. Had a great time!
Westover  F.
Westover F. Steelville, Missouri
Best place to be in October is in Branson, fishing for Brown Trout! Look up Captain Dave, we will put you on some nice Browns!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Best place to be in October is in Branson, fishing for Brown Trout! Look up Captain Dave, we will put you on some nice Browns!
Robyn  M.
Robyn M. Newton, Iowa
You definitely want to get a guide the way we caught fish in Branson was nothing like the way we fish in California the expertise of the captain made all the difference
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You definitely want to get a guide the way we caught fish in Branson was nothing like the way we fish in California the expertise of the captain made all the difference
Jeff  J.
Jeff J. Kansas City, MO
Book your trip with Captain B. Awesome guy with lots of fishing knowledge.
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Book your trip with Captain B. Awesome guy with lots of fishing knowledge.
Amanda  G.
Amanda G. United States

Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 217 reviews
David was a pleasure to be with, we caught fish, laughed and I learned about trout fishing I’ve never done before. Nice boat too! I’d do it again
Lisa  D.
Lisa D. Lake Charles, LA
Captain B's Fishing Guide Service
Captain B's Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 113 reviews
Brian called to confirm our meeting place and time the day before. The scenery was beautiful and he was very knowledgeable of the surroundings and points of interest. He stopped on several hot spots and got us on the fish. We had a fantastic time, he was very personable and kept us laughing the entire time. If you want a great fishing trip with a friendly face this is your guy
Pamela  H.
Pamela H. St Louis, Missouri
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Eric was great put us in fish first thing very acknowledge of the lake really enjoyed the trip
Dale  W.
Dale W. Munday, TX
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 217 reviews
Had a great time fishing. Dave is one of the best. Was cold and windy but he still got us on the fish. Would highly recommend Dave if you are planning a fishing trip. Will be fishing with him again on our next trip to Branson.
Jerry  D.
Jerry D. El Reno, Oklahoma
Payable Guide Service LLC – 24'
Payable Guide Service LLC – 24'
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
Troy was very knowledgeable, and the boat and equipment set up was really nice and made our trip very convenient.
Keith  T.
Keith T. Edmond, OK
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
I came to visit my son from South Florida and surprised him with a fishing trip. I was hoping to make some great memories. I caught more fish in a few hours than I have in my entire life 🤣. My son was surprised and this is a day we definitely won’t forget! Eric was very professional and down to earth. He knows his stuff! Don’t forget to jump in! Life is short. Thanks Eric for a special day on the water with my boy!!!
Danielle  W.
Danielle W. United States
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Great day. Eric did a great job on a tough day of fishing. Thank you Eric.
Paul  G.
Paul G. Branson, Missouri
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
What a fun evening on the water! Our first time as a fishing an Mike done a great job teaching an getting us to the right spot for the catch! I definitely wanna Bass fish again and if you are looking to book; g no farther, book with Eric’s Elite! Mike was funny, encouraging, and all about taking care of us! If your are looking for a peaceful evening book the afternoon trip a you can enjoy the sunset on the water!! I will be calling these guys when we came back!
Angie  S.
Angie S. Washington, UT
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
The temperature had dropped 20 degrees in two days. We were worried the weather would affect our fishing trip, but Eric had us catching small mouth, spotted bass, and walleye. My husband caught the largest small mouth bass he has ever caught.
Amanda  M.
Amanda M. Finger, TN
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
We had a wonderful time fishing with Captain Eric this morning. The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful. Eric was a thoughtful and understanding teacher/guide. He helped us catch fish for dinner tonight. We highly recommend his services to anyone - beginner or expert.
Gary  H.
Gary H. Sparta, TN
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 217 reviews
Excellent trip. Very friendly helpful and courteous. We were able to catch our limit. Captain David took care of everything for us today. He baited our hooks and helped with our catch and cleaned our fish the way we wanted. He was great.
Leon  M.
Leon M. Sheridan, IL
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Eric was great chose the 2 hour trip because we didn’t know what to expect we think it is perfect Eric was so patience and very helpful we had a lot of fun and laugh a lot higher recommend Eric
Tim  F.
Tim F. Raytown, MO
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
We had never fished Table Rock Lake and wanted to give it a try. Captain's knowledge of the lake was phenomenal and his guidance to catching was well assisted with great equipment. Caught Walleye, Bluegill and Bass. We had a great time and hope to come back again sometime. Thanks Erick.
Sally  S.
Sally S. FERNANDINA, FL
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Eric was very knowledgeable of the lake and areas where we could catch fish. He was very patient, super friendly, easy to talk to (and ask questions), and very caring about his passengers. He did everything in his power to make sure this was an enjoyable day. I will certainly recommend to all my friends and family who enjoy fishing! Thanks, Eric, for a great day of fishing!
Diane  L.
Diane L. Denham Springs, LA
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Captain Eric was an excellent guide. We caught 21 fish between the two of us. We had 5 keepers and many that were just short an inch. Captain Eric fileted them and we enjoyed them for dinner.
Susan  C.
Susan C. Arnold, Missouri
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Incredible trip, lots of fish by a very Knowledgeable Pro. We will definitely request to use Eric again. Eric was personable, friendly and helpful . Eric Shared technique so when I am out on my own I will have more success.
Larry  N.
Larry N. El Dorado Hills, CA
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
Captain Eric is fantastic, got on the boat and got to the first spot and BAM we got fish on. Being new to fishing Tablerock Eric was super knowledgeable about the lake and the species in the lake. We went after bass and walleyes. Caught 15+ bass and walleyes. It was a great trip looking forward to going back out later this fall. Great experience!
Kelsi  O.
Kelsi O. Springfield, MO
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
This was SO MUCH FUN! He was an awesome guide and we caught some amazing fish! I would definitely recommend a tour with Eric! We will for sure be coming back!
Jared  R.
Jared R. Malvern, AR
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 95 reviews
We had an absolute awesome time! When we come back back we will book with him again. He knew where the fish were and what we needed to do to get them in the boat!
Jeff  H.
Jeff H. Arnold, Missouri
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Branson
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 217 reviews
Thanks to Captain Dave we left with delicious trout bounty and life long memories! We’re already looking forward to next time!
Jeremiah  S.
Jeremiah S. Lee's Summit, MO

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Branson

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Branson costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $345, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $460. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Branson is 22 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson, Dave's Guide Service, and Payable Guide Service LLC – 24' are some of the most popular fishing charters in Branson, Missouri. Full list of top fishing charters in Branson.

Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson, Dave's Guide Service, and Payable Guide Service LLC – 24' all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Branson.

The best way to experience fishing in Branson is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Branson, Missouri.

The most popular fish species you can target are Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Brown Trout, and Bass (Largemouth). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, drift fishing, and fly fishing. Lake fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

December fishing is a favorite among anglers who like to have the whole body of water to themselves. It’s a great way to mark the end of the year on a peaceful note. Check availability for local fishing charters in Branson.

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