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Table Rock Lake
Located in close proximity to Branson, Table Rock Lake on the White River has over 52,000 acres and almost 800 miles of shoreline. Recreation includes swimming, boating, skiing, scuba diving, jet skis and awesome fishing. Table Rock Lake is a fisherman's paradise and is well known as a top bass fishing lake. You'll find Largemouth, Smallmouth, Kentucky, Crappie, Catfish, Bluegill and White Bass. An aggressive fish management program, resulting in an impressive resurgence of largemouth, Kentucky and smallmouth bass of exceptional size, has allowed the lake to become an exciting stop for hobbyists and professionals alike. Nature enthusiasts and hunters enjoy using the public lands surrounding Table Rock Lake which includes portions of the Mark Twain National Forest.
It is one of the popular draws for Branson, Missouri. There are several commercial marinas along the lake, and Table Rock State Park is located on the east side, both north and south of Table Rock Dam. Downstream from the dam, the Missouri Department of Conservation operates a fish hatchery, which is used to stock trout in Lake Taneycomo. The cold water discharged from the dam creates a trout fishing environment in Lake Taneycomo.
Lake Taneycomo has some of the finest trout fishing you can ever find! The cold, clear waters are the perfect haven for trophy Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. State record trout have been caught regularly here, and a new record is just waiting to happen! The lake has almost 2,080 surface acres.
Lake Taneycomo has the characteristics of both a river and a lake for anglers to enjoy. The shallow colder water, located near the Table Rock Dam, averages 48 degrees F, resembles a river and permits wading and bank fishing for trout. The average temperature of the water gets warmer and the depth of the Lake deepens to depths in excess of 50 feet near Lake Taneycomo and the Power Site Dam in Forsyth. When Table Rock Dam is generating power its current is very strong throughout its whole length, its water temperature drops, and for all practical purposes it becomes a very deep, cold, fast running river. Exactly how deep, cold, and fast depends on how many generators are being used to generate electricity at Table Rock Dam.
Bull Shoals Lake
Bull Shoals Lake is a sportsman's paradise with clean, clear waters, and almost 1,000 miles of pristine shoreline. With close proximity to Branson, visitors find Bull Shoals less crowded than it's neighboring lakes, and enjoy awesome fishing, boating, swimming, scuba diving, skiing and relaxing. You'll enjoy catching Largemouth, Smallmouth, Kentucky, Crappie, Catfish, Bluegill, White Bass and Walleye!
Bull Shoals Lake impounds the White River for the last time as water travels toward its mouth on the Mississippi River. Bull Shoals is thus the lake farthest downstream in a chain of four artificial lakes that include (from upstream to downstream) Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo. The lake is controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers and has the primary purpose of flood control. The level of the lake fluctuates regularly with a normal pool level elevation of 654 feet above sea level, which is locally known as powerpool. However, the lake regularly fluctuates between an elevation of 630 to 680 feet.
The shoreline of the lake is totally undeveloped and protected by a buffer zone (locally called the “take line”) owned, operated, managed, and controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers. The dam is designed for a maximum elevation of 695 feet (top of the flood pool). Bull Shoals Lake covers 45,000 acres. The bottom of the lake consists of bedrock with very limited vegetation. The shoreline is heavily forested.