History of Lake Taneycomo

First, a little history about our wonderful Lake Taneycomo

Lake Taneycomo originated when the White River was confined by the completion of the Powersite Dam, near Forsyth, Missouri, in 1913. From 1913 until 1958 it was a warm water lake. In the 1930s, tourists began to be drawn to the lake and its nearby communities, Branson and Rockaway Beach. The completion of Table Rock Dam in 1958 changed the source of water to Taneycomo from that of the White River's flowing waters to the bottom tailwater of Table Rock Lake from the dam spillway and made it into a cold water lake. The clear cold waters from the deep tailwaters of Table Rock Lake pour out of the dam into Lake Taneycomo.

Lake Taneycomo has the characteristics of both a river and a lake. 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 more than 50 feet near the Powersite 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.

Stocking Trout in Lake Taneycomo

Here you will find valuable information regarding the stocking of Lake Taneycomo

The information for stocking Lake Taneycomo with trout is provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The range of trout stocked in Lake Taneycomo is approx. 50,000 to 80,000 per month, a portion each week. This large number of fish added to the 22-mile long lake so consistently increases the chance of getting a daily limit on any day!

Lake Taneycomo continues to be stocked on a regular basis; and remains one of the most nationally known lakes for catching limits and still produces large trophy trout for many anglers.

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is the largest trout production facility in the Missouri Department of Conservation trout production program. The primary role for this facility is the production of rainbow and brown trout to meet the Conservation Departments management requirements. This facility also plays an important role in supplying eggs and fingerlings for grow-out at other Conservation Department trout production facilities. It completes all trout production phases. Egg incubation and early rearing is completed in the hatchery building in jar type incubation units, and aluminum/fiberglass tanks. Twelve, outdoor concrete raceways are used for intermediate rearing, and final rearing is completed in twenty outdoor concrete raceways. Three earthen ponds are also used for fish production. Spawning and broodstock holding operations are accomplished in four separate raceways. Effluents generated from the rearing units are discharged into upper Lake Taneycomo through four permitted outfalls. More information can be found on the Missouri Department of Conservation website. Information used in this content came from Missouri Department of Conservation and wikipedia online.


Regulation and Permit Information

  • On the upper third of the 22-mile long lake, from the Hwy 65 bridge up to Table Rock Dam, a trout stamp is required for ALL fishermen in addition to a fishing license that is required for almost anyone fishing.
  • The specific regulations and permit required is more fully explained in the Fishing Regulation books provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Pick up a Free Booklet in our store.
  • Ages 0-15 only need a trout stamp if you are old enough to hold a fishing pole, you need a trout stamp.
  • Ages 16 and older will need a fishing license and a trout stamp.
  • NO Fishing is permitted within 760 feet below Table Rock Dam if you want to wade fish, the area just below the 760 foot line provides world class wade fishing opportunities.
  • Limit of 4 trout one of which can be a brown if it is at least 20" or longer. You can have 8 in possession, NOT DAILY it is 8 in possession for each trout stamp.
  • The Trophy area is up lake by Fall Creek with a sign reflecting the area is restricted, hard baits, flies are permitted and slot limits are enforced. NO live or soft baits can be used.
  • Trout Hollow Lodge is located about 3/4 mile below the trophy area where all legal baits are permitted.
  • Brown Trout are rare so if a Brown trout is caught, handle gently, keep the fish in the water as much as possible. Take the fish out of the water to measure the length and girth. Weigh then take pictures. Quickly but gently put the fish back in the water to release carefully. All Browns must be at least 20 inches to keep but it is recommended they be released unharmed. Most Taxidermist do not use the fish to create the mounted "trophy", they use the pictures, weight and measurements you provide.
  • Rainbow Trout are plentiful but they too need to be handled with care. In the Trophy area, Rainbow trout from 12” to 20” must be released in this trophy area from Fall Creek up to Table Rock dam. Outside the trophy area, Rainbow trout can be kept at any size. It is still best to release any trout 20 inches or longer.
  • The fish swallowed the hook what do I do now? The best action is to cut the line and put the fish back in the lake. The hook will move out of the fish in about 30 days.