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.