Regional Reports-Midwest

Lake Taneycomo

There's good fishing the length of Branson's Lake Taneycomo, but the best angling consistently takes place in the special-regulations stretch of the lake from the Table Rock Dam to Fall Creek. Flyfishermen use black, brown or olive Woolly Buggers, while most spin-fishermen use baits like the Countdown Rapala in shad colors or white jigs, which anglers think simulate shad cut up by the dam's turbines.You have an excellent chance to land plenty of fat 15- and 16-inch trout as well as some 20-inch-plus keepers and numerous eating-size trout below the 12- to 20-inch slot limit. Watch out for water releases from Table Rock Dam. Contact: Missouri Department of Conservation (573-751-4115).