The Tri-Lakes area in Branson got its name because of the three lakes namely Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake. These three lakes provide water enthusiasts great water activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, scuba diving, wakeboarding, water skiing, parasailing and just about any other water sport or any type of water adventure. Both lakes are situated within less than 10 minutes drive to the famed Branson Strip, with all its world-famous live shows, exciting attractions, museums, hotels of every type, shopping and dining venues and everything else that makes Branson a popular vacation spot.
Branson’s “Tri-Lakes” not only provide visitors a variety of entertainment shows, but is also offering close to everything else that helps make Branson a perfect destination for water enthusiasts. The three lakes in Branson are known for its abundant rainbow trouts. In this article, you will learn some facts about the rainbow trout that can be found in the Tri-Lakes area. The rainbow trout is native to the rivers and lakes of North America including the lakes in Missouri. Also called redband trout, rainbow trouts are members of the salmon family and, they can grow quite large about 20 to 30 inches long and around 8 pounds. They can also grow as long as 4 feet and weigh up to 53 pounds.
Rainbow trouts have coloring and patterns that vary widely depending on habitat and spawning condition. This kind of fish is torpedo-shaped and generally blue-green or yellow-green in color, white underbelly, with a pink streak on their sides, and small black spots on their back and fins. These species on the lakes survive on insects, crustaceans, and small fish.
The fish is ideally called rainbow trout because of its beautiful colors that shine on their skin. Its coloration varies widely in relation to habitat, sex, and maturity. The colors on the back of the rainbow trouts can range from brown, to olive, to dark blue. Rainbow trout has a pinkish band running the length on its body and a silver underside that fades to pearl white. It also has small black spots on their back, fins, and tail.
Rainbow trout has a distinct characteristic with an innate desire to return to spawn in the same stream or river as they were hatched. This fish will find a secluded cove or inlet during spawning season in the spring. A female trout will dig a depression in the gravel called a “redd” where she will lay her eggs. When the male fertilizes the eggs, the female will bury them in the redd for protection during incubation, and then leaves the nest. The eggs will hatch in 21 days after they are laid. Of the 200 to 8,000 eggs that were spawned, only a few will live to be adults. Rainbow trout has a lifespan of 4 to 6 years in the wild.
Tri-Lakes area in Branson is not only known for its world class shows and exciting attractions, it is also a favorite vacation destination for water enthusiasts.
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