Winter could be a favourite time of the year to fish trout for two apparent reasons, it's not hot and most people do fish in the winter. Despite the fact that many of us have had a few warmer days this month, we are still in the heart of winter trout season. This means that you have to adjust your tactics a bit to accommodate the slow, sluggish trout but the fish taste amazing right out of the cold, clean water.
Lake Taneycomo has national recognition for the size and quantity of trout caught year round. So there is no way to skip the lake during your Branson winter fishing. The beautiful lake, that never freezes, runs through Branson, MO offers incredible fishing and unique views of the Live Music Capitol of the World. A day of fishing and sightseeing, listening to nature as you sit outside your cabin followed by an evening of dining and entertainment gives our guests an opportunity to recharge from their hectic daily routines.
Many area resorts and marinas can hook you up with an experienced guide to help make the most of your Lake Taneycomo fishing experience. A Missouri fishing license is required to fish any Branson-area lake, river or stream and a trout permit is required for fishing Taneycomo between the Table Rock Dam and the U.S. Highway 65 bridges. Anglers must have a trout permit to possess trout anywhere on the lake. Resident, non-resident and youth licenses are available at most fishing outfitters and supply stores in the area.
Anglers who want to take advantage of the excellent winter fishing on Lake Taneycomo should come prepared. Dress in layers. Daytime temperatures from mid-December until mid-March can range from the single digits to about sixty degrees. Averages run from a low in the mid-twenties to a high in the mid-forties. Quality waders that provide good insulation are a must for wade fishing, as average water temperatures hover in the mid thirties. Good rain gear is also a great thing to have at hand.
Often trout are looking for a commotion that usually has some kind of food involved and more often than not, if an aggressive trout is nearby, it will come for an investigation. Trout can in fact be one of the most commonly fished by most anglers in water from 40-80 feet throughout the entire winter on typical feeding areas like reefs and deep flats.
Trout fishing may be slow in the winter months, they tend to pick at their food like a little kid eating spinach, but you can still catch trout. It is not that winter is an overly productive time to fish for trout; it is just that anytime is a great time for trout fishing. So don't give up. Now go ahead try winter fishing if you have not already done so and enjoy your day on the stream! Just remember, as always the fish are the bonus!
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