While Branson is known for its live shows and other attractions along the 76 strip, there are many folks that come to the area for the fantastic fishing opportunities provided by a chain of Corp. of Engineers made lakes along the White River. Our log B&B, White River Lodge, overlooks a portion of Table Rock Lake. This 110 mile long deep clear water lake has a variety of naturally occurring species of fish including bass that most of the professional guides target for their sport fisherman. Below TRL dam the water flows from the deep cold water of TRL into Taneycomo which winds through 22 miles and flows through another dam into Bull Shoals. The state of Missouri stocks rainbow and brown trout into this cool clear water where they are available year-round for anglers of all age and abilities to catch. Husband and co-innkeeper, Bill Babler got his USCG captain’s license and became an area fishing guide back in the early 90’s. He enjoys taking clients on either of these lakes and introducing them to the sport of fishing–the most popular sport in the world. You can count on Bill to have top quality equipment, tackle and baits and be knowledgeable on the techniques needed to trick those fish into taking a bite–but most of all he wants to give you the opportunity to land that fish so don’t worry if you’re not a “seasoned” fisherman just relax and enjoy the experience and Bill will tailor the trip to you. Now, remember this is fishing not catching and like any sport you can’t expect to get that “trophy” though a little luck is always welcome. For most it’s about the journey and take your fishing journey in style –Bill uses a Phoenix bass boat with Mercury motor on Table Rock Lake and can take 1-3 people to fish for bass. Like most area guides, he is catch and release on Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Kentucky Spotted bass. Down on Taneycomo, he uses a custom Alweld bay boat tailored for catching trout and can take up to 5 people in it for fly or spin-cast fishing. He is catch and release on trophy rainbows and browns but if you wish to have some to eat, he will clean and package your limit of rainbow trout. For groups that wish to go fishing, Bill will contact other area licensed guides to get everyone on the water. Check out Bill’s website or the lodge’s fishing info page for pricing and more on how to book a fishing trip with Bill Babler.