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Lake Taneycomo Fishing with Scotty’s Trout Dock

January 11th, 2014 by Lamar Patten

Well the New Year has arrived.¬† The dock is brimming with activity with our annual Winter guests.¬† All our Spring groups and Tournaments are filling in nicely.¬† The weather on this day is Great.¬†¬† Good to see the old Sun out again.¬† Everyone always asks me about winter fishing.. it doesn’t differ much from the rest of the year, with the exception of the comfort and equipment of the fisherman, and usually less pressure on the lake ie. fewer fisherman than in the summer months.

Jigs are doing well right now, as well as the Trout Magnet.  This is our 5th year selling the Trout Magnet line, and it gets better every year.

Be aware that Duck season is still open on Lake Taneycomo untill the 26th… so that guy in the boat next to you may or may not be fishing¬†.¬† Missouri Dept of Conservation officers were on the lake this week doing their annual count..and said the populations are still strong as ever.

For 2014 as always, we’re excited about all our Customers and guests that have plans to spend time with us. Check back to see the few changes we have in store.¬† We’ll have some different hours available for boat rentals from Memorial Day to Labor Day… allowing some of our customers that like the evening time cruising to enjoy that. We’ve added 4 Bass Boats that will be in the mix for this year. I’ve talked to our fishing guides, (Shane Pearce¬† Bill Lawrence¬† John Sappington )¬†and we’re going to post more fishing reports than we have in the past… also will post time on our Facebook Page for “Scotty’s Trout Dock”¬† We of course, are in the Branson Lakeside RV Park, so look for some opportunities that will tie in with our Campground Friends.

The main thing we look forward to each year, is seeing all our friends that have supported our Family business over the years, and look forward to the new ones we make each year.

Give us a call.. Drop us a line..¬† Like us on Facebook¬† …¬†¬† and keep checking our website for new items… new pictures and updates.


Have a GREAT day on the Lake


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Summer is almost over… fishing is at its best right now

August 26th, 2013 by Lamar Patten

We’ve certainly had an eventful month on the lake.¬†¬† The Turkey Creek flood was devastating to many families and businesses, that are still trying to recover.¬† The very afternoon of it, the Corps of engineers opened spillways, just to keep Table Rock in check. I’m happy to report that all lakes in the White River system being in check. Bull shoals still a little high, but they appear to be running off about .33 per day, so time and dry weather will take care of that.

We’ve been catching nice fish the past week or so, using spoons, trout magnets and maribou jigs. Bait fishing is good with orange, sunrise or pink, mix them with white.

The lake is very clear.¬† Make sure you have your line very light.¬† 2# for jigs and trout magnets… heavier for spoons and cranks. Certainly no more than 6

Labor day is usually the end of the summer season for families. We certainly enjoy the family fishing season the most.  Thanks to all the Moms and Dads and Grandparents that brought their kids down to enjoy Trout fishing, in my opinion on a beautiful lake.

Get down here and enjoy the holiday, and make you’re plans to come during the fall and enjoy the cool and the color.


See you on the lake,




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The weather can’t stop the determined

May 1st, 2013 by Lamar Patten

Determination proved to be the prevailant attitude at this years Purple Heart Fishing tournament. One thing that remained the same, was the satisfaction we get every year that we are involved with this event.

Cold Damp and just plain Rainy describes the afternoon. Many of the boats left the Marina, just as the lightning subsided. WE had 32 participants this year that showed up. Over 46 had signed up, but many couldn’t participate with the weather as bad as it was.¬†¬† We didn’t see a ton of fish, but we saw a ton of smiles , on a determined group of men and women that were enjoying they’re annual fishing tournament.

First Prize went to  Gary Cooper.. a first timer in the tournament. A Decorated Vietnam Veteran, he weathered through the rain and the cold, and weighed the biggest limit of the day.

Thanks a million goes out to all our partners in this event : Branson Tourism Center, Jim Thompson, Mike Webb, NABATAK (they supply all the bait and the stringers) Jerry and Marti Worley who help and provide the weighted leaders, and to the  many boat captains and helpers that volunteered to help.

We’re already planning for next year, and one thing we’ve already booked is SUNSHINE ….¬†¬† Join us won’t you ?



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Spring Fishing is ON !!!!

March 11th, 2013 by Lamar Patten

Many say the best kept secret is winter fishing… I say it’s NO SECRET Taneycomo fishing is HOT all the time. We’re now getting into the spring weather.. the time change means we have more hours in the day.¬† We have had some great fishing this last week !! The annual Joe Witte tournament this weekend was a huge success..with 58 teams and the big fish going almost 4 lbs…

The campground is starting to get busy… the boats are renting fast so let us know if we can get your family on a boat soon.

Thanks for your continued business…and have a great day on the lake !!


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Fall Fishing and Lake Taneycomo Life

September 24th, 2012 by Lamar Patten

Everyone always asks me when the best time to fish is.¬†¬† I always say anytime you can, but I must say I am most fond of fishing in the fall. We’ve had several GREAT weeks of weather. Looks like right now we’re in a pattern of cool nights and warm/hot days.¬† The good news is it’s officially fall…and that’s a GREAT time to fish.

We’re doing well on the new Garlic Power Bait from Berkley. Spoons continue to do well as do Black/Brown jigs, and Pink Trout Magnets.¬† Nightcrawlers are the most popular live bait in September and October.

I snapped this picture, of a beautiful Drake Wood Duck Saturday..though yall might enjoy it as much as I did..

Get to the lake.. and let’s go Fishing

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Labor Day looking goood !!!!

August 31st, 2012 by Lamar Patten

We are getting a much needed rain from Issac today.. I’m no weather man, but from the looks of the radar.. we should be clear by in the morning..¬†¬† Weather looks great. Fishing is great right now on everything.. if you like bait or lures… it’s alll working.

Have a safe Holiday ..and come see us at the lake

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June Fishing

June 11th, 2012 by Lamar Patten

So far we’ve had a great June of fishing !!!!¬†¬† We just got done this weekend with the group from Vanguard Companies, we enjoy their corporate outing every year…and this year we fished 73 folks !!!¬† The kids and I had plenty of helpers and a big thank you to them.

The water is about as clear for the last few months as we’ve ever seen it.¬† We’ve had to use as light of line as possible, and we’ve even used some smaller jigs and such to compensate for the ability of the trout to see EVERYTHING..

Stop in the shop, and see us. We’ll show you what we’re up to…

Have a great and safe day on the lake

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Summer is ON !

June 4th, 2012 by Lamar Patten

Well.. it’s that time of year again. Summer is here, and we’ve already enjoyed some great family fishing. Powerbait/Gulp has been working very well, and if we’ve got kids fishing, or first time adults…we usually recommend drifting this off the bottom. We see great fish from lures as well.. and will be glad to help you with the lures that fit the style of fishing you like to do.

Our pontoons remain our most popular family fishing activity, but we have a lot of folks that just like to cruise and enjoy the cool air of the lake, as well as the great Ozark scenery… whichever you prefer… give us a call and we’ll reserve one for you.

Come see us soon….



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April Fishing

April 16th, 2012 by Lamar Patten

Well..we have caught some of the nicest fish I can remember in the last few weeks. It kicked off right before Good Friday and continues to be AWESOME
Water generation has slowed to One Generator most of the time..and a little more in the afternoons.

Berkley Gulp in Pink/Yellow or Orange/Yellow is working well. In lures..anything you have that’s small, but the Rooster Tails, Thomas Spoons, and Jigs continue to work very well.
Don’t hesitate to come on down, and have a great day on the lake.

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April Fishing

April 2nd, 2012 by Lamar Patten

Well we certainly are enjoying the nice weather we’ve had for the last month. Fishing has been good. We are still generating 4 generators 24/7 for now, but with Table Rock near pool level, I expect that to slow soon.
Jigs are doing well, olive/tan/red and black are our two best right now. Gold/Red Thomas or even the Silver, Silver Blackflash or redflash are working will too. Powerbait, we’ve seen white, yellow orange and pink doing well. Sometimes combined, sometimes just single color.
Been catching nice 13-14″ browns for the last several months. Had several Smallmouth and largemouth bass caught last week. Suckers are still scarce in the main lake, probably more prominent in the creeks.
Crappie seemed to shut down two weeks ago after the rain, but reports this am are they’re picking back up. The bigger males are off the banks no tellin where you’ll find them.
Make plans to come see us soon


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