Lake Taneycomo was created when the White River was confined by the completion of the Powersite Dam, near Forsyth, in 1913. Until the completion of the Table Rock Dam in 1958, though, the warm waters of the White River flowed directly into Lake Taneycomo making it a warm water lake. After the dam was completed the nature of Lake Taneycomo’s water source changed to the clear, cold tailwaters of Table Rock Lake making an ideal trout habitat.
In 1957, the Shepherd of the Hills Trout Hatchery was built by the Missouri Department of Conservation built to supply the lake with trout. Approximately 700,000 rainbow and brown trout, annually, with most of them coming from the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery. Most fish are 10-12″ upon release. Fly fishing, artificial bait and live bait fishing may be used year-round to pursue trout that inhabit the waters of Lake Taneycomo, now world-class trout fishing waters. A Missouri fishing license with a trout permit is required. Those planning a visit should always check the Missouri Department of Conservation website for current regulations and restrictions.
Lake Taneycomo has the characteristics of both a river and a lake. The shallow colder water, located near the Table Rock Dam, averages 48 degrees F, resembles a river and permits wading and bank fishing for trout. The average temperature of the water gets warmer and the depth of the lake deepens to more than 50 feet near the Powersite Dam in Forsyth. When Table Rock Dam is generating power its current is very strong throughout its whole length, its water temperature drops, and for all practical purposes it becomes a very deep, cold, fast running river. Exactly how deep, cold, and fast depends on how many generators are being used to generate electricity at Table Rock Dam.
Lake Taneycomo At A Glance
- Approximately 2,080 acres, depending on water level
- 20+ miles long
- 40+ miles of shoreline
- 45 to 58 degree water temperature – warmest in winter, 58 degree avg. water temperature
- 700,000 + rainbow and brown trout stocked annually
Download a PDF version of the Lake Taneycomo Trout Area Map from the Missouri Department of Conservation here..