Lake Taneycomo

Trout Habitat Project Part of 5-year Table Rock Project

Posted by Phil Lilley on November 11th, 2011
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The More Fish Campaign program leverages Bass Pro funds raised through Evenings of Conservation and other donations with the Foundation’s federal funds and grantee matching funds. The partnership expanded in 2006 when Bass Pro Shops made a five-year commitment to contribute $300,000 a year towards Table Rock projects, and an additional $200,000 a year to support management of the Foundation’s national fish habitat conservation programs, with the Foundation and grantees matching an additional $1 million per year to leverage Bass Pro funds 2:1.

Since 2006, the Foundation Board approved a series of grants for restoring habitat and water quality in Table Rock Lake and its watershed. The grants with NFWF and Bass Pro funds were awarded to the Missouri Department of Conservation for “Fish Habitat Improvement in Table Rock Lake (MO) I,II and III”, and to the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission for Table Rock Lake and Tributary Habitat Improvement (AR) I and II. Each year, Bass Pro, NFWF and the grantees and their partners expect to contribute $900,000 for these Table Rock projects.


Fast forward to the fall of 2011.  Nearing the end of the Table Rock part of this project, attention turned to Lake Taneycomo and it’s need for placing some sort of structure in the flat, structureless area just below Table Rock Dam.

A plan was laid out and implemented this past few weeks, placing boulders in clusters of 3 in places were gravel will wash around the rocks and create pockets for trout to settle.

Boating lanes were left in mid channel for fishermen to travel during generation periods, when the water is deep enough for boating activity.

The objective is for these structures to attract trout so that anglers are drawn away from hatchery outlets, where up to now trout gather and then targeted by fly fishers and spin fishers alike.  This will scatter the fish, thus scattering anglers to different parts of the tailwater.

Refer to Fish Habitat Work on Lake Taneycomo – November, 2011

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