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Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers quaterback Ben Roethlisberger fly fishes Branson's Lake Taneycomo

by Gary Groman aka The Ole Seagull
published: Jul 30, 2006

Pictured left to right, is Stan Parker, Ken Roethlisberger, Ben Roethlisberger, and Carolyn Parker
On July 25, Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback of the 2006 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, his father, Ken, and a friend,  Bryon Spear spent a half a day fly fishing on Branson's Lake Taneycomo with Missouri's only Orvis Endorsed Outfitter, River Run Outfitters of Branson, Missouri. They were guided by Stan and Carolyn Parker, the owners of River Run, using non motorized western style drift boats, and caught  and released over 60 trout during their half day of fishing the upper end of Lake Taneycomo.


Below is a selection of links to various Lake Taneycomo Fishing Reports. The first link is to the Ole Seagull's Journal which is updated either "as he fishes" or receives information. The Ole Seagull lives on the banks of Lake Taneycomo just above Fall Creek. All other links are updated as their publishers determine appropriate.


The Ole Seagull's Journal - Jul 15- The water pattern has changed... click here for the complete journal entry.



Other Lake Taneycomo Fishing Reports 


River Run Outfitters - For their latest fishing report click here. 


Chartered Waters Guide Service and Fly Shop .-For the latest fishing report click here.


Lilly's Landing - For the latest fishing report click here.


Scotty's Lakefrom Trout Dock - For latest fishing report click here.


Guide Bob Klein of "Bob's Guide Service" - Ju1 9- Chatted with Bob Klein as he was guiding this week. He was fishing night crawlers below Fall Creek and having some success. The following standard default techniques produces fish routinely:


Water Off Conditions (not generating power from Table Rock Dam) - Air injected night crawlers or Orange and Chartreuse Power Eggs, with the Chartreuse on shank of hook and the Orange on tip.  Fish them off the bottom with no heavier than 4 pound leader, size 8 or smaller hooks, and just enough split shot to cast. Place the shot so that the bait floats 12-18 inches off the bottom. Spin-A-Lures and Little Cleos have been working well.


Water On Conditions - Orange and Chartreuse Power eggs with the Chartreuse on shank of hook and the Orange on tip, white Power Eggs, bubble gum power bait, or inflated night crawlers bounced off the bottom using the standard "Lake Taneycomo Drift Rig." which is readily available at all Marinas and most resorts on the Lake.


General CommentsVery little affects the fishing on Lake Taneycomo like the generation of power at the Table Rock Dam. Call 417-336-5083 for up to the moment information on generation and lake levels or click here.


Special Regulations apply to the Trophy Trout Area running from Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek. Click here for an overview of these regulations.


An excellent place to get your Lake Taneycomo Questions answered, or any question relating to the fishing and other outdoor topics in the Branson area, is the "Branson Outdoors Activities Forum" which is monitored by your editor and other local outdoor enthusiasts.



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