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Reality TV meets Branson Missouri

“A Very Barry Branson”

Tonight is the premier episode for “A Very Barry Branson” the third reality TV show to originate here in Branson, Missouri. This show follows “Game of Pawns” on the Discovery Channel and “Branson Famous” on TruTV. The show will be on the GAC TV channel at 8 PM Central Time.

To be honest I would rather be out on Table Rock Lake than spend my time watching Reality TV. But “A Very Barry Branson” promises to be different than the typical Reality fare.

Barry Williams aka Greg Brady from the “Brady Bunch” is seen regularly around Branson and out on his Boat on Table Rock Lake. He has become friends with The Haygoods, established Branson entertainers. They are fully immersed into the Branson Area Lifestyle and this show promises to highlight the Tri-Lakes region, not just the Branson shows.

The positive publicity from this show will show another side of the Branson area that is unknown to people that have not been here. It was great to see Mr. Williams on the Today Show. This is also been highlighted in numerous new outlets. It has been a while since Branson has received this kind of recognition.

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Clean Marina Program

Missouri Clean Marina Program

Rock Lane Marina will be flying the “Missouri Clean Marina” Flag in support of keeping Table Rock Lake Clean. The Missouri Clean Marina program is a voluntary plan that encourages marinas to keep oil, gasoline and runoff pollution from reaching Table Rock Lake. The program also aims to educate recreational boaters about practices they can adopt to keep pollution such as fuel spills and leaking engine oil from getting into the lake. This program, administered by Ozarks Water Watch and the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition, is piloted on Table Rock Lake and hopefully will be expanded throughout Missouri.

Missouri Clean Marina Logo

Missouri Clean Marina Logo

The program recognizes marinas with an official designated status for being good stewards of the environment and taking steps to protect water quality. Ronna Haxby, projects manager with Ozarks Water Watch, congratulated the staff for qualifying the marina for designation. Rock Lane Marina has incorporated environmental Best Management Practices and completed an Emergency Response Plan. They posted signage encouraging safe environmental practices, promote recycling, and have implemented environmentally friendly policies. Haxby presented the “Clean Marina Designation” certificates, a flag with the Clean Marina logo, and signage for docks and rental boats.

“We are happy to be certified as a “Clean Marina,” said Jim Heckman, Owner of Rock Lane Marina. “The facilities and procedures were thoroughly evaluated. The Marina staff encourages environmentally safe operating practices.” “Visitors are always commenting on how much clearer Table Rock Lake compared to other lakes they have been to. We”re committed to keeping it that way.”

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Spring 2014

First day of Spring 2014

It’s finally Spring and the temperature is close to 70.  It’s a great day to get the boat out and cruise Table Rock Lake. Hopefully the Polar Vortex and snow is through for the year. Of course we will still have some cold weather, but it is normally short lived. The cold

Spring Break

The 2014 Season is off to a great start with Spring Break. The NAIA College Basketball championship, Worldfest at Silver Dollar City, FLW Bass tournament, numerous Branson Shows, and warmer weather  have attracted many families. The Branson, Table Rock Lake area has become a Spring Break Destination due to our family friendly, multi-generational environment.

With the warmer weather the docks are busy getting the boats ready for the coming season and going for their maiden voyages of the season. While Rock Lane Resort and Marina is just minutes away from the Branson Strip, the tranquil atmosphere makes you feel that you are far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

It’s amazing what a difference a week makes.

Fishing Report July 4th weekend

Fisherman 7-3-13With the second holiday upon us, Table Rock Lake Fishing is still very good. The top water bite has fallen off but the deep bite is going strong. First thing in the morning you can still catch a few on top as well as catch some good Smallmouth Bass around the pea gravel points and flats. Once the sun gets up high you need to drop down deeper and fish the drop shot rig for Kentucky Spotted Bass. You’ll want to throw a jointed Redfin or Zara Spook for the top water and a tube or jig for the Smallmouth. We’ve been drop shotting night crawlers for the Kentucky’s but a small 4 inch finesse worm will work also. The White Bass have stopped schooling on top as the shad have retreated to deeper water as the water Temperature has warmed into the 80s. The best way to find them is to troll around watching your locator looking for the schools of shad and fish.
There is a lot of boat traffic on the lake so get out early to avoid the crowds.
If your interested in a guided fishing trip I do have a few openings so give me a call and we’ll set up a time to go.

Till next time Good Fishin’

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Table Rock Lake Fishing Report May 23, 2013

White Bass from Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake Fishing is on.

A nice catch of Smallmouth Bass

Fishing is hot on Table Rock Lake


With the holiday weekend upon us, Table Rock Lake Fishing is very good. The water temperature is hanging around 70 degrees and the lake level is up a foot and a half. We have a full moon approaching and another wave of spawning fish have moved up. This wave of spawners is not as big as the last but I have noticed more Smallmouth Bass on nests than Largemouth or Kentuckies. Fish can be caught on just about anything you like to throw as long as the conditions warrant. If you have wind a lot of the power baits will produce but if it’s sunny and calm you have to downsize and work a little deeper unless you are targeting the spawners. This week we have caught fish on topwater baits, crankbaits, shakey heads, carolina rigs, jigs and spinnerbaits.
The White Bass have even showed for the holiday weekend. They can show up anytime and anywhere. We have caught them on topwater when they surface and with white grubs when they are down. We have seen them in mainlake pockets, points and out in the middle so have something ready because you just never know when they will show up.
As always on a holiday weekend, get out early because the boat traffic will chase you off the lake by noon. Everyone have a safe and fun weekend.

Till’ next time Good Fishin’

Rent, Lease or Buy a Boat? It’s About Time!

It’s about time. That’s the issue when deciding whether to rent, lease or buy a boat. The boating life is addicting. It is a great way for family and friends to bond. When on a boat you are effectively on your own little island. Unfortunately, Boating can be a rather expensive hobby. So, how much will you use a boat?

If you are only going to boat a few times a year, it may make sense to rent a boat. Renting a boat is a way to test the waters to see how your family responds to the boating life. It doesn’t take long to find out if your family is ready for fun on the water. One advantage of renting a boat is that you can chose a different boat for each outing. You may choose a ski/wakeboard boat one day, a pontoon or fishing boat the next time out. There are no commitments or liabilities beyond the day that you rent the boat. This is a great way to experience boating to see if this is a lifestyle that you want to invest in.

Here, on Table Rock Lake at Indian Point, a great place to rent a boat is Rock Lane Resort and Marina. Just south of the famous Silver Dollar City there is an abundance of family activities to experience. There is Table Rock Lake itself which is known for recreational activities such as swimming, fishing and boating. Another big attraction is Silver Dollar City which is a world class theme park which offers rides and exhibits for all ages. There’s a Zipline just up the road. It is just a short drive to Branson, Missouri to enjoy all the family oriented shows and attractions that has made Branson Famous.

So, after experiencing boating with family and friends, you want to spend more time out on the Lake. Boating is part of your life now. What to do? One downside to renting on a day to day basis are that you may not always be able to get a boat.  Rentals sometimes take a lot of abuse from inexperienced or reckless captains. And the costs add up the more you go boating.

Another option is a Boat Club. Not the Boat Club that is a social organization, but one that offers a fleet of boats. What these Clubs offer is essentially a shared lease of a boat fleet. You have unlimited use of a variety of boats for a set period of time. One advantage is that you still have a choice of vessels. Typically, the Boat Club Members are more experienced and take pride in the boats. After all, they will be bringing their family and friends boating with them. And availability is managed by the club. A good club will purchase new boats as demand warrants. All costs are known up front. The Club maintains, insures and handles all the hassles of owning a boat. You spend all your time enjoying boating without the worries of cleaning, towing and maintaining a boat.

The only Boat Club on Table Rock Lake is the Branson Boat Club. The Club maintains, insures and offers a fleet of new boats. The Branson Boat Club is pain and hassle free boating at its best. Located at Rock Lane Resort and Marina, it is the perfect setting to spend with family and friends.

Many people who buy a boat are surprised at all the costs that come with owning a boat. Some boater owners say that Boat= Break out another Thousand. This can be very true. There are the upfront costs of buying the boat and then the costs of all the toys and accessories that we think we need. Like life vests, anchors, boat covers, anchors, skis, wakeboards, and the list never ends. There is also the cost of insurance, taxes, maintenance, and storage.

But, for the serious boater owning a boat does have its advantages. You have the freedom to do what you want, when you want. Some owners enjoy working on their boats, maintaining or customizing the vessel to their desires. Owning a boat can be as much a passion as the experience of Boating itself.

MarineMax Table Rock Lake is a good place to explore buying a new or used boat. They have a large variety of vessels to meet any boaters’ desires. And they offer great service after the sale.

So the decision to rent, lease or buy a boat is about time!

Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 4/26/2013

A nice Table Rock Lake Smallmouth

The fish are biting on Table Rock Lake

 A beautiful 4 pound Largemouth Bass

Fishing is good on Table Rock Lake

This has been a crazy Spring on Table Rock Lake. The water temperature is in the mid to upper 50s and the lake level is a few inches above normal. We should be nearing a full out post spawn bite but a lot of the fish are just moving in to spawn. Hopefully the air temperature will stablize and these fish can get back on schedule. The fishing is about as good as it gets on Table Rock Lake. The fish are up shallow and you can catch them on a variety of baits. The water is as clear as it was in the 80s. You can see the bottom in 20 to 25 feet of water so you want to stay back as far as you can and make long casts. We are catching them on Shakey heads, Grubs, Jerkbaits. Crankbaits, Tubes, Carolina rigged Centepedes, Jigs, and Texas rigged Lizards. The depth seems to change for the weather conditions. One day you will catch them 12 to 18 feet deep while others you’ll catch them 15 to 25 feet deep. If the wind is blowing you can even catch them up on the banks.

We have also been catching some White Bass and Crappie in the backs of some of the major creeks on Jerkbaits. No report on the Big Bluegill as of now.
As always during spawning season, try to let the females go so they can spawn and only keep the males if your looking for a fish fry.
If your interested in getting in on some good Table Rock Lake Fishing, just give me a call to set up a guided fishing trip.

Till next time Good Fishin’