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Going to be in Branson for work later this week and trying to figure out the best way to sneak in a little bank fishing (bass).  I will be fishing late afternoon and evening until sunset.  I have read the sticky on bank fishing and all of the previous threads I could find. I like the looks (at least from Google maps) of fishing from below Moonshine Beach on down to the dam/spillway area, concentrating on the riprap of the dam area itself.  I just wanted to double check that it is okay to bank fish in this area.

Or--if anyone thinks I am nuts, let me know that as well.  It seems like I can always pick up a few bass off of dam riprap in other places most times of year, so even though I realize that this is probably not choice #1 of areas to fish for bass this time of year, I would think I could still grab a couple.  I looked at the State Park area on Google maps, but from the satellite pics I just couldn't tell what the banks and fishable water looked like (shallow/deep, types of cover, accessibility, etc.).  Thanks for any help.

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17 hours ago, plawren53202 said:

Going to be in Branson for work later this week and trying to figure out the best way to sneak in a little bank fishing (bass).  I will be fishing late afternoon and evening until sunset.  I have read the sticky on bank fishing and all of the previous threads I could find. I like the looks (at least from Google maps) of fishing from below Moonshine Beach on down to the dam/spillway area, concentrating on the riprap of the dam area itself.  I just wanted to double check that it is okay to bank fish in this area.

Or--if anyone thinks I am nuts, let me know that as well.  It seems like I can always pick up a few bass off of dam riprap in other places most times of year, so even though I realize that this is probably not choice #1 of areas to fish for bass this time of year, I would think I could still grab a couple.  I looked at the State Park area on Google maps, but from the satellite pics I just couldn't tell what the banks and fishable water looked like (shallow/deep, types of cover, accessibility, etc.).  Thanks for any help.

You can fish the rip rap at the dam.  I see lots of boats fishing that area throughout the year.  There is a walking path from State Park Marina all to the Dewey Short Center at the dam and there are many little paths off of it down to the water you can fish.  Good luck and post a report and pictures are always a nice touch.

SIO3

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3 hours ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

You can fish the rip rap at the dam.  I see lots of boats fishing that area throughout the year.  There is a walking path from State Park Marina all to the Dewey Short Center at the dam and there are many little paths off of it down to the water you can fish.  Good luck and post a report and pictures are always a nice touch.

SIO3

Thanks very much for the response!  Not having been there myself, and just looking on Google maps satellite views, would you recommend the bank from Dewey Short Center south along the trail, or the riprap and other area just north of the dam til south of Moonshine Beach?

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Because of the forecast for rain all day on Thursday, I changed my schedule and went today. I fished in the Dewey Short area, from close to the dam down toward the Branson Belle quite a ways. Fished from 3:00 until dark.  The wind was stiff.  Didn't catch anything.

Threw everything in the box at them: green pumpkin jig with green pumpkin speed craw, silver shad crankbait, green pumpkin senko, white spinnerbait, watermelon Ned rig, shad colored fluke.  Shortly before dark some small shad started breaking the surface by the courtesy dock, but if anything was under them busting them I sure couldnt get them to bite.

I feel like this just wasn't the right type of water for the conditions.  This is some fairly tough water to fish from the bank.  Having said all that, the area is beautiful, and an afternoon fishing is sure better than an afternoon in the office.

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Sounds like you threw the tackle box at them.....I’ve got a $50,000 boat and enough tackle to open a well stocked store, and I can’t tell you how many days of fishing I’ve had with no bites. But I can tie on lures like a champ!!! As I get older I find that I enjoy the serenity and beauty of being out in nature “almost” as much as getting my line stretched. ALMOST

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On 10/24/2019 at 9:10 AM, DeadCalm said:

Sounds like you threw the tackle box at them.....I’ve got a $50,000 boat and enough tackle to open a well stocked store, and I can’t tell you how many days of fishing I’ve had with no bites. But I can tie on lures like a champ!!! As I get older I find that I enjoy the serenity and beauty of being out in nature “almost” as much as getting my line stretched. ALMOST

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