If you have trout fished in the Ozarks, you have probably heard someone talking about or watched them using something called a Bassnapper. By the name you would think it was designed for bass. This is not the case. A Bassnapper is a small jig used mainly for trout fishing.
Guide Brett Rader expands the term "full-service" on Lake Taneycomo, always stretching himself to provide the next lifetime fishing adventure for his clients -- besides teaching them new fly tying and casting techniques, producing replica trout mounts and offering custom artwork.
Hiring a fishing guide can be somewhat intimidating for some anglers who feel like they need a certain level of skill just to launch out on the water.
But for guides on Lake Taneycomo like Bill Babler, setting guests at ease is a top priority.
Despite his years fishing professionally in tournaments and promoting the fishing industry, the daily thrill for Guide Rick Lisek, Jr., is showing off the lake wildlife to his clients.
“I see wildlife everyday — foxes, eagles and waterfowl in addition to the fish,” he said. “I love watching my customers enjoy the wildlife – and I love the trout fishing.”