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“John’s services are hard to put into words except for the fact that the man can deliver. He helped us catch some beauties in less than 30 minutes!!!!! If you’re going to Branson and want a trophy trout, you MUST call John for success!
We booked our trip with John, for a full day of trout fishing for 2 men and our wives—-and were totally impressed!! This is the best “show” in Branson! John has everything covered, from the boat,the rigged rods, to netting the fish, and untangling the lines, when we screwed up. John is knowledgeable on the waters, the fish, and the local wildlife. He is very helpful, in every aspect of the trip,–we are very experienced walleye , and panfish anglers from the Dakota’s, and thought we knew how to fish—ha—not trout! I guided upland and waterfowl hunters for 30 years, and thought I was extremely good at my job—John is a TEN as a fishing guide—and I do not say that lightly! I recommend this fishing trip to any one who wants to experience a unbelievable trout fishing experience! He guides out of Cooper Creek campground—trust me – if you have a camper, or want to stay in a cabin—Fritz at Cooper Creek will fill all your needs! This is a “bucket list” you will want to do every year!!”

RCFast 'n' Friendly

“Along with my brother in-law we contacted John about rainbow trout fishing on January 3, 2014. He commented about the frigid 30 degree temperature and we told him we would be there with “Bells On”. When we arrived at Cooper Creek the boat was in the water, all necessary equipment loaded, and he was ready to go. After a few simple instructions about how to mend the line and which direction to set the hook, etc. we constantly caught trout non-stop for four hours. The final total was 52 nice rainbow trout and that didn’t count the ones that got away, or as John would say, “thanks for taking it easy on me”. Upon returning to the dock John showed us a slick trout cleaning method and shared his personal recipe. It was an unforgettable experience and provided a lifetime of some great memories. I’d highly recommend John Sappington and Cooper Creek Resort.


“We visit Branson from Chicago Area from time to time. One of the highlights of our visit each year is to hire John for a day of fishing. He is one of the best guides in Branson and what separated him is how he ALWAYS does his best to find and catch fish for his clients. I highly recommend him. He a family man also a lot of fun to share stories and have a few laughs while hunting for fish.”

Al P.Another 5 star trip with John

“Enthusiastic two thumbs up!! Our guide was very diligent in providing us with an awesome experience yet providing us tips and sharing techniques to help us be better fishermen! Collectively amongst the three in our group I think we caught in the 60-80 fish range!”

Diana Q.John Sappington guided fish trip on Taneycomo

“How many people can say that? What does it take to become your best fishin day ever. Well obviously the beauty of the area and the gorgeous day are a factor. The experience would not have been possible without our fishing guide John Sappington. This guy is MR. FISH. My wife and I caught 51 fish on our trip. ”

Al P.Our Best Fishing Day Together...EVER!

“I was on vacation from Minnesota and I wanted my 6 year old to catch some fish. I had never fished for trout before because I thought you had to know how to use a fly fishing rod, but John told us it wasn’t necessary. My son and I must have caught over 20 fish between the 2 of us.”

Zevo67It wasn’t good fishing. It was GREAT fishing!

“I just got back from a fishing trip with John Sappington & it was one of my best fishing trips ever, he’s a great guy & he taught me alot, I will be back, I’d give him 6 stars!”

Vance M.Best fishing trip ever

“Our second trip with John fishing. He puts you on the fish. He is so kind, funny, and patience. One of the best river guides I have used.”

Nancy C.One of the best fishing guides

“We booked with John since we were visiting from Louisiana, and it was the highlight of our trip. He is clearly an expert in fishing the lake and he took care of everything from rigging to netting to releasing and even pointed out natural landmarks and wildlife to include blue herons and a bald eagle! We caught 40+ fish!”

Pete M.Lots of fish, lots of fun!

“I’ve been fly fishing a long time and have had dozens of guides over the years, but John is certainly one of the best. He knows the water (been on Taneycomo 30 yrs) and knows what flies will catch fish. My friend and I have fished with John 3 different times (6 days). We’ve averaged 50 fish.”

Greg M.Great Guide

“Several of us booked a full day with John on 10/18/2015 at the Trophy Area on Lake Taneycomo. His high accolades by others are on target as I have booked guides in many USA locations and I can tell you 1st hand John knows what he is doing. Moreover, he enjoys teaching his skills and sharing his boat.”

Nathaniel M.October 21, 2015

“John took us to the trout and kept us on them. We caught quite a few fish and several were pretty nice. He was entertaining I would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to try trout fishing.”

Rashmi E.Had a blast!

“You will not be disappointed on your experience using Fishing Guide Branson. He will show you where the best fishing areas are to fulfill your fishing enjoyment.”

MBorsnik49He knows his stuff!

“Another great outing with John Sappington! He is an awesome guide and always entertaining. Never disappoints. Looking forward to our next fishing trip to Branson.”

Vicki J.The BEST! If looking for a Guide - You found Him.

“While we were catching multiple trout as we floated down the river, I wasn’t seeing the other boats reeling in any! John knows Lake Taneycomo and what works to get the trout. We landed 60+ during our half-day and brought home six (6). John even gave us the recipe to cook them on the grill (now wishing that we had brought home double the number of fish)! John’s kindness and patience made the day one to remember for me, my daughter (22) and my son (16) for the rest of our lives!!!”

August 2013Big Trout, A+++ Guide

“Loved the trip. Lots of good fish. Easy to catch. Will fish with John again. Made fishing look easy.”

Matt ChavanaLots of Fish!

“I took my wife and 8 and 9 year old kids on a morning trip trout trip with John Sappington in late March on a road trip through Branson. It was colder than anticipated and John had large jackets for my entire family ready. We fished for ~1 hour - enough for my kids and wife to catch plenty of fish before the cold was too much for them. John was kind enough to drive them back to the dock and then return with just me for the rest of the trip. I lost count to the number fish we caught and it was great learning about John's background and family. Great all around trip and happy to have spent the money on the experience.”

Wheeler SwA Well Deserved 5 Stars

“This was a fantastic fishing trip! Within minutes my son had his first rainbow trout! John did great teaching, instructing, and keeping all the lines going and the fish biting. We caught a lot of fish, saw a Bald Eagle get a fish, and thoroughly enjoyed our time. John is a true professional, great sense of humor, and very personable. I'm not sure we can wait a year until our next time.”

Rob SFantastic Fishing Guide!

“Once again we booked a trip with John and as usual he put us a bunch of fish. We not only caught a bunch; we caught some nice ones and a Brown Trout. John has a great sense of humor and I will see him again soon. I can't wait a full yr. I am going to have to start going twice a yr it is so freaking awesome. THX JOHN

Jeff F. (Germany)Plain Awesome

“I have gone out with John twice and he has always gets me on the fish! We have gone in different weather and water conditions and he knows how to adapt! John is truly committed to making sure you will catch fish! I highly recommend his services. My first trip I caught 106 fish in 6 hours and this time I caught 75 in 4 hours. Some of the best trout fishing in my life!”

Napa Don DixonJOhn Always Puts You On Fish!