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!
Back for more! We used John for a trip to Taneycomo a few years ago, and did not hesitate to contact him again for our fishing trip this year. He is exceptional! We were consistently on the fish, and if a spot went cold, he was working to move us to a better location, changing our flies or using different… More
John took 2 novice people fishing and brought us back as experienced trout fisher people. I never thought I would catch anything. We caught a lot of really nice trout. Highly recommend John to anyone who wants a true professional to help you catch Great fish.
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. That’s… More
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,… More
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 !
My family and I take a yearly trout-fishing trip to Taneycomo. With the water being so high, fishing from the dock has been extremely difficult this year. My husband and I spent a morning with John and it was night and day different. No more lines tangled with seaweed. Instead we had caught and released dozens of trophy trout, then… More
John Sappington is the most talented, entertaining, and experienced guide that I have ever used. The successful fishing was great, but being with John was the most memorable. I recommend spending time on the river with John if you want a most pleasurable time in Branson.
We caught a lot of trout and the kids had a blast. I came along (Dad/Coach) but did not really need to be there with 12/13 year olds. The boys would have had more fun with John if I was not there. Great Guy.
On a recent anniversary trip to the Branson area, we fished with John on the Taneycomo. Absolutely the best fishing guide we have ever had! John’s expertise led us to great catches all morning. He is knowledgable and a wonderful teacher. We highly recommend him and will definitely use him again!
I fished with John today and had a fantastic time. He was patient and super helpful. When certain things weren’t working we tried until we found what worked. It was really fun catching a mess of fish around some other boats that weren’t catching a single fish. John is encouraging and will make you feel super comfortable right away. Besides… More
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 (closer… More
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 for the boat… More
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. You know… More
I recently spent a half day fishing with John and had a blast! My wife and I took the fishing trip as part of our honeymoon. John was extremely knowledgeable about getting trout in the boat, and did a great job with my wife seeing how she had been fishing one time before in her life. The trip overall was… More
Booked John Sappington for a half day of trout fishing for our family of four, including boys ages 11 and 14. We don’t have an opportunity to do much fishing where we live, so our experience level is fairly low. John did an excellent job in every respect and everybody had a great time. We caught close to 50 trout… More
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.
John was outstanding. He was very patient with my in laws from India. We caught a lot of fish and he made all of us laugh. He made my daughter (2 1/2) laugh and kept her entertained through the the afternoon. I will use him again in a heartbeat.
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 enjoyed our time with you and want to schedule 3 more days fishing with you in October. We will look forward to another time fishing in the fall.
Don & Polly
John , You guided me to both, my largest Spotted bass and Small mouth Bass in the same day!
I had a wonderful day with a great man who believes in Christ, Family, and taking care of others. You blessed me today. Thank you for that.
We have tried other guides in the area and really like your style…
John, Thank you so much for another great day of fishing. You have guided for me three times and each time was simply amazing. You are professional, respectful, and patient which I appreciate greatly. Your willingness to teach me as we caught fish after fish has helped me to be a better fisherman back home. I look forward to fishing with you again and know that I will have more wonderful tales to tell.
GOD FIRST…PEOPLE ALWAYS
John M. Stepp
Chaplain (MAJ) United States Army (ret.)
John, Thank you once again for a wonderful fishing experience. You were the first guide I ever used and it was well worth it. Thanks for being so great with Nick and Maddie. Just seeing their face when they hauled in a trout was priceless! The Callier clan will be back for more fishing fun!
My thanks to you again for a great trip. I have enclosed some photos. With your dedication and great personality, I know you will be a success at your guiding business.
On behalf of my son and I, we highly recommend John Sappington to be your fishing guide. He is a truly great, person, guide, coach, and fisherman. As I told my son this was first class so when you are choosing your guide choose John…these are memories my son and I will never forget! Thank you John for a great, fun, fish catching trip! I have not caught this many fish since I was kid!
Just wanted to let you know how much Logan and I enjoyed our fishing trip on Lake Taneycomo on Tuesday. You were a very gracious host, and the entire experience is one we will never forget. You will be our first and only stop the next time we take a fishing trip to Branson!
In the meantime, I will work on getting you some good mulie and whitetail hunting lined up!!
My husband and I had been on guided trips on the White River, but never at Branson/Lake Taneycomo. We looked online for a guide and found John. We did not know him, nor anyone who had ever used him. We can say that he is definitely the real deal. We caught over 60 trout and had four great hours of fun fishing! John is a friendly guy with a great personality. Being a FLW Champion, he knows how to catch the trout and does not disappoint! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned fisherman, you will enjoy fishing with John.
First time trout fishing. Landed over 40 fish on a four hour trip! GREAT guide with good equipment. Very knowledgeable and patient in correcting technique errors. Would Highly recommend and plan to use his services in the future.
We had a GREAT weekend of fishing on Taneycomo! The area was under an extra 4ft of water, but we still caught trout one after another. John was professional, courteous and fun. He was easy to talk to and took time to explain the techniques we were using & was very patient (even after a hook went into his finger). Our 2nd day of fishing was delayed by rain, and the fish took a little time to bite that morning, but John was constantly changing lures, locations and techniques to keep us on the fish. On the boat ride to our fishing spot he even took the time to point out eagles, foxes, waterfalls and tell stories about the area that we wouldn’t have known, that really enhanced our trip. We will DEFINITELY use John again! Five Stars! Two thumbs up!