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     Table Rock Lake consists of two main sections; the Conservation Pool and the Flood Control Pool. The Conservation Pool has a surface area of approximately 43,100 acres, 745 miles of shoreline, and a lake elevation above mean sea level of 915 feet. The Flood Control Pool has a surface area of approximately 52,300 acres, 857 miles of shoreline, and a lake elevation above mean sea level of 931 feet. A large Dam impounds the Lake and is used for the generation of hydroelectric power.

     Table Rock Lake offers a wide variety of recreational activities including hiking, sightseeing, hunting, skin diving, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing and many others. The lake offers excellent fresh water fishing for warm water species such as Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, Crappie, Channel Cat, Bluegill and other panfish.

          Best times to catch Largemouth Bass is in the morning and evening. Crankbaits and plastic worms fished in 15-20 feet of water along steep drop-offs produce well. Night fishing can produce some larger fish. Main night action occurs around 1 AM in about 8-15 feet of water on lizards, grubs and 10" worms.      

Spotted bass can be caught along points in 35-60 feet of water with a jig, grub or spoon. Underwater humps next to deeper water are also good areas to try. Nightcrawlers, minnows, crawdads or shad fished straight down in the same areas are excellent baits for days when the bite is slow.

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    Crappie can be caught at night with minnows around docks and brush piles. Bluegill are often caught in mid summer with small crankbaits, spinners, little poppers and flies in 1-5 feet of water. A cricket under a bobber can be deadly for big gills.

     Fishing early morning is best. Fishing with white buzz baits, pop-Rs, rattle traps, and rooster tail spinners in areas with surface activity can be hot. 4 lb white bass are common in Table Rock Lake so be prepared for some battles.

     Many catfish are caught still fishing at night with small sunfish or minnows.

Table Rock East (Table Rock Dam to James River)
This map covers the Eastern side of Table Rock Lake from Table Rock Dam to the James River. Table Rock is one of the nation's premier fisheries with largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass receiving significant attention from anglers. Crappie is also very popular with white crappie dominating the population. Paddlefish and catfish are other frequently caught gamefish.

Table Rock West (James River Mouth to Beaver Dam)
This Hot Spot Map details the Western portion of Table Rock Lake from the mouth of the James River to Beaver Dam. Table Rock offers plenty of bass action, with largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass being the prime targets for many. There are also excellent opportunities for crappie, catfish and paddlefish.

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Table Rock Lake - Each detailed map provides depth, contours, structure, boat ramps, and updated fishing information. Table Rock Lake fishing maps also include lake info such as gamefish abundance, forage base, water clarity, weedline depth, bottom composition, complete latitude/longitude grid lines and dozens of GPS waypoints. Includes GPS coordinates for specific lake features and structure. » Table Rock Lake Fishing Map


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Outdoor Notebook: Fly-fishing class offers all the basics for beginners
Tulsa World
The events will launched out of the Wolf Creek Park in Grove and be held in conjunction with the Walmart FLW Tour event held the same weekend just across the state line on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Arkansas. The TBF National Championship will be ...

Fall Brings Spotted Bass Schools
John Williams, southeastern fisheries district program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, reports Lake Cumberland holds a bountiful population of spotted bass with many fish in the 14- to 16-inch range. Spotted ...

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Kansas City Star

Fishing and hunting report for Oct. 16
Kansas City Star
TABLE ROCK: 71 degrees, dingy, 3 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: crappies good on minnows in 6 to 8 feet of water along docks; ... Brown trout fishing is improving. ▫ LONGVIEW: 71 degrees, stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Longview Lake ...

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Duo Realis Spinbait 80/90 Review
The first spy baits to really hit the mainstream bass fishing tackle market were the Spinbait 80 spy baits from the DUO Realis line. I had one of the first ones in America last summer and was able to take it to Table Rock Lake and had a ball catching ...

Baxter Bulletin

TLA Outdoors weekly fly-fishing report
Baxter Bulletin
Bull Shoals: The lake level rose 0.2 feet to rest 4.3 feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is 40.3 feet below the top of flood pool. Table Rock Lake: The lake level rose 1.9 feet to rest 6.9 feet below seasonal power pool and 19 feet below ...

Lone Star Outdoor News

Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Announces New Inductees
Stacey served on the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame and the Professional Anglers Association boards of directors. He won the BFHOF tournament on Lake Ouachita in 2001 and the PAA tournament on Table Rock Lake in 2011. King is also known for appearing ...
Harold Allen, others, heading to Bass Fishing Hall of FameLone Star Outdoor News

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