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Table Rock Lake

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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 & coordinates.
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Table Rock Lake NEWS!

Springfield News-Leader

Reeds Spring bowfisherman wallops drum fish record at Table Rock Lake
Springfield News-Leader
A Reeds Spring bowfisherman knew the freshwater drum fish he shot at Table Rock Lake was big. But he had no idea the 30-pound, 15-ounce fish would smash the current Missouri record by nearly 5 pounds. Joshua Cole shot the record fish with bow and ...

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Springfield News-Leader

Yet another record fish pulled from Table Rock Lake
Springfield News-Leader
Table Rock Lake continues to yield some Missouri record fish, the latest being a huge white bass a Cape Fair angler caught on a trotline on April 6. Angler James Wright set the “alternative method” record for a Missouri white bass when he pulled in a ...

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Georgia's Evans High School Wins National Championship on Table Rock Lake (press release)
... Georgia's Evans High School duo of Tyler Matthews and Blake Stephenson brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces to win the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing National Championship tournament on Table Rock Lake.

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Springfield News-Leader

Bass'n Gals then and now
Springfield News-Leader
Bass 'n Gals started several innovations in tournament angling, including the first five fish limit and also the “paper tournament” concept on lakes where the slot limit made it illegal to keep certain-sized fish. The fish were measured and released. A ...

Kansas City Star

NWA fishing report
Arkansas Online
Table Rock Lake: Pete Wenners at Pete's Professional Guide Services said black bass fishing is excellent on the upstream end of the lake. Top-water lures, flutter spoons, swim baits and plastic worms are working. The Missouri Department of Conservation ...
Mixed catch from lake a pleasant surpriseNorthwest Arkansas News

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Special Report: Cachuma Lake Down, But Not Out
Kenny Weber was trying to catch a trout in one of the new, and farther away, fishing spots. He said, " every year it gets lower . I had a boat ... It is not only a long walk away, but a special rock trail had to be carved out to help visitors get to ...

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