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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

Trout smothered at hatchery and Lake Taneycomo; officials still calculating loss
Springfield News-Leader
A conservation department news release said the fish kill can be traced to the heavy rains, hot temperatures and algae die-off that depleted water quality and caused fish die-off problems at Table Rock Lake this past summer. Hatchery manager Clint Hale ...
Fishermen, biologists worry about fish kills at Lake TaneycomoKansas City Star

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Fishing report
Arkansas Online
Table Rock Lake: Pete Wenners at Pete's Professional Guide Service said black bass fishing is tough. Some schooling bass are surfacing in the James River arm and are hitting top-water lures. Try jig and pigs in the backs of creek arms. White or chrome ...

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The best show in Branson is bass fishing on Table Rock Lake
The best show in Branson is bass fishing on Table Rock Lake Brent Frazee Keith Greenough, a guide on Table Rock Lake, knows the best is yet to come for Kentucky bass fishing: He says late fall and early winter are the best times to snag a big one.

Lepert, Dee (Dolores Ann) Creager Porter
Lincoln Journal Star
Dee and her second husband Phil retired on Tablerock Lake. She enjoyed traveling, boating, fishing, and family. Dee is survived by husband, Phil, her three children; Teresa Cross of Stillwater, Okla., David Porter of Lincoln and Shelley Wagner of Lincoln.

Kansas City Star

Fishing and hunting report for Oct. 29
Kansas City Star
Outlook: Burton's Bait and Tackle reports: bass fair to good on spinnerbaits, square-bill crankbaits in coves and along laydowns, stumps, brush in shallows; crappies good on minnows, jigs 7 to 8 feet down in main-lake brush; white bass fair on Rooster ...

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Fishing and hunting report for Nov. 5
Kansas City Star
... worms suspended on the main lake; white bass fair trolling with crankbaits. TABLE ROCK: High 60s, clearing, stained, 1.8 feet low. Outlook: Pete's Pro ... Outlook: Don and Tom's Bait and Tackle reports: white bass good on minnows, jigs on the north ...

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