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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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Springfield News-Leader

Anglers from all over find good winter fishing in Missouri lakes
Springfield News-Leader
Jackson said: “ My fishing friend from Springfield told me that I would be surprised how good winter bass fishing on Table Rock could be. He took me along one cold December weekend to prove his point. We finished the first day by catching and releasing ...
Outdoor LifeCedar County Republican (subscription)

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Lake Expo

Dablemont: When February is Worth Something
Lake Expo
We caught them on slow-moving jigs with pork rinds, like my Uncle Norten use to do in February and March on Norfork and Bull Shoals and Tablerock. When February thinks it is still January, and it is cold and contrary, I know where the trout fishing can ...

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Watson running contest for Classic
Watson is known for his out-of-the-box thinking and has created a name for himself on the professional circuits with his humor and his ability to catch fish. He qualified for his first Classic by winning the Bassmaster Central Open on Table Rock Lake ...
James Watson introduces contest for Classic fansWalleyeFIRST

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Kansas City Star

Fishing report for Feb. 4
Kansas City Star
Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies fair on plastic jigs, grubs 30 feet down near shad schools. TABLE ROCK: 45 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: White River Outfitters reports: bass good on Alabama rigs along transition banks above ...

Clare County Review

Harrison's Frostbite Festival set for next weekend
Clare County Review
Harrison's eighth annual Frostbite Winter Festival with a “Rock & Roll” theme is underway next weekend and guaranteed to put some winter fun into your February! The excitement starts Thursday night with the Frostbite Kick-Off ... Registration on the ...

Springfield News-Leader

Home of the Week: Aunt Sadie's Bed & Breakfast
Springfield News-Leader
Peggy and Jim Gottschalk had long wanted to relocate to the Branson area. For many years, they'd taken their three kids to Table Rock Lake for fishing trips and thought it might be a good place to settle down eventually. One day, the Hillsboro couple ...

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