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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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DIMENSIONS: Hotspots everywhere: Table Rock Lake the latest USO sighting
Christian County Headliner News
When I did so, one of the first things I mentioned to him was that Table Rock seems to be a paranormal hotspot, and there had been several UFOs, Bigfoot and even at least one ghost seen by boaters and fishermen on the lake, so getting a report of a USO ...

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Fishing Tournament Trail for Sept. 16
Kansas City Star
CENTRAL PRO-AM: Championship bass tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Table Rock Lake. 1. Pro Division: 1. Tim Sainato, 37.81 pounds, $7,600. 2. Marty Conrad, 33.17 pounds, $3,200. Big bass: Shane Boyd, 4.73 pounds, $540. Co-Angler ...

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4 tons of trash hauled from Lake Taneycomo
Springfield News-Leader
A small army of volunteers scoured 10 miles of Lake Taneycomo shoreline over the weekend, hauling away everything from broken pieces of dock and broken orange road cones to long-lost fishing poles. A handful of abandoned boat hulls mired on shore ...

Fishing report for Sept. 18
Kansas City Star
TABLE ROCK: 79 degrees, clear, 6 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: Kentucky bass very good on drop-shot rigs with small purple plastic worms or jigging spoons in 30 feet of water along main-lake points and bluff ends. ▫ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: ...

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43rd President Ready to Cast from 'Bass Force One'
Outdoor Channel
15, 2014, during a surprise keynote speech at the Tracker Marine Conference at Big Cedar Lodge on Missouri's Table Rock Lake. Two decades ago, Bush's father and the 41st president of the United States, George H. W. Bush, made a similar address at the ...

Selected excerpts from 'Days'
Baltimore Sun
I was too impatient for fishing, but sometimes I set out lines at night, and now and then I found a few small fish on them in the morning. I never had any ... But an old German named Sittig operated a small market-garden in the valley below our house ...

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