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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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Table Rock Lake NEWS!

Baxter Bulletin

TLA Outdoors weekly fly-fishing report
Baxter Bulletin
Bull Shoals: The lake level fell 0.8 feet to rest at 5.1 feet below the seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is 41.1 feet below the top of the flood pool. Table Rock Lake: The lake level fell 0.1 feet to rest 5.6 feet below the seasonal power pool and ...

10 Reasons to Head for the Poconos this Winter
Ski-and-stay packages at Split Rock Resort, at Lake Harmony, include a slew of extras such as ice skating, snow tubing and ice fishing. Rates can be ... A farm-to-table restaurant, lobby fireplace, rustic bar and spacious rooms earn this spot high ...

Fishing and hunting report for Jan. 29
Kansas City Star
TABLE ROCK: 46 degrees, clear, 5 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: Kentucky, largemouth bass fair on Ned rigs, Alabama rigs off rocky points. ▫ STOCKTON: 39 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies ...

Joplin Globe

Outdoor store gears up for ninth annual fishing/hunting show
Joplin Globe
He is the owner of Webb Outdoors fishing circuit and has been a fishing guide on Table Rock Lake for 20 years. He also serves as co-host of Bassedge, a televison show on the Outdoor Channel, and is a former Angler of the Year Central Pro Am. Webb also ...

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Outdoor store to hold its ninth annual fishing, hunting show
Joplin Globe
He is the owner of Webb Outdoors fishing circuit and has been a fishing guide on Table Rock Lake for 20 years. He also serves as co-host of “Bass Edge,” a televison show on the Outdoor Channel, and is a former Angler of the Year Central Pro Am.

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Texas Fishing Report
Albany Times Union
Black bass are good on chartreuse/black Rat-L-Traps and white grubs on jigheads over deeper rock piles along ledges and points in 8-20 feet. Striped bass are good drifting live shad near Garrett Island in 28-40 feet. White bass are fair jigging Tiny ...

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