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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 (press release)
Planning a trip to table rock lake next spring. It will be the first time I have fished the lake. Going some time between April and June. What would be the best time to go and what part of the lake do I want to fish? Do the bass spawn in late April ...

7/10 Table Rock Lake Fishing Report
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Now for our Friday Lake Report, and tonight we're going to look at Table Rock Lake which is about 45 minutes south of Springfield. The water temperature at Table Rock Lake is 83 degrees, the water condition is muddy and high.

Sometimes you have to learn the hard way
Carroll County News
I am certainly not an avid fisherman, but a friend of mine, whom I hadn't seen in a while, called me Saturday morning and asked if I would like to meet him and some others, from Missouri, to do some fishing and camping on Table Rock Lake. My schedule ...

Despite high water, the fish are still biting
Leavenworth Times
Bull Shoals Lake, the lake that can take the most water in the system, has risen to the point that the Corps is starting to let Table Rock rise on into the 920s. According to the Corps, Table Rock Lake will crest from 926 to 926.5 feet by Sunday. That ...

Chicago Tribune

Clarendon Hills boy, 7, reels in derby-winning fish
Chicago Tribune
"I like fishing. We go on fishing trips to Table Rock Lake [in the Ozarks]. I practiced for this fishing derby. I practice casting at targets." Bobby's 27-inch catch bested the 23-inch longest fish in 2014, 24 inches in 2013, 23 ½ in 2012, and 26 ½ in ...

Table Rock Lake 'Best in Missouri'
Branson Tri-Lakes news
With the Ozark Mountains as a backdrop, anglers reel in trophy largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass at this consistently high-ranked bass fishing lake,” said the entry for Table Rock Lake. Sheila Thomas, executive director for the Table Rock Lake ...

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