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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. Includes GPS coordinates for specific lake features and structure. » Table Rock Lake Fishing Map


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Table Rock Lake NEWS!

KSMU Radio

Man Catches Largest Fish in Missouri History on Table Rock Lake
KSMU Radio
Andy Belobraydic, III's family has been celebrating March 21st for about 35 years—it's his parents' wedding anniversary. On Saturday, while angling on Table Rock Lake, he snagged a 140 pound, 9 ounce, Paddlefish. The fish, which was caught on the ...
Angler's lucky day breaks recordSpringfield News-Leader
Angler catches state-record paddlefish at Table Rock LakeSedalia News-Journal
Missouri man hooks 140lb paddlefish to break state
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University of Evansville Wins FLW College Fishing Tournament on Table Rock ... (press release)
(April 11, 2015) – The University of Evansville team of Nick Uebelhor and Lee Knies, both of Jasper, Indiana, won the FLW College Fishing Central Conference tournament on Table Rock Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 2 ounces.

Two Missouri record fish caught within three days
Andy Belobraydic III from Richwoods snagged a 140-pound, 9-ounce paddlefish, slightly larger than the previous record holder, also a paddlefish taken from Table Rock lake in 2002. That fish was caught in the James River arm of the Lake and measured 56 ...

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Springfield News-Leader

Fishing report for April 17
Springfield News-Leader
Crappie: Black tube jigs, minnows on rock/gravel banks. Source: Missouri Department of Conservation. Table Rock Lake. James River Arm: Fair. Crappie: Minnows and dark jigs in 15 feet of water. White bass: Using any lure since they are feeding on the ...
2015-04-16T23:00:00Z 2015-04-16T23:40:03Z Fishing Report for Friday, April

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The Smithville Herald

Richwoods angler catches state-record paddlefish
The Smithville Herald
Belobraydic's behemoth weighed 140 pounds, 9 ounces; breaking the old record of 139-4 caught in 2002 at Table Rock. The fish, which was caught on the James River arm of the lake in Stone County, measured 56 ¾ inches in length and had a girth of 43 ¾ ...

Kansas City Star

Reservoir monsters lurk in Missouri
Kansas City Star
Snagging with friends at Table Rock Lake last weekend, he winched in a true monster that still has fishermen across Missouri in awe. The paddlefish weighed 140 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 563/4 inches in length and 433/4 inches in girth.

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