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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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Kansas City Star

Fishing report for June 26
Kansas City Star
If you're an avid angler of big panfish, you'd better drop everything and head to Table Rock Lake. The bluegill fishing has been excellent this week. Guides are reporting catching some of the biggest panfish they've seen in years. Target long, gravel ...
Fishing Report: Weekend of June

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Carlyle Lake • Catfish very good. Trot lines have been producing well using leeches or night crawlers. Boaters have been drifting with bait shrimp. Line and pole fishermen are having success using cheese baits like Sonny's or Geno's. Crappie are good ...

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TLA Outdoors weekly fly-fishing report
Baxter Bulletin
Bull Shoals: The lake level fell 0.5 feet to rest 1 foot below seasonal power pool of 661 feet. This is 35 feet below the top of flood pool. Table Rock Lake: The lake level fell 0.5 feet to rest 1.2 feet below seasonal power pool and 15.2 feet below ...

Guests at Table Rock State Park enjoy award-winning boating and fishing
South County Mail
The voluntary enrollment program by Ozarks Water Watch and the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition is being piloted on Table Rock Lake, and is funded in part by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Table Rock Lake Marina ...

Fishing report published Junly 24
Helena Independent Record
Bighorn Lake, Wyo.: Smallmouth fishing continues to be good as well as the catfishing. There are a few saugers showing up. — Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, Cody. Bighorn River: On Monday flows were reduced to 4,500 cubic feet per second as flows into ...
Montana fishing report: Time to tie on a grasshopperPrairie Star

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'Right to Farm' has a bad smell
Springfield News-Leader
My house overlooks an ancient spring that provided water and fish for Ozarks natives for 10,000 years. Over 20 ... When Table Rock and Stockton lakes are coated with the same noxious green scum as our little lake, then you will see what I see … and smell.

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