Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 12-31-2008
Capt. Pete Wenners
December 31, 2008
Galena - Freshwater Fishing Report
December 31, 2008
Lake level: 914.49
Water Temps: 35-50
My New Years resolution is too keep bi-weekly fishing reports current so that
anglers will be able to access information for fishing Table Rock on a regular basis.
If you're not fishing Table Rock in the winter you are missing out of some the
best fishing of the year.
Water temps are 35-50 degree range, the further up any of the river arms you go it gets colder and you will most likely run into ice. Mid rivers and main lake temperatures are around 44-50 with many shallow patterns working well throughout the lake. Crankbaits still work well and Wiggle warts in crawdad patterns. Fish the major creek channel swings with mixed chunk rock and gravel. When the crankbait bite is slow fish some jigs, 5/16 oz. & 7/16 oz. in Brown/Black & Green Pumpkin with Zoom Speed Craw, Critter Craw trailers, or small pork rinds in a range from 5' - 20'.
Shakey head worms in 1/8 oz. & 1/4 oz. in Watermelon or Green Pumpkin will also work in the same areas, try fishing them in main lake pockets and cuts also.
Stickbaits are working all over the lake from some of the coldest water to the
warmest areas. I've been catching them from the last channel swings in the creeks to the mouths of the creeks and also on main lake channel swings and bluff ends. Stickbaits will also work in the areas noted above where I've been fishing jigs and crankbaits. Just back the boat off the bank and fish over 10'-20' of water. It doesn't seem to matter if you have submerged timber for the jerkbait, as they seem to be relating to the rock changes as well as the timber. I've been using Lucky Craft 100's, 4 1/2" rogues & Megabass in various shad colors. If the water is stained try baits with orange belly and the darker sides.
There have been many large schools of shad in the centers of the major creeks with the depth varying day to day. Fish have been suspended from 25'-50' deep over 50'-100'. They can be caught on 1/2 oz. & 3/4 oz. chrome or white jigging spoons. or on 4"-5" single tailed grubs or Gitzits in smoke or salt and pepper shades using a 1/4 oz. - 3/8 oz. jig head. There have also been some fish out on main lake flat points in 30'-50' and on bluff ends with submerged timber.
As you can see, there are many variables, all which will catch fish. The fishing has been great, so if you get a chance get on down here and wet a line!
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