Table Rock in Branson, MO Fishing Report
Capt. Eric Prey
December 10, 2011
Table Rock - Freshwater Fishing Report
Lake - Table Rock
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Kimberling City Area: Colder air temperatures are finally dropping the surface temperature, mid lake morning temps are in the lower 50's reaching mid 50's in the late afternoon. The deep bite has really started to shine; Chompers Webb Tail spoons and Drop Shot rigs have been catching fish in the bigger creek arms around 50' deep over as much as 100'. Look for schools of bait to help locate the fish. Still a good wiggle wart bite on secondary points through out the mid lake.
James River: The James continues to have the coldest water on the lake; temps in the upper 40's are common and mid 40's can be found toward the back of creeks and in shady pockets. The strongest bite in the James remains on a crankbait; wiggle warts and bandit 300 series baits are taking fish on ledge rock secondary points. Jewel Eakins jig and craw combos have been working around larger boat docks especially on sunny days, key on shady areas close to the center walk way of the dock 8' – 15' deep.
White River: Between a good crankbait bite, a strong deep bite and an emerging jig bite there are a lot of ways to catch fish in the White River. Much like the Kimberling City area look for shad in the larger creek arms and work Webb Tail spoons and drop shot rigs to catch the fish holding close by. Secondary ledge rock points will produce with a wiggle wart or bandit 300. Pitch Jewel Eakins jig and craw combos to bigger docks throughout the mid White River for a mixed bag of smallmouth and largemouth.
Dam Area: The lower end as the strongest deep bite on the lake. Look for shad suspended in and around tree tops in the middle of larger creeks and you will find fish. Webb tail spoons, Chompers drop shot worms and single tail grubs will all produce fish in these spots. Rotate the three presentations as fish turn on and off of them and you will increase the number of fish caught.
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