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Table Rock in Branson, MO Fishing Report

Capt. Eric Prey
January 8, 2012
Table Rock - Freshwater Fishing Report

Lake - Table Rock
1/8/12:

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Kimberling City Area: Water temps are holding steady and in fact rising a little bit with the warmer weather, low to mid 50's are common through out the mid lake area with the backs of creeks warming most toward the end of sunny days. The shallow bite has remained strong with largemouth and smallmouth holding less than 15' deep on steep rocky Jewel Football and Spider jigs working well close to points and the moths of small pockets. Wiggle warts and bandit 300's are working in these same locations on windy or cloudy days, work the bait parallel to the bank 5' 10' deep.

James River: The James River continues to have the greatest fluctuation in water temperatures in a given day. In the morning temps are in the upper 40's rising to the mid 50's on sunny afternoons. Wiggle warts and bandits are effective on the same type of banks as described in the mid lake on windy or cloudy days. Jewel squirrel heads and Texas rigged Chompers tubes are working on isolated pieces of cover on the James as well, look for a single dock, tree, laydown or stump along these banks and pick it apart with the squirrel head or tube.

White River: Deep and shallow bites are both working in the White River; Baxter to Campbell point has the best deep bite, look for schools of bait in the guts of the larger creeks to be the best locations, drop Chompers Webb tail spoons and drop shot worms or Rapala Ice Jigs to fish holding below the schools of shad. The shallow bite is the same as in the mid lake area with one exception, there have been several fish caught on SPRO McStick jerkbaits over the past week, most of the fish are on windy rocky points and the bait needs to be worked fast to trigger strikes.

Dam Area: As usual the winter deep bite is in full swing on the lower end of the lake. Chompers Webb Tail spoons, drop shot worms and Rapala Ice Jigs are all effective on the middle of larger creeks. Look for schools of bait intersecting with tree tops 35' 70' deep, most of the fish will be suspended above the trees but there are times when you will need to drop the bait into the tree to draw a strike. The deep dock bite has finally started to pick up on the lower end as well; Jewel Eakins jig and craw combos pitched to the center walk way of large community docks on points has been producing both numbers and quality.

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