Table Rock in Branson, MO Fishing Report
Capt. Eric Prey
February 5, 2012
Table Rock - Freshwater Fishing Report
Lake - Table Rock
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Kimberling City Area: Hard to ignore the success anglers are having with an umbrella rig right now; numbers and quality has been nothing short of amazing. Most are finding fish suspended on channel swing and chunk rock banks or points. Wind has been a key to finding larger fish. Swimbaits like a Zoom Swimmin' Super Fluke Jr. or 4" single tail grubs have been the best offerings with white and shad colors outperforming all others. Cast the bait out, count it down and make a steady moderate retrieve to draw strikes.
James River: The Umbrella rig bite has been very strong on the James River as well, look for main lake channel swing banks to be the most productive areas. Zoom Swimmin' flukes have been the bait in the James as well. Finding these lures has been difficult but Xperienced Outdoors on S Campbell in Springfield does have some in stock. SPRO MCStick jerkbaits are also effective on the James, look for windblown shallow rocky points to be the best locations and allow the bait to sit for a less than 10 seconds between jerks.
White River: Much like the rest of the lake the Umbrella rig bite has been strong on the White River. Main lake and secondary chunk rock points have been the primary areas, with both numbers and quality. Swimmin' flukes, grubs and swimbaits have all been producing on the rig. In the Kings River there has been a very good flippin' bite taking shape on calm sunny days, concentrate on bluff pockets full of wood debris and make multiple pitches with a Jewel J-Lock or Finesse Flippin' jig to draw strikes.
Dam Area: The deep bite is still king on the lower end, umbrella rig fish are being caught but the deep bite has been much more consistent. Chompers dropshot worms and Webb Tail spoons have been the best option, look for schools of shad holding in and around tree tops 30' deep or more over at least 60' of water. On windy days we are beginning to see small mouth move up on flat gravel points, Jewel Pro Spider jigs and Squirrel head jigs work slowly along the bottom 10'-20' seep will produce some nice brownies.
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