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Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO Fishing Report

Capt. Eric Prey
March 11, 2012
Table Rock - Freshwater Fishing Report

Lake - Table Rock

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By: Eric Prey Coast Guard Licensed Fishing Guide

Kimberling City Area: Fish are beginning to stage close to spawning coves on the main lake and in the larger creek arms. Most of the fish are holding on steeper points at the mouth or close to spawning locals. Umbrella rigs, jerkbaits and single tail grubs have all been very effective, look for isolated standing timber close to spawning areas and make multiple casts close to the timber to draw strikes. There are fish holding on boat docks as well; look for docks adjacent to spawning areas to be the best locations, pitch Jewel jig and craw combos in shady areas of docks to be successful.

James River: Umbrella rigs continue to dominate the James River; most of the fish are on suspending close to spawning areas close to wood or manmade cover making them easy picking for the rig. Look for mixed rock and gravel points with isolated timber or boat docks to hold the majority of the fish, make multiple casts to each tree or dock to draw strikes. Further upstream Jewel jigs and Chompers tubes have been effective in and around shallow wood cover, look for laydowns and other wood in less than 10' deep to be the most productive spots.

White River: Much like the rest of the lake an Umbrella rig has been the presentation of choice for most anglers. Fish have begun to stage close to spawning locations and have suspended in timber, around boat docks and on ledges and drops. Most anglers are using some form of paddle tail swim bait on the rig, another option are Chompers single tail grubs. The Kings River is in its normal spring pattern with fish pulling into spawning coves faster than anywhere else on the lake. Most of the fish coming from the Kings are being caught shallow; Jewel jigs, Chompers Tubes and shallow crankbaits have been producing in water less than 5' deep.

Dam Area: About the only place on the lake that deep fishing is still important is the lower end. Chompers Webb Tail Spoons and drop shot worms are still producing in tree tops 30' 40' deep over as much as 80', look for fish to be holding in the tree tops feeding on passing schools of shad. An umbrella rig will still catch fish on the lower end but look for fish to be holding 15' 30' deep near standing timber and larger commercial boat docks. Up Long Creek the shallow has begun to dominate, all of the log jams and laydowns are holding fish; Jewel jigs and Chompers tubes have been the best option.

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