Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO Fishing Report
Capt. Eric Prey
March 21, 2012
Table Rock - Freshwater Fishing Report
Lake - Table Rock
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By: Eric Prey Coast Guard Licensed Fishing Guide
Kimberling City Area: Water temperatures have essentially sky rocketed over the past week. Average main lake temperatures have risen to 62 degrees and warm rains will likely send temps even higher. Umbrella rigs continue to produce both numbers and quality; look for fish to be holding on deeper points with isolated timber. Wiggle warts and Chompers Spinnerbaits are producing fish less than 10' deep. Mixed rock and gravel points and banks have been the most productive areas, parallel these banks paying close attention to wood cover.
James River: Just like the mid lake Umbrella rigs continue to produce fish in the James River. The same deep points have been the most productive areas. In addition, Chompers McCutchen spinnerbaits have been producing quality and quantity on rocky points with isolated wood cover. Slow rolling the spinnerbait has been more effective than working it fast; allow the bait to fall next to any cover along the bank.
White River: The umbrella rig continues to dominate on the White River as well; steep secondary points with isolated wood cover have been the best locations, work the rig down to 20' to be effective. Wiggle warts and spinnerbaits are just as effective in the White River as the rest of the lake, work rocky banks less than 10' deep to be effective. There is a shallow gravel bite beginning to materialize for smallmouth; Jewel Spider jigs and Tightlines UV tubes dragged along gravel points five to fifteen feet deep will produce numbers and quality fish.
Dam Area: Fish can still be caught fishing deep with Webb Tail spoons and Chompers Drop Shot Worms it is no longer the dominate pattern on the lower end. Umbrella rigs fished on deep points will result in quality fish when worked 20' deep or deeper. Wiggle warts and spinnerbaits are working on steep rocky banks; concentrate on depths less than ten feet deep and pay close attention to any wood cover. Jewel Spider jigs, Squirrel heads and Tightlines UV tubes have been producing smallmouth on gravel points and banks close to spawning locations.
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