Lake Level 907.3
Normal Pool 915.0
Water Temp 45-48 degrees
It’s been a good winter so far bass fishing on Table Rock. Water temperatures are still warm enough to catch some shallower fish on the right days. Around the Dam, Kimberling City to Baxter areas look for nice smallmouth and largemouth on chunk rock points, secondary points and channel swings. There won’t be a ton of fish but they’ll likely be bigger bass and quite a few grouped in the same little area. When it’s sunny and calm out fish a 5/16 ounce finesse jig or 1/8 ounce ned rig 8-15′ deep. If it’s windy or on cloudy days try fishing these areas with a jerkbait or wiggle wart. Best colors for the jerkbait have been blue bandit and norman flake in the McStick or foxy shad color in the Rogue.
In the bigger creek arms look for the deep fish half way to the back ends suspended over timber, feeding on shad 30′-60′ deep. Been catching them on a 1/2 ounce white slab spoon, 5/8 ounce ice minnow and 4” single tail smoke colored grub on a 3/8 ounce head. If there’s shad around and you can see the fish moving on your electronics their most likely to bite these shad imitation baits. If they slow down and get fussy switch to drop shotting a 4” Chomper’s worm in brown/purple laminate or watermelon candy.
The trout fishing below on Taneycomo has been a blast. Downtown Branson area around the bridges and landing there’s a ton of nice sized trout around biting with no or little water flow. Early try casting and jigging a 1/8 ounce sculpin jig a few feet off the bottom. I’ve been throwing the 1/8 jig in sculpin olive mixed with tan or peach. If the trout are reluctant to bite the jig throw a pink trout worm or trout magnet below a float on a 1/100th ounce head with a 6′-8′ leader.
Good Fishing everyone!