Lake Level 907.5
Normal Pool 915.0
Water Temp 45-48 degrees
What a great week it’s been bass fishing on Table Rock! Catching the fish both deep and shallow on a variety of baits. On the main lake the dam area, Kimberling City to Campbell Point area been doing well on the smallmouth on the cloudy/windy days catching them on jerkbaits and slowly winding a wiggle wart. The jerkbaits I’ve been getting bit the best on are a norman flake McStick and smithwick foxy shad colored rogue. Been letting the bait pause 3-5 seconds mainly fishing faltter smallmouth kind of banks with bigger rock mixed in. Both mainlake and back in some of the creeks. There’s some fish starting to come out of the timber but most of them are holding tight to the bank 8′-12′ deep. Seems like later in the afternoonthe bass will start hitting a wiggle wart on these same banks. Most days I’ve noticed the water hasn’t warmed up any but they’ll commit to the crankbait reeling it very slow keeping contact with the bottom. Last but not least finally started doing well on the A-rig. You can catch a few on it on the same kind of banks I mentioned above. Seems like there won’t be as many bites but the quality will be better.
As far as the deep fish goes 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 great too! Downtown Branson area around the bridges and landing there’s a lot 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.