Table Rock, Missouri

 

 

Table Rock Lake Fishing Report

Table Rock Lake, MO Fishing Report
by: Pete Wenners

May 22, 2009
Lake Level: 916.66
Water Temps: 65-72
 
The spawn is pretty much finished there are still a few late ones.  The bite
has been tough as the fish are in post spawn but it is starting to pick up
as the fish are starting to feed up and move out to structure. 
 
In the Main lake, Dam, Campbell Point, Kimberling City and Aunt's Creek
areas there has been a good top water bite when cloudy and overcast.  Look
for fish on bluff ends with submerged timber and secondary points in 10' -
20' on bottom.  Watermelon candy, watermelon red, and green pumpkin colors
are working well on French fries and lizards.  Having success also on 1/2 oz
 football jigs in Peanut butter/jelly & green pumpkin and 4" -5" grubs in
smoke or watermelon red on 1/4 oz. jig heads fished slowly on the bottom on
the same points.  Fish are also starting to get out a little deeper and
drop-shots have been starting to work.  Fish main lake gravel points, trying
to keep bait in 22' - 25', some are on bottom, others are suspending over 30
 -50'.  Try throwing deep diving crankbaits like DT16, Fat Free Shad or DD22
in the same timbered flats and points where would be working top water baits
  This bite should get better as the largemouths will suspend in these areas
for the next 4-6 weeks.
 
In the river arms there are lots of smaller fish being caught just outside of the buck brush and willows.  As the water drops out of the cover look for the bite to get real good in 15' - 25' on main river flats close to channel swings.  Fish Carolina rigged lizards, brush hogs, 1/2 & 5/8 football jigs and DD crankbaits.  Also try a 4"-5" swim baits for a larger fish. There has also been a top water bite early and late on the main lake points in the river arms.  In the heat of the day run to the upper ends of the rivers and throw 3/16 oz. shakey head worms or brown 5/16 Eakin's jig on bluff channel swings, 5' - 10' and around any visible cover on the channel swings or on the flats.

 

 

April 22, 2009
Lake Level: 917.83
Water Temps:  55-60
 
Water warming up and so is the action!  The water is rising everyday and is
in the bushes and so are the fish.

Fish are bedding all over the lake now and with the recent rains the lake
level continues to rise and the river arms all have some color.  You can
catch fish on just about any bass lure right now.

Senco's, floating worms & top water baits are working around flooded cover
and in spawning pockets.  Shaky heads, jigs and tubes are working well in
the steeper cuts and creeks at
2' - 10'.  Along with wacky rigged worms and spinnerbaits, they are working
well in the flooded bushes and cover on main lake points and pockets,
particularly if there is wind blowing on there.

There are still lots of fish being caught on main lake and secondary points
with SOS jerkbaits, look for some of those same areas to start producing top
water fish, as the fish complete the spawn and start to feed heavy again.
Jigs, sweet beavers, and tubes flipped around shallow cover working great
right now.  Carolina rigged French fries and lizards working on gravel
points in 5' - 20'.   Having success on 4"-5" grubs on the same points. 

Fish seem to be biting all over the lake, there doesn't seem to be one area better than another.  The fish are by no means jumping in your boat, you still have to work for them, but they are shallow and biting good for the most part.

 

April 9, 2009
Lake Level:  915.94
Water Temps: 50-57

Weather will not stay warm enough to get the lake temperatures to rise!  It’s time to dig out those top water baits such as Zara spooks and Red fins.  You won’t get many bites this time of the year, but you will get some quality fish on them.


Dam, Kimberling City, Baxter & Shell Knob areas


The areas noted above are where you will find the clearest water.  Temperatures in the morning are about 50-51 and in the afternoon around 53-55.  fish are wanting to come in and spawn, they are stacked up on staging areas, just outside the spawning areas and pockets.  Jerkbaits are working well if windy conditions, if not windy try split shot, Carolina rigs with 4” French fries, or 4” twin tailed Chompers in watermelon, green pumpkin, and pumpkin colorations.

If the fish quit biting the jerkbait or if it’s a bluebird day, try swimming a 4”-5” single tail grub in smoke or salt & pepper in 6’ – 10’. Working well also are ½ oz. & 5/8 oz. football jigs tipped with 4” twin tailed grubs in peanut butter & jelly or green pumpkin or browns fished in the same areas or main lake and secondary points leading in spawning flats in 5’ – 15’.

 

Fish the Zara spooks and Red fins on bluff ends and secondary points with submerged timber, the same type areas we were fishing jerkbaits on in February and March.

 

James River, Long Creek, & Kings River

 

The water temperatures in the river arms is around 52-57.

Many of the same techniques will work in the rivers that are working in the clearer water with fish being shallower the more the water is stained.  4” worms or ¼ oz. – 5/16 oz. jigs fished in 2’ –  8’ on channel swing banks in the creeks.  Try slow rolling 3/8 or ½ oz. chartreuse and white spinnerbaits in these areas as well as the back ends of creeks and pockets.  Sencos rigged wacky style on steeper channel swings is also starting to work in the river arms.

 

 

 

March 24, 2009

Lake Level:  915.51
Water Temps:  48-52  River Arms:  49-55

Dam, Kimberling City, Baxter, & Campbell Point Areas
Smallmouths and Kentucky's are starting to move up on main lake and
secondary flat gravel points.  If cloudy and windy, try wigglewarts in
crawdad patterns and stickbaits in chartreuse/shad, Table Rock shad, &
Norman flake colors.  If the bite is slow try 3/16 or 1/4 oz.  4" or 5
single tail grubs in salt & pepper, or smoke, fishing them 8'-20' deep.
Carolina rigged French fries and split shot rigs starting to work in 10'-20'
on twin tailed Chomper grubs or 3/8 - 1/2 0z. football jigs.
Still many fish being caught on jerkbaits on main lake and secondary points
with submerged timbers close to creek channels & channel swings.

Long Creek, Kings River, & James River

Water in the upper ends of the rivers are warming up to 55-60 in the afternoons.  Many different lures are working.  Wigglewarts, Bandits 200's, 6 or 7A Bombers, etc, are working. If water has a lot of stain or color to it throw a bait with chartreuse in it.  Spinnerbaits and chatterbaits working as well as jigs.  You just have to weed through small fish in some of the areas to get quality bites.  If the weather stays nice we should have fish on weeds in the next 10-14 days.

 

March 9, 2009

Lake Level:  915.51
Water Temps:  46-49  River Arms:  46-54

One of the best areas now seems to be the upper White River from Shell Knob
to Beaver Town with the Kings River, James River and Long Creek also good.
The water is stained in the river arms and is also warmer than main lake
areas.

Fish main river channel swings with crankbaits in crawdad patterns,
Wigglewarts and Bombers in 2' - 10'.  Try to work the baits slowly, staying
in contact with the bottom.  Shakey head worms and small jigs (1/4 oz. - 3/8
oz) in brown/black or brown/green colored skirts are working well.  Look for
channel swings in the creek arms as well as the main river. Fish are really
scattered, you may get one bite at the mouth of the creek and the next at
the very back end of the creek.

On the main lake and lower river arms, jerkbaits are still working on main
river and secondary points on the major creek arms.  Search for submerged
pole timbers and cedars where the creek channels come close to the bank.
Some fish are being caught in the back of creeks from the last couple of
boat docks in pockets around gravel in 5' - 10' on Shakey head worms.

Main lake grub bite is starting to pick up, and it should get better,  I'm
finding them on flat gravel points on the main lake, suspending 5' - 15'
deep or on bottom from 5' - 20'.  For suspending fish, try 1/4 oz. 4" or 5"
smoke, salt & pepper or watermelon grubs and 4" twin tailed hula grubs or
Chompers, and small 3/8 oz. Football jigs, fished 5'-20' deep on bottom.

If we get heavy rains the next few days go to the backs of the creeks and
places where run-off is coming into the lake.  The are will have warmer
water coming in and will get the fish feeding.  Spinnerbaits, jigs &
crankbaits will also work in these areas.
 

 

 

February 23, 2009
Lake Level:  915.51
Water Temps:  44-47

Fishing has been changing daily due to weather pattern changes.  In some
areas of the upper rivers and in the backs of creeks you can find water in
the 50 degree range.
This past Saturday in the Ozark Mountain Team Trail tournament there were
several limits caught with a 3 lb. Average.  Some 6 & 7 pound fish with a
big bass over 8 lbs.
The weather was cloudy most of the day with 15-20 mph winds.  On Sunday's
tournament just a few limits were brought in, 5 lbs. Being the big bass and
there was blue bird skies and a light wind.  What a difference a day makes..
Anglers reported that most of the fish were caught in the clearer water near
the 86 bridge in Long Creek to the upper White River and in the Kimberling
City area over to Aunt's Creek area.

Crankbaits & wigglewarts in crawdad patterns fished in 5' - 10' on channel
swings banks in the creek arms proved to be successful.  This pattern works
best when cloudy and windy.  If you get a day with high skies try backing
out 15' - 20' and casting in 5' with Chompers twin tailed grubs or ¼- 3/8
Eakins jig or some kind of small profile jig with a green pumpkin or
watermelon trailer.
Stickbait fish have been caught from main lake points to the very backs of
the creeks.  Fish are scattered, when you get one bite you can usually get a
few more in the same area.

I've heard reports of some grub fish being caught on main lake and secondary
points, 15' - 20' deep on bottom or suspended at 15' - 20' over submerged
timber.  Use ¼ oz. Or 5/16 oz. Ball or darter head with 4" - 5" single tail
grub or twin tailed Chompers in smoke, salt & pepper colors. A 3/8 football
jig will also work here.  This bite should get better as the water warms.
Look for points with mixed with gravel and chunk rock leading into spawning
coves.  Fish are starting to stage in these areas.

Good Luck!
 

 

February 11, 2009

Lake Level: 915.52
Water Temps:  39-47

Throughout the majority of the lake the water temperatures are pretty
consistent at 44-47, with the upper ends of the rivers being cooler at 39-44
  The warmer days and nights of late should warm up the lake some and
improve the stickbait, grub and jig bite.

The bite has been pretty tough the past week, which isn't abnormal for mid
February.  The deep bite remains the most consistent with stickbaits
catching a few larger bass.  The stickbait bite will improve and the deep
bite toughen as the deep fish that are in the middle of the creeks
suspending over deep timber mover to suspend in shallower water and staging
on main lake and secondary points.  Cast out your stickbait, start your
retrieve to get it down to the desired depth, start jerking or twitching it
a few times and let it lay motionless for a moment or two.  Repeat this
technique all the way back to the boat.

Suspending fish can be caught on shad colored or clown colored jerkbaits and
crawdad patterned crankbaits on main lake bluff ends, points, and in the
creeks on secondary points and major creek channel swings with mixed chunk
rock and gravel. Hook sharpness is important with crankbaits, keep your
hooks sharp and check them often if working around the rocky areas.  Check
your line above the lure frequently when fishing crankbaits, as rock, gravel
 stumps, etc., will quickly fray your line.  5/16 oz & 3/8 oz. Brown jigs
fished slowly on channel swing banks in the creeks and secondary points in 5
-15' will also produce some fish. 

 Deep fish are being caught throughout the lake from deep structure in the major creeks, suspending over submerged timber around 35'-50' over 60' -100', and also on main lake bluff ends. .  1/2 and 3/4 oz. Spoons in white or chrome, Rapala Ice jigs, 4" or 5" single tailed grubs in smoke and salt & pepper colors, 4" drop shot worms in purple or shad colors.
 

 

Table Rock Lake Fishing Report

 

January 23, 2009

Lake Level: 913.71
Water Temps:  37-47
Everything I mentioned last week noted below is still pretty much the same
with the more consistent bite continuing to be deep.  Stickbaits, crankbaits
& jigs are still working shallow.

Many fish are being caught throughout the lake from deep structure in the
major creeks, suspending over submerged timber around 35'-50' over 60' -100'
 and also on main lake bluff ends.  Keep a close eye out for the birds,
Gulls & Loons then idle around these areas looking for schools of bait fish.
 When the bait or fish have been found on your locators there are several
baits that will work.  1/2 and 3/4 oz. Spoons in white or chrome, Rapala Ice
jigs, 4" or 5" single tailed grubs in smoke and salt & pepper colors, 4"
drop shot worms in purple or shad colors.  Fish will suspend at different
depths depending on the depths of the bait fish, try to keep your lures
below the bait & around the tops of the submerged timber.  These patterns
are working throughout but more effectively in the clearer, deeper water.

Fish can still be caught on suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits on main lake bluff ends, points, and in the creeks on secondary points and channel swings.  Crawdad patterns and colorations working best on the crankbaits and shad colors on the jerkbaits.  Use different retrieves on your jerkbaits to find which is working well for you, and don't be afraid to play with colors other than those mentioned, you may find them to be more successful on any given day.  5/16 oz & 3/8 oz brown jigs fished slowly on channel swing banks in the creeks in 5'-15' will also produce some fish.


January 11, 2009

Lake Level: 914.93
Water Temps:  37-47
The most productive bite seems to be deep right now.  Stickbaits, crankbaits
& jigs are still working shallow.

Many fish are being caught throughout the lake from deep structure in the
major creeks, suspending over submerged timber around 35'-50' over 60' -100'
 and also on main lake bluff ends.  Keep a close eye out for the birds,
Gulls & Loons then idle around these areas looking for schools of bait fish.
 When the bait or fish have been found on your locators there are several
baits that will work.  1/2 and 3/4 oz. Spoons in white or chrome, Rapala Ice
jigs, 4" or 5" single tailed grubs in smoke and salt & pepper colors, 4"
drop shot worms in purple or shad colors.  Fish will suspend at different
depths depending on the depths of the bait fish, try to keep your lures
below the bait & around the tops of the submerged timber.  These patterns
are working throughout but more effectively in the clearer, deeper water.

Fish can still be caught on suspending jerkbaits and crankbaits on main lake
bluff ends, points, and in the creeks on secondary points and channel swings
  Crawdad patterns and colorations working best on the crankbaits and shad
colors on the jerkbaits.  Use different retrieves on your jerkbaits to find
which is working well for you, and don't be afraid to play with colors other
than those mentioned, you may find them to be more successful on any given
day.  5/16 oz & 3/8 oz brown jigs fished slowly on channel swing banks in
the creeks in 5'-15' will also produce some fish.
Good Luck!
Pete Wenners
Pete's Professional Guide Service
888-214-1767
www.hookedonbass.com
email: petewenners@centurytel.net
 

 

December 289 2008

Pete Wenners
Pete's Professional Guide Service
888-214-1767
www.hookedonbass.com

Lake level:  914.49
Water Temps:  35-50

My New Years resolution is too keep bi-weekly fishing reports current so
that anglers will be able to access information for fishing Table Rock on a
regular basis. 

If you're not fishing Table Rock in the winter you are missing out of some
the best fishing of the year.

Water temps are 35-50 degree range, the further up any of the river arms you
go it gets colder and you will most likely run into ice.  Mid rivers and
main lake temperatures are around 44-50 with many shallow patterns working
well throughout the lake.  Crankbaits still work well and Wiggle warts in
crawdad patterns.  Fish the major creek channel swings with mixed chunk rock
and gravel.  When the crankbait bite is slow fish some jigs, 5/16 oz. & 7/16
oz. In Brown/Black & Green Pumpkin, with Zoom Speed Craw, Critter Craw
trailers, or small pork rinds in a range from 5' - 20'.

Shakey head worms in 1/8 oz. & 1/4 oz. In Watermelon or Green Pumpkin will
also work in the same areas, try fishing them in main lake pockets and cuts
also.

Stickbaits are working all over the lake from some of the coldest water to
the
Warmest areas.  I've been catching them from the last channel swings in the
creeks to the mouths of the creeks and also on main lake channel swings and
bluff ends.  Stickbaits will also work in the areas noted above where I've
been fishing jigs and crankbaits.  Just back the boat off the bank and fish
over 10'-20' of water.  It doesn't seem to matter if you have submerged
timber for the jerkbait, as they seem to be relating to the rock changes as
well as the timber.  I've been using Lucky Craft 100's, 4 1/2" rogues &
Megabass in various shad colors.  If the water is stained try baits with
orange belly and the darker sides.

DEEP BITES
There have been many large schools of shad in the centers of the major
creeks with the depth varying day to day.  Fish have been suspended from 25
-50' deep over 50'-100'.  They can be caught on 1/2 oz. & 3/4 oz. Chrome or
white jigging spoons. Or on 4"-5" single tailed grubs or Gitzits in smoke or
salt and pepper shades using a 1/4 oz. - 3/8 oz. Jighead.  There have also
been some fish out on main lake flat points in 30'-50'  and on bluff ends
with submerged timber. 

As you can see, there are many variables, all which will catch fish.  The fishing has been great, so if you get a chance get on down here and wet a line!
 

 

 

Table Rock Lake Fishing Report
By Pete Wenners

Lake level:  918.75
Water Temps:  84-88

Fishing on Table Rock has been good for the middle of August.  The fish
never really moved out deep this summer due to the water clarity and flow.

We are catching smallmouths in 12' - 18' range on flat gravel points from
the dam to Campbell Point areas on 3/8 & ½ oz. football jigs with
peanut-butter jelly or watermelon purple skirts with twin-tailed Chompers
trailers, or Zoom Speed Craws, also on 4" - 5" skirted Chompers in
watermelon and green pumpkin colors.  This has been working good early and
then shuts off.  When the sun gets up try backing out to 20'- 25' on the
same points.  Drop shot fish are also being caught off the ends of the deep
docks suspending at 20' - 25'.
 
The river arms get better as the temperatures heat up, with water 3 ½ feet
above pool the fish that have been scattered in the shallows are pulling out
to the submerged buck brush.  Fish flats and channel swings in the creeks
early in the morning .  Try buzzbaits, spinnerbiats and topwater baits
around the shallow bushes and when the sun pops up try flipping Texas rigged
worms and tubes around the buck brush or try ¼ & 3/8 oz. jigs tipped with
Paca Chunks or twin tailed Chompers in brown & black or peanut butter jelly
colors are working good.

If the flatter banks don't produce try fishing the channel swings in the
creeks with the Texas rig or Shakey head worms at 6' - 10' deep. There are
still many fish being caught on main river flats in 15' - 20' on ½ & ¾ oz.
football jigs and brush hogs fished on Carolina rigs and shad colored deep
diving crankbaits.  Best flats have roll-offs or drops in the river channels
  Good Luck
 
Pete Wenners
Pete's Professional Guide Service
888-214-1767
www.hookedonbass.com
June 10th, 2008

Water Temp:  73-78

Lake Level:  928.38

 

Table Rock’s bass are in a post spawn pattern, moving from the shallows to deeper areas in the lake.  The best bite for me seems to be off long flat main lake points in the Dam, Kimberling City and Campbell Points areas in 22’ – 30’.   Fish can be caught on drop shot rig using 4” worms in watermelon candy, plum, purple or watermelon red.  We are also catching them on Carolina rigs, rigged with French fries, lizards and baby brush hogs in watermelon candy, green pumpkin and pumpkin colors seem to be working best. 

We are getting some topwater action early in the day and late in the afternoon in these same areas, also try some bluff end points using Zara spooks, Redfins, and Pop R’s in shad pattern colors.  If cloudy, try the black shad pattern and high skies use the blue shad pattern. 

Most of the fish we are catching are Kentucky bass with some smallmouth mixed in, casting your topwater into the flooded trees and working the bait back out towards the boat or paralleling the bait close to the outside tree line.

On the main lake we are catching some largemouth flipping bushes and brush on secondary points in the creeks.  If the water levels decrease the flipping fish should be easier to locate.  With so much submerged brush, trees and bushes that it’s hard to pattern where they will be on a day-to-day basis.

 

Fish do not have eyelids and will seek shade on clear sunny days and taking any opportunity to shield themselves under a tree. The shadow of a tree provides the fish relief from the midday sun and attracts bass and bluegills in like a magnet.  Good Luck!!

 

Pete Wenners
Pete’s Professional Guide Service

www.hookedonbass.com



May 20, 2008

Lake Level: 930.20
Water Temperature: 65-68
 
Fishing was great until about Wednesday of last week, then it seemed all the
fish disappeared!  I think with the full moon days away and the warmer
temperatures those fish that hadn't spawned that we had been hanging around
the 12' - 20' range all went into the trees and brush to spawn.  There are
fish locked on beds in several areas of the lake, some we can't see with the
high water level.

The bass will be back on the main lake graveled points at 12' - 25' right
after they spawn. Look for the newly spawned bass with split shot and
Carolina rigged lizards, French fries, and centipedes in green pumpkin or
watermelon and football jigs in peanut butter & jelly and brown with purple,
working your bait very slowly.

Around the flooded bushes and timber try a wacky rigged Senko in watermelon
red, smoke with black, or red flake, around the base of the timbers or
skipping that bait under the brush and working it out towards the boat
slowly. 4" - 5" swim baits will also work well in these areas.

I have heard reports of drop shot fish being caught 25' - 30' over 40' - 60'
on main lake and secondary points.

Top water bite has started early and late in the day or on overcast days.
We are catching them on Spooks, Red Fins, & Sammy's.  You will not get many
as bites fishing the top water baits, but they are quality bass. Who doesn't
like to watch a bass explode on the top water baits?  Good Luck!

 

 

May 11, 2008
Lake Level:  929.52
Water Temp: 59-61
There are a lot of fish being caught right now, some are in pre-spawn and
some post-spawn. The same patterns seem to be working all over the lake.

 Best areas seem to be from Indian Point to Aunt's Creek and up the White
River to Baxter.  4" - 5" grubs, and 3" - 4" tubes fished on ¼ oz. jig heads
in smoke, slat & pepper, and watermelon red colors working well.  Set the
boat in 20' - 25' fishing flat points with pea gravel bottoms, and points
leading into spawning pockets working best.  It's hard to tell what points
are pea gravel due to the high water, look for points that have a gradual
slope into deeper water. 

Some days the fish are suspended and other days they are on bottom.  Cast
towards the tree line about 10' - 12' deep and let the bait fall to the
bottom and work it back slowly.  When the fish seem to be on the bottom many
other bait types will work, such as a split shot, Carolina rigs, football
jigs, and lizards fished in the same depths.

There continues to be fish caught on spinnerbaits around flooded willow
trees and a topwater bite on Spooks, Chug Bugs,  & Red Fins.  Fish seem to
be slapping at the baits missing them but this bite will continue to get
better I believe as more fish spawn and the water temperatures rise.  We
have seen water temps cool recently with the cooler evenings. Going from
65-67 degrees to 59 - 61 degrees.
Good Luck!
 
 

 

 

APRIL 12, 2005

LAKE LEVEL 912.57 NORMAL 915 WATER TEMP 56-60

 

The fishing the past few weeks has been tough for the most part. It's been hard to pattern anything because of the weather changes, one front after another. We seem to be about two weeks behind as far as water temperature and spawn. Fish are starting to bed in some areas of the lake now where water temps are ranging from 56 to mid 60's in some areas in the afternoon.

 

The upper rivers, King's White & James you can catch lots of numbers, mostly small buck bass moving up on 4"worms, French Fry's, 3"-4" grubs on main lake and secondary points, split shot, Mo-Jo rigs or Carolina rigs working best. Fish the smoke or white, or watermelon 3"-5" grubs on 1/8 or 1/4 oz jig heads. Watermelon & green pumpkin worms are working good, also Chompers in the same colors. Fish these worms and grubs in 3'-15', most of the fish have been on bottom or close. On windy days try slow rolling a 3/8 oz. & 1/2 oz. spinnerbait from the mouths of the creeks to the very backs, fishing in 2'-10'. Crankbaits in crawdad patterns (browns & greens) Wigglewarts, Bandit 200's, Bombers will also work. I have also started to catch some on Senko's in the creeks as well.

 

With the water temps rising and the fish moving up to spawn, all sorts of lures will catch fish, you just have to be patient and give your favorite lure time. The Dam area, Kimberling City, Baxter & Campbell Point areas~the patterns will also work in these areas, but the mosson bottom can be a problem while split shotting, Carolina rigging, or any bottom baits fished. Most of the moss seems to be from the bank out to about 8', and not all areas have it. Try to position your boat so you can fish the outside edge of the moss. Smallmouths are starting to turn on in the clearer water, they can be caught on grubs and 4" worms split shot or on slider head rigs.

 

Good Luck!!

 

MARCH 12, 2005

LAKE LEVEL 913.75 NORMAL 915 WATER TEMP 46-50

 

Fish are staging all over the lake, there still doesn't seem to be one area or arm of the lake that is better than the other. Many of the same patterns seem to be working all over the lake, si I'm not going to break them down into areas. Main river arms have some color (stain), crankbaits are working better in these areas, but will also work in the clearer water if overcast or windy. Best crankbaits seem to be Storm Wigglewarts, & Pradco's Bombers-6A-7A, in crawdad patterns (green & red). Finding fish on secondary points, channel swings in the creeks, & water for rock transitions from chunk rock banks to pea gravel banks. Some days fish are 3'-6', others like this weekend when cold front came in, they were 8'-12'. Try some Team Supreme jigs or Eakins jigs in brown & black.

 

Some fish are being caught in the areas a little deeper, 15'-25' on football jigs-Brown/Purple & Brown /Green. Split shot or MoJo rigged watermelon or green pumpkin Team Supreme French Fry's. Jerkbaits fished on secondary points in 5'-8', over 15'-25' of water are producing big fish, but the bites are few and far between. 3"-5" Team Supreme grubs in smoke, pearl, salt & pepper, and watermelon colors working on main lake and secondary gravel points fished 15'-25' deep. Some days fish are suspending over deeper water and submerged timber, and other days they have been right on bottom. Watch for schools of shad, if sare are suspending the bass should also be. I'm not saying by any means that fishing is easy right now, you have to work hard, but the rewards can be great. Fishing is just going to keep getting better and better as the water warms and fish move into spawn

 

Crappie are still biting great. I've found it best in stained water in Long Creek & James River, I haven't been in the King's or Upper White recently. Fish have been 3'-8' in submerged timber in the creeks and 5'-12' deep on main river flats. Small tubes working good, road runners and beetle spin in a variety of colors.

 

 

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