Table Rock Lake - Fish Every Season!
Any season is a great time to fish Table Rock Lake and Indian Point! Spring is the best time of year for those lunker Largemouth Bass. You may not think you can fish during the summer vacation season, but Table Rock Lake is the exception to the rule. Go down to the cooler water in one of Table Rock's many deep waters and use nightcrawlers! Fishing from the bank or on one of the many docks on Indian Point, you can catch Brim and Perch. Even the youngest angler will find a thrill of catching a trophy to take home. Fall has you catching Largemouth, Smallmouth and Kentuckies (Spotted Bass). They come up from the deep water and head into shallower water as the water temperature cools. Plus, the weather for the angler is fantastic, too! Winter is when most anglers stay home or head south, but Table Rock Lake offers Kentucky Bass fishing. They will hang down in the trees right at the edge of the channels and prey on bait as it swims by. Be sure to dress warm (or catch a warm day) and have enjoy!
This is the best time of year for those lunker Largemouth. During their spawn Bass do not feed, but watch out when it's over. They will hit anything that moves. The time of the spawn changes from year to year depending on water temperature but if you hit it right that trophy Bass could be yours.
Table Rock is also becoming one of the nations best Smallmouth lakes. Pound for pound, Smallmouth are one of the best sport fish there is. So come on down in the Spring and get in on the fun.
WHERE TO START
Fish shallow (6 to 10 feet)
Ultra lite rod with up to 8 pound test line
Grubs, Gitzits, Caroline Rig
You may not think of the "Dog Days of Summer" as being good Bass fishing, but Table Rock Lake is the exception to the rule. You just have to think like a Bass. Go down to the cooler water in one of Table Rock's many deep reservoirs and use their favorite bait - NIGHT CRAWLERS!
This is the time of year for family vacations so let's not forget the kids. Weather fishing from the bank or on one of the many docks on Indian Point, Brim and Perch abound. Even for the youngest angler there are trophies to be caught. Of course, the biggest trophy of all is the smile on the face of a child that's just caught their first fish. All you need is a fishing pole with line, bober and hook; a box of worms and a camera to record the memories.
WHERE TO START FOR BASS
Main river points with no timber. Fish 20 to 25 feet deep in water that is 40 to 50 feet deep.
A boat with good electronics, light spinning rod with 8 pound test line.
Live bait / Night Crawlers / Grubs / Lures / Gitzits
Fall fishing on Table Rock Lake has two real advantages. The weather is great and so is the fishing! Largemouth, Smallmouth and Kentuckies come up from the deep water and head into shallower water as the water temperature cools. This is a time of transition for Bass. The water temperature can cool as much as 25° from September thru November (85° in Sept. to 60° in Nov.).
WHERE TO START
When water temperature is around 85° find a deep channel bluff and fish both ends. The depth should be around 50 to 60 feet deep. As the water cools thru October and November (closer to 60°) move to shallow water.
Bass boat with good electronis, Medium spinning rod with 8 pound test line.
Night crawlers in the warmer, deeper water. Then switch to crank baits, spinner baits, and Gitzits as the water cools and the fish move to shallower water.
Most people don't think of this time of year as good fishing, but the exact opposite is true, especially for Kentuckies (Spotted Bass). Just think deep! Kentucky Bass will suspend down in the trees right at the edge of the channels and ambush bait that is swimming by. What Kentuckies lack in size they make up for in fight. So hold on, dress warm and have fun!
WHERE TO LOOK
Think deep. At Table Rock Lake, bass will suspend 35 to 40 feet down in water that is as deep as 80 feet. The timber at the edge of the river and creek channels and the streches along bluffs, points and drop offs are good places to start.
Medium action spinning rod and 8 pound test line. A boat with good electronics is a must to find at what depth the bass are holding.
Live baits such as large shinners or crawdads are among the best. Use 3 large split shot and a medium size hook. Lures such as jigging spoons, Gitzits and grubs also work well.