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  1. 38 points

    To our OAF men in blue

    We have several members here who serve in various roles of law enforcement. God bless you guys and stay safe out there in these troubled times. Most of all, know that you have our prayers and utmost appreciation for what you do.
  2. 30 points

    Well that was just silly...

    So, first day off the boat toter. Only things that broke were one braid-fc leader and my sunglasses strap. Good start. Fishing was, well, scary. Decent limit by 930ish. Full keeper slam by 10 am. Hard one was the spot. Go figure. Three keeper meanies total. Tried to stop counting keepers at 15, then hit 2 more back to back and gave up. That was around 230, fished till 445 or so with no drop off. Water 65-68 or so, colored up. Pretty shallow bite. Best one was a 19 & 1/2" black. If it didn't rhyme with bread, or something... Got a little touchy with the sun, but they didn't move. Just hunkered down and bite got softer. Keying on little features, and not avoiding rock snot at all. The jaws are just an immovable force when you pop them.
  3. 30 points

    Sat/Sun 3-25/26-17

    Fished both days this weekend. Spent our rainy/chilly Saturday from Owl Creek up to state line and managed 15-20 bass and four really nice crappie. One of the bass was a very nice LM and we had several other keepers. Unfortunately, we invested 2 hours in those crappie. Quality always seems to be good in the White but can't say the same for numbers. At least not for my efforts. Bass came on a spinnerbait, Bomber 6A crank, Senko, Keitech single swimmer and a crappie jig. Depths were from practically dry ground to no more than 12 feet. Just FYI, there's a fair amount of mud rolling down from the Roaring River, along with quite a bit of floating debris in both the upper White and Roaring Rivers. Be careful running. Launched Sunday at Viney and fished downstream to near the White/Kings split. Tough going for us. Managed about a dozen bass, of which two were nice keeper spots. The rest were sub-keepers. Spinnerbait, single Keitech and Ned were the players.
  4. 30 points
  5. 29 points
    Donna G

    Out of Eagle Rock 2/27

    Disclaimer alert - as previously noted, I am geographically challenged, especially on the water, so I'll let Champ188 fill in those pertinent details and any other snippets he deems noteworthy. Splashed at 8:00 a.m. and put it on the trailer at 5:30 p.m. Long day and not our easiest ever. Certainly not the numbers we had on Thursday. No wind the first part of the day and ducked in a slip at Big M twice to avoid short showers. Hey, I'm on vacation. Don't have to tough out the rain. Best I recall WT ranged 49.1-52.7. First fish came at 9:15 a.m. Finally got a little something going when the wind showed up. Ended up with 20, mostly spots, no brownies. Five keepers for around 15lbs anchored by this beauty. Got my heart pumping on 6lb line. Sheesh. Had to run around the back of the boat like crazy Iaconelli feeding line. Mix of baits and mix of water - spinnerbait, Ned, swimbait, crankbait...maybe one on a FB jig. Beat the wood again and didn't seem to help a lot. Good looking stuff, too. I was sure hoping to capitalize on the bright skies this morning and run that swimbait through tree tops for a big chomp, but the fish had different ideas. Hope this girl shows up next Saturday for the OA derby.
  6. 28 points
    Bill Babler

    Finding Fish on the Rock

    Slothman started a very interesting topic on CHIRP and I'm going to carry it on a little here, and I want to preface this by saying Table Rock Lake as it is what I know the best but am still learning on every trip to the lake. With the various types of underwater eyes we now have as far as some of the best freshwater electronics that have ever been invented by a multitude of companies how are they helping us. From scan to sonar just what are they doing for us? Table Rock and the White River Chain of lakes are for the most part ruled more by seasonal patterns, water depth and movement than they are by structure. How many of us thru either side scan or just our sonar mark places that look good, but don't have fish on them. I will bet everyone reading this piece. I have over 1,500 gps marks on my card with the majority of them not being structure, but there are plenty that are. Do they hold fish? Sometimes but most often not. Structure on Table Rock is like a Hotel or a Bed and Breakfast. The fish may visit, but they don't live there. They may stay a while and new guests from time to time check in, but most including the largemouth are on extended travel holiday. Most should own a 5th. wheel, cause they are on the road 90% of the time. Why? I will tell you at times I know and at times I don't know. Here is the place that Bo could jump in and help as he is one of our posters that is perhaps more in tune with seasonal patterns and the movement of fish than the majority of us. What is puzzling is most of the time the fish are moving just to be moving. There is adequate forage all over the lake and for sure enough forage to sustain them where they are, but they pack there sunscreen and head off to another location on the pond. That's why when folks ask, I say they live in the water, not by this or that structure. Table Rock fish are perfectly happy to suspend at depth and not relate to any structure whatsoever. Does water temperature influence migration? Yes and no. there are fish everywhere in the lake and I have had a many of trip that looking for warmer water in the early season is the wrong thing to do. Sometimes 45 degree water has more bites than 53 degree water. Warmer water at times make fish rise in the water column, or become more active. It puts some gas in the tank and make them move. Is this good? Sometimes. at other times it turns concentrations of fish into single targets of harder to hit moving fish. The only pattern that really holds on the Rock is a deep Winter and a Deep Summer pattern. Winter fish love 50' and they love it in deep vertical cuts or channel swings. Summer fish love the thermocline. Best depth for the last 30 yrs. has been 26' What does this have to do with structure. Just about nothing. Most of these fish hold on zero structure. At times they will relate to deep trees but most often they will not be so much in the tree as above it or just within 30 or 40 feet of it. Really, most often they will relate to runoffs and sharp drops or they will relate and suspend near changes in the bottom or transitions. A good example is I took a BFL angler out last year for a day prior to his tournament. We found a huge concentrations of K's on the bottom on a channel swing inside flat. I mean a huge concentration. We could have jerked them on a spoon or a drop shot and still been jerking. It was post spawn and every fish in the area was congregated and getting to know each other. He went back the next day and the flat was empty. Said it looked like a pool table top. After he left I took my client out there and found them in 2 minutes. They had moved from 22' on the bottom out to 22' suspended over 90' in the middle of the channel. No structure, just setting out there enjoying their day. That's Table Rock. Another point of Table Rock is fish love flat pea size gravel, with absolutely no structure or cover. It looks like the Serengeti down there but there are hunters that roam it, almost every month of the year. Mostly SM. When either the Conservation Department or fishermen add structure the fish leave. It is far from, "If you build it they will come." Don't work that way on Table Rock. Some of my best locations for both SM and K's have been totally ruined by adding structure. The bass just leave and don't come back. There is already plenty of structure in Table Rock that the bass very seldom if ever relate to, adding more is really not the answer, and adding it to locations that have none and trying to attract bass most usually has the opposite effect. As I said there is a bait or food form most everywhere and there is bait around existing structure and there bass are not there, either. I guess this is a long winded version of saying buy and learn to use your electronics as you see best, but just because you have 1,500 way points does not mean you know where the fish are or when they will be there. Good Luck
  7. 27 points

    Take a moment this Easter

    Sometimes we just have to tap the brakes and give thanks for the true blessings and the mercies that we have been given as a result of the greatest sacrifice. I am more blessed than I deserve and thankful for the grace that is bestowed upon me - if it were not for those two things I am not sure where I would be in this crazy world. Happy Easter everyone C4F
  8. 25 points
    Mitch f

    Tackle HD, our new tackle company

    A few years ago, Hog Wally, MOSmallies , Smalliebigs , and myself, met on this forum and forged a bond through our passion for river fishing. That passion has manifested itself into a new lure company. I know you've Probably been hearing about it from us for a while, so we would like to formally announce the opening of our new lure company, Tackle HD, as of JAN 20, 2017. We are starting out with a few modest offerings, but plan on continually adding more products as we grow. Tackle HD is committed to the design and manufacturing of brand new products to the marketplace. All of our molds are originals. You won't find anything like them anywhere. All of our lures have been designed, tested, and re-tested to have a unique fish catching action and look, and an uncanny attention to detail. These lures are literally spawned on the bank of the Meramec River, in the heart of Missouri's finest smallmouth country. Our jigs have been specifically designed to work with each individual lure we create, but work well with a variety of baits. We will mostly be selling products online, but will sell through a very limited number of retail stores/tackle shops. Our products are made one at a time, all in our humble little shop in St.Clair, MO., by American workers. We're pretty proud of that. We also think it's pretty cool we all met on OAF. Thanks Phil Lilley! Here is the link to our website: www.TackleHD.com You can also keep up with the latest news via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! We will soon have a couple of videos on our website that offer instructions on things like rigging the baits, and fishing tips. Along with some success stories and pictures. Here's Al Lindner's son Troy with a giant smallmouth caught on the HI-Def Craw. We would ask our friends and fellow fisherman to like our Facebook page as well! Thank you for your support! Have a great and blessed weekend! Sent from my iPhone
  9. 25 points
    They have this game figured out. So fun watching them beat me. Monday was a great day with 16 keeper bass, biggest 4.5, 4, couple 3's on a buzz bait shallow. Pea gravel with basketball size mixed. 30 degree banks. Had to cover A LOT of water, but worth it. Went out Tuesday n Wednesday and couldn't even come close to repeating. Decided to crappie fish and ....... more great memories for us.
  10. 24 points
    than she did. She's hooked. Had several this size and yes, she caught a bunch of them. I'm sworn to secrecy once again as we talked about not telling where we caught them, but I can tell you it was a very "Long Creek" in 8' - 12' of water that we fished. Same bait as always.... baby shad in any color you wanted as long as it was chartreuse. Hopefully I didn't give away too much info here. Wouldn't want her to not go with me next time. Waiting to get her and the 11 year old into whites. If any of you have some knowledge on the whereabouts of where the whites are, please share or send me a PM. The spoonbillers will be up the James this weekend (I think). Not sure I want to compete on the James right now.
  11. 24 points

    Big M area, 2/13

    Had the good pleasure of fishing with Huntest (the other Dave) today, we had what I think was just an exceptional day for this time of year. We threw the Ned all day, except for about 5 casts where I threw a shaky head, on the 5th cast I hung it up and broke it off, so back to the Ned. Anyway, me being goofy and always counting fish, I caught exactly 30 today, Dave got a little behind early as he was throwing a "Goby" colored Ned to begin with, and it just wasn't working, but once I convinced him "Dirt" was the color to throw, he kept pace. He doesn't count his, but we had 50 today probably, with maybe 10 keepers. 1/8 oz Neds, throwing them towards the bank and dragging them back slowly on the bottom. Fish have moved a bit shallower, we were getting them from 5 to 20 FOW, with a few out deeper. Gravel banks with some rock near deep water were good, and so were some rocky points. We did fish back in one cove, but only got one bass back there, most were near the main channel. Biggest fish was a 5 lb. LM, healthy fish, but had several of those big black patches on it. Never seen one with so much of that coloration. PB&J was working too. I don't know how much color matters, but they liked Dirt and PB&J today. Water temps were 47-49. Funny story about the 5 lber, Dave had hooked up on a decent fish, which turned out to be a 20" walleye (released), I had just made a cast, and I stepped back in the boat to net the fish or hand him the net I forget, anyway I was holding my rod with one hand, and once we got the walleye in the boat, I moved up to the front and started to reel, well that Ned had been sitting on the bottom, and when I started to reel I thought I was hung up, but it started moving and I realized it was a good bass. One of those flukey things that happen sometimes. Had a photographer with me today, so you get to see my smiling face.
  12. 24 points

    Sunday, 2-12-17, White River arm

    First cast at 8:30 a.m., last fling at 3:30 p.m. Fished pretty hard throughout the day in the middle White River arm, roughly from Campbell Point to Baxter. Only had nine total to show for our efforts, with just two keepers. Wind howled all day, swinging around from northwest to due east by the time we left. Jerk bait carrying a lovely Tim Hughes custom paint job produced the first and biggest fish. After that, bites came on a crank plug, a single swimmer and the Venerable Varmint. Apologies (not really) to the BASS Open and other prefish drive-by guys if you don't know our lingo here. Weather has these fish stirring. Saw water temps up to 51. Pretty surprising where we found some of them.
  13. 24 points

    They ain't all 30 feet deep

    Fished a couple of pet sections of the White River today. Despite having not a cloud in the sky (literally, all day), I managed 26 total with 7 keepers, best five of which would go 14-15 pounds. Having a decent wind helped, as did having it blowing on the shady bank from noon until I quit at 4:30 p.m. Started fishing at 9:00 and caught a couple pretty quick on the Plopper, including my second-best fish of the day at about 3.5 pounds. Also caught a couple on a shallow crank and one on a Carolina-rigged Centipede, which was the ONLY fish caught deeper than 6 feet all day. The rest came on 3/8-ounce War Eagle spinnerbaits in the Spot Remover and Purple Shad colors. Managed a few pics but didn't get the two biggest ones. Hard to handle the boat in the wind and take pics by yourself. Right, Bo?
  14. 23 points
    Launched at Long Creek ramp at 6:45 this morning, first rig in the lot. I started out jigging a tree in 15 feet and right off landed a 15 inch crappie. Jigged several other trees, not even a sniff. I set the boat in about 20 feet and started throwing towards the bank and brought the jig back really slow and caught 11 more crappie in the next hour and a half. The fish was scattered from right on the bank to 15 feet of water. I needed 3 more crappie to fill out my limit, fished till 11:00 and could not get another crappie. All fish were caught on 1/16th oz. green pumpkin chartreuse pepper tube jig. Water temp was 58.5.
  15. 23 points
    Took the family on an outing for a couple hours after church this evening. Spinner bait caught 4 spots, red wart caught the big one, my better half had bragging rights today. Bananas in a boat brings me luck. Life doesn't get any better, hope everyone has great week. Wt 55-55.6.
  16. 23 points
    focused fishing

    A-Rig Alternative

    Hey Guys, Bill asked me to post some info on an alternative to the A-Rig that I have been throwing for over 20 years. I had written an online article about it about 15 years ago but could not find the original article so here are the highlights: Double Fluke Rig: A double fluke rig allows you to fish two separate baits on one rod, it is most effective in the spring but has produced winter through early summer. The rig can be fished weightless when fish are suspended in shallow water or high in the water column or by adding nail weights, split shot or belly weighted hooks I’ve had success as deep as 25’ deep. The beauty of the rig is it’s slow fall and weedless properties. It is very effective when fish are holding in and around the tops of cedar trees and other cover where A-Rigs and jerkbaits can hang up. It’s also cheap, all of the components cost less than a buck or two as compared to $25 jerkbaits and $15+ all in on A-rigs. The draw back to the rig is it doesn’t cover water very quickly, much like fishing a jerkbait you have to be patient for the rig to be effective. It falls slow, even when weighted and the retrieve requires patience, allowing the bait to fall between jerks or twitches. Rigging You’ll need a couple of 4/0 EWG hooks, a couple of small crane swivels about 36” of 10# fluorocarbon and a bag of flukes (I like white, but whatever you have confidence in). Take 12” of fluorocarbon tie a hook on one end and a swivel on the other Take the remaining fluorocarbon and tie the other hook and swivel on the ends Run your main line from your rod (more on the rod / reel / line in a minute) through the eye of the swivel on the shorter leader. Don’t tie it to the line allow it to slide up and down the main line. Tie the main line to the swivel on the longer leader. Rig your flukes on the hooks and you’re ready to go A weightless rig will sink about a foot every two seconds, with nail weights about a foot a second, small split shot a little faster. (all on 10# fluorocarbon main line) I like to use a 7’ medium heavy rod with either a fast or very fast tip, high speed bait cast reel and 10# fluorocarbon line. Working the Rig Cast the rig toward the bank or cover, allow it sink to the desired depth on a semi slack line ( you’ll get a lot of bites on the initial fall) then retrieve with a series of twitches and pauses back to the boat. In warmer water work the bait faster in colder water slower. When you hook up take your time playing the fish, if there are other fish in the area there is a high probability of doubling up once fish is hooked. The bait is most effective in the spring but I have had success in the winter around trees and other cover and again in the heat of the summer around large boat docks. A double fluke rig is a good alternative to an A-Rig, I personally have used it in tournaments that don’t allow A-Rigs but make sure to check with tournament officials before using it.
  17. 23 points
    Bill Babler

    Guide Service

    Quick weigh-in on the topic. Never feel responsible to give a guide a tip. A tip is a very subjective thing. It is really not how well you do or how well he does but just how you feel about the day. Guides use guides. We use them where ever we go, from Alaska to Colorado to Florida to Louisiana to Texas. My criteria is preparation. How well does this guy or gal know the body of water and how much information and in what manor do they give it to you. How does he present him or herself and what is the quality of their equipment weather it be new or old including boat and gear. Is the guide punctual and has a plan in mind? I want to learn more than just about fishing, I want to know about the area and a bit about the guide. I want to ask their opinion about seasonal patterns not just at the moment we are fishing. If you are quiet, most often the guide will be quiet right with you. Ask questions and you will 99% of the time get quality answers. I don't have very many trips as a guide that I don't pick up a tip or two from a client. You should pick up a bushel from the guide. 99% of the time trout or fly fishing guides do not fish. They are either on the oars or positioning you in the right locations. 90% of the time pan fishing guides or saltwater guides will fish. Some at the invitation of the client, most thru necessity to correct changing patterns and baits throughout your trip. On the White River system it is almost impossible to get front ended by a guide. Yes under some circumstances it can happen, but most often this is not target fishing, it is open water fishing. I only know of a couple of guides here that will take some advantage and fish hard. Every fish you catch, I catch, so for me it works great if you catch them all. It is also a big joke and a laughing point to tell the buddies that the guide caught 1 and you caught a dozen. Not a trip goes by that I will have a client say "No one ever told me or showed me that before." In a lot of situations you can tell and tell and tell, but if you show someone it gets their attention. It is never and I mean never any one thing big, it is a multitude of very small little things that make us more successful. Most of us want to teach you one more little thing or 1/2 dozen if that's possible. On the Rock, it is not only what we use but how we use it. Technique is important in everything we do as is our equipment. Only a certain percentage of my clients will fish live bait. Most want to learn how to present and use artificial bait on Table Rock. In the past week, I have had trips that I got zero tip and I have had trips that I got enormous tips. Two different trips out of our Lodge. I took a couple fly fishing this past week. The wife caught 20 and her husband caught 27 all rainbows. Probably one of the nicest best trips I've had in 2016. I cleaned 8 rainbow trout for them that were simply magnificent. The other also out of the Lodge. I preformed way above my pay grade and the fish more than helped me as on this 3 person trip we caught and released 40 rainbows and these folks had never fished much before. All on artificial. No tip on either trip. Last Monday I took a bass trip with 3 guys from Florida. We had a decent trip, but nothing to write home about. I think they had 7 or 8 each, all on artificial. Decent day, but they gave me $200.00 each, tip over the guide trip price. One of them saying there was no way I could make a decent living with the equipment I had and what I was charging for a 1/2 day trip. Said the same trip in Florida was twice the price. I have other folks ask why we charge so much to take them fishing. It is all perspective. The guides here on the Rock are not getting rich in comparison to our brothers and sisters elsewhere in the country. Most are just hoping for a great life meeting super fantastic folks and guiding them to the best day they can on the water. Most of us have investments in equipment ranging in the mid-six figures and it really has to be that way to be competitive in todays market. Everyone wants to fish with the biggest baddest and best. Hardly a bass trip I take from a new client that he or she wants to know what boat I drive and what kind of gear I have. Most even want to know the tow truck. Lots goes into being a fishing guide, and doing it the right way. If you feel your guide did it the right way regardless of the total number of fish on the trip and you feel he qualifies I will guarantee you that he or she will appreciate that 10% or what ever you deem is right for the day. Our slogan is we never expect it and always appreciate it. Good Luck
  18. 23 points
    Current Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 6-30-16 White River Outfitters Guide Service It all started innocent enough with a swirl and a swing and miss as the Big Kentucky charged the 90 series Whopper Plopper, don't know if her vision was blurred from a late night with the boys or just mistook the speed of the projected food item. Didn't matter as she came back with a vengeance the second time and just "Bone Jarred It." Water blew in every direction and the Daiwa Steez sang line thru the guides of the Falcon Cranker. It was not what she thought or hoped it was. The durn thing had stickers and she had a face full that she really did not want. Kind of like a Griz. grabbing a Porky, Just not what she expected. This was a tricky catch as there were lots of deep dock cables to be avoided and the big spotted fish had in mind to get home to them. Kris played it cool and kept the pressure on. A couple of simi-deep runs and a pole vault jump and this beauty was posing for the OA forum. All this action is now located at your local water park, ie Table Rock Lake. Post spawn fish of abnormal size and color are now organizing a free for all feed bag. Not everywhere and today at times we struggled but, if you can find the right "Hidey Hole" you can for sure Zara in on some super spotted bass fishing. In the past week, I have fished from Leatherwood Creek to Long Creek and the only formula that changes is the depth. Deep fish at Eagle Rock are 20' to 30' and deep fish from Baxter to Long Creek are 35 to infinity. And I mean it. Bill Beck today had close to 20 keeper spots off very deep trees. He was sitting in 106. That for you Shallow guys and gals is One Hundred Six Feet Deep. He had his clients lines marked at 40' to fish the tops of bluffend trees, where the bait was a couple of feet above the tops. He said today he saw fish rising from as deep at 70' in the trees to eat his drop shot. I get dizzy and sea sick both just thinking about it. I'm starting most morning with a really good topwater bite. I was told about a Zillion times that there was none at the dam. Wrong, we blew up at least 15 this morning. It is early however, as the last topwater deal there was at 7 AM. We then had to dive, dive, dive to get em. most all at 35' suspended and nothing on the bottom. White River from Baxter up, use your electronics on the bluffends and the long points to find them. Start out as deep as 100' and work your way in letting your electronics light your way. This past week, we have had lots of K's from 17 to 19 inches and it is the second best time to catch a big gal besides the pre-spawn. Surface temps lakewide have settled into the 85 degree range and the water is clearing more and more everyday. It is very fishable. Most all our fish are coming early on the Whopper Plopper and then the drop shot, slab spoon or the Dixie Jet flutter spoon. You may have to look at least a dozen location to find a school of fish. I and most of the guides do not waste a minute casting to a flat screen, you have to see surface fish activity or see them with your underwater peepers to put on the brakes. You want to catch a big Kentucky? Get on out there. Right Now!!!!
  19. 23 points
    Bill Babler

    Put on the Thinking Cap

    Guys, we are starting to hear and really have all Winter heard of a shallow bite. Yes there has been one. We see a few fish being posted caught on a RC or an A-Rig or any of the bottom baits and I really think we are pushing in a little to early and a little to fast. We are on the fringe of staging time. This is grub swimming, stickbait fishing and A-Riggin at its best. Trouble is you need to fish where the fish are, not just set in and start down a bank. I'll put this in print right now, I have not fished down a stretch of bank on TR in the last 20 yrs. I just don't do it and I see folks do it all the time and then they whine when they are not catching them. Even our resident shallow fishermen like Champ and Donna who may fish shallow, do not for the most part just fish down a bank. They are fishing locations, cuts and pockets. He is moving and shaking and trying his best to fish productive water. Most often just fishing a bank or fishing shallow is not it. Why would you pull onto a location, and then just throw down the trolling motor and start cranking and winding? If the bank is 500 yrds why do you assume that they are there and for that matter where are they on that stretch of similar depth and structure? For me. every cast that a client throws and does not catch a fish is time. Time is all you have and it is so fleeting that you need to utilize it for the most production. Every time I catch a fish, I extend the amount of fishing time I make on that location, weather it be changing a bait and fishing differently or just expanding the area I'm fishing. I don't make repeated cast in a location hoping to activate the fish or hope that I get lucky. I'm from Missouri, they need to show me and show me pretty quick. We are getting ready to see some very nice weights come to the scales in the local tournaments, these will not be bank fish. These will be transition fish. These will be fish that are suspended or staging off the spawning banks. Guys, suck it up and move out a bit. How many of you are stopping at locations and making a cast that if you did that 3 consecutive throws end to end you would not hit the bank? Right now, is the very best time to use that high dollar TV that is sitting getting dusty on the bow and console of your boat. Almost every cove mouth and runnout still has pole timber located sometimes a 100 yrds. off shore. This time of the year the fish will move into these location and rise in the water column and start moving or staging toward the spawning pockets. Not so much moving toward the bank, but moving up in the water and cruising. From Eagle Rock to the Dam these locations are everywhere. Look for these big multi finger coves. Anyone that believes one side of the lake is better than the other is off his or her rocker. I have heard fish the East Shore as the West sun warms it faster. Not happen here. You find the right location and it will be on either side of the lake, makes no difference. Don't make it harder than it is. We are all seeing now that the coldest water on the lake is producing the most fish. Clarity and breeze here is more important than temperature. Don't fall in love with thinking you are seeing lots of fish and just not making them bite. You want real heart ache, go down to Bull Shoals and your graph looks like a Christmas Tree 12 months out of the year. You see lots of birds flying and on the water and then see fish on your graph in huge numbers, 99.9 percent of the time you are looking at gizzard shad. Once the bass move off the bottom they disperse for the most part and its very uncommon to see schools. Most often you will see multiple singles moving thru the water column from 10' to 50'. Hopefully in the 15' to 25' range suspended as if you are seeing them and you are out from the banks a couple of casts, that means they are also between you and the bank. THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE ON THE BOTTOM. Someone mentioned Rock Creek in a post today. Those fish are biting. The runnout from the Rock Creek Bluffend goes out within 200 yards of the bluffend on the up lake side. That cut falls off into 90' of water that is the main channel and also the main channel that goes into Rock Creek and the big cove that is just upstream. RPS, don't kill me for this. How many of you all are stopping out there with the boat in 90' and throwing up on the end of that pole timbered bluffend? How many of you are sitting your boat in the channel in over 100' and throwing up on that bluffend from the bouy out to the end of the runnout ? Those are major staging locations, as the fish move from the main lake to the big Rock Creek and its big Spawing coves. Up the White River from Big M, how many of you are fishing the river channel edges? There are miles and miles of timbered channel edges that still hold fences stumps, trees and brush. Again, Sorry RPS. Use your electronics to see and follow the channel. There are ditches and cuts that you can see on your map that are just unreal this time of the year. One of the best is above the bridge at 86. Your boat can be sitting in 55' of water and you are throwing into 25 ft. right on the channel edge. There are fantastic fish up there. Won't always catch them, but you have a chance. Places like this hold late Winter and staging fish, They are not always there and it is for sure a good place to get caught up in the pole timber, but it is also a place to catch a fish of a lifetime. Put your thinking cap on and think outside the box for the next month and catch yourself the biggest fish you have ever caught on the Rock. Good Luck I
  20. 22 points

    Enjoying it while we can

    Hit it pretty hard today with the looming forecast. Fortunately the fish played along. Caught a tremendous number of solid keepers. Not monsters, but 16"-18" fish. Pushing hard on 20+, not including squeakers. Caught them all day, more or less regardless of water temp or color. Most of the fish were sitting on the bottom in 15' or so. But we also caught a few on the banks (blacks) and as deep as 30' (K's). Spots are relating to docks pretty consistently. Best deal was the 1/8 OFH with a cut Zinkerz on 6#. Mix of colors, everything from gp red flake to shad colors. Fish don't really seem to be eating anything. No sign of shad, craws, etc. Other than a few blacks on the bank of spawn coves, most of these fish have clearly not been near a bed yet. Hard to reconcile that with temps, but there it is. John managed his first keeper slam today. Cool deal. Something we should all enjoy, as it's just not available most places.
  21. 22 points
    Hog Wally

    Large Smallies

    A 19" and a 20" in two casts.
  22. 22 points
    Dewayne French

    Elite Solo & the Open

    First off let me say I will try and not make this to long and a big thanks to all the guys and ladies on this site for their unbiased going on's with this great lake we have. I have been a OA member for several years and even post from time to time, normally I fish Nofork/Bull. These highland lakes with their beauty and humbling fishing characteristics make it a challenge. Everyone always denotes fishing to putting those dang jig saw puzzles together as kid, Well I wasn't good at that and I like CATCHING better than fishing any day. I have been on Table Rock for about 9 days stright since the 23rd of Feb fishing Webb's Elite Solo Feb 25/26 and then the Open and I will be quite honest I struggled to put the winning pattern together in either one. I'm not a grub fishing dude I have never gotten that down (BUT I KNOW THAT IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO) to catch them this time of year if the A-Rig isn't in play and love to fish a crankbait this time of year. As I had a sammich with Champ & Donna before my elite solo (She can make A great Sammich BTW) after I had been on the water a few hours & yes we where not around the lower end. After my solo tournament and finishing mid pack with the crankbait and Jerkbait I realized I needed to go to the clear water and try the Grub thing. After a couple of days of riding around all the boats from KC to Long Creek bridge and catching some quality I wasn't satisfied with my practice and ran back to my Crankbait & Jerkbait fish and started catching numbers and Quality mixed in with out the boat pressure I was seeing down the lake. I made the decision to make a long run to above Eagle rock for the Open and knew I wouldn't have the pressure as I would down the lake and If I could get lucky I could end up with a good kicker up there on the crank/JB. Day 1 after arriving to my first spot and then second spot with out a keeper and very few shorts. I rotated back through and began catching quality on a Gizit, I was always told by my Dad to never leave fish to find fish. These fish where not going to be moving a along way (they can not go that far up there) so I had to adjust my bait and presentation and Boom a limit, but without a kicker I left early to make the run back and try some clear water spots (just shorts), ended up in 50th place after day 1. Day 2 dawned still cold and bundled up for that long run again, but this day was my long day and I could stay until 3:15 before I had to make the run back. I never finished out my limit even with the Ned I could only manage shorts, but I had the kicker a 4.5-5 lbr that helped boost me up to 36th and a nice check to help pay for my trip. I found water temps during these 9 days from 48 to even 60 on one of those shorts and flip flop afternoons. I never caught anything from the green algea/snot in the clear water and never caught anything from the 60 degree stained water either. I caught fish where shad was to places I didn't even graph a bait ball much less see any. Lures ranged from a Crankbait (WW/RC), Jerkbait, Gizit, Shaky head, Swing head, and yes the NED. Practice was more running and gunning, but on one of my best days of catching before the Solo I did have 27 fish with 7 of those keepers mostly the swing head and 2 custom Rock crawlers did the damage. The shorts also where not those little dinks most where just shy of the 15 inch mark. A good number of just sub legal fish where caught. During the rest of practice I didn't do a lot of catching just looking. The clear water fish I did catch were of good quality I just couldn't duplicate those in areas I thought I should have. I'm never a fishing in a crowd type of guy so I opted to go to the river and I avoided the crowds and actual had fishing areas to my self up there and I learned more about those fish and what they do and where they go up there. Thanks again to all you guys and gals I enjoy these highland lakes and trying to figure them out. We are blest with very good people on this site and if you see me out there on the water please come by and say hey. I run a Basscat and it always has Purple in it.
  23. 22 points

    Fair Warning

    If your fishing sucks this weekend....blame us. Stuck in town, but sure the advance crew will sore lipping a bunch..
  24. 22 points
    Went out with a friend today on the river. What a great day it was, 73 degrees and catching some smallies! Then I saw this tree under the water and thought I'll flip a ned in there.....then this happened! No measure or scales. Girth was most impressive and from using my fore arm it's at least a 19. Might be 4 pounder tho from the thickness? Whatever it would weigh, it's my PB..,and was blessed to catch and release it!!
  25. 21 points
    Bill Babler

    Friday the 13th Yikes!

    Table Rock Lake Current Fishing Report 5-13-16 White River Outfitters Guide Service Surface temps have just jumped in the last 2 or 3 days and are running between 69 and 74 degree. I'm sure there is some warmer and cooler water, but this is pretty much going to cover it. Lake clarity is different by each mile you cover, but the White River although it looks somewhat green has 8 to 10 ft. of visibility. Checked it yesterday with the white spoon test. Other sections of the lake range from a tea color brown to a dark green almost red mix. Not pretty for Table Rock and really not very becoming. In sections you can see algae floating in very small particles when the sun shines on it. Without a doubt the best fishing on the lake is currently from Point 9 to Eagle Rock. For each mile you cover up the White the water gets better. Surface activity especially on cloudy still morning has lasted up to 3 hrs. From Kimberling City to Long Creek there just has been very little to zero surface fishing. I'm thinking it is because of the off color of the water as the surface temps are the same. Water is just flat dingy in that area. I have been catching a very nice mix of all of our Black Bass species. However I am mostly catching LM and Jaws. K's are still backed out a bit and when I want to target them I have to fish much deeper. I can with some luck tell my clients about 90% of the time what we are going to catch by where and how deep we are fishing. This is May 13 and we are right square in the middle of the spawn. The SM headed to the bank yesterday in huge numbers and are right in front of the bushes and under any over hanging willows. We had at least 15 keepers yesterday up to 3.5 on the jaws right on the bank. I had one girl spewing eggs in the net. " I just hated that." You catch one and it will most always have its mate running in with it. The LM are up there also. We had 2 yesterday pushing 5 pounds on the Ned, both were females and they were ready to spawn right now. Top Water is a conglomeration of everything from post to pre to catfish to walleye. Yes you read that right. In the last week, we have caught a walleye and a channel cat on a Whopper Plopper. Have also caught White bass in very good numbers as there are acres of them blowing from time to time. Again, mostly up the White River. My hands and fingers are sand blasted and have open wounds all over them, from taking off mostly SM. "They Bite." I have been using an array of baits, mostly the Keitech in 3.3 to 3.8 on either a 3/16 or a 1/4 oz. head with a 4/0 hook. Sportsmans Outfitters in Spfg sells these in big bags and I'm a very good customer. If you get wind and move the boat into the 30 ft. range you can catch some very nice K's on a jerkbait, they just hammer it. If you are using the small swimbait the bite is just a loading of the rod. Yesterday for most of us was the first day they have been on Ned in the past 2 weeks. They were on the bottom up close and they just killed him. A lot of times catching the Little Varmint on the drop. Big and I mean Big Bluegill have moved onto the points up the White River, most are in 20' to 30'. I have caught some just huge ones dropping a War Eagle spoon to them, thinking they were bass, while my clients catch top water fish. Lake for the past week has really calmed down with only a few boats out. Yesterday I think in a 6 hr. trip I saw 3 other fishermen. There was only 5 trucks at the SK ramp that were not guides all day yesterday. Get out there and pester them a little This last pic is of a 20 inch SM that weighed exactly 2.5 pounds. It was as skinny as a rail, male that was just loading the boat with White Stuff. It is very hard when the boys are chasing the girls for any formula to work when you are trying to judge weight by length.

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