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Turning the Knob on Table Rock Bass

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Table Rock Lake Current Fishing Report June, 14 2019  Shell Knob, MO.

White River Outfitters

Perhaps the most perfect Top Water Morning, Just up Stream from Shell Knob.

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The Idea this morning was to fish out of Eagle Rock.  I had a last minute cancel that I was not able to fill and have two trips next week out of Eagle Rock and wanted to get up there and see what was happening.  Got to the 86 bridge at 5:30, and knew I was in trouble as there were boats and rigs parked everywhere.  Didn't want to fight the mob, I'm guessing a pretty decent size derby.

Didn't want to waste a perfect morning so I booked for the Shell Knob Bridge Ramp and there were only 2 rigs there at a little after 6.  Lots of boats flying by from up stream so I'm guessing the ER derby crowd was headed downstream to big water.  Mistake for the most part.  I headed upstream right into the teeth of them.  Boats on most ever dock and major runnout from SK to Carter, all right on the bank or flipping any dock they could find.

With the cloud cover slight drizzle and little chop you could not have ordered a better Top water morning.  Fish were absolutely blowing everywhere at depth.  At first I thought they were whites, but nope, mostly LM with some really nice K's and several Jaws mixed in.  I petty much caught big keeper fish cast after cast from 6:15 till 9:30 on a Fin.  I have fished here in the good and bad times and today for me was for sure one of the good times.  Wish my son could have been out with me, he was here last week and we caught fish, mostly on a jig but today was special as it was all about the Top.

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A couple of guys that were fishing a dock came out and pulled up to me saying that had seen me wacking them and did not mean to intrude but wondered how I was catching them.  I asked first off did you catch any on that dock and they said no.  They had watched the MLF guys catching them early in the mornings on a shad spawn under docks and thought that was the deal.  I said it might have been a month ago, but those fish were long gone and out here for me to catch.  I tried to help them, but It just was not going to happen,so I wished them luck and they pulled off.

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 About that time the fish blew up again.  I was sitting in 106  feet of water.

Message to self, I don't think White River bass need to hide under anything.😎

Just about every fish I caught and the numbers were a bit silly, were keepers.  With the way they were feeding this morning, I'm guessing they probably will not eat again until sometime next month.   I just got really lucky being in the right place on the right day at the right time.

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These fish were chasing schools of shad and also schools of fry.  There are just millions of tiny fry swimming in big schools around the Knob.  Some shallow and some deep.  Just have no idea how many offspring are out there this year as I think we  had a fantastic spawn.  

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My boat was so saturated with poop, fry, shad and crayfish that I had to take it to the car wash and wash it out to prevent from grinding it into the carpet.

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Lots of Daddy's in them also, just about the size of a 3/8 oz. jig

Put lots of fish on the board, but for the most part just gave them a smooch and sent them back to the briny deep to continue on their feeding binge.

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I did catch 1 on a jig just for kicks and grins and a couple on a drop shot and a spoon, but the Fin was the deal by far on this perfect top water day on Table Rock Lake.

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Way to go Bill!  (I know where that spot is).  😄

Good luck up by Eagle Rock if you go there, and I'll be curious to hear now you do.

I hope next week isn't a wash out, I haven't been on the Rock in a while and would like to get up there and give it a shot.

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Bill when you had them on the jig with your son, are you still on the quick 5 in green pumpkin/orange?  You've sold me on that one and that color.  I didn't have any smallie beavers with me on Wednesday, but used a paca slim in GP and orange tipped claws and got a ton of bites.

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what a trip!  got to fish where they are instead of where a lot of folks  want them to be.  well bill, you do have to agree that it does help with having a lot of catching to yourself!

 

bo

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Bo, you are so right.  But, for me every fish that my clients catch or my friends or son catches when they are with me I feel that maybe I did a little something to make that happen and it still after 30 years just flat tickles me to death.

RB, I'm using the GPO in quick 5 with a smallie beaver.  My son used a Chompers and a Yamamoto twin in GP  He dipped the end of the tails orange and caught them as good, so really I don't think it matters much.  The crayfish even prior to being in the stomach are really green pumpkin right now with lots of orange trim.  We were using 1/2 oz.

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Awesome Bill- I was sitting in my office this AM thinking about what a perfect Topwater morning it should be...  

 

I’m headed to Big M tomorrow- hopefully I can get out there early before the Eagle Rock deal takes off.  Gotta get on my spot first because I don’t have enough backup plans!  Your information is always so helpful- as a guy who gets over there about once a month I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the detail you put in your reports.  When I get to the lake I feel like I at least have an idea of where to start!  Thank you.

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Bill, great report of a tremendous morning of fishing. Thanks for all you do for everyone on the forum. 

Mike

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Fished the dam with Mike this morning right before the storm.  It didn't have any magic as it was harder than a bankers heart out there.  We decided to wait a while and fish up the river a mite and let those persnickety critters at the dam go about there business without us.

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