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New Program At Table Rock/taneycomo

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I 100% agree with Babbler. This lake is not a largemouth fishery anymore. I used to night fish 2 tourneys every week. You can catch a few fish out of brush piles at night and hit the same ones during the day and never catch a fish. Bass simply in general do not hold up in brush piles. Crappie on the other hand, you can sink a coffee can and they will hide around it.

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This may offend some...if so, just my opinion....I think the tournament fishermen (big & small tournaments) have had an affect on the bass population. I realize they "release" them after the weigh in, but I wonder how many survive after being kept in a livewell all day? Never could understand the tournament thing....race to one side of the lake, cast 8 rods with different things making 10 casts with each...if no fish caught, race to the other side, admire fish for 2 seconds, throw fish in livewell, repeat, etc. That is too much like work!

I agree that cedars will not help. Do they ever stock Table Rock? If not, why not take some of that money and stock some fish! I fished TR in the late 80's and 90's with my grandfather and caught numberous largemouth, admired them and then carefully released them back in the water

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I am hoping that they use some of that money for enhancing the area just below Table Rock Dam in the way of deepening the channel, creating good, constructive habitat for big trout and other things that only a fish biologists would know how to do.

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I agree,in fact,they could use all the money below the dam and it wouldn't hurt my feelings.They could make some places for the fish to get away from all the fishermen.They are under constant attack when the water isn't running and need a place to hide.

They also need some kind of channel made up to the new #3 Brown Trout steps.

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I am hoping that they use some of that money for enhancing the area just below Table Rock Dam in the way of deepening the channel, creating good, constructive habitat for big trout and other things that only a fish biologists would know how to do.

Hear, Hear...that's what I'm talking about :goodjob:

I agree,in fact,they could use all the money below the dam and it wouldn't hurt my feelings.They could make some places for the fish to get away from all the fishermen.They are under constant attack when the water isn't running and need a place to hide.

They also need some kind of channel made up to the new #3 Brown Trout steps.

Absolutely!!! Well said!

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CMAC the reason that they will never be as productive on the rock compared to LOZ is like they said earlier in the post about TR being a more of a nomadic fish fishery and not a ambush fishery with mostly large mouth. I dont know about the numbers but i'd say that after the LMB virus that wiped a large chunk of bass down the tube that we are probably looking at about a 55-70percent population of nomadic fish such as smallies and spots to whats left of the large mouth. therfore id say that for most of the time that 60-70 percent of the wood isnt being used as cover by the gamefish. if I had a say in it i feel they should work more on bottom composition then anything such as dumping big boulder as well as smaller rock on areas that might lack some of this main natural structure.but i dont know i think most of then are suspending most of the time anyway weather it be in open water or in the trees or on the bluffs.

Tell me what you guides think. You guys know the lake better probably than most bioligists :goodjob:

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Seems to me, before they spend a bunch of bucks, they should decide what the main species they are going to manage the lake for and then decide how to best do it. It could be that the lake simply needs restocked after the big kill off of a few years ago.

I'll probably get in trouble for saying this but, there is already plenty of money being spent to support trout and bass in Missouri. I think there should be some time and bucks spent on less glamarous fish such as crappie, walleye, catfish, spoonbill and such.

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I think as mentioned before by someone that the biggest help on all the corp lakes would be to hold the lake level steady as much as possiable during the spawn. I bet we would be amazed at how many nests[all speices] either get high and dry or too deep to hatch.

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