At least once a year, I love to get up to the upper lake (Table Rock) and fish for big gills and this morning was it, so far. It took us a while of course to find where they were hiding but when we found them they bit and they were big.... they did not disappoint.
9 am - Put in at State Park.
Tried a couple of spots close to the Branson Belle that have been good to me in the past - nothing. Then we went to an old favorite... the high line point in close to Moonshine Beach. We tried our pieces of night crawlers in 12-20 feet all places but this time we ventured out a little deeper and caught a few. Still bored, we went on over to the main point there, on the inside (east of the point) and fished in 22-28 feet on the bottom and found them.
They weren't fast and furious but it kept us on our toes. Ended up with 15 between the 3 of us, about evenly distributed. I hadn't had my son Greg out BG fishing since he was a kid and for Coy, he's an old pro. Number 8 hook, small split shot, #4 pound line and drop it to the bottom, reel up a little bit. That's about it.
The fish I cleaned, most had eggs so I don't think they've spawned yet. I was told they were 15 feet deep but we found them deeper, at least in those spots.
How long? The board doesn't lie