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  1. Thanks to all for your replies. Part of our group from Southwest Louisiana will be there this week, so we’ll get reports from them before our group arrives on the 24th. This is such a fine forum. I’ve followed it for years, and all of you provide such useful information. Table Rock is a treasure, and we’ve seen the fishery evolve in a positive way since we first came in 1982. Love the smallmouth!!!
  2. Our annual group trip to Table Rock begins on April 24th. We make the trek every year around this time, and it's been something we look forward to since our first trip in 1982. We fish the Long Creek area, from the Arkansas line to around Point 1. I've read and heard about widespread issues with slime this year. Are the reports correct? If so, can you recommend areas where it's not so prevalent? Thanks in advance for any input. Table Rock is special!
  3. My buddies and I have been coming to Table Rock for over 35 years, to spend a week in late April. Toledo Bend is our home lake. I agree with Bill that Table Rock fishes large. The main lake areas are relatively narrow, and it has a incredible amount of shoreline to cover. We've never felt crowded on your beautiful lake, unlike Toledo Bend where you often feel like you need entry passes to fish your favorite areas. Having said that, if you want to take a chance on a double-digit bass, come on down!
  4. Thought y'all might be interested in this photo from the approach to Pendleton Bridge, on Toledo Bend. Brrr! We're not used to weather like this. Y'all didn't have to send it our way!
  5. I've been a lurker on this forum for years, and have always found it informative. The discussion about K's is of interest to me. We spend a week on Table Rock every year, normally in April, and we've been coming since 1982. I've always enjoyed catching the K's, and have marveled at how healthy they are--footballs! In our experience, we catch far fewer K's than in the early years, and far more smallmouth. We've commented about it to one another, and have wondered why we catch fewer K's. We fish Long Creek, primarily, but go from the Arkansas line to Point 5, at times. It may be
  6. I've had a Skeeter 200TZX, with a Yamaha 200 HPDI, for 15 years. I've never regretted the purchase. The wide front deck is great, making for a good fishing platform, and the deep "V" hull performs very well in rough water on Table Rock, and the rougher water on Toledo Bend.
  7. A group of us fished Lake Michigan, just out of Sturgeon Bay, around Labor Day in 2016. Our guide was Dale Stroschein, who owns Sand Bay Beach Resort and Suites, at Sturgeon Bay. It's a beautiful place overlooking Green Bay. We fished the same point on Lake Michigan, two days in a row--never left it. The smallmouth were incredible, heavy bodied with "shoulders." Attached are photos of just a few. We fished heavy boulders and rocks in shallow water, with square bill crankbaits, small BPS swimbaits and wacky-rigged BPS stickbaits. It's a great trip, if you can make it. We're going back t
  8. Thank you for your prompt response, Bill. I may wait a bit to see how the great trolling motor debate shakes out, before I lay out the $$$$. In the meantime, best of luck to all of you who contribute to the best fishing forum I've found. You're so fortunate to be able to enjoy such a beautiful and productive fishery!
  9. Bill, I was looking at reviews on the new trolling motors, and turned to Ozark Anglers to see if there had been a discussion about them. I stumbled across your comparison of the MinnKota and Motorguide versions, posted in this thread. Have you had an opportunity to further evaluate them? And, have you had an opportunity to review any of the newer models, and/or to talk with any of your friends about them, speaking candidly? My buddies and I missed our Table Rock trip, the third week in April. While self-quarantining on Toledo Bend, it's just not the same as making our annual trip to b
  10. Thanks to everyone. A good conversation!
  11. All great recommendations! Thank you all. I've tried fluoro and fireline on my Pfleuger 2500's, and really didn't like the way the line flowed through the guides. No comparison with mono, in my limited experience. I haven't tried braid on my spinning reels, but have on casting reels, and just couldn't get used to it. The only time I've used the braid/fluoro combo was at Sturgeon Bay, with Dale Stroschein (a great guide). I found it a little awkward, for me, and didn't like the way the knot hit the rod tip, if you weren't paying close attention. But oh, those Lake Michigan smallmouth! S
  12. Thank you for the recommendation. I'll be sure to check it out. I've stayed with mono on the spinning reels, but have to admit that I struggle with loops when I'm not paying attention, because I refuse to use the anti-reverse so that I can back-reel, when needed. Mine are Pfleuger Supremes, and they've been reliable, so far.
  13. We finished our 37th annual trip to Table Rock, on April 29th. 16 of us made the trip from Louisiana, this year, and we thoroughly enjoyed it, as always. A shout out to Tommy and Melissa, at Happy Hollow, for being such gracious hosts! Everyone caught a lot of fish, which made the trip even more special. Some of us targeted smallmouth, which are a real treat for us "lowlanders", but others had luck chasing those "football-sized" spots and largemouth. It's just a beautiful lake, and we look forward to coming each year just as much as we did in 1982, our first year. The Ned was our top
  14. Thanks to each of you. We had trouble fishing the Ned and a Carolina Rig with Speedcraw last year, in areas where we had caught smallmouth in the past. Still had a great trip. We just fished other areas, and caught mostly spots and largemouth.
  15. Thank you for your reply. Can you comment on the area between the Branson Belle dock and Indian Point?
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