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Late September On The Rock Is Heating Up


Bill Babler

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Table Rock Lake Current Fishing Report 9-29-13 White River Outfitters Guide Service

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On the Rock 3 out of the last 4 days and probably should have been on the video camera some of the time. Have pretty much fished from Baxter to Big Creek everyday with a journey to point 9 one day but most of my trips have stayed around the Indian's.

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Surface temps have been in the 76 to 80 degree range depending on time of the day. I do think we have seen the last of the 80 degree water and with these cool nights the water is clearing at a very fast rate. Looks to be headed to the pre-20 inch rain color which was as clear as it has been in years.

Lake at 916.5 and really in very good shape.

Bite for me has been two stage and I know Denny had a different deal yesterday, but it has been a just about as clear a pattern as I can remember for this time of the year.

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Smallmouth lake wide if you are on the right junk are just tearing it up early. Daylight, which is at 0615 until about 8:30 have just been all over a jig. Spoke to Rick Lisek, he was guiding the dam this morning and said he was pretty much hammering them on extremely flat gravel in 12 to 15 feet. Small main lake points and secondary runnouts off major coves and in the creeks. Said his best 5 jaws were close to 15 today. Pretty much the same deal for me. Jaw's and K's early and then it gets tougher than a timex, but kind of keeps on tickin until around 10 a.m.. Then it's on again as the fish seem to move and reposition in the 25 to 35 ft. range on the bottom on the same kind of stuff.

These deep fish have been mostly LM and K's however I did catch a nice Jaw out deep on a jig today whilst the clients up and downed it. Been averaging anywhere from 25 to 45 fish per trip, with some nice keeps. Nothing to write home about, but a very consistant 13 pounds on most days. Have not had a big bite, but today we did have 2 walleye on a purple dropshot worm. Both were over 20 inches and are still swimming after a photo encounter from the client that snared them. Into the light and back to the depths.

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High water day was Friday with 15 keepers.

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Jaw's are just packed with Craws and the K's and LM are eating shad which I have hardly never seen the like of.

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It is almost like Grand, with the concentration of bait.

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Time is approaching to get after them

Good Luck

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Nice report Bill as usual and thanks for the screen shots. Your clients bring their own gear or did you decide to try out some Abu Garcia Veritas rods? I know you are a Falcon man but looks like the gentleman has a Veritas in his hand. Thanks again.

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Nice report Bill as usual and thanks for the screen shots. Your clients bring their own gear or did you decide to try out some Abu Garcia Veritas rods? I know you are a Falcon man but looks like the gentleman has a Veritas in his hand. Thanks again.

Not mine, those boys were left handers. Brought their own gear, and knew how to use it.

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Not mine, those boys were left handers. Brought their own gear, and knew how to use it.

I figured. Knew you wouldn't be caught dead with anything other than your Cara's.

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