Short Take: 43,000 acres; deep, generally clear water with rocky points, bluffs, coves, channels, some flooded timber, numerous tributaries, no vegetation. Among bass fishermen, the words “deep, clear lake” immediately bring thoughts of tough, difficult fishing, ultralight lines, and small fish. Such is not the case at Table Rock Lake, a 43,000-acre impoundment along the White River in southwestern Missouri that often fishes more like an impoundment in the Deep South. There is clear, seemingly bottomless water here, of course, but also stained water, as well.
Deep coves and river channels rise to stair-stepping ledges that lead to shallow gravel flats filled with boulders, standing timber, and flooded brush. Table Rock has been so productive over the years that special fishing techniques have been developed here, and the bass are not always small, either. There are three distinct fisheries for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass, with largemouths over 10 pounds and smallmouth over seven having been recorded. Primary Species: Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass.
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