Table Rock lake Surface temps in the Baxter-Kimberling City, to Shell Knob area, ranging from 47.8 main lake to 50 degree in the coves and pockets. Water clarity even with recent rains is 12 to 18ft.
Largemouth, and Kentucky bass have been biting on very selective locations, with some very nice fish being caught on warts in natural green craw and jigs. Chompers, Jewell and Pig Sticker jigs ranging from 3/8th. to 5/8th. are producing well on Bluffends, walking the jig down the bluffs. Natural browns and greens on the jigs with Chompers Baby Hawg Craw trailers to match have been the best. The wart has been producing very nice LM in gravel wind blown pockets. Jerk bait fish are scarce, and for some reason this has been a very slow year on the suspending stickbaits, here on the Rock. Usually our go to bait in late winter and to staging fish in pre-spawn, they just have not wanted the bait. Best color when they do have been Spro Blue Bandit, Mega bass Vision 110 Pro Blue- or kind of the go to of late the LC Pointer Chartruse Shad.
Float n Fly is still catching fish early in the mornings prior to the wind blowing, making the presentation unnatural. We are offering educational guide trips on this type of fishing that is new to most of the Ozarks.
We have taken in the last 8 weeks close to 50 fish over 5 pounds on this tecnique. Setup and locations are very important and you will need to follow certain criteria when fishing this method to be sucessful.
Dennis Wilson and I fished yesterday in the point 16 area, catching and releasing about 35 bass, mostly K’s with some very nice LM and a jaw or two thrown in. Best 5 at 23 pounds, and I had my biggest bass in 40 years on the Rock. A massive 9.6 pounder. Of course the camera failled and just go pic’s of Dennis great day. It was that. Won’t be long until jigs and rigs take over. Good Luck