Table Rock Fishing Report – October 5, 2014

Table Rock Lake Fishing Report – Report date: 10/5/14

Water level = 910.2’ – Falling           Water Temperature = 72° to 75°

I must confess I’m guilty of wanting/waiting for to write a report filled with recent success, but unfortunately the fish don’t share my desire.

During this past week, I fished 6 out of 7 days, each day wanting to get onto a no-miss pattern that would add value to this report, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.  Here is what I’ve found:  Nothing that I would consider a true pattern.

The shad are beginning to move into the creeks, but not at the rate I would have expected.  As a result, most of the bass I’ve found are still on what I would consider a late summer pattern.  I’ll explain:

I continue to catch a few fish on the main lake points using a Carolina rig and a jig.  I’m rigging the Carolina rig with a 5” Caffeine Shad in Green Pumpkin with a Pearl belly.  I’ve also caught a few using a Zoom 6” finesse worm in Watermelon Magic.  Most of the fish have been in the 15’ to 20’ range.  I’m starting near the shallow part of the main lake or secondary point and working the bait out toward deeper water (until I see activity on my electronics).

During the past 2 weeks, a jig fished slowly in these same areas has produced sparingly.

Fishing the main lake bluffs within 100 yards of a creek entrance has produced some short fish as well using a white jig and a medium running crank bait in a shad pattern.  I believe your chances of success are enhanced if there is standing timber near the area you are fishing.  Throw your baits parallel and retrieve them at a moderate speed.  We caught fish each day duplicating this.

Last week, on calmer days, I had a few fish on Robo Worm fished on a drop shot in these same type areas.

The closest thing to a real pattern for me continues to be the jig.  I’m accused on being a one-dimensional fisherman but the jig works for me.  During this time of year, I use three colors and they work … period.  I throw a Haggerty Marabou hair Signature football head ¼ oz. Jig in Watermelon Flake and also a Bluegill color.  I add a Yamamoto twin-tail trailer in Watermelon/red/.  I also throw a Green Pumpkin silicon skirted jig with the same trailer.

I’m consistently catching fish around docks.  Not huge concentrations, but one here, one there.  The secret seems to be swimming the jig into the shady areas of the dock on bright sunny days.  The bite seems to be more aggressive in these areas.  Also, the larger fish seem to concentrate in these areas.  A Chatter bait also works well around docks.

On windy days, throwing a crank bait and jig up onto wind-blown points will produce limited results.  My crank bait choice is the Strike King Series 3 and Series 5 in Gizzard Shad.  I threw a jerkbait a lot last week but did not catch a fish on it.

A friend fishing with me had some success this week using a Rapala Shad Rap (Shad colors).

Last item, I no longer fish at night, but a neighbor of mine does and is having success at night throwing black spinner bait.  He is targeting main lake points and adjacent areas. He is throwing the bait shallow and slow rolling it back to the boat.  He reported several keepers including a 5 lb. Smallmouth using this method.

With the rain and arrival of cooler weather the past few days, the shad should begin moving further back into the creeks and with that, the shallow running shad colored crank baits, jigs, shaky head finesse worms and spinner baits should start producing.  Once we “find the bass” we should be able to “stay on them for an extended period of time, or until the late fall arrives”.

Good luck and be careful out there.

I’ll see you on the water!

Tony Noland – 913.948.1861 Cell

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Table Rock Lake Fishing Report – Report date: 3/12/14

Water level = 913.1’ – Stable            Water Temperature = 42° to 45°

Today was the first chance I’ve had to get on the water.  The temperature was in the low 70’s and there was a strong southwest wind (20 to 30 mph).

I got out around 11 AM and fished until around 4 PM.  I started trying to fish main lake points (between Big M and the Kings River) on the north side but after a couple of hours, I eventually became so frustrated with errant cast, hang ups, etc. I gave up.  I was throwing jerk baits, Wiggle Warts and jigs.  I did have one keeper on the jig but lost it at the boat.  I didn’t feel the fish until it started swimming toward me and then it was too late to get a good hook set.  This is especially frustrating since I know the fish are there.

I then spent about an hour fishing main lake docks without any fish.

In the mid-afternoon to finish my day, I ran up to Roaring River and fairly quickly had 3 bass on an orange/brown craw Wiggle Wart.  These fish hit in one 20 to 30 yard area.  I was fishing parallel to the bluffs.  From past experience this time of year in this area, I know you have to position your boat as close to the bluff as possible.  Make long parallel cast and use a medium retrieve, pausing the lure on occasion during the retrieve.  I add a piece of lead tape to the bottom of the lure to help it suspend.  I then recovered the area with a Rapala X-Rap but did not get hit.

I’ve spoken to a few anglers who are having some success using tubes on northern banks as well as jerk baits on main lake points.

The fish are in their initial stage(s) of moving into the creeks and pre-spawn areas.  During the next few weeks, the action will improve as the water warms and the fish become more active.  Throw crank baits, especially Wiggle Warts this time of year, plus jerk baits, jigs, tubes, lizards and Senko’s.  On any given day, the fish will be more shallow, especially where there’s a warm wind blowing into the area.

Several persons I’ve spoken with are catching crappie and a few whites.  The Roaring River area is especially popular now.

Wish I had more to tell you, but hopefully this limited report will help you some.

Good luck and be careful out there.

I’ll see you on the water!

Tony Noland ® www.fishtablerock.com & tonynoland@fishtablerock.com

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Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 9/16/13

Report date: 9/16/13

Water level = 916.8’ – Stable  & Water Temperature = 78° to 80°

We are entering the initial stage of the fall fishing period and the fish catch rate should improve noticeably during the next 5 or 6 weeks.

I’ve been out the past 2 days; mostly looking around and spent only a limited amount of time actually fishing and here’s what I have found:

First, with the water at this level, much of the buck brush is submerged or partially in the water.  If the water holds at this level, this should bode well as the water temperature cools and the fish move into the back regions of the creeks and coves.

I covered quite a bit of territory during the past couple of days, from the Big M area down to Big Bay.  In the larger creeks, I saw an abundance of shad, many near the back in shallow water so the bass can’t be far behind.  I also saw quite a bit of shad activity near the backs of many docks.

Saturday, I only had 3 bass, but 2 were keepers; one largemouth and one smallmouth.  Both were caught swimming a Haggerty hair jig around and parallel to docks located nearer deeper water.

Yesterday, I had 7, 1 keeper.  Before I went out, I had made a list of lures I wanted to try in specific situations and before leaving the dock, tied those on and stuck with them the entire day.

In real fishing time, I probably only spent 3 hours and used the following lures:

A Terminator spinnerbait, a medium running Strike King crank bait, a Haggerty swimming jig, a Carolina rig with a 7” chartreuse/shad Net Bait, a drop shot with a 5” Zoom watermelon lizard, a chrome/black ½ oz. Rattle Trap and a Texas-rigged custom made Wooly Bug in green pumpkin/watermelon.

I caught 3 (1 keeper) on the jig throwing it in and around docks as well as 1 on the crank bait fishing it parallel to the docks.  I caught 3 (in 4 or 5 casts) on the Carolina rig targeting one secondary point area.

I threw the Rattle Trap to surfacing fish later in the day, but had no takers.  I also threw the Wooly Bug into the buck brush as well as into shallow areas far back in the coves without any success.

Here’s what I’ve found out, (or at least I believe).  The fish I caught were in the 15’ to 20’ range and that’s the depths I saw the largest concentration of bait fish.  I believe I can target these areas next time out with a jig, crank bait, etc. and have success.  Remember, fishing parallel along these creek banks will improve your catch rate.

Fall is a great time to be on the water for several reasons.  With the cooler nights and lower daytime temperatures, our chances for having a big day fishing become greater.

Good luck and be careful out there.

I’ll see you on the water!

Tony Noland ® www.fishtablerock.com & tonynoland@fishtablerock.com

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