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