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About Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake is a 43,100 acre Corps of Engineers lake located in southwestern Missouri, and is rated one of the best fishing lakes in the country. The existing dam is the third to be built and provides flood control and power generation. With the depth of the lake and the surrounding shoreline of bluffs, rocks, and gravel, the water in Table Rock Lake is clear most of the time. Most of the trees were left standing in the lake, with the predominant tree being the cedar. Available fish include bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth), crappie, white bass, catfish, and bluegill.

The Table Rock Lake area offers motels, resorts, primitive and modern camping accommodations, shops, golf courses, restaurants, and historical interests. The lake area also provides numerous recreational activities which include boating, fishing, water skiing, hunting, and hiking. Other forms of entertainment and activities can be found at Silver Dollar City, The Shepherd of the Hills, and in near by Branson. In Springfield, 30 miles north is the Bass Pro Shops.

For water sports, there are plenty of boat ramps around the lake along with numerous marinas located at Cape Fair, Aunts Creek, Highway 13, Indian Point, Baxter, Campbell Point, Long Creek, and Table Rock State Park. All of the marinas are full service, and provide fuel, storage, tackle, store, and boat rentals.

The lakes many camping areas, resorts have direct access to the lake. There are five major arms on the lake that are long and winding with numerous coves. The White River, James River, Indian Creek, Big Indian Creek, and Long Creek. All of these areas provide excellent fishing. Nearby Taneycomo Lake which starts right below the dam provides excellent trout fishing all year around.

Detailed Lake Information:

Type of Lake: Hilland

Average Depth of Lake: 69 feet (Est)

Average Water Temperature:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
45-50
85-89
70
40

Spring Thaw: Does not occur
Fall Turnover: September
* Table Rock Lake does not freeze over.

Heavy Rains: Can affect the entire lake depending on where the runoff is coming from. The lake takes about 1 month to clear up.

Winds:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Calm-Strong
Calm
Windy
Windy

Detailed Lake Characteristics:

This information describes the makeup of the bottom, shoreline, structure, and water color for various parts of Table Rock Lake. Though the areas described below appear to be similar in characteristics, there are subtle differences, but it also shows that many of the same features can be found close to any part of the lake. Also, during any time of the year, rain or not, almost any type of water color can be found on Table Rock Lake.

Dam/Long Creek Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Gravel, Rock
Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Bluffs, Gravel, Trees, Flats
Clear-Stained

Cape Fair/Aunts Creek Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Gravel, Rock
Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Bluffs, Gravel, Trees, Flats
Clear-Stained

Kimberling City Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Gravel, Rock
Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Bluffs, Gravel, Trees, Flats
Clear-Stained

Indian Point Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Gravel, Rock
Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Bluffs, Gravel, Trees, Brush, Flats
Clear-Stained

Baxter Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Gravel, Rock
Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Gravel, Trees, Brush, Flats
Clear-Stained

Cow Creek Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Gravel, Rock
Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Gravel, Trees, Brush, Flats
Clear-Stained

Shell Knob Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Gravel, Rock
Mud, Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Gravel Bars, Trees, Stumps, Flats
Clear-Stained

Detailed Fishing Information:

Main Forage: Shad

Average time of year when fish spawn:
Bass:
Crappie:
Bluegill:
White Bass:
Catfish:
Walleye:
April-May
April-May
May-June
March-April
June
March

Best baits to use during seasons:

Bass:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Stickbait, Plastic Baits, Spinnerbaits
Top Water, Plastic Worm
Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits
Crankbaits, Plastic Worm, Spoons
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Crappie:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Minnows, Jigs
Minnows, Jigs
Minnows, Jigs
Minnows, Jigs
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Bluegill:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Crickets, Worms
Crickets, Worms
Crickets, Worms
Crickets, Worms
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White Bass:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Jigs, Crankbaits
Top Water, Crankbaits
Top Water, Jigs
Jigs, Crankbaits
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Catfish:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Crawdad
Shad
Stinkbait
Stinkbait
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Night Fishing Conditions:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Good
Excellent
Good
Fair

For more information contact:
Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 495, Dept. MT-90
Kimberling City, MO 65686
417-739-2564


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