Posted by Phil Lilley on July 8th, 2014
White River Outfitters Guide Service Current Table Rock Lake Fishing Report July 8th. 2014 The last 2 weeks have kind of started us into the Summer doldrums. Pretty much the same old same old, during this period. Surface water temperatures have been in the 80 degree range now for at least 3 weeks and they seem to hover from 80 to 83, depending on the time of the day. Lake levels from 916 to 917, with water clarity depending on your area, generally judged as clear and clearing.
From June 25 till now I have fished the lake from Eagle Rock to Long Creek on a daily basis and been in contact with both guides and locals that are fishing everyday, so hopefully my information is just about as good as I can make it. The only area that I have not breached is the James River.
Topwater bite is still a puzzle to most, but for sure it is just nearly non-existent. On a very much rain short trip today, all our fish were bottom dwellers and all fishing out of Moonshine Beach had a belly full of crayfish, including 2 huge goggle eyes that we caught, that were just belching craws of the size that they had no business eating.
We are starting to see lots of very small shad in schools of thousands. At this time it is for me impossible to tell if they are threadfin or gizzard. The bass seem to be paying them no heed, but a few folks are reporting now that some of the fish they are catching that had been dining 100% on craws are now having a few shad fillets in they mouths.
Depending on your lake section the K’s have been ranging from 23 to 45 feet deep either suspended or on the bottom. A very good location is yielding at best 3 to 5 fish. You have to continually move to keep in contact with them, and at times they are running from the drop shot faster than it is headed for them. Live bait is out producing the drop shot worms about 10 to 1 so don’t be to fussy this time of year and just have fun catching fish. It is still not easy.
I’m posting some pictures of deep fish that we caught one day last week. I was fishing a deep gravel hump in the Kimberling City area and catching several K’s on its series of tops. I believe in a 1/4 mile stretch we had 13 off these particular uplifts. Everyone of them had been previously caught and had hook holes in their mouths. Just could not believe the entire bunch had been stuck previously this year. Some of them perhaps by me and Beck, but I’m sure others were in the fray.
If it was you, thanks for releasing them to be caught over and over.
Best baits for me continue to be the wobble head in green pumpkin using a Chompers 7/16 wobble head and a Yamamoto Fat baby craw in GP. Just have found nothing that comes close to this combo. These fish have been in the 15 to 30 ft. range and really want a gravel mix with chunk location, usually on a flat point. They by far have been my best fish. If you can reel the bait slow enough you can get bit doing this. If that bait comes off the bottom, you will not get bit nearly as well. Have also caught several walleye with this presentation.
Another bait we just cannot put down is the Varmint, it just keeps on keepin on. The deal here is have patients with it. Fish it slow when you are fishing this deep. I can keep it down in 20+ feet if the wind is not blowing with the 1/8 head. Without a doubt the best color has and continues to be the GP/Orange.
Was catching quite a few catfish until about the 1st of July and have not had one since. Am still however catching some monster gills. Lots and lots of very nice bluegill in the 18′ to 30′ range on the long timbered chunk rock points. Crickets are the deal, but will really cut down on the bass bites. IF you go to a crawler for the bass the gills will own the first several inches of it. On the graph they have been looking like a cloud resting on the bottom
Gizzard Shad are also present on these point. Most of you will see them on your graph and think they are white bass and wonder why you are not getting bit. The graph just fill the screen with them. Perhaps the most I have ever seen on the Rock, especially up the White River.
Early or late is really the key to this fishing, as mid-day is extremely hard even for deep fish. Get out early and then get out late.
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