Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Arkansas Outdoor Recreation, Blogroll, Nature, Things to Do

Did you know that Table Rock Lake is one of the top bass fishing lakes in North America?  Created in the summer of 1958, Table Rock Lake has been attracting anglers for many decades.  Table Rock Lake fishing is great during spring, summer and fall with water temperature playing a big factor.  Largemouth, Smallmouth, Crappie, Kentucky Spotted Bass, and Bluegill are just a few of the fish to be found on the rocky shores of Table Rock Lake.  Prepare for your fishing trip with this guide to the best Table Rock Lake fishing.

Start your day by visiting Indian Point Marina in Branson, Missouri.  Indian Point Marina has everything you’ll need for a day spent on the lake.  They have live bait, tackle, and fishing licenses all in one convenient location.  If you need to grab a bite to eat before or after fishing, their Floating Café on the lake has a menu of sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, and desserts.

Depending on the time of year that you visit Table Rock Lake, the fish change locations of where they like to hang out.  During spawning season in the spring, the fish can be found in the shallow areas of the lake.  The summertime brings on warmer water temperatures and the fish head to deeper waters.  Be sure to bring a variety of bait and tackle for the best catch.

The predictions for fishing in 2016 are exciting.  White Bass are predicted to be 12 to 14 inches in length this year and can be found in the James River portion of the lake.  The best time for catching the White Bass is in the months of March and April.  Walleye are predicted to be 18 inches in length in 2016 and are best found in the spring season.  If you will be Table Rock Lake fishing in May, be on the lookout for Bluegill.  These fish can be found in 20-feet deep waters and in gravel areas.  In the rocky formations of the lake, watch for Goggle-eye fish.  This year they are predicted to be at least 10 inches in length.  For a little friendly competition, there will be a Table Rock Lake Big Bass Fishing Derby held from March 1st through June 15th.  There is no entry fee but participants are required to stay in one of the sponsor’s resorts.  Participants must be 18 years old or older to compete for the cash prizes.

Thanks to the habitat project that was completed in 2013, over 1,400 fish habitats were placed in Table Rock Lake.  These fish habitats include everything from rock piles to brush and stump fields.  There is a map available for viewing where these habitats are placed around the lake.

If you’ll be spending a few days in the region, be sure to book a stay with us here at Arsenic and Old Lace.  We can be found just 2 blocks from the Historic District in Eureka Springs.  We offer 5 beautifully decorated guest rooms each complete with private bathroom and seasonal fireplace.  If you’re headed back out for another day on the lake, we begin each morning with a gourmet breakfast to start your day off on the right foot.  For reservation information, we’re happy to help you book your stay.  Call us at 479-253-5454.