Fishing Report Oct. 11th, 2016

Written by Scott on October 12th, 2016

Well… my wife just found out how long its been since I have updated a fishing report on our web site.  Needless to say, she was Not happy with me!  I am not one to get on the computer much, but I will do better, I promise!  Just want to give a quick thanks to everyone who came into K Dock and made 2016 one of our best years ever!!!  Finally had great water conditions! 

The lake has been dropping fast the past few weeks at about 1.5 to 2 inches per day.  That will make the bite slower.  Water temp has finally started to drop.  That should trigger the fish to move up shallower and start feeding before winter.  Table Rock Lake is 6.5 feet below normal, which means very minimal water is coming into Bull Shoals.  Fishing is always better when we have a flow of water coming over Power Site Dam.  All species are slow right now.  That being said, here is what I have seen happening this week.

Water Temp – 70 to 74 degrees

Water Level – 656.3 and falling  (Normal for Oct is 659.00)

Water is Stained

Black Bass – Good to Fair on Top Water baits early morning on the points.  Buzz baits, Spooks and Whopper Ploppers working well!  Heavy Jigs, Tube baits and Hard Heads with Green Pumpkin plastics working near the banks on the steep chunk rock bluffs.  Also seeing bass being caught on Square Bill and Medium Crank baits off the bluffs.  Spinner Bait working when we have windy conditions.  (Caught some big Small Mouth this afternoon on a 3/4 oz, Peanut Butter and Jelly Jig about a mile from the dock!)

Crappie – Fair to Good on live minnows.  This should get much better with the water temp dropping as more trees and brush piles appear in shallower water in the coves.  Have seen good sized crappie the past few weeks, but no big limits yet.  The front moving through tomorrow should bring on some good crappie fishing this weekend!

Walleye – Fair to Slow.  Spoons in the 20 to 30 ft range with some short walleye starting to hit crank baits deep.  Bottom Bouncing night crawlers in the deep cuts on the flats have also worked.  This too will get better with the weather change and cooler water temps.  We have been spoiled with too many Blue Bird days!  Walleye like to feed in the overcast, cooler conditions!

Catfish – Good on live Bluegill.  Seen some really good Flat Head on Trot Lines!  Lets just hope the Gar go deep soon!

White Bass – Fair to Good.  Seen several whites being caught by anglers while trolling.  With the water level dropping, watch for the Whites chasing shad on the flats between K Dock and Beaver Creek!  Keep a Rattle Trap handy!

Remember, we have minnows and night crawlers for sale through Dec!  Thanks again for your business!!!  (I hope this post will get me off the couch tonight!)

Fishing Report Aug 22nd, 2016

Written by Scott on August 22nd, 2016

Lake conditions have really changed in the last 7 days!  The recent rains and cool nights have dropped the surface temps down about 10 degrees from last Saturday.  Water is also stained making it great for bass fishing!  The Walleye and crappie bite should get better now that we are reading water temps in the low 80’s instead of the middle 90’s.  I have been seeing a lot of large catfish being caught on a variety of methods.  Both Channel and Flat Head are starting to feed. 

Water Level – 661.2

Water Temp – 82 degrees

Water is Stained

Black Bass – Good on Top water including Spooks, Ploppers and Buzz Baits.  Also good on large plastic worms and jigs in 18 to 25 ft off of points and steep bluffs.  Also good on large crank baits in the same range.

Walleye – Fair to Slow on bottom bouncing night crawlers in 30 + ft of water.

Crappie – Slow on live minnows in brush piles.  Suspended in 20 ft.  (Crappie should start to come up better later this week with the surface temp cooling down)

Fishing Report July 12th, 2016

Written by Scott on July 12th, 2016

Lake conditions have pretty much remained the same the past few weeks.  Despite all the rain and pop up thunderstorms, the water looks great!  Good color with little to no debris.  Fishing has slowed down for many anglers due to the extreme heat and humidity.  But, still seeing a lot of big bass and walleye being caught!  The boat launce has more parking available, but the lower road is still under water at the current level.  Courtesy dock remains under water as well.

Water Level – 661.00

Water Temp – 85 to 88 degrees

Water is Stained

Black Bass – Good off of points and steep bluffs with a jig, Texas Rigged worm and large plastics.  Also good on top water plugs early.  Deep diving crank baits are also working for some.

Walleye – Good to Fair on medium to large crank baits trolling in 20 to 30 ft.  Running baits around 12 to 18 ft range.  Also good on dragging night crawlers.  Also hitting white or silver 1/2 oz spoons off the points.

Crappie – Slow on live minnows due to the heat.  Catching some in the 20 ft range around trees.  Fair when trolling.  Suspended in deeper water.

Fishing Report June 30th, 2016

Written by Scott on June 30th, 2016

The fishing has been really good the past week!  The milder weather has really improved the bite.  The Corps has also decided to start dropping the lake level, which has improve the parking on the boat launch dramatically!  Been seeing good size walleye coming in every day.  The are really eating a Night Crawler!   Also had some huge limits of bass on the Tues night tournament!  Surface temps were in the low 90’s last week, so the crappie are deep and scattered.  Some huge ones being caught on crank baits while trolling for walleye!  Also seeing some good Flat Head Catfish being caught on trot lines on live bluegill.  8 to 15 ft range in the nearby coves.

Water Level – 661.1 and falling

Water Temp – 85 to 88 degrees

Water is Stained to Clear

Black Bass – Good on a variety of top water plugs.  (The hot bait that is working right now is the Whopper Plopper made be River to Sea!)  Also good on a 10″ Plum or Blue worm around structure and brush piles.  Weedless plastics and jigs also working very well on banks with flooded brush.

Walleye – Good on dragging night crawlers on the flats and in front of coves.  Also good on medium to large crank baits in 20 to 25 ft of water.

Crappie – Slow on live minnows.  Fair when trolling small to medium crank baits.  The surface temps have made the crappie go much deeper.  Look for them suspended in 15 to 25 ft.

Catfish – Good.  Flatheads good on Live baits such as bluegill on trot lines in  coves.  10 to 18 ft range.  Channel cats good on jug lines.

Fishing Report June 18th, 2016

Written by Scott on June 18th, 2016

The fishing has been a little tougher after this last week of extreme heat.  The surface temp around our area is already at 88 degrees!  Pretty hot for the middle of June!  Start fishing your deeper summer patterns for Walleye and Crappie.  Bass are still good on a variety of jigs and lures.  Also, keep in mind that the boat launch at the end of K Hwy is almost completely under water.  With the new seasonal pool now set at 662.00, our boat launch and access road is a thing of the past.  Frustrating to think that fishermen and recreational boaters living in and visiting the Branson area will struggle to find an access onto Bull Shoals Lake.  I’ll elaborate more on the reason why this has happened in another post.

Lake Level – 663.5

Lake Temp – 88 degrees!

Lake is Clear to Stained

Black Bass – Good on Top Water early mornings and evenings.  Also good on Jigs, plastics in the brush and big worms.

Walleye – Fair on deep diving crank baits and bottom bouncing night crawlers.

Crappie – Slow to Fair on live minnows.  15 to 20 feet deep.

Fishing Report May 27th, 2016

Written by Scott on May 27th, 2016

The lake is on a steady rise with the recent rains but is still mostly free of debris.  We will continue to rise until the elevation reaches 662.00 ft above sea level.  This is now the NEW power pool set by the Corps.  (Pool was raised to 659.00 from 654.00 to accommodate the new Minimum Flow Act set by congress.  That has now been changed for a Summer Seasonal pool, adding 3 more ft.)  Neadless to say, the boat launch at the end of K Hwy will have limited access this weekend.  Lower road access was lost when we hit 660.00.  But… the fishing is great!  Bass and Walleye are the hot species right now!

Water Level – 661.3 and rising

Water Temp – 74 degrees

Water is Stained

Black Bass – Good on top water Spooks, Buzz Baits and other plugs.  Also good on Ned Rigs, 1/2 oz jigs and small to medium plastics.

Crappie – Fair on Live minnows.  Hot and cold from day to day.  Still reports of Crappie in 8 to 10, but have had some hitting around trees in 15 to 20!  Swimming minnow color has been Pear and Glitter.

Walleye – Good on dragging night crawlers on the flats.  15 to 20 ft.  Also hitting on medium size crank baits.

Fishing Report May 6th, 2016

Written by Scott on May 6th, 2016

Fishing remains good this week.  All species still very active!  Crappie are still coming in with amazing size!  Walleye have picked back up after the front has moved through.  Seeing good numbers of keepers starting to come in.  The lake remains in great condition for spring fishing!

Water Temp – 68 degrees

Water Level – 658.3  (Normal is now set at 660.7)

Water is Clear to Stained

Black Bass – Good on Top Water plugs, Spinner baits and Flippin’ Jigs.  Fish right on the bank around brush.

Crappie – Good to Fair on Live Minnows in coves around stick ups.  Also good on 2″ plastics in 5 to 10 feet off the banks in coves and around brush piles.

Walleye – Good to Fair on small crank baits.  Both Flats and Bluffs sides produced well last week.  Stay more shallow than deep right now.  20 ft or less.

Fishing Report April 22nd, 2016

Written by Scott on April 23rd, 2016

It’s time to call in sick to work this week!!!  All species are hitting great!  (Ok, the white bass are still a little late to the party,) but Crappie, Walleye and Black Bass have the perfect lake conditions to spawn and start feeding!  This past few days, I have heard a roller coaster of fish stories coming into the dock.  Crappie and bass one day, walleye the next!  With the water temp finally rising, the bite is changing fast!  (We’ve had the fish cleaning station used more this week than we did all of last year!)  Blessed to have normal lake conditions and a usable boat launch! 

Water Level – 658.3  (Normal is 659.00)

Water Temp – 63 to 65 degrees

Water is Clear to Stained

Black Bass – Good on Shakey Head plastics, Spinner Baits, Light Jigs and Baby Brush Hogs.  Buck Brush, points and coves with small gravel sides.  Throw right onto the bank.  The big females will be on the beds later this week.

Crappie – Good to Great on live minnows on structure in coves!  Not big numbers, but huge size to the crappie!  Averaging 13 to 15 inches!  You find the right tree, you can load up on a bunch fast!  Late afternoon has been the best the past few days.

Walleye – Good trolling on small crank baits such as Flicker Shad 6 & 7 sizes.  Also good on Hot n Tots and Rapala Count Down baits.  (Chrome and Blue is always a great color on this lake.)  Troll shallow in 10 to 15 feet near the points and rock bluffs.

Fishing Report April 7th, 2016

Written by Scott on April 8th, 2016

The bite is really starting to pick up around the K Dock area!  Finally seeing a good number of big Crappie coming in!  The Bass are also hitting on a large variety of lures and jigs.  If we could just get the water temp to jump up to 60+ it will be awesome!!!  The lake is looking great for spring fishing.  At normal level with good color… and no Debris!!!  The boat launch and courtesy dock is out of the water!  (Its been a long time since I have been able to post that!)  Please stop in to check out our new line of spring tackle!  We have crappie minnows for $2.50 per dozen and Canadian night crawlers.  Judy and I are ready to see some anglers this year! 

Water Temp – 54 to 57 degrees

Water Level – 658.8  (Just below normal pool)

Water is Stained to Clear

Black Bass – Good on Wiggle Warts, Spinner Baits and Alabama Rigs.  Also good on Finesse Jigs and Shaky Head plastics.  Not quite out of pre-spawn patterns.

Crappie – Good on swimming minnows and live minnows in coves.  Still not right up on the banks, but should change if we can get some warm days in a row.  Hitting in 8 to 10 ft near timber and brush piles.

Walleye – Slow on night crawlers and small crank baits.  Lots of shorts being caught.  Much better closer to Power Site Dam area.

White Bass – ??????  No reports around the dock.  Strange, but the water temp needs to come up to see them chasing shad on the flats here.  Much better numbers in the Beaver Creek arm of the lake.

Fishing Report March 18th, 2016

Written by Scott on March 18th, 2016

Starting to see large numbers of dead / floating shad around the dock today.  (Normal to see shad die going into the early spring.)  Good time to throw a jerk bait for the bass feeding on the struggling shad!  Lots of surface current with the inflow of water that Table Rock is releasing after the massive flooding that occurred in Springfield last week.  Looking at water levels to remain steady through this weekend.  Lower road around to the boat launch should be drivable as well.  Water color is great for bass fishing right now!  Fish the pre-spawn patterns for bass.  They are holding at about 10 ft suspended.  Not right on the banks just yet.

Water Level – 660.2 and rising

Water Temp 50- 55 degrees

Water is Stained

Black Bass – Good Pre-Spawn pattern.  Jig, Jerk Bait (Diving/Suspending) and Soft Plastics in 10 to 15 ft.  Throw a “Pearl” color plastic in the form of a Swim Shad or Fluke.  Also try a Wiggle Wart or Spinner Bait on breezy days.   A Rig also working on suspended bass.

Crappie – Slow to Good on live minnows and small plastics.  Getting better every week, just need some sunny days.  Not on the banks yet.  10 to 15 ft in the coves around brush piles and trees.

Walleye – Slow on crank baits and Night Crawlers.  Have had reports of a few shorts being caught, but not a lot of bites yet.  More action up the lake toward the Power Site Damn.

White Bass – No action around K Dock yet.  Much better up the lake.  Need another 5 to 10 degree warm up.


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