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#11432328 - 02/22/16 10:04 PM Table Rock and Lake Quachita advice
BeardedBanker Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/06/13
Posts: 516
Loc: Queen City, TX
Going to Quachita in May and Table Rock in June for family trips. I'm used to shallow, muddy east Texas lakes. Never fished deep clear water lakes like these. Looking for any tips and advice on techniques, patterns, and depth during that time of year. Strictly fun fishing, not looking for honey holes. Thanks in advance.

#11432554 - 02/23/16 06:38 AM Re: Table Rock and Lake Quachita advice [Re: BeardedBanker]
SteezMacQueen Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 5199
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Summer craw medium diving cranks on the numerous boat houses will catch you a limit of smallies pretty fast. I was catching them two at a time on a crank. One on each book. Also, just north of the bridge going away from Indian point, you can drop shot in 40 FOW on the huge flat next to 150 FOW and catch fish all day.

Also, Indian point has many little feeder creek coves that shallow cranks and top water work well all day.

My favorite spot is a little tiny island on the north west side of the main lake. It is cool. Boat floating in 180ft of water casting to the island in 5 feet. That's called a "drop off". Lol. Throw a green pumpkin anything up on the ledge and slowly pull it off. And hold on.

I caught a major league sack everyday I was at that lake for Bassmaster. I averaged around 100-150lbs a day...plenty to cull. Should have won that lake, but dropped a 4+ out of the back of the boat at weigh in on day one. Duh. I lost by 3lbs by the weigh in on day three.

My results were fishing during a 200-300 boat tourney and practice. With very good anglers applying pressure to the water. Your results should be better, depending on number of boats at the lake.

Oh.....I'm talking Table Rock. You can try looking up James Watson in the MO fishing forums. He lives close and will help you find fish.

If you drain that lake, it would be the Grand Canyon all over again. Lol


Eat. Sleep. Fish.

#11432782 - 02/23/16 08:29 AM Re: Table Rock and Lake Quachita advice [Re: BeardedBanker]
Outdoordude Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 2150
Ouachita can be fun that time of year. I've done best in the west end of the lake in the fingers off the main river channel. There's usually about 5 ft of visibility there, sometimes more sometimes less. If the lake is up in the bushes (not uncommon for May) pitch soft plastics/jigs into the shallow flooded willow trees on the inside bends of the river channel and you should have a fun numbers day at least.


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