Top 5 Table Rock Lake Fish You Might Catch

With a 140-pound Paddlefish, Table Rock Lake holds the Missouri state record for largest fish ever caught. 

Not only does it contain great game fish, but also a wide variety of species. This makes Table Rock Lake a great place to enjoy fishing. 

If you want to learn more about Table Rock Lake and the fishing experience it has to offer, you’re in the right place.

Here are the top 5 Table Rock Lake fish you might catch.

1. Black Bass

Table Rock Lake is one of the top 100 Bass fishing lakes in the US. It’s home to Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass. Otherwise known as ‘Black Bass.’

They are the most popular game fish in Table Rock Lake. Anglers come from across the US to chase these fish as they make great sport. 

Black Bass are found across the lake from small creeks to deep waters. Due to their spawning habits, the best time to catch them is during spring and fall.

To learn more about the best times to catch Black Bass, read the Lake Time Realty guide.

2. Catfish

Did you know that one 3.5-ounce portion of Catfish can provide up to 39% of your daily protein intake?

This makes Catfish a great source of nutrients. Thanks to the clean waters of Table Rock Lake, they’re tasty too.

Like Black Bass, Catfish can be found throughout the lake. At night the Catfish move to shallow waters, making it the best time to catch them.

3. Crappie

Lake fishing can be enjoyed at all levels. Thanks to Table Rock Lakes’ abundance of species there’s fish for everyone. 

One of the easiest fish to catch on the lake are Crappies. They can be found all year round, but Winter is a great time to cast your line. Crappies like to lurk beneath Table Rock Lakes’ various docks so they can keep warm during Winter.

4. Paddlefish

Paddlefish are the largest of Table Rock Lake fish. They are a fun fish to catch and offer a great challenge.

The best place to find Paddlefish is at the Highway 76 Bridge at Cape Fair, upriver towards Gelena. You can catch them from March 15th to April 30th.

A great way to get around the lake with ease is to hire a boat. Take a look at Lake Time Realty’s guide to Table Rock Lake boat rental.

Before catching Paddlefish, make sure you research the restrictions surrounding them. For example, you can only catch a maximum of two Paddlefish per day.

5. Bluegill

Like Crappies, Bluegill’s offers a lax fishing experience and can be easy to catch. They are the smallest species in the lake but have a spirited personality. 

Bluegills can be found across the Table Rock Lake shoreline, under docks and rocky areas. They are best caught during the summer.

Now You’re Ready for Table Rock Lake Fish 

After reading this brief Table Rock Lake fishing guide, you should have a better understanding of what it’s like to fish on the lake. 

If you’re ready to start fishing, you’re probably asking, ‘Where is Table Rock Lake?’ It’s located in the southwest of Missouri and northwest of Arkansas. Nearby cities include Branson, Shell Knob, and Kimberling.

If you’d like to learn more about the lake, check out Lake Time Realty’s top things to do on Table Rock Lake.