High School Anglers to Compete on Table Rock Lake

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Teen Anglers Heading for Table Rock

Kimberling City, Mo.- Young anglers will get a chance to test their skills on one of the best bass fisheries in the state during a Teen Anglers tournament April 17 at Table Rock Lake.

The Teen Anglers bass tournament will feature two high school anglers and a middle school contestant along with an adult boat captain in each boat. The competitors will follow a set of rules compiled by Teen Anglers from the State of Missouri laws and boater safety regulations.

In last year’s Teen Anglers event in May at Table Rock, Republic High School’s Brandon Durr and Hunter Gill teamed up to top a 94-boat field with a five-fish limit weighing 12.33 pounds. Catching postspawn schooling bass on Zara Spooks and jigging spoons was the key to victory for Durr and Gill last year.

Conditions will be different for the Teen Anglers event this year at Table Rock. The lake is at its normal level and stable, according to Table Rock guide Pete Wenners. “We’ve had stained water all winter but the water is really clearing up now,” Wenners said. “The White River from Baxter on up is just about normal with 5 to 6 feet of visibility. The Aunts Creek area is nice and clear. The dirtiest water right now is from Kimberling (City) to the dam.”

The water temperature throughout the lake has been ranging between 55 to 60 degrees and Wenners has found some bass on spawning beds in the Upper White and mid-lake areas. “A lot of the fish are in a prespawn funk right now,” he said. “They are not really suspended like they normally do on the points.” Most of the fish are 6 to 15 feet deep along gravel points and pockets. The most productive lures for the prespawn bass are finesse baits, Ned Rigs, wobble-head jigs with soft plastic craws and crank baits.

Teen Anglers, Inc. was created last year as a fishing circuit for high school fishing clubs to compete in three qualifying bass tournaments with a championship in June. The circuit was originally open to Missouri high school students but membership has been expanded to middle and high school students from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The next Teen Angler event will be May 22 at Stockton Lake with the circuit’s championship set for June 18 and 19 at a site to be announced later.

For more information about Teen Anglers, visit www.teenanglers.net or e-mail teenanglers@lews.com.



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