Event Details

Branson, Missouri will host the event March 21-23, 2013 and students should expect great spring fishing on Table Rock Lake.  On-site registration, a dinner, and tournament meeting will all be a part of Cabela’s College Night on Thursday, March 21.  Cabela’s College Night will be held at the recently completed Dewey Short Visitor Center, overlooking Table Rock Lake and Dam starting at 3 pm.

Anglers will launch daily at State Park Marina and weigh fish in any, and up to all, of four sessions.  Weigh-ins for each session will begin promptly at 9:30 and 11:30 am, as well as 1:30 and 3:30 pm, both Friday and Saturday.  The collegiate angler that weighs the largest bass over the course of the two-day competition will be crowned Champion at an awards ceremony immediately following the 3:30 pm weigh-in on Saturday.  In addition to prizes, students are also competing for points in the coveted ACA School of the Year race.

BassGold Scouting Report

Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash – Table Rock Lake, MO – March 21-23

Table Rock is what BassGold.com classifies as an upland reservoir, which means it's an excellent pattern lake: Find a way to catch 'em, and you should be able to replicate it all over the lake.  Because Table Rock is a popular tournament venue, BassGold has a ton of pattern data for it, including decades of exclusive B.A.S.S. and Central Pro-Am patterns.

Before looking at what a Table Rock "Pattern Report" for late March shows, first bear in mind a few things:

1. Weather always plays a role. BassGold crunches many tournament patterns over several years to provide its recommendations, so it covers most weather scenarios.

2. This is just a quick overview of the info BassGold has, but it's still a lot of info. That's gold, and you can get more gold by applying what you know to what BassGold shows.

3. BassGold's data is based on thousands of tournament patterns, which means it's not what should or might work, it's what definitely has worked. Have confidence in it even if it's counterintuitive. BassGold's pattern info was second-guessed several times on the Bassmaster Elite Series last year, and ended up being right every time.


About 30% of wins and high finishes (2nd-5th) on Table Rock this time of year come fishing the shoreline, with main lake points second at about 15%. When you look at wins alone, shoreline still dominates but then it's main lake pockets, secondary points and then main lake points.

When looking at Habitat Factors, rock dominates for wins and high finishes, but it's all about the wood for winning. Gravel areas are third. Spawning beds only factor into 5% of wins this time of year, so unless the fish are ahead at Table Rock, don't worry about that. Bait-wise, tubes/craws account for most high finishes with jerkbaits and crankbaits next. But for wins alone, tubes/craws and jerkbaits are tied, with worms (including Senkos) second, and cranks and jigs tied for the third-most productive baits. Scanning the pattern details shows that high finishers in an FLW Tour event the same time of year in 2012 used a variety of techniques including umbrella rigs.

Weight-wise, the Weights by Month graph in the Pattern Report shows that locals and pros need in the high teens to place and high teens/low 20s to win.

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