Friday, April 22, 2011

MDC Weekly Fishing Report.4/22/2011

Attention Fishing Report Subscribers:

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass season will open May 28, 2011, until that date all black bass in those streams must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught.  For details see Chapter 6 of the Wildlife Code.

PLEASE CHECK REGULATIONS CAREFULLY: Special regulations may apply to designated portions of water bodies; some baits and lures may not be legal for all portions.



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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 54 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits; crappie good on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and liver; all other species slow.


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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 54 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits; crappie good on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and liver; all other species slow.




 (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Blind Pony Lake: 57 degrees, normal, dingy; fishing pressure is very low this year; channel catfish and sunfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow; anglers need to be reminded that the lake is closed to private boats and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 53 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass season closed; white bass fair on light colored soft plastics; catfish slow, try worms, chicken liver and cut shad; paddlefish slow snagging.

 (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 59 degrees, dingy; crappie good using crappie jigs and minnows; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastic worms and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; catfish slow on worms, chicken livers and cut baits.
 (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 56 degrees, dingy; crappie fair; black bass fair; white bass slow; catfish slow.





 (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 56 degrees, dingy; crappie fair on jigs; white bass fair using spinnerbaits; black bass fair on plastic worms; catfish fair using cut shad.


 (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 56 degrees, dingy; crappie fair on jigs; white bass fair using spinnerbaits; black bass fair on plastic worms; catfish fair using cut shad.



 (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Little Dixie: 56 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on minnows & jigs; all other species slow.  Area closed to all activity between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. (Report made on 4/21/2011)



   RIVERS

Lamine: high, muddy; crappie good on minnows around the A Hwy. (old 50 Access); all other species slow. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Missouri (Middle): high, muddy; channel catfish good on worms and gizzard shad; flathead catfish slow; blue catfish good on cut bait.
 (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 53 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass season closed; white bass fair on light colored soft plastics; catfish slow, try worms, chicken liver and cut shad; paddlefish slow snagging.

 (Report made on 4/20/2011)



KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 57 degrees, high, clear; crappie good; largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill and redear sunfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Montrose: 59 degrees, dingy; crappie and black bass fair; all other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 61 degrees, dingy; crappie and catfish fair; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 61 degrees, high, dingy; crappie and catfish good; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Truman: 57 degrees, high, dingy; crappie have moved away from the banks due to cooler temperatures and are fair using minnows and jigs; catfish fair using cut shad; black bass fair using crankbaits and spinnerbaits; walleye fair. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Truman Tailwaters: 57 degrees, dingy; releasing 32,000 cfs; crappie good on jigs and minnows; white bass and hybrid bass good; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/21/2011)



 RIVERS

Missouri River: muddy; river rising, near flood stage; lots of debris in river; all species slow.
 (Report made on 4/21/2011)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 49 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on flukes; channel catfish good on chicken livers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Long Branch: 55 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Mark Twain: 50 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; channel catfish good on cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Sever: 54 degrees, normal, dingy; muskie good on traditional muskie bait; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Thomas Hill: 59 degrees, high, clear; hybrid striped bass good on shallow diving Rapalas and Rattle Trap; channel catfish slow on natural baits; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)



RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 53 degrees, high, muddy; river is at flood stage; channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 55 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 55 degrees, low, clear; black bass good on crankbaits; walleye slow on crankbaits, channel catfish good on cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Mozingo: 55 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on jigs over deep brush; black bass fair; walleye fair leaving dam area; channel catfish good. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Paho: 62 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish and bullhead fair on nightcrawlers; hybrid striped bass fair on large spinners; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Pony Express: 54 degrees, high, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Smithville: 50 degrees, rising, dingy; crappie slow in shallow water near brush and trees on minnows and a variety of jigs; channel catfish slow on nightcrawlers; white bass fair in the creek arms of the lake on jigs; walleye slow with some being caught in the evening off the dam with shallow diving stickbaits; all other species slow; all snagged/foul hooked fish must be returned to the water immediately. (Report made on 4/20/2011)



  RIVERS

Grand: 49 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair; flathead catfish slow; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 50 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 62 degrees, normal, dingy; white bass good on jigs; largemouth bass fair on a variety of artificial baits; crappie fair on minnows or jigs. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Norfork: 64 degrees, normal, dingy; white bass fair on soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows or jigs; largemouth bass fair on a variety of artificial baits. (Report made on 4/20/2011)



 RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 59 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass catch-and-release fishing and goggle-eye fair on small plastic baits and jigs. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Big Piney (Upper): 60 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Bryant Creek: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Current: 61 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Eleven Point: 58 degrees, low, clear; rainbow trout good on corn; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 60 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass catch-and-release fishing and goggle-eye fair on small plastic baits and jigs. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Gasconade (upper): 60 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Jack's Fork: 60 degrees, high, clear; all species fair on live bait. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

North Fork: 58 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)



SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 64 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on jigs; white bass fair on Rooster Tails; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Council Bluff: 63 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and minnows; crappie fair on minnows and jigs near brush piles and beaver lodges; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Cypress Lake: 64 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie and largemouth bass fair in 2-3' depths using minnows and jigs; bluegill fair in 2-3' depths using jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Duck Creek: 66 degrees, clear; redear sunfish good on jigs; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on jigs; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Perry County Lake: 66 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on white jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 57 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on blue and white, pink and white, and black and green jigs, as well as live minnows; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Wappapello: low, crappie good on minnows and jigs; catfish fair on worms; all other species slow; anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake.  Recorded lake level and other information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-Lake-Info. (Report made on 4/20/2011)



 RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 58 degrees, high, dingy; white bass fair on Rooster Tails; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Castor River (above Zalma): high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Lower Black River (Clearwater Dam): high, dingy; catfish good on worms and live bait; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; black bass (season currently closed, catch-and-release only) fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Mississippi (below Charleston): rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Mississippi River (Cape Girardeau): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): rising, dingy; catfish good on worms and live bait; black bass fair in backwaters on worms and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): high, dingy; flathead catfish good on trotline and pole and line using live bait; channel catfish fair on stinkbait and chicken liver; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)



SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 52-55 degrees, low, dingy; dam/Swan Creek area: white bass good on swimming minnows; walleye fair on jerkbait; black bass fair on jigs and nightcrawlers; all other species slow; Beaver Creek: black bass good on jigs, crankbait and nightcrawlers; white bass good on swimming minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Lake Taneycomo: 51 degrees, normal, clear; upper lake: trout good on jig and float, puff balls and Rooster Tails. Lower lake: trout good on Power Baits, corn and nightcrawlers. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Pomme de Terre: 61 degrees, high, dingy; largemouth bass fair on plastics baits and spinning baits over submerged cover; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in backs of coves over submerged cover in 5' - 10' of water; catfish fair on worms and shad in flats and rising water conditions in upper portions of lake; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Stockton: 59 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on Crappie Candy, minnows, tube baits, and Cast Master in 15' of water; white bass good on tube baits, moving up into rivers; walleye slow, best on minnows and tube baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

Table Rock (James River arm): 68 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on brown, pearl, or purple jigs or soft plastic minnows, cast around stick-ups in 2' to 5' of water; white bass good on white vibric spinners, white soft plastic baits or purple soft plastic minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Table Rock (main lake): 68 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on brown, pearl, or purple jigs or soft plastic minnows, cast around stick-ups in 2' to 5' of water; white bass good on white vibric spinners, white soft plastic baits or purple soft plastic minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/21/2011)



RIVERS

Big Niangua: 51 degrees, high, dingy; black bass slow, catch and release only until May 28, best on soft plastics; goggle-eye slow, best on soft plastics and jigs; trout slow, best on natural baits and Power Baits below Bennett Spring; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

James River (lower): 61 degrees, normal, clear; catfish good on nightcrawlers and cut bait; white bass good on swimming minnows and live bait in mornings and evenings; crappie good on jigs and minnows; bluegill good on crickets and worms; paddlefish are moving up river and can be caught with snagging methods. (Report made on 4/20/2011)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 56 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill fair on worms; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; catfish slow on stinkbaits and chicken liver; limit 4; crappie good on jigs and minnows; please remove litter. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 60 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish slow on stinkbaits and chicken liver; limit 4; stocking will begin in early May; bluegill fair on worms; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; limit 4; please remove litter.


 (Report made on 4/21/2011)



RIVERS

Big River: 58 degrees, rising, muddy; catfish good on liver and shrimp; black bass catch-and-release fishing fair on nightcrawlers; drum good on worms; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 62 degrees, rising, dingy; channel catfish fair on blood baits and cut bait;  crappie fair on minnows; black bass catch-and-release fishing fair on spin and crankbaits; all other species slow on natural baits. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 60 degrees, high, dingy; catch-and-release black bass good on natural baits; crappie good on minnows and jigs; goggle-eye good on worms and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Meramec (below Eureka): 60 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Missouri (below New Haven): 60 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish slow on cut baits and blood baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/21/2011)



TROUT PARKS

Fishing the Missouri Trout Parks: A Streamside Guide to Bennett Spring State Park, Maramec Spring Park, Montauk State Park, & Roaring River State Park

Bennett Spring State Park: 56 degrees, the spring level is slightly above normal and off colored; Zone 1 and 2 best lures: red and green Cracklebacks, white floss mini jig, gingersnap colored with gold head, pink and white colored and black and yellow colored marabou jigs, white colored with red ring Rooster Tail,  tri-colored  and pink and peach colored glo balls; Zone 3 best lures: yellow, white and cheese Power Baits, Trout Nip, and minnows.  April fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Our annual kids fishing day is scheduled for Saturday, May 7. Activities will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.
 (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Maramec Spring Park: 56 degrees, normal, fishing is good; the water is clear with good flow; doughbaits and putty baits are producing good numbers of fish; feather jigs in black, yellow, olive and white are also good choices. Fishing hours for the month of April are 7:00 a.m to 7:30 p.m. Kid's Free Fishing Day is Saturday, May 14th, 2011. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Montauk State Park: 57 degrees, the river level is normal for this time of year and steady as of 4:00 p.m. on April 21st. The water is clear. Fishing is good on all baits with the best fishing in the morning and evening hours.  Fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


For up-to-date stream conditions check  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440 (Report made on 4/21/2011)

Roaring River State Park: 57 degrees, the stream is normal and clear; orange, chartreuse and black spinners and small crankbaits are good; marabou jigs and micro jigs are still working; black, yellow, white, dark brown, tan and olive Power Bait worms and eggs are working; white, brown and fluorescent yellow eggs, white and orange worms are working; in Zone 3 nightcrawlers, corn and small Power Bait nuggets are working very well. (Report made on 4/21/2011)

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