Thursday, April 7, 2011

Missouri Department of Conservation Statewide Fishing Report

4/7/2011 at 11:34:14

**First Report of the Season**


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.



CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: No report available.

Blind Pony Lake: No report available.

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 48 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass season closed (catch-and-release only); white bass slow on light colored soft plastics; crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try chicken livers, cut baits and stinkbaits.
 (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 50 degrees, dingy; black bass slow on crankbaits and dark colored soft plastic worms; white bass slow using light colored soft plastics; crappie good on minnows, crappie jigs and crappie jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles; catfish slow on stinkbaits and cut shad. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 49 degrees, dingy; crappie good; black bass good; catfish fair; white bass slow.



 (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 49 degrees, dingy; catfish good at 30' depth on cut shad; white bass fair; black bass and crappie slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 49 degrees, dingy; catfish good at 30' depth on cut shad; white bass fair; black bass and crappie slow.


 (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Little Dixie: No report available.

    RIVERS

Lamine: high, dingy; channel catfish and blue catfish good on setlines baited with minnows and cut shad between Imhoff Bridge and I-70; paddlefish snagging activity has been light, but a few small males ranging in size between 26" and 30" have been taken below De Bourgmont Access; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Missouri (Middle): high, muddy; channel catfish fair on shad gizzards; blue catfish fair on cut bait.
 (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 48 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass season closed; white bass slow on light colored soft plastics; crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try chicken livers, cut baits and stinkbaits.

 (Report made on 4/6/2011)



KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 51 degrees, high, clear; channel catfish good; largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish and trout fair. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Montrose: 60 degrees, dingy; catfish fair; crappie and black bass slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 56 degrees, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 56 degrees, high, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Smithville: No report available.

Truman: 52 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair using minnows and jigs in 10' to 25' depths near mouths of creeks and up the tributaries; warm weather should have fish moving to the banks; catfish good on flats using cut shad; white bass good up creek arms near riffles; black bass fair in the creeks and pockets; walleye fair in the major tributaries. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Truman Tailwaters: 52 degrees, low, dingy; releasing 38,000 cfs; crappie good; catfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: No report available.



NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 51 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill good on marabou jigs; channel catfish good on cheese bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Long Branch: 46 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Mark Twain: 53 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; channel catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Sever: 58 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on jigs 3' beneath bobbers; channel catfish fair on cut shad; bluegill and largemouth bass fair on small Rooster Tails; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Thomas Hill: 55 degrees, high, dingy; small hybrid stripers good on lures that resemble shad; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 45 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 45 degrees, normal, dingy; snagging for paddlefish near mouth fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)



NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 47 degrees, low, clear; walleye are on the dam spawning, try casting crankbaits at sunset for best action; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Mozingo: 48 degrees, normal, clear; black bass and crappie good; walleye are on the dam spawning and fishing the dam at night is best; bluegill fair; channel catfish good on natural baits, cut shad, nightcrawlers and minnows. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Paho: 45 degrees, rising, dingy; largemouth bass fair on large spinners and slow rolling in shallow water; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Pony Express: 55 degrees, normal, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

    RIVERS

Grand: 48 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair; flathead catfish slow; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 45 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on worms and dip bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 58 degrees, low, clear; white bass fair on jigs and minnows; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Norfork: 57 degrees, low, clear; white bass fair on jigs and minnows; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; walleye fair on worms and stickbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/7/2011)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 58 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass catch-and-release fishing good on soft plastic baits and jigs; goggle-eye good on small jigs and Beetle Spins. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Big Piney (Upper): 60 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Bryant Creek: 56 degrees, low, clear; walleye fair on worms and stickbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Current: 60 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Eleven Point: 58 degrees, low, clear; rainbow trout good on corn and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 58 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass catch-and-release fishing good on soft plastic baits and jigs; goggle-eye good on small jigs and Beetle Spins. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Gasconade (upper): 61 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Jack's Fork: 59 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

North Fork: 55 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 57 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair while trolling using a jig; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Council Bluff: 53 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and jerkbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs near brush piles and beaver lodges; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Cypress Lake: 56 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie and largemouth bass slow in depths of 2'-3' using minnows and jigs; bluegill slow in depths of 2'-3' using jigs. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Duck Creek: 59 degrees, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Perry County Lake: 54 degrees, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Robert DeLaney Lake: Crappie fair on jigs, especially black and chartreuse, live minnows and goldfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Wappapello: low, crappie good on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.  Anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit for crappie. (Report made on 4/6/2011)



RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 53 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Castor River (above Zalma): normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Lower Black River (Clearwater Dam): 57 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structures; walleye fair on creek chubs and jigs on the shoals; paddlefish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Mississippi (below Charleston): falling, dingy; catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Mississippi River (Cape Girardeau): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): 58 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 52 degrees, low, clear; dam/Swan Creek area: white bass fair on swimming minnows and Rooster Tails; walleye fair on jerkbait; Beaver Creek: black bass fair on jigs; walleye fair on jerkbait; white bass fair on swimming minnows and Rooster Tails; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, normal, clear; upper lake: rainbow trout good on pink jig and float, orange puff balls and Rooster Tails. Lower lake: rainbow trout good on pink, chartreuse and bubblegum Power Baits and nightcrawlers. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Pomme de Terre: 50 degrees, high, dingy; largemouth bass fair on spinning baits along submerged shoreline vegetation; crappie fair over beds in 20' of water on minnow and tube jig; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)



Stockton: 54 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs in 10' of water over beds; white bass fair on jigs upstream; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Table Rock (James River arm): 57 degrees, low, dingy; crappie good on brown, red, orange, or cricket colored jigs, use 1/16th or 1/32nd oz. jigs and cast around submerged brush piles or stumps; white bass good on small white spin baits or pearl colored soft plastic minnows, use 1/8th oz. jigs and let bait sink to the bottom and then retrieve at medium pace; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Table Rock (main lake): 57 degrees, low, dingy; crappie good on brown, red, orange, or cricket colored jigs, use 1/16th or 1/32nd oz. jigs and cast around submerged brush piles or stumps; white bass good on small white spin baits or pearl colored soft plastic minnows, use 1/8th oz. jigs and let bait sink to the bottom and then retrieve at medium pace; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/6/2011)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 49 degrees, high, dingy; black bass catch-and-release fishing slow, 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 4/7/2011)

James River (lower): 52 degrees, normal, clear; catfish fair on cut bait; black bass catch-and-release fishing fair on crankbaits and plastic worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)



ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 52 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill fair on worms; black bass slow on minnows and other live baits; catfish slow on stinkbait and chicken liver; limit 4; crappie fair on plastic jigs worked slowly; please remove litter. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 72 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish slow on stinkbait and chicken liver; limit 4; stocking will begin in early May; please remove litter.



 (Report made on 4/7/2011)

    RIVERS

Big River: 59 degrees, falling, dingy; catfish slow on live bait and worms; smallmouth bass catch-and-release fishing fair on minnows and crayfish; crappie fair on white jigs with minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 61 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish fair on worms, blood baits and cut bait;  crappie fair on minnows and jigs; black bass catch-and-release fishing slow on spin and crankbaits; all other species fair on natural baits. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 60 degrees, normal, clear; catfish fair on prepared bait; catch & release black bass fair on plastic worms; crappie good on jigs; goggle-eye good on worms. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Meramec (below Eureka): 61 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish fair on worms and goldfish; carp good on corn; black bass catch-and-release fishing fair on crankbaits; crappie good on jigs with Crappie Nibbles; all other species fair on worms. (Report made on 4/7/2011)

Missouri (below New Haven): 51 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut baits and blood baits; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2011)



TROUT PARKS

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, white colored, pink and white colored and yellow and black marabou jigs, 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 4/6/2011)

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 are 7:00 a.m to 7:30 p.m.  (Report made on 4/6/2011)

Montauk State Park: 56 degrees, the river level is normal for this time of year and steady as of 8:30 a.m. on April 7th. The water is clear. Fishing is good on all baits with the best fishing in the morning and evening hours.


For up-to-date stream conditions check  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440 (Report made on 4/7/2011)

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 4/6/2011)





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