Thursday, April 5, 2012

**First Fishing Report of the Season**

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In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass season will open May 26, 2012, 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.



Missouri Smallmouth Fishing


CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder Lake: 67 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; channel catfish slow.



 (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Blind Pony Lake: 70 degrees, normal, dingy; sunfish and channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 55 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass season closed; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and light colored crappie jigs; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try worms, chicken livers and cut shad.
 (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 66 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastic worms and crankbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; crappie good on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair using worms, cut shad and cut bluegill.
 (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 64 degrees, dingy; crappie and bluegill good; black bass and catfish fair; white bass slow.
 (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 67 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastic lures and stickbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastic lures; crappie good on minnows and crappie jigs (any color) tipped with Crappie Nibbles; catfish fair using cut bait, liver, and worms.
 (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 66 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits; white bass slow, try soft plastic worms; crappie good on minnows and crappie jigs (any color) tipped with Crappie Nibbles; catfish fair on worms, cut bait, and liver.
 (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Little Dixie Lake: 66 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on live minnows and jigs; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms; bluegill good on earthworms; channel catfish good on stinkbait. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

    RIVERS

Lamine River: normal, muddy from I-70 to the Missouri River; from I-70 upstream to Otterville it is at normal level; channel catfish fair on cut bait downstream from De Bourgmont Access; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Missouri River (middle): low, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on cut bait; flathead catfish slow; rough fish good with snagging methods; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 55 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass season closed (catch and release only); white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and light colored crappie jigs; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try worms, chicken livers and cut shad.

 (Report made on 4/5/2012)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 70 degrees, low, clear; crappie and catfish good; all other species slow; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 70 degrees, clear; full pool; channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish and largemouth bass fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Montrose Lake: 70 degrees, normal, dingy; catfish and black bass fair; crappie slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 71 degrees, high, clear; crappie and catfish good; all other species slow; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Truman Lake: 69 degrees, high, clear; crappie good on banks; catfish fair; white bass and hybrid bass good; paddlefish good; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 68 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good below the dam; catfish fair; white bass and hybrid bass good; paddlefish good; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

    RIVERS

Missouri River (Kansas City area): falling, muddy; channel catfish slow with some success around the confluences of feeder creeks and rivers on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/4/2012)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell Lake: 63 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good using chartreuse tube jigs; largemouth bass good using spinnerbaits; bluegill fair on earthworms; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Long Branch Lake: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on earthworms and leeches; small hybrid striped bass fair on lures along the dam; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Mark Twain: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on assorted jigs and minnows; channel catfish fair on live baits and cut baits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Sever: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on jigs on points, in brush and from the dock; channel catfish good on liver and shad sides; bluegill fair on small jigs and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 66 degrees, high, muddy; largemouth bass fair on lures; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/4/2012)

    RIVERS

Mississippi River (upper): 62 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish good on earthworms; drum good on earthworms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 64 degrees, high, muddy; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits near brush piles; channel catfish good on earthworms; drum good on earthworms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 65 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good; channel catfish good on cut bluegill; walleye good on dam. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Lake Paho: 64 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair in shallow water using soft plastics and slow rolling large spinners; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Mozingo Lake: 62 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good; black bass good in shallow water; bluegill good; channel catfish good; walleye good near dam. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Pony Express Lake: 70 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits; crappie good on minnows near brush piles; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Smithville Lake: 64 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good near the banks; largemouth bass fair; white bass good; walleye slow. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

    RIVERS

Grand River: 64 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good; blue catfish fair; flathead catfish fair; all other species good. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Missouri River (upper): 62 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish and carp good on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 73 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Norfork Lake: 71 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

    RIVERS

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 58 degrees, falling, dingy; goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and crankbaits; channel catfish fair on live bait. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 62 degrees, falling, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Bryant Creek: 68 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Current River: 70 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Eleven Point River: 62 degrees, high, dingy; rainbow trout fair on corn and Power Baits; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics and crankbaits (catch and release only); all other species slow. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Gasconade River (middle): 59 degrees, falling, dingy; goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and crankbaits; channel catfish fair on live bait. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Gasconade River (upper): 62 degrees, normal, dingy; goggle-eye and sunfish fair on live bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Jacks Fork: 71 degrees, normal, clear; all species good on soft plastics. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

North Fork of the White River: 61 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow.
 (Report made on 4/4/2012)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 72 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on jigs; white bass fair on Road Runners or jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Council Bluff Lake: 66 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on dark colored soft plastics; crappie good on red or blue jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Cypress Lake: 73 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 2 - 3' depths, mostly smaller fish being caught right now; bluegill fair on jigs in 2 - 3' depths; largemouth bass fair on minnows and jigs, incidental to crappie fishing, and plastic worms in 2 - 3' depths; channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbait in 2 - 3' depths. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Duck Creek CA Pool 1: 76 degrees, high, clear; warmouth and redear sunfish good on crickets and jigs; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; bluegill and largemouth bass good; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Perry County Lake: 78 degrees, clear; crappie good on jigs; black bass fair on plastic worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 65 degrees, normal, crappie and black bass fair on jigs; bluegill fair on jigs and crickets; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Wappapello Lake: low, black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on crickets and worms along shoreline; channel catfish fair on live bait using jug lines and trotlines at night.
Anglers should note the 9" minimum length regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake.  Call the Wappapello Lake Recreation Hotline for updates at 573-222-8139. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

    RIVERS

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 65 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 61 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on minnows; black bass (season closed until May 26th) fair on minnows and soft plastics; channel catfish fair on worms and live bait; paddlefish and walleye slow.

 (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Castor River (above Zalma): normal, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Mississippi River (middle): falling, dingy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms, cut bait and stinkbait; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello): normal, dingy; black bass (season closed until May 26th) fair on minnows and crankbaits; channel catfish good on worms, stinkbait and live bait; crappie good on minnows in backwater sloughs; bluegill good on worms. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello): 74 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on plastic worms and spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on liver, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; crappie fair using jigs and minnows; bluegill fair on earthworms and crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 64 degrees, high, clear; white bass good on swimming minnows and Rooster Tails in chartreuse, white or purple; walleye good on jerkbaits and nightcrawlers; black bass good on jigs, topwater lures, soft plastics, and spinnerbaits; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, high, clear; trout good on olive, black and white colored marabou jigs and blue/chrome and black/chrome Rogues in the upper portion of the lake, drifting fluorescent orange glo balls also working well; trout good on chartreuse, orange, and white Gulp soft plastic eggs and Power Baits in the lower portion of the lake. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 70 degrees, high, clear; black bass good on soft plastics in 7' of water near structure; crappie good on minnows with a slip sinker or plastic jigs in 3 - 7' of water; walleye good on bottom bouncers with jigs and minnows or worms along mud flats; white bass good on Twister Tails up river; catfish good on live bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Stockton Lake: 56 degrees, low, clear; crappie good on minnows and white plastic grubs with 1/8 oz. jig in 2 - 6' of water; black bass fair on jerkbaits, all colors but mainly chartreuse on flats and off points in 6 - 15' of water; catfish slow, best on liver from banks of coves and around points; walleye slow, best on plastic worms and minnows at the edge of bluffs and up into the lake arms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 59 degrees, high, muddy; black bass good on soft plastic crayfish, Wiggle Warts, and modified Alabama Rigs (3 hooks only); crappie good on jigs and live minnows; white bass fair on white or bright yellow Vibric spinners, small diving crankbaits and pearl swimming minnows. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 59 degrees, high, muddy; black bass good on soft plastic crayfish, Wiggle Warts, and modified Alabama Rigs (3 hooks only); crappie good on jigs and live minnows; white bass fair on white or bright yellow Vibric spinners, small diving crankbaits and pearl swimming minnows. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

    RIVERS

James River: 58 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on plastic worms, salamanders, and grubs (catch and release only); white bass good on Road Runners, and white/chartreuse jigs; crappie good on minnows and jigs near the bank; catfish good on cut baits and minnows. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Niangua River: 51 degrees, high, dingy; black bass slow, best on soft plastics and natural baits (catch and release only); 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 4/5/2012)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill fair on worms; black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie slow on minnows and jigs; channel catfish slow on blood baits; please remove your litter.  (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish slow on cut bait and worms; limit 4; please remove litter.


 (Report made on 4/5/2012)

    RIVERS

Big River: 68 degrees, rising, dingy; channel catfish good on worms and livers; black bass good on crayfish (catch and release only); crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Bourbeuse River: 68 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish slow on cut bait and worms; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; black bass slow on crankbaits and plastic worms (catch and release only); all other species fair on natural baits.
 (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 69 degrees, rising, dingy; black bass good on crankbaits and plastic worms (catch and release only); crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish good on cut bait and blood bait; all other species fair on worms. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 62 degrees, rising, dingy; channel catfish slow on worms and cut baits; black bass slow on plastic worms (catch and release only); carp fair on corn; bluegill fair on crickets, crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Missouri River (lower): 55 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 57 degrees, the spring level is still slightly high and very dingy in color; Zone 1 and 2 best lures: white colored mini-jigs; chartreuse colored and blue and green holographic colored Cracklebacks; ginger snap, black, and orange colored marabou jigs; bumblebee colored and solid white with silver blade Rooster Tails; white colored and orange colored glo balls; red colored and copper colored brassies; Zone 3 best lures: white, chartreuse, and orange colored Power Baits; white colored worms. We are scheduled to cut weeds on April 10 and 11.  We will begin at 8 a.m. and end by 3 p.m.  Thank you for your patience. April fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Report made on 4/4/2012)

Maramec Spring Park: 55 degrees, rising, fishing is good; the water is dingy; due to recent rains  the spring branch has risen a bit in the last day, but should fall back to normal levels soon; use very light weight line and tackle; dough and putty baits are producing when fished free floating; throughout the spring branch feather jigs and trout worms in black/yellow, orange/white, green, white, and pink are producing good numbers of fish; fish are holding in deep holes, below the waterfalls and around boulders, target these areas for best success; Kid's Free Fishing Day is May 19th; fishing hours for the month of April are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Report made on 4/5/2012)

Montauk State Park: 57 degrees, the river level is normal; the water is clear; fishing is good on most baits; brown, white, and yellow scented dough and putty baits are working well in the bait zones; flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black and yellow, white, and olive colors are working well. April 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 4/5/2012)

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees, the water is normal and fairly clear; dry flies have been good with lots of caddis and midge hatches; beetles, ants and hoppers, Cracklebacks, pheasant tails and copper johns are good; olive, black, and brown wooly buggers or worms are good; orange, white, chartreuse, fluorescent yellow plastic eggs are working well; cheese yellow, white, mint green, yellow/orange, pink, and the orange, and orange/white plastic worms are good; spinners are good early, black, brown, olive and black/yellow are good early;  marabou jigs in white, tan and pinks early and later in the day; use black, black/yellow, brown, brown/yellow, and black/olive marabou jigs in 1/16th-1/100 in size; in Zone 3 use nightcrawlers, corn, Power Bait paste and nuggets. (Report made on 4/5/2012)