Friday, April 27, 2012

Weekly Fishing Report, 4/26/2012

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Smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) Français : Achigan à petite bouche (Micropterus dolomieu) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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.



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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder Lake: 67 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on jigs and minnows; bluegill good on worms and crickets; channel catfish fair on liver and stinkbaits;  largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic Gulps.

 (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Blind Pony Lake: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; largemouth bass good on soft plastics;  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 4/25/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 57 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass season closed;
white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs;
catfish fair on cut shad, stinkbaits, chicken livers and worms.
 (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 63 degrees, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair, try dark colored soft plastic worms and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; catfish fair on stinkbaits and cut baits.

 (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 63 degrees, dingy; crappie good on minnows; black bass good; white bass slow; catfish fair on cut bait.

 (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 63 degrees, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; black bass good on spinnerbaits and soft plastics; catfish good on liver and cut bait; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics.
 (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 63 degrees, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs, fish beds around docks; black bass fair on soft plastics and crankbaits; catfish good on cut baits; white bass slow, try using light colored soft plastics.
 (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Little Dixie Lake: 68 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on live minnows and jigs; largemouth bass good on  plastic worms; bluegill fair on earthworms; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and chicken liver; the area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

    RIVERS

Lamine River: normal, muddy; channel catfish good in late afternoon and early evening at Roberts Bluff Access using worms and cut baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Missouri River (middle): high, muddy; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and cut baits; blue catfish fair on stinkbaits and cut baits; flathead catfish fair on stinkbaits and cut baits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 57 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass season closed;
white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs;
catfish fair on cut shad, stinkbaits, chicken livers and worms.
 (Report made on 4/25/2012)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 75 degrees, normal, clear; crappie slow; catfish good; black bass good; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 64 degrees, clear; 6" low; channel catfish fair; crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish and largemouth bass good; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Montrose Lake: 67 degrees, normal, dingy; catfish fair; black bass good; crappie slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 76 degrees, normal, clear; crappie slow; catfish good; black bass good; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Truman Lake: 63 degrees, high, muddy; crappie fair using spider rigging in the creeks in 12 - 18' of water; catfish good on fresh cut bait on jugs and trotlines; black bass fair.  (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 62 degrees, falling, clear; crappie slow below the dam, spawn over; catfish good; white bass and hybrid bass good; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

    RIVERS

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 60 degrees, falling, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell Lake: 62 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish fair using chicken liver; largemouth bass good using flukes; crappie good using Twister Tails; all other species slow.

  (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Long Branch Lake: 58 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on liver, cut shad, and worms; all other species slow.

 (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Mark Twain: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on assorted jigs and minnows; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; white bass fair; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Sever: 65 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on tube jigs; black bass good on shallow to medium depth crankbaits; catfish fair on earthworms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 63 degrees, high, dingy; small channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/25/2012)

    RIVERS

Mississippi River (upper): 60 degrees, high, muddy; black bass good on buzzbaits; channel catfish good on stinkbaits, liver and nightcrawlers; shovelnose sturgeon fair on nightcrawlers; drum fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 62 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish and flathead catfish good using shad, stinkbaits and live baits on rod and reel and bank poles left overnight (bank poles left overnight must be labeled with full name and address, or Conservation number); all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/26/2012)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good using cut bait or liver; black bass fair on crankbaits or topwater lures; bluegill and crappie good on live bait.   (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Lake Paho: 68 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on jigs and small spinners off the rocks on the dam during the early evening hours; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics in 2 - 5' of water; channel catfish fair on natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Mozingo Lake: 65 degrees, high, clear; all species good. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Pony Express Lake: 58 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Smithville Lake: 64 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on minnows near brush piles; black bass fair on spinners; catfish fair using nightcrawlers or liver; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

    RIVERS

Grand River: 67 degrees, falling, clear; channel catfish fair; blue catfish fair; flathead catfish slow; all other species good. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Missouri River (upper): 60 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on worms and dip bait; blue catfish fair on cut bait; carp fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 70 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on artificial baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Norfork Lake: 71 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on artificial baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

    RIVERS

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 62 degrees, normal, dingy; goggle-eye good on crankbaits and small spinnerbaits. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 64 degrees, normal, clear; goggle-eye and black bass (catch and release only) good on soft plastics and live bait. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Bryant Creek: 68 degrees, normal, dingy; smallmouth bass (catch and release only) and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Current River: 68 degrees, normal, clear; all species good on live baits and artificial lures. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Eleven Point River: 60 degrees, normal, clear; rainbow trout good on corn and prepared baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Gasconade River (middle): 62 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on live bait. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Gasconade River (upper): 59 degrees, normal, dingy; goggle-eye and sunfish fair on live bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Jacks Fork: 64 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastics (black bass are catch and release only). (Report made on 4/25/2012)

North Fork of the White River: 63 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass (catch and release only) and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 72 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; bluegill fair on live worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Council Bluff Lake: 66 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on dark colored soft plastics; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Cypress Lake: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill and redear sunfish good on jigs, crickets and worms in 1 - 3' depths; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 1 - 2' depths, mostly smaller fish being caught right now; largemouth bass fair on minnows and jigs incidental to crappie fishing, and plastic worms in 1 - 3' depths; channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbait in 2 - 3' depths. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Duck Creek CA Pool 1: 65 degrees, high, clear; bluegill and warmouth sunfish fair on crickets and jigs; largemouth bass and chain pickerel fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; bluegill and redear sunfish good on crickets; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Perry County Lake: 64 degrees, clear; crappie good on jigs; redear sunfish good on worms; black bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Robert DeLaney Lake: normal, crappie fair on jigs and minnows; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Wappapello Lake: 64 degrees, rising, crappie good on minnows and jigs; channel catfish good on trotlines and jug lines using live bait at night; black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow.
Anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake.  Call the Wappapello Lake Recreation Hotline for updates at 573-222-8139. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

    RIVERS

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 60 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass (catch and release only) and goggle-eye fair on tube baits and live minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 70 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on live bait and cut bait; crappie good on jigs and minnows; black bass good on jigs and minnows (season closed, catch and release only); all other species slow.
 (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Castor River (above Zalma): normal, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Mississippi River (middle): falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on beef liver and cut baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello): normal, dingy; channel catfish good on live bait; black bass (season closed until May 26th) good on minnows and jigs; redear sunfish good on crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello): 61 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on liver, large minnows and stinkbaits; crappie fair using chartreuse tube jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/25/2012)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 52-55 degrees, high, clear; white bass good on white, purple, smoke, and chartreuse swimming minnows; black bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft plastics and jigs; crappie good on white swimming minnows and crappie jigs; walleye fair on jerkbaits and crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Lake Taneycomo: 49 degrees, low, clear; trout good on scuds, midges and San Juan worms fished with a fly rod in the upper portion of the lake; trout good on chartreuse, orange, and pink Power Baits, corn and live nightcrawlers in the lower portion of the lake. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 61 degrees, high, clear; crappie good on minnows and tube jigs in 5 - 12' of water; black bass fair on Texas rigged worms; tube jigs and spinnerbaits in 12' of water; walleye fair on bottom bouncers and jig and minnow or worms off of points and in the mouth of rivers; white bass fair on Twister Tails in the rivers; catfish fair on cut baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Stockton Lake: 62 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on liver from banks of coves and points; crappie slow, best on minnows in 10' of water; black bass slow, best on jerkbaits in various colors, most commonly chartreuse, in 6 - 15' of water over flats and off points; walleye slow on plastic worms and minnows at the edge of bluffs and up into the lake arms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 65 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass good on soft plastic crayfish, Wiggle Warts and grubs, black, pearl or shad colored baits working well, fish over beds in coves and some largemouth bass are very close to the banks; crappie fair on jigs and live minnows in 20' or less of water; white bass fair on white or bright yellow Vibric spinnerbaits, small diving crankbaits and pearl swimming minnows, trolling is working well.  (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 66 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on tube baits and medium sized crankbaits that look like shad in 5 - 12' of water; bluegill good on nightcrawlers in shallow water; crappie fair on minnows and small tube baits in 8 - 12' of water, moving closer to shore to spawn; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

    RIVERS

James River: 64 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass good on shaky jigs, smaller worms, flukes, and small crankbaits with bluegill colors (catch and release only); white bass good on white Road Runners and Power Baits with plastic minnows; crappie good on grub baits in 1 - 2' of water; catfish good on bait fish and frogs. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Niangua River: 59 degrees, high, dingy; black bass slow, best on soft plastics and natural baits (catch and release only); goggle-eye slow, best on natural baits and jigs; trout slow, best on natural baits and Power Baits below Bennett Spring; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on livers; black bass good on spinners, plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; please remove litter.
 (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on doughbait, cut bait and blood bait; limit 4; black bass good on spinners, plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; please remove litter.


 (Report made on 4/26/2012)

    RIVERS

Big River: 63 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish fair on blood bait and livers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Bourbeuse River: 63 degrees, falling, muddy; black bass slow on spinners and plastic worms (catch and release only); channel catfish slow on cut bait and blood bait; crappie fair on jigs & minnows; all other species slow on natural baits.
 (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 63 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and blood bait; black bass fair on plastic worms (catch and release only); all other species fair on natural baits. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 63 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish good on cut bait and livers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Missouri River (lower): 59 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and livers; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 57 degrees, the spring level is still slightly high and clearing; Zone 1 and 2 best lures: white colored roaches; bedspread colored, and white sparkly blue-green colored mini-jigs; gray or white colored scuds; black or sulfur colored Cracklebacks; ginger snap, red and white colored marabou jigs; bumblebee colored and black sparkled colored Rooster Tails; orange colored and peach colored glo balls; olive or brown colored wooly buggers with gold spinner; Zone 3 best lures: red or white colored plastic worms; white with sparkle, salmon peach, and yellow colored Power Baits; brown colored Trout Nip.  April fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Our Kid's Free Fishing Day is Saturday May 5; fishing is free to kids 15 and younger, there will be many exhibits that are open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Lunch will be provided for the kids. Fishing hours for May will be 6:30 a.m. until 8:15 p.m. (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Maramec Spring Park: 56 degrees, falling, fishing is good; the water is clearing up; use very light weight line and tackle; throughout the spring branch feather jigs in dark colors are producing good numbers of fish; dough and putty baits are producing when fished on or near the bottom; use white or yellow; 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 4/26/2012)

Montauk State Park: 57 degrees, the river level is slightly below 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.  Our Kid's Fishing Day is Saturday May 5th.


For up-to-date stream conditions check  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440 (Report made on 4/26/2012)

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees, the water is dropping fast and getting very clear; use 2 or 3 pound test; 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. Kid's Free Fishing Day is May 19. (Report made on 4/26/2012)