Thursday, April 19, 2012

Weekly Fishing Report, 4/19/2012

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Missouri Public Fishing Locations
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.



CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388
LAKES

Binder Lake: 66 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on jigs and minnows; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms.

 (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Blind Pony Lake: 61 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 4/19/2012)

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 4/18/2012)

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 4/18/2012)

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

 (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 63 degrees, muddy; 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 4/18/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 63 degrees, muddy; 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 4/19/2012)

Little Dixie Lake: 65 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on live minnows and jigs; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms; bluegill fair on earthworms; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and chicken liver.
Area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

    RIVERS

Lamine River: falling, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

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 4/19/2012)

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 4/18/2012)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 65 degrees, normal, clear; crappie slow; catfish good; all other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 65 degrees, clear; full pool; channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish fair; largemouth bass good; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Montrose Lake: 67 degrees, normal, dingy; catfish fair; black bass slow; crappie slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 63 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie slow; catfish good; all other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Truman Lake: 62 degrees, high, muddy; crappie fair using jigs or minnows in the creeks in 10' of water; catfish good on fresh cut bait in 10 - 30' of water at 8' deep; black bass good on spinnerbaits in 1 - 5' of water in pockets and creeks. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 62 degrees, falling, clear; crappie good below the dam; catfish fair; white bass and hybrid bass good; paddlefish good; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

    RIVERS

Missouri River (Kansas City area): falling, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell Lake: 61 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair using stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair using crankbaits; crappie fair using marabou jigs; all other species slow.

  (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Long Branch Lake: 57 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on liver, nightcrawlers and cut shad; all other species slow.

 (Report made on 4/18/2012)

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 4/18/2012)

Sever: 61 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on jigs and minnows near points, brush, stumps and riprap; bluegill fair on Rooster Tails and jigs; black bass good on 1/8 ounce spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 64 degrees, high, muddy; largemouth bass fair on lures; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/18/2012)

    RIVERS

Mississippi River (upper): 57 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on nightcrawlers; drum fair on nightcrawlers; shovelnose sturgeon fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

 (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 60 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish and flathead catfish good using shad, stinkbaits and live baits on rod and reel and bank poles left over night; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/18/2012)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good using cut bait or liver; black bass good; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Lake Paho: 60 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair using natural baits; largemouth bass fair using soft plastics in back of coves; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Mozingo Lake: 63 degrees, high, dingy; black bass and crappie good; bluegill, walleye and catfish fair. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Pony Express Lake: 58 degrees, normal, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Smithville Lake: 62 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good minnows near brush piles; black bass good near the jetties on jigs or in shallow water with woody cover on jigs, spinners and square-billed crankbaits; catfish good in coves using nightcrawlers or liver; white bass and walleye fair. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

    RIVERS

Grand River: 66 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish good; blue catfish fair; flathead catfish slow; all other species good. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Missouri River (upper): 58 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 72 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Norfork Lake: 68 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

    RIVERS

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 62 degrees, falling, dingy; goggle-eye fair on crankbaits and Beetle Spins; channel catfish fair on live bait. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 62 degrees, falling, dingy; goggle-eye and black bass (catch and release only) fair on plastics. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Bryant Creek: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Current River: 69 degrees, normal, clear; goggle-eye good on worms and jigs. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Eleven Point River: 60 degrees, normal, dingy; rainbow trout good on corn and minnows; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Gasconade River (middle): 62 degrees, falling, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Gasconade River (upper): 59 degrees, normal, dingy; goggle-eye and sunfish fair on live bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Jacks Fork: 62 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastics (black bass are catch and release only). (Report made on 4/18/2012)

North Fork of the White River: 60 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow.
 (Report made on 4/18/2012)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 73 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair in shallow water on jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Council Bluff Lake: 62 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on dark colored soft plastics; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Cypress Lake: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 1 - 2' depths, mostly smaller fish being caught right now; bluegill fair on jigs and crickets in 2 - 3' depths; largemouth bass slow 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 4/18/2012)

Duck Creek CA Pool 1: 64 degrees, high, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Lake Girardeau: No report available.

Perry County Lake: 70 degrees, clear; crappie good on jigs; sunfish good on red wigglers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 62 degrees, normal, crappie fair on jigs and minnows; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Wappapello Lake: low, black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines using live bait at night; 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 4/19/2012)

    RIVERS

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 62 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 70 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on live bait; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; white bass fair on tube jigs; black bass season closed (catch and release only) fair on minnows; all other species slow.
 (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Castor River (above Zalma): normal, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Mississippi River (middle): No report available.

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on liver and cut baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello): normal, dingy; channel catfish good on live bait; black bass (season closed until May 26th) fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello): 64 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on liver, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; black bass fair on plastic worms and spinnerbaits; crappie fair using chartreuse tube jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/18/2012)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 63-66 degrees, high, clear; white bass good on white, purple, smoke, and chartreuse swimming minnows; black bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft plastics and jigs; walleye fair on jerkbaits and nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, high, clear; trout good on scuds and San Juan worms, white and black marabou jigs, Rooster Tails and Rogues in upper portion of the lake, orange, pink, and white Power Baits, corn, and live nightcrawlers are working well in lower portion of the lake. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

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 rigs, tube jigs, and spinnerbaits in 12' of water; walleye fair on bottom bouncers and jig and minnows or worms off of points and near the mouth of rivers; white bass fair using Twister Tails in the rivers; catfish fair on cut baits; all other species fair.  (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Stockton Lake: 62 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on minnows in 8' of water; catfish good on liver from the bank in coves and around points; black bass fair on jerkbaits of various colors, mainly chartreuse on flats and off of points in 6 - 15' of water; 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 4/19/2012)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 64 degrees, high, muddy; black bass good on soft plastic crayfish, Wiggle Warts, and modified Alabama Rigs (3 hooks only), pearl or shad colored baits working well; crappie good on jigs and live minnows in 10' of water or less; white bass fair on white or bright yellow Vibric spinners, small diving crankbaits and pearl swimming minnows, trolling is also working well. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 65 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on soft plastic crayfish, Wiggle Warts, pearl or shad colored baits are also working well; crappie good on jigs and live minnows in 15' of water or less; white bass fair on white or bright colored Vibric spinners, small diving crankbaits and pearl swimming minnows, trolling is also working well. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

    RIVERS

James River: 63 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on Texas rigs, flukes, Wiggle Warts with chartreuse colors (catch and release only); white bass good on white Road Runners or white and chartreuse jigs; crappie good on minnows and jigs near the banks. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Niangua River: 58 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 4/19/2012)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 60 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 4/19/2012)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 60 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on 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 4/19/2012)

    RIVERS

Big River: 63 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on blood bait and livers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Bourbeuse River: 62 degrees, high, muddy; black bass are catch and release only; all species slow on natural baits.
 (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 60 degrees, falling, muddy;  all species slow. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 61 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on cut bait and livers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Missouri River (lower): 57 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and livers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 57 degrees, the spring level is still slightly high and slightly off color; Zone 1 and 2 best lures: brown colored and black colored roaches; bedspread colored, and white 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: 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 kids free fishing event 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 the event will be 6:30 a.m. until 8:15 p.m. (Report made on 4/19/2012)

Maramec Spring Park: 56 degrees, falling, fishing is good; the water is dingy; use very light weight line and tackle; throughout the spring branch feather jigs and trout worms in black/yellow, orange/white, green, white, and pink are producing good numbers of fish; dough and putty baits are producing when fished free floating; 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 4/19/2012)

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.  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 4/19/2012)

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 4/18/2012)