Friday, April 13, 2012

Weekly Fishing Report

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Attention Fishing Report Subscribers:

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



 (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Blind Pony Lake: 65 degrees, normal, clear; 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 4/12/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 55 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass season closed;
white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and light colored crappie jigs; catfish slow, try worms, chicken livers and cut shad.
 (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 61 degrees, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try dark colored soft plastic worms and crankbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; catfish fair using worms, cut shad, bluegill and stinkbaits.
 (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 61 degrees, dingy; crappie and bluegill good; black bass and catfish fair; white bass slow.
 (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 61 degrees, dingy; crappie good using crappie jigs (any color) and minnows; black bass fair using crankbaits and soft plastics; catfish fair using cut baits and worms; white bass slow using soft plastics; sunfish fair using worms and small jigs.
 (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 61 degrees, dingy; crappie fair using crappie jigs (any color with chartreuse) and minnows; black bass fair using soft plastics and in-line spinnerbaits; catfish good using cut baits and worms; white bass slow using light colored soft plastics; sunfish fair using worms.
 (Report made on 4/11/2012)

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 stinkbaits and chicken liver. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

    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 good on cut baits downstream from De Bourgmont Access; snagging activity for paddlefish has been slow;  all other species slow. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Missouri River (middle): low, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; rough fish good with snagging methods; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 55 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass season closed;
white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and light colored crappie jigs; catfish slow, try worms, chicken livers and cut shad.
 (Report made on 4/11/2012)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 62 degrees, low, clear; crappie and catfish good; all other species slow; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 64 degrees, clear; full pool; channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish and largemouth bass fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Montrose Lake: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; catfish fair; black bass good; crappie slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 62 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie and catfish good; all other species slow; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Truman Lake: 64 degrees, falling, clear; crappie fair using spider rigs or jigs on mouths of creeks and lake flats in 8 - 10' of water; catfish good on fresh cut bait on lake flats or in lake channels; black bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs in 2 - 8' of water; white bass good on spoons in humps and saddles in 10 - 15' of water. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 64 degrees, falling, clear; crappie good below the dam; catfish fair; white bass and hybrid bass good; paddlefish good; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

    RIVERS

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 62 degrees, normal, channel catfish good, best before noon on cut baits and nightcrawlers; blue catfish are beginning to bite; shovelnose sturgeon fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell Lake: 62 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair using marabou jigs and chartreuse tube jigs; largemouth bass good using crankbaits; all other species slow.

  (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Long Branch Lake: 59 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on cut bait, goldfish and worms; small hybrid striped bass fair on shad lures; all other species slow.

 (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Mark Twain: 63 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; channel catfish good on live baits and cut baits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Sever: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on jigs; channel catfish good on liver and shad sides; bluegill fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 62 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair along the Hwy T rocks on minnows or light colored jigs; hybrid striped bass are good on Sassy Shad with spinners or rattle type lures in shallow areas of the warm water arm; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

    RIVERS

Mississippi River (upper): 55 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and worms; flathead catfish fair on live bait; drum fair on earthworms; all other species slow.

 (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 63 degrees, high, muddy; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on earthworms; drum good on earthworms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass good; channel catfish good; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Lake Paho: 64 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and leeches; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Mozingo Lake: 62 degrees, dingy; crappie and bluegill good; walleye fair; black bass good; channel catfish fair. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Pony Express Lake: 65 degrees, normal, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Smithville Lake: 62 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on jigs and minnows near brush piles in 15 - 20' of water; black bass good near the jetties on the main lake on jigs, spinners and square-billed crankbaits; catfish good in coves using nightcrawlers or liver. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

    RIVERS

Grand River: 64 degrees, falling, clear; channel catfish good; blue catfish fair; flathead catfish slow; all other species good. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Missouri River (upper): 56 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on worms and dip baits; blue catfish fair on worms and cut baits; carp good on worms. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 74 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Norfork Lake: 70 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

    RIVERS

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 62 degrees, falling, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and jigs (black bass are catch and release only). (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 62 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Bryant Creek: 65 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Current River: 70 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Eleven Point River: 60 degrees, normal, dingy; rainbow trout good on corn and minnows; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Gasconade River (middle): 62 degrees, falling, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and jigs (black bass are catch and release only). (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Gasconade River (upper): 62 degrees, normal, dingy; goggle-eye and sunfish fair on live bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

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 4/12/2012)

North Fork of the White River: 61 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow.
 (Report made on 4/11/2012)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 68 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

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 4/11/2012)

Cypress Lake: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good 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 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 4/11/2012)

Duck Creek CA Pool 1: 66 degrees, high, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; largemouth bass and channel catfish good on worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Perry County Lake: 68 degrees, clear; crappie good on white jigs; black bass good on plastic worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 62 degrees, normal, crappie and black bass fair on jigs; bluegill fair on jigs and crickets; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/12/2012)

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; 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 4/11/2012)

    RIVERS

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 58 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 65 degrees, dingy; channel catfish good on live bait; crappie good on minnows and tube jigs; black bass season closed (catch and release only); all other species slow.
 (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Castor River (above Zalma): normal, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Mississippi River (middle): falling, muddy; all species fair. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello): normal, dingy; channel catfish good on live and stinkbait; crappie good on minnows; black bass (season closed until May 26th) fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill/sunfish fair on crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello): 64 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on liver, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; crappie fair using chartreuse tube jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 64 degrees, high, clear; white bass good on white, purple, smoke, and chartreuse swimming minnows; walleye good on jerkbaits and nightcrawlers; black bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft plastics and jigs; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, high, clear; trout good on scud and San Juan worm type flies and olive, black/white marabou jigs; in lower portion of lake, trout good on chartreuse and orange/white Gulp soft plastic eggs, Power Baits and live nightcrawlers. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 64 degrees, high, clear; crappie good on minnows and tube jigs in 5 - 12' of water; black bass good on Texas rigged worms, tube jigs, and spinners over structure close to shore; white bass good on Twister Tails farther up river; walleye fair using bottom bouncers and jig and minnows or worm off of points in the mouths of rivers; catfish fair using cut baits; all other species fair.  (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Stockton Lake: 54 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 4/12/2012)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 62 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 4/11/2012)

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 62 degrees, high, muddy; black bass good on soft plastic crayfish, Wiggle Warts, and modified Alabama Rigs (3 hooks only), pearl or shad colored baits are 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 4/11/2012)

    RIVERS

James River: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass good on plastic worms, salamanders, and grubs (catch and release only); crappie good on minnows and jigs near the bank; catfish fair on cut baits and minnows; white bass are off and on due to cold nights, still fair on white Road Runners and minnows; walleye fair on minnows and crankbaits. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

Niangua River: 57 degrees, high, dingy; trout good on natural baits and Power Baits below Bennett Spring; black bass slow, best on soft plastics and natural baits (catch and release only); goggle-eye slow, best on soft plastics and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/11/2012)

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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 and crickets; black bass good on plastic worms, spinners and crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair on cut bait and blood baits; please remove your litter.  (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and blood bait; limit 4; please remove litter.


 (Report made on 4/12/2012)

    RIVERS

Big River: 68 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on blood bait and livers; black bass slow on crankbaits (catch and release only); crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill slow on crickets; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Bourbeuse River: 66 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish good on cut bait and worms; bluegill good on worms and crickets; black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms (catch and release only); all other species fair on natural baits.
 (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 64 degrees, falling, dingy; black bass good on plastic worms (catch and release only); crappie good on minnows and jigs; channel catfish good on cut bait and minnows; bluegill good on worms; all other species fair on worms. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 62 degrees, rising, dingy; channel catfish good on blood bait and livers; black bass slow on plastic worms (catch and release only); carp fair on corn; bluegill slow on crickets, crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

Missouri River (lower): 59 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/12/2012)

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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: brown colored and black colored roaches; white colored mini-jigs; chartreuse colored and blue and green holographic colored Cracklebacks; ginger snap, pink and white colored marabou jigs; bumblebee colored and solid white with silver blade Rooster Tails; white colored and yellow 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 4/12/2012)

Maramec Spring Park: 56 degrees, falling, fishing is good; the water is clear; 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 4/12/2012)

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 4/12/2012)

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 4/12/2012)