Saturday, May 5, 2012

Missouri Fishing Report 5/5/2012

Aerial photomosaic of the Lake of the Ozarks i...
Aerial photomosaic of the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri (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.



CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder Lake: 68 degrees, high, dingy; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and soft plastics; bluegill good on crickets; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

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 5/3/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 67 degrees, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; black bass fair using dark colored soft plastics and buzzbaits; catfish fair on stinkbaits, cut baits and  worms.

 (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 64 degrees, dingy; black bass good; crappie fair; white bass slow; catfish fair.
 (Report made on 5/1/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 64 degrees, dingy; crappie slow using jigs and minnows; black bass fair using soft plastic  worms; catfish good using cut bait and worms; white bass slow, try using a white soft plastic lure; sunfish good on worms.
 (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 64 degrees, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; black bass good on swim baits and spinnerbaits; catfish good on cut bait; sunfish good on worms; white bass slow using light colored soft plastics.
 (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Little Dixie Lake: 69 degrees, high, muddy; crappie good on live minnows and  white jigs; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms;  channel catfish good on nightcrawlers;  bluegill fair on earthworms; the area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

    RIVERS

Lamine River: high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Missouri River (middle): high, muddy; channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish fair on bank lines and trotlines using cut baits; blue catfish and channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits using pole and line methods; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Osage (Bagnell Tailwater): 57 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; black bass season closed; catfish fair  on worms, chicken livers and cut shad.
 (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 57 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; black bass season closed; catfish fair  on worms, chicken livers and cut shad.
 (Report made on 5/2/2012)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 70 degrees, high, crappie slow; catfish good; all other species slow; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 65 degrees, clear; full pool; channel catfish and crappie fair; bluegill, redear sunfish and largemouth bass good; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Montrose Lake: 73 degrees, high, muddy; catfish fair; black bass slow; crappie slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 76 degrees, high, catfish good; all other species slow; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Truman Lake: 67 degrees, rising, muddy; crappie good on jigs and minnows on banks and flat pockets; black bass good on crankbaits and jigs in pockets and creeks; catfish good on cut shad and jugs, trotlines also working well. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 67 degrees, rising, muddy; crappie good below the dam on jigs and minnows; catfish good on shad; white bass and hybrid bass good on topwater jigs and spoons.  (Report made on 5/2/2012)

    RIVERS

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 60 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish good on cut bait, particularly bluegill, in the tributaries; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell Lake: 64 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good using chartreuse tube jigs; largemouth bass good using plastic worms; channel catfish good using cheese baits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.    (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Long Branch Lake: 60 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and green sunfish; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Mark Twain: 64 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish, flathead catfish and blue catfish good on live baits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Sever: 65 degrees, normal, dingy; 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 5/3/2012)

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 64 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish good using nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair on white artificial baits; hybrid striped bass good in shallow water of Brush Creek arm; crappie fair on Hwy. T rock using jigs; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/3/2012)

    RIVERS

Mississippi River (upper): 65 degrees, normal, muddy; flathead catfish and channel catfish good on bluegill; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 65 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on bank poles and trotlines using live baits; drum fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/3/2012)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 64 degrees, normal, clear; 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 5/3/2012)

Lake Paho: 66 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on jigs; largemouth bass fair; channel catfish fair on natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Mozingo Lake: 64 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish, bluegill and black bass good; crappie and walleye fair. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Pony Express Lake: 64 degrees, normal, clear; crappie are beginning to come up in the shallow water biting on jigs; bluegill good on worms; all other species fair.  (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Smithville Lake: 64 degrees, rising, clear; crappie good on live bait near brush piles; black bass fair on spinners; catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

    RIVERS

Grand River: 65 degrees, rising, dingy; channel catfish and blue catfish good; flathead catfish slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Missouri River (upper): 61 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on worms, fair on dip bait; blue catfish fair on cut bait; carp fair on worms; flathead catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 71 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on artificial baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Norfork Lake: 72 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on artificial baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

    RIVERS

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 63 degrees, normal, clear; goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live bait. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 68 degrees, low, clear; goggle-eye good on soft plastics; black bass good on soft plastics and live bait (catch and release only). (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Bryant Creek: 68 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass (catch and release only) and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Current River: 67 degrees, low, clear; all species fair on soft plastic crayfish and worms. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Eleven Point River: 63 degrees, normal, clear; rainbow trout good on corn and minnows; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Gasconade River (middle): 64 degrees, normal, dingy; goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live bait. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Gasconade River (upper): 65 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Jacks Fork: 65 degrees, normal, clear; all species good on soft plastic baits. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

North Fork of the White River: 63 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass (catch and release only) and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 76 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits; bluegill fair; channel catfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Council Bluff Lake: 68 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on dark colored soft plastics and topwater lures during low light periods; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; redear sunfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Cypress Lake: 71 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill and redear sunfish good on jigs, crickets and worms in 1 - 3' depths; largemouth bass good on minnows and jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits in 1 - 3' depths; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 1 - 3' depths; channel catfish fair on worms, crickets and stinkbait in 2 - 3' depths. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Duck Creek CA Pool 1: 75 degrees, high, clear; bluegill good on crickets; largemouth bass fair on spinners; bowfin good on cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; bluegill and redear sunfish good on crickets; largemouth bass fair on soft plastic worms; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Perry County Lake: 72 degrees, clear; crappie fair on jigs; black bass fair on spinnerbaits; redear sunfish good on crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 74 degrees, normal, bluegill fair on crickets close to the bank; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Wappapello Lake: 70 degrees, low, 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 and worms; 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 5/3/2012)

    RIVERS

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 71 degrees, low, clear; smallmouth bass (catch and release only) and goggle-eye good on tube baits and live minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 71 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on live bait and stinkbait; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; black bass good on jigs and minnows (season closed, catch and release only until May 26th); white bass fair on jigs; all other species slow.
 (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Castor River (above Zalma): normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Mississippi River (middle): rising, muddy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on beef liver and worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

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 fair. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello): 70 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 52-55 degrees, high, clear; Dam Area - black bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft plastics and jigs; crappie good on white swimming minnows and crappie jigs; white bass fair on white swimming minnows; walleye fair on jerkbaits and crankbaits; all other species slow; Beaver Creek Arm - black bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft plastics and jigs; crappie good on white swimming minnows and crappie jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, low, clear; trout good on flies (scuds, San Juan worms, midges, and bead head nymphs), Rooster Tails and marabou jigs in the upper portion; trout good on chartreuse, orange, bubblegum, and white colored Power Baits and Little Cleos and while trolling crankbaits in lower portion. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 67 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on minnows and tube jigs over structure; muskie fair over mudflats; black bass fair on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits in the back of coves; walleye fair on bottom bouncers and jig & minnow or jig & worm combinations off of points; white bass fair on Twister Tails in the rivers; catfish fair on cut baits with trotlines and jug lines; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Stockton Lake: 61 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on liver or earthworms from the bank off coves and points; crappie good on minnows and various colored artificial lures in 2 - 15' of water; black bass slow, best on flats and off points in 6 - 15' of water; use jerkbaits of various colors, most common is chartreuse, blue, and white; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 66 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass good on soft plastic crayfish, Wiggle Warts and grubs, black, pearl or shad colored baits working well, some fish are still on beds in coves and some largemouth are very close to the bank; white bass fair on white or bright yellow Vibric spinners, small diving crankbaits and pearl swimming minnows, trolling is working well; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 65 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass good on tube baits, medium sized crankbaits and unweighted flukes that look like shad in 5 - 12' of water, watermelon green, pro blue, and all white are best colors; bluegill good on nightcrawlers in shallow water; crappie fair on minnows and small tube baits in 8 - 12' of water, moving closer to shore; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

    RIVERS

James River: 64 degrees, normal, muddy; black bass good on shaky jigs, smaller worms, french fry with split shot, flukes weighted hook in the wind, and small crankbaits with bluegill colors (catch and release only); white bass fair on white Road Runners and Power Baits with plastic minnows and 1/8oz. jig; crappie fair on jigs and minnows over brush piles; catfish fair on bait fish and frogs. (Report made on 5/2/2012)

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 5/2/2012)

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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 5/3/2012)

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 5/3/2012)

    RIVERS

Big River: 63 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on doughbait and livers; black bass fair on crankbaits (catch and release only); crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Bourbeuse River: 68 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on plastic worms (catch and release only); channel catfish good on livers; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; bluegill good on worms; all other species slow on natural baits.
 (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 63 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish fair on cut bait and minnows; black bass good on plastic worms (catch and release only); crappie slow on minnows; bluegill fair on natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 63 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish fair on cut bait and minnows; black bass good on plastic worms (catch and release only); crappie slow on minnows; bluegill fair on natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Missouri River (lower): 59 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and livers; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 57 degrees, the spring level is near normal and clear; 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.   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 5/3/2012)

Maramec Spring Park: 56 degrees, falling, fishing is good; the water is clearing up; use very light weight line and tackle; fish are holding in deep holes, below the waterfalls and around boulders, target these areas for best success; 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 brown;  Kid's Free Fishing Day is Saturday May 19th; fishing hours for the month of May are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. (Report made on 5/3/2012)

Montauk State Park: 58 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. May fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 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 5/3/2012)

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 5/2/2012)