Friday, June 1, 2012

Weekly Fishing Report, 5/31/2012

CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder Lake: 74 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill good on crickets;  largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastics;  channel catfish fair on cut baits and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Blind Pony Lake: 79 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 81 degrees, dingy; black bass fair using dark colore
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d soft plastics and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on stinkbaits, cut baits and worms.
 (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 75 degrees, dingy; catfish fair; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 75 degrees, dingy; black bass good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits; crappie slow, try minnows or small lures with spinners; white bass fair using light colored soft plastics; catfish good using worms and cut baits; sunfish good using worms.
 (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 75 degrees, dingy; black bass good using soft plastics and crankbaits; crappie slow, try minnows and jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles; white bass fair using light colored soft plastics; catfish good using cut bait and worms; sunfish good on worms.
 (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Little Dixie Lake: 73 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits; channel catfish good on chicken liver; bluegill good on earthworms; crappie fair on jigs; the area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

    RIVERS

Lamine River: The water level is slightly above normal, rising slowly from Otterville to the mouth of the Blackwater River; channel catfish good from Roberts Bluff Access downstream to Harriman Hill Access on setlines baited with shad sides; blue catfish fair on setlines baited with bluegill and goldfish downstream from De Bourgmont Access to the Missouri River; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Missouri River (middle): low, channel catfish and blue catfish good on goldfish and cut bait; flathead catfish good on live sunfish and bluegill; buffalo and drum fair on worms;  all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Osage (Bagnell Tailwater): 70 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; crappie slow, try crappie jigs and minnows; catfish slow, try worms, cut shad, chicken livers and stinkbaits.

 (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 70 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; crappie slow, try crappie jigs and minnows; catfish slow, try worms, cut shad, chicken livers and stinkbaits.
 (Report made on 5/30/2012)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 80 degrees, low, clear; catfish good; crappie fair; all other species fair; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 79 degrees, clear; full pool; bluegill good; channel catfish, redear sunfish, largemouth bass and crappie fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Montrose Lake: 85 degrees, normal, dingy; catfish fair; crappie slow; white bass slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 80 degrees, low, dingy; catfish good; crappie fair; all other species good; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Truman Lake: 78 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good summer pattern on jigs and minnows; black bass fair on spinners and buzzbaits; white bass fair; hybrid striped bass fair; catfish good on fresh cut bait and shad. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 78 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on jigs and minnows; catfish good on cut baits and shad; black bass fair; white bass and hybrid striped bass good when water is running.  (Report made on 5/31/2012)

    RIVERS

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 74 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell Lake: 79 degrees, low, dingy; crappie good using blue and white jigs; largemouth bass good using  flukes; channel catfish good using stinkbaits; bluegill good using nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Long Branch Lake: 72 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair; channel catfish fair on shrimp, cut bait, live bait and leeches; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Mark Twain: 74 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; catfish good on live bait and nightcrawlers; white bass good on minnows and jigs off the points; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Sever: 75 degrees, low, clear; bluegill good on crickets and small poppers near beds; catfish good on nightcrawlers, liver and doughbaits; black bass good on topwater baits at dawn and dusk; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 75 degrees, normal, dingy; largemouth bass fair; hybrid striped bass fair using copper and brass rattle lures; all other species slow.   (Report made on 5/30/2012)

    RIVERS

Mississippi River (upper): 74 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers and crayfish; flathead catfish good on live bait and crayfish; blue catfish good on cut bait; drum good on nightcrawlers; shovelnose sturgeon good on nightcrawlers. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 75 degrees, normal, muddy; catfish good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers and live bait; black bass fair on worms and spinners; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 78 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on liver; black bass good on topwater lures in early morning or dusk; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Lake Paho: 71 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on artificial and natural baits; channel catfish fair on commercial type baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Mozingo Lake: 71 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish, bluegill and black bass good; all other species fair.  (Report m
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ade on 5/31/2012)

Pony Express Lake: 72 degrees, normal, clear; catfish good on cut bait and chicken livers; bluegill good on worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/29/2012)

Smithville Lake: 72 degrees, clear; crappie fair; black bass good on topwater lures in early morning and late evening; channel catfish good on live bait; white bass fair near the dam in the evenings. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

    RIVERS

Grand River: 71 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish good; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Missouri River (upper): 71 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on worms and dip bait; flathead catfish good on live baits; blue catfish good on cut bait. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 79 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastics. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Norfork Lake: 77 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

    RIVERS

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 68 degrees, low, clear; goggle-eye and black bass good on soft plastic baits. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 73 degrees, low, clear; black bass and goggle-eye fair on live bait and slow on soft plastics. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Bryant Creek: 74 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics, all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Current River: 71 degrees, low, clear; all species good on plastics and buzzbaits. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Eleven Point River: 60 degrees, low, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Gasconade River (middle): 69 degrees, low, clear; goggle-eye and black bass good on soft plastic baits. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Gasconade River (upper): 77 degrees, low, dingy; goggle-eye, black bass and sunfish fair o
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n soft plastics and nightcrawlers. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Jacks Fork: 70 degrees, low, clear; all species good on soft plastics. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

North Fork of the White River: 66 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics, trout fair on artificial and live baits. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 85 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on artificial lures; bluegill and catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Council Bluff Lake: 78 degrees, normal, clear; redear sunfish fair on worms and crickets; channel catfish good on liver and worms; largemouth bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and topwater lures during low light periods; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Cypress Lake: 78 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on worms, crickets and stickbaits; bluegill and redear sunfish good on jigs, crickets and worms; largemouth bass good on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Duck Creek CA Pool 1: 81 degrees, falling, clear; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; bluegill and redear sunfish good on crickets and worms; largemouth bass good on worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Perry County Lake: 82 degrees, clear; redear sunfish good on crickets; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics; channel catfish good on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 85 degrees, normal, bluegill good on crickets; channel catfish good on crickets, minnows, stinkbaits and spinnerbaits in shallow water (they are beginning to spawn); all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Wappapello Lake: low, black bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits early and late; bluegill fair on crickets and worms near the shore; channel catfish good on trotlines and jug lines using live bait and nightcrawlers 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 5/30/2012)

    RIVERS

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 78 degrees, low, clear; smallmouth bass fair on live minnows; channel catfish fair on live minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 70 degrees, dingy; black bass good on minnows and jigs (12" minimum length); channel catfish fair on live bait and worms; suckers fair on worms; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Castor River (above Zalma): low, clear; black bass good on minnows; longear and green sunfish good on curly tail jigs, best jig colors are black, white and pink; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Mississippi River (middle): rising, muddy; channel catfish and blue catfish good on worms and cut bait; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and cut baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello): low, clear; black bass good on tube jigs and large minnows; sunfish good on small minnows and worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello): 75 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on chicken liver, stinkbait and worms; flathead catfish fair on goldfish and green sunfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 57-61 degrees, normal, clear; Dam Area - black bass fair on soft plastics and nightcrawlers; crappie fair on white swimming minnows and crappie jigs; walleye fair on jerkbaits and nightcrawlers; Beaver Creek Arm - black bass good on crankbaits, soft plastics and nightcrawlers; crappie good on white swimming minnows and crappie jigs; walleye fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, normal, clear; trout good in upper portion of lake on flies (scuds, midges, nymphs and San Juan worms), Rooster Tails and crankbaits, orange and chartreuse glo balls also working well when drifted with the current; trout good in lower portion of lake on Gulp power eggs in chartreuse, pink and white, live nightcrawlers injected with air causing them to float are also working well. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 79 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on minnows and jigs in 15 - 35' of water; black bass good on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs in the back of coves and in structure; walleye fair on bottom bouncers and jig and minnow or jig and earthworm combinations off of points; catfish fair on cut bait using trotlines or jug lines; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Stockton Lake: 72 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on liver or earthworms from the bank in coves and off points; crappie slow, best on minnows and blue and white colored artificial lures in 20 - 25' of water; black bass slow, best on various colored jerkbaits, mainly chartreuse, blue, and white off points in 12 - 18' of water; walleye slow, best on artificial worms in 25' of water; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 72 degrees, low, dingy; black bass good on soft plastic crayfish, hula grubs, tube baits and extra large plastic worms, pumpkin, watermelon, motor oil and plum colors working well; catfish good on crayfish tails, nightcrawlers, cut shad, small live sunfish and chicken liver, use trotlines or limb lines; bluegill good on live earthworms and crickets, also try small soft plastic tube jigs, natural cricket color or black, red, and white with 1/8 oz. jig head working well; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 76 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on topwater lures in calm water early in the morning, later use deep running crankbaits, football style jigs or spoons in 20' of water as temperatures rise; crappie good on live minnows or small plastics in standing timber or over brush piles in 15 - 20' of water; flathead catfish good on small bluegill; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers or chicken livers; bluegill good on earthworms in shallow water around cover. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

    RIVERS

James River: 76 degrees, falling, clear; black bass good on Strike King Series 6 crankbaits on Carolina rigs around pole timber and large rocks in 20' of water; white bass good on white 1/2 oz. spoon baits in 20 - 25' of water; crappie good on green pumpkin jigs and minnows around bush in 10 - 25' of water; catfish good on live bait, cut bait and earthworms using pole and line or trotlines. (Report made on 5/30/2012)

Niangua River: 62 degrees, high, muddy; black bass slow, best on soft plastics and natural baits; 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 5/30/2012)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 71 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on livers, worms and blood bait; black bass fair on spinners, plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie slow on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow; please remove litter.
 (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 72 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait, worms, doughbait, blood bait and livers; limit 4; black bass fair on spinners, plastic worms and crankbaits; please remove litter.


 (Report made on 5/31/2012)

    RIVERS

Big River: 68 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on either 3" bluegill or goldfish, liver and blood bait; black bass fair on minnows; crappie slow on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Bourbeuse River: 74 degrees, low, dingy; black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits; channel catfish good on blood bait and cut bait; crappie slow on minnows; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species fair on worms.
 (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 78 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish fair on cut bait; black bass fair on crankbaits and soft plastics; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 78 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on cut bait and worms; black bass good on plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie slow on minnows; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species slow on corn and doughbait. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Missouri River (lower): 66 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and live sunfish; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 57 degrees, the spring level is about normal and clear; Zone 1 and 2 best lures: white colored roaches; bedspread colored, and white sparkly blue-green colored mini-jigs; cream colored scuds; green grizzly colored and red holographic colored Cracklebacks; brown and yellow colored and black and white colored marabou jigs; bumblebee colored Rooster Tails; easter egg colored and red and white colored glo balls; olive or brown colored wooly buggers with gold spinner; Zone 3 best lures: pink and white colored plastic worms; white colored and yellow colored Power Baits, salmon eggs. Fishing hou
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rs for June are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Maramec Spring Park: 57 degrees, low, clear; fishing is good; the water is very clear; use very light weight line and tackle; fish are holding in shady areas and deep holes, below the waterfalls and around boulders, target these areas for best success; throughout the spring branch feather jigs in light colors are producing good numbers of fish; orange worms are producing well; fishing hours for the month of May are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., June hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Montauk State Park: 58 degrees, the river level is slightly low; the water is clear; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown 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; best fishing is in the mornings and evenings. May fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., June fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For up-to-date stream conditions check  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440 (Report made on 5/31/2012)

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees, clear; the river is getting low; use 2 pound test or lighter; 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 5/31/2012)