Friday, June 15, 2012

Weekly Fishing Report, 6/14/2012

TWO FISHERMEN SET OUT FROM A BACKWATER ANCHORA...
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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder Lake: 73 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits;  bluegill good on crickets;  all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

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 6/14/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 79 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on buzzbaits, crankbaits and dark colored soft plastic worms; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on bluegill, worms and chicken livers.
 (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 76 degrees, dingy; black bass and catfish fair; crappie and white bass slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 76 degrees, dingy; black bass good on soft plastics and jerkbaits; crappie slow on jigs; catfish good on cut baits and liver; white bass slow on soft plastics; sunfish fair on worms.
 (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 76 degrees, dingy; black bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits; crappie slow on jigs and minnows; catfish fair on cut bait; white bass slow on light colored soft plastics; sunfish fair on worms.
 (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Little Dixie Lake: 77 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass good on topwater lures; channel catfish fair on chicken liver; bluegill fair on earthworms; all other species slow; the area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

    RIVERS

Lamine River: 3' low;  all species slow.

 (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Missouri River (middle): low, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits;  flathead catfish fair on live bait;  all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Osage (Bagnell Tailwater): 70 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and worms; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; crappie slow, try crappie jigs and minnows; catfish fair on chicken livers, cut shad, stinkbaits and worms.
 (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 70 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and worms; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; crappie slow, try crappie jigs and minnows; catfish fair on chicken livers, cut shad, stinkbaits and worms.
 (Report made on 6/13/2012)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 76 degrees, low, clear; catfish good; all other species fair; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 76 degrees, clear; full pool; channel catfish and largemouth bass good; bluegill, redear sunfish and crappie fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Montrose Lake: 74 degrees, low, dingy; catfish slow; crappie slow; white bass fair; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 77 degrees, low, dingy; catfish good; all other species fair; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Truman Lake: 77 degrees, low, clear; crappie good on flats on minnows; black bass good on worms and tube baits; white bass fair around the dam area on shad; catfish good on main lake on fresh cut bait. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 74 degrees, normal, clear; all species fair.  (Report made on 6/13/2012)

    RIVERS

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 69-74 degrees, falling, water level expected to drop a foot by Sunday; catfish good using cut bait and nightcrawlers; crappie biting in blue holes off small creeks near river; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell Lake: 74 degrees, low, clear; crappie good using tube jigs in 10' of water in standing timber; bluegill good using earthworms; channel catfish good using doughbait; largemouth bass good using buzzbaits; 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 6/14/2012)

Long Branch Lake: 74 degrees, low, dingy; crappie good along rocks and under bridges; channel catfish good with bobber using shrimp, worms, leeches and bluegill; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Mark Twain: 70 degrees, normal, clear; white bass fair on Rooster Tails and small plastic jigs trolling on flats and points; all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Sever: 75 degrees, low, clear; bluegill good on crickets; channel catfish good on liver and cut baits; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and jerkbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 75 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair along Hwy. T rocks and deeper water brush piles using jigs and minnows; channel catfish fair on setlines in the areas away from Brush Creek but 8 - 10" fish are common; all other species slow.   (Report made on 6/14/2012)

    RIVERS

Mississippi River (upper): 79 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; flathead catfish good on live baits; blue catfish fair on live baits and cut baits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 75 degrees, normal, dingy; drum good on nightcrawlers; carp good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/14/2012)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 78 degrees, low, clear; black bass and channel catfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Lake Paho: 76 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good adjacent to flooded vegetation in coves; channel catfish good on commercial baits and chicken liver. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Mozingo Lake: 77 degrees, low, clear; crappie good over deep brush; black bass good on topwater lures in early morning; channel catfish good on cut bluegill. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Pony Express Lake: 73 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on cut bait and worms; bluegill are not large (5 - 7”) but they are still spawning and can be easily caught on worms; largemouth bass good on spinners and crankbaits; all other species fair.

 (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Smithville Lake: 73 degrees, falling, clear; black bass fair in early morning and late evening; channel catfish good on live bait; all other species fair. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

    RIVERS

Grand River: 72 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish good, blue catfish and flathead catfish slow. (Report made on 6/12/2012)

Missouri River (upper): 73 degrees, high, muddy; all species fair. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 81 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastics; channel and flathead catfish fair on trotlines. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Norfork Lake: 80 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastics; channel and flathead catfish fair on trotlines. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

    RIVERS

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 74 degrees, low, clear; goggle-eye and black bass good on crankbaits and jigs; channel catfish slow on live bait. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 75 degrees, normal, clear; black bass and goggle-eye fair on live bait and soft plastics. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Bryant Creek: 75 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Current River: 74 degrees, low, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastics. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Eleven Point River: 61 degrees, low, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Gasconade River (middle): 74 degrees, low, clear; goggle-eye and black bass good on crankbaits and jigs; channel catfish slow on live bait. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Gasconade River (upper): 79 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Jacks Fork: 71 degrees, low, clear; all species good on soft plastics. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

North Fork of the White River: 66 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 80 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on artificial lures in early morning and late evening; channel catfish fair on jug lines and limb lines; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Council Bluff Lake: 76 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on liver and worms; largemouth bass fair on dark colored soft plastics during low light periods; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Cypress Lake: 82 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on worms, crickets and stinkbaits in 2 - 8' of water; bluegill and redear sunfish fair on jigs, crickets and worms in 1 - 3' of water; largemouth bass fair on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits in 1 - 3' of water; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 1 - 3' of water; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Duck Creek CA Pool 1: 78 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on spinners and plastic worms, bluegill good on jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; bluegill good on crickets; largemouth bass and channel catfish good on worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Perry County Lake: 80 degrees, dingy; redear sunfish good on crickets; channel catfish good on liver; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/12/2012)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 85 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish spawning and can be caught using bluegill fishing methods; bluegill good on crickets and Crappie Nibbles; all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/12/2012)

Wappapello Lake: 79 degrees, low, black bass good on crankbaits early and late; bluegill good on crickets and worms near the brush; channel catfish good 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 6/13/2012)

    RIVERS

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 74 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 71 degrees, low, dingy; black bass fair on minnows and jigs (12" minimum length); channel catfish fair on live bait and worms; all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Castor River (above Zalma): low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 6/12/2012)

Mississippi River (middle): rising, muddy; blue catfish good on cut bait; flathead catfish fair on cut bait and worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on livers and cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/12/2012)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello): low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello): 82 degrees, low, dingy; bluegill good on earthworms and crickets; black bass fair on plastic worms and spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on liver, stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on goldfish and green sunfish;  all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 68-72 degrees, normal, dingy; Dam Area - walleye fair on jerkbaits and nightcrawlers; black bass fair on soft plastics and nightcrawlers; Beaver Creek Arm - black bass good on crankbaits, soft plastics and nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows; walleye fair on nightcrawlers; bluegill fair on crickets and earthworms; catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, normal, clear; trout good in upper portion of lake on 1/16 oz. olive, black or white colored marabou jigs, orange and chartreuse glo balls, scuds and midges also working well; trout good in lower portion of lake on orange, pink and white Gulp power eggs. (Report made on 6/12/2012)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 78 degrees, high, clear; crappie good on minnows and jigs in 10 - 25' of water over structure; 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 6/13/2012)

Stockton Lake: 76 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on liver or earthworms from banks off coves and points; crappie slow, best on minnows in 20 - 25' of water; black bass slow, best on jerkbaits in various colors, mainly chartreuse, blue, and white; walleye slow, best on artificial worms in 30' of water; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

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 nightcrawlers, cut shad, small live sunfish and chicken liver; bluegill good on live earthworms and crickets or small soft plastic tube jigs, use natural cricket color or black, red and white with 1/8 oz. jig head; white bass fair on spoons and topwater lures on mud flats in the early morning and early evening; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 78 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on deep running crankbaits, football style jigs or spoons in 20 - 25' of water around brush piles and docks where baitfish are schooling; crappie good on live minnows or small plastics over standing timber or brush piles in 15 - 20' of water; flathead catfish good on small bluegill; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and chicken livers; bluegill good on earthworms in shallow water and around cover. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

    RIVERS

James River: 80 degrees, falling, clear; black bass good on buzzbaits in early morning, and football jigs, Carolina rigs with soft plastics and crayfish trailers later in the day; catfish good on cut bait and earthworms using pole and line and trotlines; crappie good on green pumpkin jigs and minnows around brush in 6 - 10' of water. (Report made on 6/13/2012)

Niangua River: 66 degrees, normal, clear; trout fair, best on soft plastics and natural baits below Bennett Spring; goggle-eye fair, best on natural baits and soft plastics; black bass fair, best on natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/12/2012)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 74 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 6/14/2012)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 74 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good 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 6/14/2012)

    RIVERS

Big River: 77 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish fair on liver and cut bait; black bass slow on crankbaits; crappie slow on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Bourbeuse River: 78 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on blood baits and cut bait; black bass fair on crankbaits; bluegill good on crickets; all other species slow.
 (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 76 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish fair on minnows and worms; black bass good on spinners, topwater lures and soft plastics; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 78 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and worms; black bass fair on topwater lures; carp fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Missouri River (lower): 77 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and live sunfish; all other species fair. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

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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 hours for June are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. We will be cutting weeds on June 26 and 27.  We will begin at 8:00 a.m. and finish by 3:00 p.m. each day.  We thank you for your patience. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Maramec Spring Park: 57 degrees, fishing is good; the water is extremely low and very clear; use very light weight line and tackle; throughout the spring branch feather jigs in dark colors are producing good numbers of fish; orange, green, and red trout worms are producing well; fish are holding in shady areas and swift water below the waterfalls and around boulders, target these areas for best success;  fishing hours for the month of June are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Report made on 6/14/2012)

Montauk State Park: 58 degrees, the river level is slightly below normal; 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; the best fishing is in the mornings and evenings. 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 6/14/2012)

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 6/13/2012)