Thursday, June 21, 2012

Weekly Fishing Report, 6/21/2012

Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). Canon...
Largemouth bass ( (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder Lake: 78 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits;  bluegill fair on crickets and worms;  largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and soft plastics;  all other species slow. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Blind Pony Lake: 80 degrees, low, clear; all species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 79 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and buzzbaits; white bass slow on light colored soft plastics and spoons; crappie fair on  minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on bluegill, chicken livers and stinkbaits. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 79 degrees, dingy; black bass and catfish fair; crappie and white bass slow. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 79 degrees, clear; black bass good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; catfish good on worms and live bait; white bass slow on soft plastics; sunfish good on worms.
 (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 79 degrees, clear; black bass good using soft plastics, spinnerbaits and crankbaits; crappie fair using jigs with Crappie Nibbles and minnows; catfish good using cut bait and live bluegill; white bass slow, try using light colored soft plastics; sunfish good using worms. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Little Dixie Lake: 79 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass good on topwater lures;  bluegill good on crickets; channel catfish fair on chicken liver and 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 6/20/2012)

    RIVERS

Lamine River: 3' low;  all species slow.

 (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Missouri River (middle): low, muddy; channel catfish good on worms and stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on live goldfish and bluegill;  blue catfish fair on cut baits;  rough fish fair on nightcrawlers;  all other species slow. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Osage (Bagnell Tailwater): 79 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass slow on dark colored soft plastics and worms; white bass fair on light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; crappie slow on crappie jigs and minnows; catfish fair on chicken livers, stinkbaits and worms.
 (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 79 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass slow on dark colored soft plastics and worms; white bass fair on light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; crappie slow on crappie jigs and minnows; catfish fair on chicken livers, stinkbaits and worms.
 (Report made on 6/20/2012)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 80 degrees, low, clear;  all species fair; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 78 degrees, clear; full pool; channel catfish good; largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and crappie fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Montrose Lake: 82 degrees, normal, dingy; catfish and crappie slow; white bass fair; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 81 degrees, low, dingy; all species fair; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Truman Lake: 78 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on flats and isolated trees on minnows and jigs; black bass good on buzzbaits and worms; white bass fair around the dam area on shad; catfish good on main channels on fresh cut bait. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 75 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow.  (Report made on 6/20/2012)

    RIVERS

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 70-80 degrees, water level elevated; flathead catfish good; all other catfish fair  using cut bait and crayfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell Lake: 79 degrees, low, clear; bluegill fair using earthworms; largemouth bass fair using spinnerbaits and Rebel lures; 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 6/20/2012)

Long Branch Lake: 75 degrees, low, dingy; crappie good near structure and rocks; channel catfish fair on leeches, liver, stinkbaits and shrimp; hybrid striped bass fair off points with shad style lures; all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/21/2012)

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 6/20/2012)

Sever: 84 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, bluegill fair on mealworms and small poppers, black bass fair on mid-range crankbaits and jig and pig, all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 76 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on Hwy. T rocks and deeper water brush piles using both jigs and minnows; channel catfish good; all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/21/2012)

    RIVERS

Mississippi River (upper): 81 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on nightcrawlers and live baits; blue catfish good on cut baits and live baits; carp fair on corn and doughbaits; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 78 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 76 degrees, low, clear; black bass and channel catfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Lake Paho: 79 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good in the evening hours on stinkbaits, nightcrawlers and chicken liver; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Mozingo Lake: 75 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish, black bass and bluegill good, walleye and crappie fair. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Pony Express Lake: 75 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on cut bait and worms; largemouth bass good on spinners and crankbaits; all other species fair.

 (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Smithville Lake: 77 degrees, low, clear; crappie fair in 10 - 12' of water around brush piles using white, purple and chartreuse jigs with or without minnows; black bass fair on topwater lures or near brush using jigs; catfish good in shallow water on prepared baits and crayfish; white bass good on windy points or trolling using crankbaits or shad style baits; walleye fair on points and flats using worms and leeches. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

    RIVERS

Grand River: 74 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish good, blue catfish and flathead catfish slow. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Missouri River (upper): 75 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good using worms or dip baits; flathead catfish good using worms and live bait; blue catfish fair using cut baits or worms; carp good on worms. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

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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 6/21/2012)

Norfork Lake: 80 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastics; channel and flathead catfish fair on trotlines. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

    RIVERS

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 74 degrees, low, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live bait. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 75 degrees, low, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on live bait and soft plastics. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Bryant Creek: 75 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Current River: 73 degrees, low, clear; smallmouth bass good on plastic worms; suckers good on nightcrawlers. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Eleven Point River: 62 degrees, low, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Gasconade River (middle): 75 degrees, low, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live bait. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Gasconade River (upper): 79 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Jacks Fork: 71 degrees, low, clear; all species good on soft plastics. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

North Fork of the White River: 66 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 81 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 6/19/2012)

Council Bluff Lake: 79 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 6/20/2012)

Cypress Lake: 79 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 slow on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits in 1 - 3' of water; crappie slow on minnows and jigs in 1 - 3' of water. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Duck Creek CA Pool 1: 80 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 6/19/2012)

Lake Girardeau: 79 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill good on crickets; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics and worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 6/19/2012)

Perry County Lake: 82 degrees, clear; redear sunfish good on crickets; channel catfish good on liver; largemouth bass good on crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 85 degrees, normal, channel catfish good on various baits; bluegill good on crickets, wax worms and Crappie Nibbles; all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Wappapello Lake: 82 degrees, low, black bass good on crankbaits and plastic worms early and late; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; 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 6/19/2012)

    RIVERS

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 75 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 6/19/2012)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 71 degrees, low, dingy; black bass good on buzzbaits early morning and late evening; flathead catfish good on live bait and worms; channel catfish fair; walleye fair on crankbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 6/19/2012)

Castor River (above Zalma): low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Mississippi River (middle): 78 degrees, normal, muddy; blue catfish good on worms and cut bait; all other species fair. (Report made on 6/19/2012)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on livers and cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello): low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello): 81 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 6/21/2012)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 70-74 degrees, normal, clear; 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 6/20/2012)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, normal, clear; trout good in upper portion of lake on black, olive and white colored marabou jigs, orange and chartreuse glo balls also working well; trout good in lower portion of lake on orange, chartreuse, bubblegum, pink and white Power Bait, corn and nightcrawlers. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 82 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 6/20/2012)

Stockton Lake: 76 degrees, normal, dingy; walleye good on plastic worms while trolling in about 30' of water; catfish good on chicken livers and earthworms near the shoreline; crappie fair on minnows in 20 - 25' of water; black bass fair on chartreuse jerkbaits on flats in 20 - 35' of water; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 74 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, top water lures in early morning working very well, cast close to submerged treetops; 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 good on shallow diving crankbaits, find surfacing fish in late evening and cast into the middle of them; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/19/2012)

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 80 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good in early morning on deep running crankbaits, tube baits, drop shot or spoons in 20 - 25' of water around brush piles and docks; crappie good on live minnows or small plastics in standing timber or brush piles in 15 - 20' of water and by using lights after dark; flathead catfish good on small bluegill; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and chicken liver; bluegill good on earthworms in shallow water or around cover. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

    RIVERS

James River: 81 degrees, falling, clear; black bass good on soft plastics, plastic worms and live earthworms, drop shot in 30' of water; white bass good on white 1/2 oz. spoons in 20 - 25' of water and while trolling with a 3-way swivel and deep diving crankbait with soft plastics above; catfish good on bait fish, cut baits and earthworms using pole and line or trotlines; crappie slow, best around brush in 10 - 25' of water. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Niangua River: 66 degrees, normal, clear; trout fair, best on natural baits and Power Baits below Bennett Spring; goggle-eye fair, best on natural baits and soft plastics; black bass fair, best on soft plastics and natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/20/2012)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 76 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 6/21/2012)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 77 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 6/21/2012)

    RIVERS

Big River: 77 degrees, low, 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 6/21/2012)

Bourbeuse River: 78 degrees, low, dingy; 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 6/21/2012)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 77 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish fair on minnows and worms; black bass good on spinners, topwater lures and soft plastics; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 78 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and worms; black bass fair on topwater lures; carp good on corn; drum good on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

Missouri River (lower): 78 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and live sunfish; all other species fair. (Report made on 6/21/2012)

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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: olive colored roaches; bedspread colored, and white sparkly blue-green colored mini-jigs; cream colored scuds; green grizzly colored and red holographic colored Cracklebacks; black and yellow colored and gingersnap colored marabou jigs; crayfish colored and rainbow trout colored Rooster Tails; easter egg colored and hatchery brown colored glo balls; olive or brown colored wooly buggers with gold spinner; Zone 3 best lures: black and yellow 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 6/19/2012)

Maramec Spring Park: 56 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 6/21/2012)

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 6/20/2012)

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees, clear; the river is getting very low; conditions are similar to late summer; 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 6/21/2012)