Saturday, August 11, 2012

Missouri Weekly Fishing Report (MDC)

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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.



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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

     LAKES

Binder Lake: 83 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Blind Pony Lake: 87 degrees, clear; 3' low; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics; 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 8/8/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 85 degrees, dingy; black bass fair using dark colored soft plastics and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on hot dogs, cut baits and worms.
 (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 85 degrees, dingy; crappie and catfish fair; black bass and white bass slow.
 (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 85 degrees, dingy; black bass slow, try using soft plastics and spinnerbaits; crappie fair using minnows; catfish good using live bait and cut shad;
white bass fair near Ha Ha Tonka State Park. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 85 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass slow, try using soft plastics; crappie fair using minnows and fishing deep; catfish good using live bait, cut shad and liver; white bass slow.
 (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Little Dixie Lake: 83 degrees, low, clear; all species slow; the area is closed to all activities, including fishing from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

     RIVERS

Lamine River: 87 degrees, 5' low; channel catfish fair using pole and line methods between the Old Hwy 50 Access and the North Bridge on the Lamine River Conservation Area; all other species slow.

 (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Missouri River (middle): low, muddy; blue catfish and channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and live  baits; flathead catfish fair on live goldfish and bullheads; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Osage (Bagnell Tailwater): 72 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass slow, try worms and light colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try cut baits, stinkbaits, worms and chicken livers.
 (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 74 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass slow, try worms and light colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try cut baits, stinkbaits, worms and chicken livers.
 (Report made on 8/8/2012)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

     LAKES

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 87 degrees, low, muddy; all species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 90 degrees, clear; water level 1.8' low; all species slow. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Montrose Lake: 85 degrees, low, dingy; catfish fair; black bass and crappie slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 87 degrees, low, muddy; all species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Truman Lake: 85 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on minnows and jigs on flats; catfish good on cut bait; white and hybrid striped bass good on crankbaits, still surfacing; all other species fair. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 87 degrees, low, clear; crappie fair; all other species good. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

     RIVERS

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 88 degrees, falling, muddy; blue catfish and flathead catfish good at night using cut Asian carp and shad; large catfish being caught using worms and cut Asian carp; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

     LAKES

Hunnewell Lake: 83 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair using earthworms and stinkbaits; 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 8/8/2012)

Long Branch Lake: 82 degrees, low, dingy; carp near the surface are good for bow fishing; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Mark Twain: 89 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish good on cut baits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Sever: 84 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish fair on Sonny's dip bait; black bass fair on wacky worms; bluegill and redear sunfish fair on live baits beneath bobbers; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 87 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

     RIVERS

Mississippi River (upper): 85 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 82 degrees, normal, dingy; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits near stick-ups; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on trotlines set in deep holes; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/8/2012)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

     LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 84 degrees, low, clear; black bass good on soft plastics or topwater lures during low light hours; channel catfish good on chicken liver; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Lake Paho: 89 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass good in early morning and late evenings on soft plastics; channel catfish good using commercial dip baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Mozingo Lake: 85 degrees, clear; black bass good near weedlines and deeper brush using crankbaits or soft plastics; crappie good over deep brush in 15 - 18' of water; catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Pony Express Lake: 82 degrees, low, clear; catfish good using chicken liver; all other species fair. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Smithville Lake: 86 degrees, low, clear; crappie fair around brush piles in 10 - 12' of water using jigs or minnows; white bass good in the shallows towards evening using Road Runners and Rattle Traps; catfish good in shallow water using prepared baits, nightcrawlers and crayfish. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

     RIVERS

Grand River: 82 degrees, falling, channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish good; all other species fair. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Missouri River (upper): 86 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on worms; flathead catfish good on worms and live bait; blue catfish good on cut bait; carp fair on worms. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

     LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 86 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Norfork Lake: 84 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

     RIVERS

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 80 degrees, low, clear; black bass and goggle-eye good on crankbaits and soft plastic worms. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 83 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair on soft plastics, nightcrawlers and minnows in early morning and late evening; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Bryant Creek: 83 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Current River: 79 degrees, low, clear; suckers good on nightcrawlers; smallmouth bass fair on plastic worms. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Eleven Point River: 62 degrees, low, clear; rainbow trout fair on minnows; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Gasconade River (middle): 82 degrees, low, clear; black bass and goggle-eye good on crankbaits and soft plastic worms. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Gasconade River (upper): 82 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Jacks Fork: 78 degrees, low, clear; all species good on soft plastics. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

North Fork of the White River: 69 degrees, low, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

     LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 90 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on topwater baits early and late in day; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Council Bluff Lake: 88 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Cypress Lake: 86 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good in 2 - 8' depths on worms, crickets and stinkbaits; bluegill and redear sunfish fair in 1 - 3' depths on jigs, worms and crickets; crappie slow in 1 - 3' depths on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass slow in 1 - 3' depths on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Duck Creek CA Pool 1: 85 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass good on topwater lures; bluegill, redear sunfish and warmouth sunfish fair on jigs and crickets; all other species slow.  Note: boaters be aware of tree stumps due to low water levels. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Lake Girardeau: normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on worms, cut bait and stinkbait; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Perry County Lake: 87 degrees, clear; channel catfish fair on stinkbait; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 93 degrees, dingy; all species slow.  (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Wappapello Lake: 87 degrees, normal, black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits early and late; channel catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines using live bait at night; crappie fair using spider rigs early in the morning; bluegill fair using crickets; 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 8/9/2012)

     RIVERS

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 81 degrees, low, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on crayfish colored tube baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): low, dingy; black bass fair on topwater lures in early morning; walleye fair on crankbaits; channel catfish fair on live bait and worms; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Castor River (above Zalma): low, clear; all species good; black bass best on soft plastics. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Mississippi River (middle): rising, dingy; blue catfish and channel catfish good on worms and cut baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on liver and cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello): low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello): 87 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair on chicken liver, stinkbaits and worms; flathead catfish fair on goldfish and small sunfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

     LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 75-80 degrees, low, clear; Dam Area - bluegill fair on crickets and earthworms; black bass fair on soft plastics and nightcrawlers; Beaver Creek Arm, temp is 88-92 - black bass fair on soft plastics and nightcrawlers; bluegill fair on crickets and earthworms; catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Lake Taneycomo: 55 degrees, normal, clear; trout good in upper portion of lake on orange glo balls being drifted with the current, olive, black/white marabou jigs and flies; trout good in lower portion of lake on Gulp Power Eggs in orange, white and pink colors, nightcrawlers, live minnows and corn. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 88 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deeper water over structure; black bass fair on deep diving lures, spinnerbaits and Texas rigged worms off of deep drop-offs and rocky bluffs; catfish fair on cut bait using trotlines or jug lines; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Stockton Lake: 85 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair on topwater jigs in early morning; catfish fair on liver and earthworms from the banks off coves and points; crappie slow, best on minnows in 15 - 25' of water; walleye slow, best on artificial worms in 30' of water; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 87 degrees, low, dingy; black bass fair on deep diving crankbaits in shad, blue/silver or dark blue colors, work the lure back and forth next to underwater structure, chunk rock banks that have deep drop offs are best; crappie fair on minnows or small soft plastic tube jigs around slightly submerged timber in 20' of water and around boat docks; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/6/2012)

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 86 degrees, low, clear; black bass good on deep running crankbaits, tube baits, drop shot or spoons in 28 - 35' of water around brush piles or structure, especially good in early morning around any kind of structure or on topwater lures where there are shad; crappie good on live minnows or small plastics on standing timber or around brush piles in 15 - 25' of water and by using lights at night; flathead catfish good on small bluegill; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers or chicken livers; bluegill good on earthworms in shallow water or around cover; walleye slow, best on crankbaits or nightcrawlers on main river points. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

     RIVERS

James River: 86 degrees, low, clear; black bass are in summer pattern, good on drop shot with spoons and soft plastic jigs and live earthworms, also try buzzbaits over brush and in shallow water; catfish good on bait fish, cut bait and earthworms on pole and line or trotlines; white bass slow, best on crankbaits with 1/2 oz. spoons, white is best color; crappie slow, best on jigs and minnows around brush in 5 - 15' of water. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Niangua River: 72 degrees, low, clear; trout fair, best on natural baits and Power Baits below Bennett Spring; goggle-eye slow, best on natural baits and soft plastics; black bass slow, best on soft plastics and natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

     LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: Lake 33 is under construction for dam repairs, no boats available. During aeration operation we will close Lake 33 to public use due to concerns for public safety. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 82 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish slow on cut bait, worms, doughbait, blood bait and livers; limit 4; black bass slow on spinners, plastic worms and crankbaits; please remove litter.


 (Report made on 8/9/2012)

     RIVERS

Big River: 84 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair on prepared baits and cut baits; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Bourbeuse River: 88 degrees, low, clear; all species slow.  (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 86 degrees, low, dingy; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 84 degrees, low, clear; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Missouri River (lower): 85 degrees, low, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut bait, livers and live sunfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/9/2012)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 57 degrees, the spring level is low and clear; Zone 1 and 2 best lures: olive colored roaches; John Deere colored, grey deere colored and white floss colored mini-jigs; cream colored scuds; green grizzly colored and red holographic colored Cracklebacks; moss colored and powderpuff pink colored marabou jigs;  red colored and purple colored brassies; shiny black colored and bumblebee colored Rooster Tails; easter egg colored, pink colored and red and white colored glo balls; olive or brown colored wooly buggers with gold spinner; Zone 3 best lures: pink colored and pink and white colored plastic worms; white colored Power Baits and minnows; August fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Maramec Spring Park: 57 degrees, fishing is good; use very light weight line and tackle as the water is extremely low and very clear; fish are holding in shady areas and swift water below the waterfalls and around boulders, target these areas for best success; orange, green, and red trout worms are producing well; feather jigs in dark colors are producing good numbers of fish; tightlining doughbait (salmon flavor) is producing fish in the late afternoon; fishing hours for the month of August are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Report made on 8/8/2012)

Montauk State Park: 60 degrees, the river level is below normal and slowly dropping, but the river is still easily fishable; the water is clear; 2 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; look for fish to be staying in deeper or shaded areas; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented dough and putty baits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black and yellow, olive colors and other dark colors are working well; the best fishing is in the mornings and evenings. August fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For up-to-date stream conditions check  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440 (Report made on 8/9/2012)

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees, clear; storm damage from August 3rd has been cleaned up; all areas are open for fishing; the river is getting very low; conditions are typical of 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; Kids Fishing Day is August 18th. (Report made on 8/9/2012)