Thursday, August 23, 2012

Weekly Fishing Report, 8/23/2012

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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

     LAKES

Binder Lake: 77 degrees, low, clear; bluegill good on crickets and worms; largemouth bass good on topwater lures and soft plastics; channel catfish fair on liver and cut baits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/23/2012)

Blind Pony Lake: 76 degrees, clear; 3' low; largemouth bass fair on soft plastics; bluegill, redear 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 8/23/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 79 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and spoons; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair using worms, stinkbaits and cut baits.
 (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 79 degrees, dingy; crappie and catfish fair; black bass and white bass slow.
 (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 79 degrees, dingy; black bass fair using soft plastics and crankbaits; crappie good using jigs and minnows; white bass good using small spinners and small crankbaits; catfish good on live bait and stinkbaits.

 (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 79 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastics; crappie good on jigs and minnows;
catfish good on liver and cut bait; white bass fair on small spinners.
 (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Little Dixie Lake: 83 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass good on topwater lures; all other species slow; the area is closed to all activities, including fishing from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

     RIVERS

Lamine River: low, fishing activity and success has picked up over the past week; flathead catfish fair around Harriman Hill Access on setlines baited with goldfish;  blue catfish  good from De Bourgmont Access to the Missouri River on setlines and rod and reel using a variety of cut bait, the best success has been after midnight;  all other species  slow. (Report made on 8/23/2012)

Missouri River (middle): low, muddy; blue catfish and channel catfish good on cut carp; flathead catfish good on cut baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Osage (Bagnell Tailwater): 67 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass slow, try worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics, crappie jigs and Rooster Tails; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try cut shad, chicken livers, worms and stinkbaits.
 (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 70 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass slow, try worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics, crappie jigs and Rooster Tails;
crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try cut shad, chicken livers, worms and stinkbaits.
 (Report made on 8/22/2012)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

     LAKES

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 83 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 76 degrees, clear; water level 2' low; all species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Montrose Lake: 80 degrees, low, dingy; black bass fair; catfish and crappie slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 83 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Truman Lake: 79 degrees, low, clear; crappie good on minnows; catfish good on cut bait; all other species fair. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 79 degrees, low, clear; catfish good; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

     RIVERS

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 85 degrees, muddy; fishing remains steady for all catfish; Kansas state record blue catfish was caught last weekend in the MO River upstream from Kaw Point; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/23/2012)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

     LAKES

Hunnewell Lake: 72 degrees, low, dingy; bluegill fair using earthworms and crickets; 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 8/22/2012)

Long Branch Lake: 74 degrees, low, clear; crappie slow but can be caught near flooded timber and rocks; channel catfish fair on leeches, shrimp and nightcrawlers; hybrid striped bass good off points with shad style lures; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Mark Twain: 79 degrees, low, dingy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; channel catfish fair on cut baits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Sever: 79 degrees, low, clear; crappie fair on minnows beneath bobbers; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; black bass fair on black or purple artificial worms; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 78 degrees, low, clear; crappie fair in deeper water near brush piles on jigs; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/22/2012)

     RIVERS

Mississippi River (upper): 74 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 78 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits near re-regulation dam and bottoms of riffles; blue catfish fair near the mouth of river on shad; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/22/2012)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

     LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 80 degrees, low, clear; black bass good on soft plastics or topwater lures during low light hours; channel catfish good on liver. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Lake Paho: 76 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass good using large spinnerbaits; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Mozingo Lake: 78 degrees, low, clear; black bass good near weedlines and deeper brush on crankbaits and soft plastics; crappie good over deep brush; walleye fair on main lake points and weedlines; channel catfish fair. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Pony Express Lake: 73 degrees, low, clear; catfish good using chicken liver; black bass fair near weedlines using soft plastics; all other species fair. (Report made on 8/23/2012)

Smithville Lake: 82 degrees, low, clear; crappie good around brush piles using jigs or minnows; black bass good on soft plastics near weedbeds; all other species fair. (Report made on 8/23/2012)

     RIVERS

Grand River: 82 degrees, falling, channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish good on worms and prepared baits. (Report made on 8/23/2012)

Missouri River (upper): 85 degrees, low, clear; flathead catfish good using live bait; channel catfish and blue catfish good using worms and cut baits; carp good on worms or corn. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

     LAKES

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 86 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Norfork Lake: 84 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

     RIVERS

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 83 degrees, low, clear; black bass and goggle-eye good on crankbaits and soft plastic worms. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 75 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Bryant Creek: 83 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Current River: 77 degrees, low, clear; goggle-eye good on grubs and soft plastics; smallmouth bass slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Eleven Point River: 62 degrees, low, clear; rainbow trout good on corn and minnows; all other species fair. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Gasconade River (middle): 83 degrees, low, clear; black bass and goggle-eye good on crankbaits and soft plastic worms. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Gasconade River (upper): 80 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Jacks Fork: 78 degrees, low, clear; all species good on soft plastics. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

North Fork of the White River: 69 degrees, low, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

     LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 80 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Council Bluff Lake: 81 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Cypress Lake: 90 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair 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 and jigs, largemouth bass slow in 1 - 3' depths on minnows and jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Duck Creek CA Pool 1: 83 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and spinners; 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 8/23/2012)

Lake Girardeau: low, dingy; channel catfish and largemouth bass fair on worms; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Perry County Lake: 78 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 86 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow.  (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Wappapello Lake: 79 degrees, normal, black bass good on plastic worms and crankbaits early and late;  crappie fair using minnows and jigs early in the morning; bluegill fair using crickets; channel catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines using live bait; 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 8/22/2012)

     RIVERS

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 72 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 78 degrees, low, dingy; black bass fair; channel catfish fair on live and cut baits; walleye fair on crankbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Castor River (above Zalma): low, clear; all species good; black bass best on soft plastics. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Mississippi River (middle): low, dingy; blue catfish and channel catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut baits, live sunfish and livers; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello): low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello): 83 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on chicken liver, stinkbaits and worms; flathead catfish good on live bait, goldfish and small sunfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/23/2012)

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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; walleye fair on jerkbaits and minnows; Beaver Creek Arm, temp is 84-86 - 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 8/22/2012)

Lake Taneycomo: 55 degrees, normal, clear; trout good in upper portion of lake on black/white Rooster Tails, black/chrome Rogues, orange and chartreuse glo balls, scuds and San Juan worms; trout good in lower portion of lake on nightcrawlers filled with air, corn and orange, chartreuse and bubblegum colored Power Baits. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 82 degrees, low, clear; crappie fair on minnows and white 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, best in early morning or late evenings along banks and in deeper water during daylight hours; catfish fair on cut bait using trotlines or jug lines; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Stockton Lake: 81 degrees, low, clear; crappie slow, best on minnows around brush piles in 8 - 10' of water; black bass slow, best on topwater lures off points in the early morning; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 83 degrees, low, dingy; crappie good on live minnows in at least 20' of water, find brush piles or stick ups and drop the bait to the bottom and then reel up 2 or 3 times to keep the bait just off the bottom; black bass fair on diving crankbaits, plum or purple 12" plastic worms and watermelon colored soft plastic crayfish in early morning off gravel points; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 84 degrees, low, clear; black bass good on deep running crankbaits, tube baits, drop shot or spoons in 22 - 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 8/23/2012)

     RIVERS

James River: 82-85 degrees, low, clear; catfish good on bait fish, cut bait and earthworms on pole and line or trotlines; goggle-eye good on small plastic spinnerbaits in white or green colors; black bass slow, best on buzzbaits over brush and in shallow water in early morning and evenings, also try 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 8/22/2012)

Niangua River: 70 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 8/22/2012)

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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, Lake 33 is closed to public use due to concerns for public safety. (Report made on 8/23/2012)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 74 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish fair on cut bait, worms, doughbait, blood bait and livers; last stocking of the year; limit 4; black bass fair on spinners, plastic worms and crankbaits; please remove litter.


 (Report made on 8/23/2012)

     RIVERS

Big River: 79 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair on livers and blood baits; black bass fair on crankbaits; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/23/2012)

Bourbeuse River: 77 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair on minnows and plastic worms; bluegill good on worms and crickets; channel catfish fair on cut bait, blood baits and worms; all other species fair on worms.  (Report made on 8/23/2012)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 74 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on minnows; black bass good on plastic worms, topwater lures and crankbaits; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/23/2012)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 77 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish slow on worms and livers; black bass slow on topwater lures; bluegill slow on natural bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/23/2012)

Missouri River (lower): 75 degrees, low, muddy; channel catfish fair on cut bait, livers and live sunfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/23/2012)

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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 and yellow colored Power Baits and minnows; August fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Report made on 8/22/2012)

Maramec Spring Park: 58 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 8/22/2012)

Montauk State Park: 60 degrees, the river level is below normal and slowly dropping, the river is still 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 8/22/2012)

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees, the river is clear and 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, and 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 8/22/2012)