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Posted: 04/22/2004



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Updated 04/22/04

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Report by: The Bait Stop 


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Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 802.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 50 cfs Outflow: 46 cfs. Level: 0.78 feet high

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Report by Forty Woods Bait & Tackle     Missouri Wildlife Check In Station    Braggin' Board

Catfish biting good around jacomo where the creeks are running in

Hybrids No Report

Trout pond No Report

Crappie good

Striper No Report

Largemouth Bass No Report

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Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 656.0  Temperature: 50's to 60's

Outflow: 370 cfs Level: 2.44 feet low

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Report by BULL SHOALS LAKE BOAT DOCK   Braggin Board


Lake Level: hanging around 652, Surface temperature: ranging from the mid 50’s to lower 60’s

We have had a colder than normal April. There were 5 mornings below 30 degrees, which keeps setting back the water temperature. There are several bass making beds on the banks in the cove around the marina. Mostly Largemouth Bass in 2 to 7 feet of water. There are a few Kentucky-Spotted bass beds around. Most of these seem to be in deeper water. The Smallmouth should be making beds too but they are usually in a little deeper water and on flatter gravel points. Bass fishing for all three species has been good. For other species see below.

VISIBILITY- It is very clear here at the Marina. The backs of the creeks have some color in them, as does most of the upper lake from point 18 to the other end of the lake. With the water temp warming up the lake should clear up unless we get a lot of rain.

LARGEMOUTH BASS- There has been several good Largemouth being brought in and reported. We have seen several between the 3 to 5 LB class. It has been several years since we have seen these size of Largemouth. Most of the fisherman have reported lots of 13 – 14 inch largemouth bass which is just under the legal limit. These should be the spawn form the high water of 2002.

SPOTTED KENTUCKY BASS- These are in their usual deeper pattern then the largemouth bass, mostly on the channel swings and brush piles back in the creeks.

SMALLMOUTH BASS- I have seen three 4 LB caught and released here at the marina this week. These are on the gravel flats and pre spawn banks.


These are the 3 top patterns right now.

  1. One of the most productive patterns is Carolina rigging a lizard. This is working mostly for Largemouth and Spotted bass. They are mostly using the green colors with a 2 to 4 foot drop. They are using these in 2 to 35 feet of water mostly on the steeper chunk rock banks and channel swings.
  2. Crawfish colored tube tubes dragged on the gravel flats is producing some good Smallmouth Bass. These fish are mostly in 12 to 18 feet of water on the gravel rounded points and flats. They should be staging for the spawn
  3. Live minnows with a small split shot in 5 to 25 feet of water is producing all species of bass.
  4. These patterns could also work or turn on in the next few weeks.

  5. Shallow running rouges or rebels
  6. Crank baits
  7. Spinner baits
  8. Night crawlers
  9. Top water

WALLEYE- I know you won’t believe me but the Walleye are still spawning. Yes, that’s right. I believe they are on the back end of the spawn but they are still doing it. There are not very many being caught yet. The ones that have been cleaned here at the marina are full of eggs and spawn. I have been out in the lake three times in the last two weeks at night. It is easy with the clear water to take a spot light and shine the gravel banks and points and actually see dozens upon dozens of walleye along the bank in 5 to 10 feet of water. These walleye are in little groups of 2’s to 5’s. They are spawning which is late for them. They should turn on any day in this end of the lake.

WHITE BASS- The water temperature has been yo-yoing so the white bass have been doing the same. We have had a few caught back in the creeks and a few schools have surfaced but nothing like the usual "white bass run" that we get. We will have to see if the warmer weather turns them on or if we will miss them like last year.

CRAPPIE- Same deal on the crappie. There are very few being reported or being caught. I guess the water temperature is still to cold for them to turn on. The few that I have seen are being caught on the brush piles or timber bluffs on small minnows, white jigs or small tube jigs. If anybody is catching a bunch then they are keeping it a secret

White River- Fishing has been good. All of our guides are reporting good catches and activity. Same baits as always- worms, salmon eggs, power bait, night crawlers, corn, for live bait. Rapalas, spoons, spinners for artificial. 

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Updated 04/22/04

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Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 500.0 Temperature:  63

Release Rate: 85 Level: 5.13 feet low

Largemouth Bass fair using soft baits

White Bass No Report

Crappie good

Smallmouth Bass fair

Spotted Bass No Report

Catfish fair at night using worms

Bluegill No Report

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Updated 04/15/04

Lake Level: 

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Report by: The Bait Stop

Channel Catfish No Report

Crappie They have been catching them mainly on minnows.

Largemouth Bass No Report

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Updated 04/22/04

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Temperature: 58   Level: normal

Sunfish No Report

Largemouth Bass fair using minnows and crankbaits

Crappie good

Catfish slow

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(Below Urich)


Flatheads No Report

Channel Cats No Report

Blue Cats No Report

Crappie No Report

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Updated 04/22/04

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Temperature:  Clarity:   Level: 0.00 feet low

The park registration office is now open seven days a week 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Lake Jacomo Park Headquarters.

Report by Forty Woods Bait & Tackle    Missouri Wildlife Check In Station  Braggin' Board

Catfish No Report

Bluegill slow

Crappie fair

Bass slow

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James A. Reed

Updated 04/22/04

Temp: 64 clear and high

Lake Maps

Channel Catfish good at Coot and Honker Pond

Largemouth Bass good at Coot and Honker Pond

Bluegill fair at Coot and Honker Pond

Crappie fair at Coot and Honker Pond

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LAKE of the Ozarks

Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 660.0 Temperature: 62

Inflow: 7100 cfs Outflow: 900 cfs. Level: 3.94 feet low

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Report by Missouri Angler    Missouri Angler Buddy Bass Derby

According to AmerenUE the current lake level is 655.56 with light generation scheduled for Wednesday and no generation scheduled on Thursday and Friday, which should give the lake a level of 655.8 by Friday, April 23. According to AmerenUE, the water temperature taken at Bagnell Dam is 62 degrees. The water clarity is dingy in the main Osage and some of the larger coves and creeks with visibility of 1 to 2 feet. The Gravois, Big and Little Niangua and Grand Glaize Rivers are clearing and have visibility ranging from 2 to 4 feet. Bass boat temperature gauges indicate surface temperatures between 59 to 68 degrees.

LARGEMOUTH BASS - EXCELLENT The bass are still on a good bite and are beginning to take a variety of baits, and brush is not a big factor. The Eakins jig (brown.Chartreuse, brown/black and black/blue), Chomper (grn. pumpkin, watermelon red and black/blue) are taking keepers 4 to 8 feet off chunk rock with pea gravel mix banks and points in the creeks and coves and behind docks. Carolina Rigged lizards, American Fries and other small plastic baits (grn. pumpkin and watermelon red are working on the same type of structure. The Wiggle Wart and Bandit crankbait ((phantom green. crawdad, brown crawdad and spring crawdad) and the tandem spinnerbait (white/chartreuse and white) are still producing some nice keepers off the windy chunk rock banks with pea gravel mix in the creeks and larger coves. There have been reports that the fluke and trick worm have been producing some good keepers around docks and off the points of pockets in the creeks.

SPOTTED BASS (KENTUCKY) - FAIR Some nice spots averaging 14 to 16 inches are starting to show up and are being caught off the same type of structure as the largemouth. The tandem spinnerbait and Eakins jig seem to be the better bite.

CRAPPIE - EXCELLENT The crappie have been shallow anywhere from 1 to 4 feet on chunk rock banks. Tube and marabou jigs (white, chartreuse/white and chartreuse) have been the best bite, but there are times color doesn't matter. Minnows are working, but as shallow as the crappie have been the jigs and tubes are working best with a bobber set at 12 to 18 inches

BLUE GILL - GOOD The bluegill are right on the bank out to 4 or 5 feet around docks and the seawalls. Nightcrawlers and red wiggle's and jigs (white or chartreuse) are working good.

CATFISH - GOOD The blues, flatheads and channels are becoming more active everyday and like the bass and crappie are shallow from 4 to 8 feet. Jugs baited with cut shad, shrimp and crawdads have been producing nice flatheads and blues. Tight lining with nightcrawlers, hot dogs and stinkbait are taking some good channels in the coves and creeks.

WHITES/HYBRIDS - SLOW There hasn't been any positive reports on whites or hybrids. There are a few small whites busting shad in the larger coves in the creeks during the afternoon, but nothing to brag about. Road Runners or any small spinner type bait is producing.

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Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 791.0 Temperature: 53

Inflow: 250 cfs Outflow: 57 cfs Level: 0.31 feet high

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Channel Catfish fair on trotlines

Flathead slow

Walleye slow

Crappie slow

Largemouth Bass slow

Bluegill slow

White Bass slow

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Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 25 cfs Outflow: 80 cfs Level: 1.50 feet low

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Mouse Creek at Longview Lake has a new gate and the area will be closed at 9:00 p.m. and will not reopen until 8:00 a.m. All fisherman need to have their vehicles out of the area by 9:00 p.m. or their vehicles could be locked in for the night and/or ticketed.

Catfish No Report

Bass No Report

Crappie No Report

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Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 606.0 Temperature: 58-62 Water Condition: Dingy - Muddy

Release Rate: 3820 Level:0.19 feet low

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Report by: South Fork Resort

Date: 4/22/04
Lake Level : 605.99
Last Weeks Lake Level: 605.40
Normal Lake Level : 606
Water Condition: Dingy - Muddy
Surface Water Temp: 58-62 degrees

The lake is currently on the rise.

Crappie fishing has been excellent. Last weekend the CrappieUSA tournament enjoyed good fishing, with the winning limit of 10 fish weighing in at 13.05 lbs., including the 2.56 lb. crappie that won the big fish award. Click here for pictures. The strategy that helped some of the CrappieUSA guy's win money, was to fish pretty far up the branches, in the secondary coves, in water no deeper than 5 feet, and in areas with lots of debris. Drop the bait slowly through the debris, working from one opening to another and keeping on the move. Don't tie off to anything for long if you're not catching keepers. Jigs were the lure of choice, color didn't seem to matter a lot, however most used black/chartreuse or red/chartreuse. Some fishermen used jigs tipped with crappie nibblets and some used just minnows. We're finally getting some good reports from the west end of the lake, South Fork, Otter Creek and North Fork are a few areas to think about. Sandy Creek had good reports as well. Some guy's fished way up Lick Creek and caught lot's of crappie, but they went through a lot of small ones before getting some with any size to them. Later in the day has been better, there have been a few reports of crappie biting very early then shutting off fast. We have an excellent article on spring time crappie fishing at Mark Twain Lake. The article hit's right on the strategy mentioned above, so the time is perfect for reading it. Here's a link.

The CrappieUSA Kids Rodeo that we hosted last Saturday was even better than last year. The weather was great and the kids caught fish throughout the tournament. Here's a link to pictures of this years event - CrappieUSA Kids 2004

Bass fishing has been excellent. A lot of bass have been caught, mostly sub legal just below the 15" length limit. With that said, there have been a lot of legal size bass caught as well. White spinner baits or jigs have been catching fish. The bass have been hanging out around lay downs and brush piles in water 4 feet or less. Main lake points or secondary points, clear water or dirty water didn't seem to matter a lot. Both ends of the lake have been equally good as the bass have been active on what is described as an all day bite.

Catfishing has been excellent. Flatheads have been more active, several nice ones have been caught on trot lines. Blues and Channels continue to be caught on trotlines as well. The trotline bait of choice has been perch, followed by goldfish and cut shad. Rod and reel fishermen have been seeing their share of the action as well, using nightcrawlers or shad pieces. Elk Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork are productive. With the lake currently on the rise, the catfish should continue to be on the prowl.

White morel's should start popping up very soon, the weather has been warm and we now have the moisture.

Be aware that spring turkey season opened this week, so please exercise caution when in the woods.

This is a great time of year at Mark Twain Lake, the fishing is excellent, morels will be popping up, the red buds and dogwoods are in bloom and spring turkey season is open. If you're not here, then you're missing out.

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Updated 04/22/04


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Updated 04/22/04

Report By Don Guess

Channel Cat No Report

Blues No Report

Flathead They are catching pretty good north of the Nodaway River on GoldFish along the rip rap in the current.

Crappie No Report

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Updated 04/22/04

Temperature: 62   Level: 2.5 feet low Clarity: clear

Lake Map

Channel Catfish slow

Flathead slow

Largemouth Bass slow

Stripers slow

Crappie slow on brush piles

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Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool:  Temperature:   62


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Report By: Big Birds Bait                 Braggin' Board

Check out river bottom lures we stock 8 colors in 4 and 6 inch
Check out the new lx bow by Matthew's

Cold temps made fishing slow temps warmed up over weekend to 62 in coves

Bass good jigs

Crappie fair on minnows and jigs

Catfish slow worms fishers of men had tournament last weekend they did ok with all the wind

Turkey time I have not gotten one yet but there's always the next day but did see one this morning that Eric fosse shot 22lbs 1/2 spurs 4-20-04 till next time big bird


God bless the USA

thanks big bird
ride hard ride free
pray for the troops and pray for the POW's and the MIA's

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Updated 04/23/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 839.0 Temperature: 53 and Dingy

Inflow: 280 cfs Outflow: 300 cfs Level: 2.08 feet high

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Report by: J&N Sporting Goods

Pomme Arm Good

Crappie are moving in to the shoreline to spawn especially on cloudy days and early or late in the day fish 6-8 feet of water.use minnows or chaartreuse jigs.

Black bass: try spinnerbaits or crawdad crankbaits off windy points or shorelines, 2-7 feet deep.

Catfish shallow with perch or setting jugs 6-8 feet deep.

Lindley Arm Good

Crappie fish are moving to the shoreline to spawn use minnows or white jigs

Walleye are being taken by anglers fishing for crappie in the pea gravel.

Black bass try spinnerbaits off main lake points within 10 feet of the shoreline

Lower lake good

Crappie in 15 feet of water early and late catching fish aaround docks and brush.

Black bass crankbaits off the points.

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Updated 04/22/04

Temperature: 60  Clarity:  Level: low

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Largemouth Bass fair using Rattle traps in 6 feet of water

Channel Cat fair using cut bait in deep water

Bluecat No Report

Bluegill No Report

Crappie fair using minnows and jigs

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Updated 04/22/04

Water Temp: 55 and Dingy   Level: high

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Crappie fair using jigs and minnows

Blue Catfish fair

Channel Catfish fair

Largemouth Bass fair

Bluegill fair

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Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 864.2  Temperature: 60 to 64

Inflow: 35 cfs Outflow: 8 cfs Level: 0.50 feet low

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Report by Burton's Bait and Tackle

Water Temp:60 to 64 degrees

CRAPPIE: Good The crappie started moving into areas that make them easier to catch for the bank fisherman. They are not on the bank spawning yet but have moved up into 8' to 10' of water. Minnows and jigs are still the ticket. Fishing around the rocks in the marinas and the bridges are good bets. You can move back into the coves and fish the edges of the old ditches in 6' to 10' of water.

BASS: Good: Bass fishing is getting better if we can keep the water warm. Some of the fisherman have come in during the week and claimed to have caught nice bags of fish. Its not great every day but the numbers and quality of fish are definitely up from last year. Most are coming on tubes and jigs while there is still a good spinner bait bite. Don't give up in the main lake rogue bite either, some good fish are still being caught this way.

CATFISH: Good Worms, shad sides, or shad guts are all catching fish. The Platte and Little Platte rivers are also producing some fish. The normal areas would be to fish the mouths of the coves in the Little Platte River arm of the lake. Start at the mouth and work your way back till you find the fish. Look for the shad on your graph and the catfish won't be far away.

WHITE BASS: Good The river run is about over but as the whites move back toward the main lake the crappie are starting to bite more consistently in the river. The white bass should be on the main lake humps within the next couple of weeks.

WALLEYE: Fair: The walleye spawn is over for this year. They are starting to move onto the main lake points and feed up after spawning. I had some reports this weekend that people had caught a few fish on some of the main lake points using night crawlers on a jig head. You can also troll or cast a #5 shad rap around main lake points. Stay in 4' to 10' of water most of the time.

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Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 867.7 Temperature: 54

Inflow: 600 cfs Outflow: 1556 cfs Level: 2.46 feet high

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Report By: Square Deal Bait Shop

Little Sac fair

Crappie off the staging trees with white jigs

walleye on the points with night crawlers

black bass found on the larger arms with spinner baits

Big Sac is fair to good

crappie 8 to 12 feet deep around structures off the spawning banks with jigs and minnows

walleye use stick baits and Rogues or minnows

black bass off the secondary points with crank baits or soft grubs

Lower Lake fair

crappie around 8 to 15 feet deep around the structures with small minnows early or late

walleye off the dam with crank baits or stick baits or off the points in about 15 feet of water with night crawlers.

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Updated 04/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 915.0 Temperature: 55 - 59

Release Rate: 3773 cfs. Level: 1.26 feet low

Report by: Pete's Professional Guide Service

APRIL 13, 2004

WATER LEVEL - 914.12 Normal Pool 915'
JAMES RIVER Upper 45-50


Table Rock showed itself this past Saturday at one of the Central Pro-Am MO-Ark events. Once again it showed why it is called one of the best foul weather lakes in the country. Fish started moving on to the beds last week and Saturday a cold front came thru with much needed rains, steady winds and falling temps, and the big fish hit good. It took over 27 lbs. to win in the MO-Ark tournament on Saturday, while 20lbs didn't get a check. The two big bass were over 8lbs! Over the years I've have learned that the worst the weather gets in the spring, the more the fish turn on, they like it! After the front came through, cold temperatures with bluebird conditions, fishing got tougher on Sunday and then improved on Monday. Many of the fish will pull back off the beds for a few days, but with temperatures expected to be in the high 60's & 70's later on in the week the fish should be spawning all over. Water temps dropped to the low to mid 50's after the front. should be back into the high 50's to 60's by the weekend. Many of the same patterns will work from last weeks report so leaving it up for this week also.

Quality fish can be caught on stick baits and wigglewarts, bites can be few and far between but excellent quality fish when you get bit. Early bite is best or if the winds picks up in the afternoon. Fish secondary points with submerged timber (stickbaits), & channel swing banks in the creeks. Try to key on banks that change from football size rock to pea gravel. We are also catching lots of fish on 4" finesse worms, French fries, & centipedes, in watermelon or green pumpkin fished on 1/8 oz. to 1/4 oz. jig heads. Try also split shot rigged or on a drop shot rig in 10'-15' main lake and secondary gravel points. Many smaller fish being caught on these patterns. Carolina rigs with 4" worms or 4"-5" lizards, along with Twin tailed Chompers or Yamamoto grubs. Single tail grubs will catch fish staging out over 20'-30' on main lake points at 10'-15'. Use shad colors, watermelon, on 1/4 oz. jig heads. Top water baits should start working as the warms continues to warm up.


A lot of pockets and the backs of creeks are loaded up with shad. When the shad are up throw a 1/4 oz. Rattle Trap under and around the bait fish, your are apt to catch white bass or blacks this way. The same patterns noted above will work in these areas as well. There is a lot more stained water in the rivers, and the water is warming up good in the afternoons. Try wiggle warts or spinnerbaits on channel swings as well as in the backs of the creeks, also try Senco's or trick worms in the backs of main lake pockets and backs of creeks. The Upper White has been producing many crankbait and jig fish. Rock Creek, Owl Creek, & Roaring River areas. Fish the main river points with Carolina Rigs, and also try 3/4 oz. football jigs fished in 15'-18'. Good Luck!

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Updated 04/22/04

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Report by River Run Outfitters

Branson Chapter Trout Unlimited next meeting April 27, 2004, 7:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery.


Water Conditions: Last week they ran two to three generators all week. Over the weekend, they generated for 1-2 hours before noon. Water off balance of day. Monday they generated all day, but yesterday and today they generated for a couple hours in the morning then off the balance of the day. Plus the weather is beautiful and forecast for remainder of week is good!

Last week we were fishing the red midge, size 16. Trip out Friday also caught them on the rust midge with the high water. Over the weekend, after the water turned off, you could catch them on almost anything you threw. Stan had a trip out Sunday so I wend out by myself to the Rocking Chair hole. Fished from noon until 4:30. Water was down so I started with the rust zebra, size 18. Caught several fish on that and noticed the fish coming up. Immediately put on a soft hackle and finished the afternoon with a fish or hit on almost every cast. Think they would have taken any color soft hackle, but the insect green or caddis green, size 16 or 14 seemed to be the most consistent. Would not get a hit every time on the dark olive. As you may know, this is my favorite way to fish so I had a great afternoon. Probably caught 50 fish! Yesterday, after the water shut down was the same way. Zebras, scuds, soft hackles....all of them were working in almost every color. Saw thousands of scuds in the water yesterday. They were well involved in their reproduction activities. Seined up a few and several of these were at least a size 10.

STAN'S TIP: With a new fishing season upon us, get your fly line ready. Clean it in a non-grease cutting detergent (Ivory) rinse well, and dress, if recommended by the manufacturer. If you fish a lot, this should be done at least a couple time a year. If the tip of your line is sinking, check for cuts and nicks as these will make your line sink.

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Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 722.00 Clarity:  Level:

Temperature: 59 and Dingy

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Report by Kaseyville Bait and Tackle

Crappie fair using jigs and minnows

Bass No Report

Channel cat No Report

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Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 706.0 Temperature:  65

Inflow: 4500 cfs Outflow: 6967 cfs Level: 1.42 feet high

Lake Map     Braggin' Board

MAIN LAKE Report by Sterett Creek Marina

Fishing Report from Sterett Creek Marina 4/21/04


This is where I get to say what a difference a week makes. The fishing is really picking up on Truman. The crappie are getting on the banks and the bass fishing remains good. The weather leaves a little to be desired. Seems we have had rain every night this week, along with wind. The lake is trying to clear up and it would if the wind would quit. I have even heard there have been a few morels found and the turkeys are really gobbling. Its just a great time to be in the lakes area.

WATER TEMP: 65deg.

BASS: Doug and Ozzie Wallace topped the board in the Tues. Night Hawg Fights with a winning stringer of 9.95lbs. They also had big fish weighing 5.02lbs. These fish were caught in the Osage on jig and frog. Second place went to Mike Simons and Kevin Smith with 8.90lbs. Third went to Chuck Strohman and Mike Green with 8.18lbs. Not bad for 2 1/2 hours of fishing. There are a couple of good bites going on here now. Jig and frog in black and blue fished in the nitches behind secondary point is a good bet. Fish seem to be holding in 3' to 6' of water. Tubes are also working in the back ends of the coves. I've talked to allot of crappie fisherman that are catching bass on roadrunners while fishing for crappie on the banks, food for thought.

Crappie: Well the crappie are finally going to the banks on Truman. Tube jigs fished on a bobber set about a foot and a half deep is working well. Anything with chartreuse in it is working. Roadrunners are also doing a good job. Here again chartreuse is the best color. The crappie are in the nitches in the creeks in 2' to 4' of water. The bite has just started so we should be in for some really good fishing for the next week or so.

WHITE BASS: No report.

CATFISH: Catfish are still doing good on jugs. Best bait is cut shad on stages set at about 10'. Flats next to a creek channel seem to be working the best.

This weeks ratings From Sterett Creek are:

Crappie: # 1

Bass: # 2

Catfish # 3

This Saturday we have the Concord Village Lions Club Fish for Sight Tourn. out of Sterett Creek. They will have about 250 boats, so if you want to see a really good weigh in stop down about 3pm. on Sat. and check it out. That's going to be it for this week from Steret Creek Marina

So with what we bid you good fishing.


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Grand River Arm

Updated 04/15/04

Lake temp: 54 - 56

Report for Grand River Arm by Bucksaw Marina

The weather has finally turned around from the gorgeous and warm days to rainy, cold and clammy. We have finally seen some good indications that the crappie are trying to move up. The weather this weekend will put a halt on that for a day or two but it won't last long. They are wanting to do their thing.

CRAPPIE: Get ready, because the crappie are getting ready to bust loose. In the last two days we've seen some fish come in that were caught on the banks. These fish are just coming up to check the water conditions though. Reports of spurts of bank activity for 20-30 minutes then no bites on the banks for up to one hour. Saw some real nice bags come in from up river around Hay Creek area. Nothing big yet just nice keepers. The old stand-by SLIDER is the main bait. Should get really good by next weekend or so.

BASS: Still a spinnerbait bite between here and the Long Shoal bridge. North pockets with shad activity is the best. Look at secondary point on the down stream side in 1-4 feet of water. After this colder weather, might have to slow down with a jig or tube to get bit.

I know it's short, but that's about all we know for know.

* New Missouri regulations require that jug lines be attended at all times.

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Updated 04/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 359.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 580 Level: 2.40 feet low

Lake Map

Largemouth Bass good using crankbaits and spinnerbaits

White Bass good using spinnerbaits

Crappie good using minnows and jigs

Bluegill good using crickets

Catfish fair on trotlines and juglines using live bait and worms

Note: On the waters of Wappapello Lake & its tributaries, all Walleye & Sauger must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. Anglers are encouraged to harvest bass under 11" (daily limit 6) to reduce the numbers of small bass in Wappapello lake.

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