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MISSOURI FISHING REPORTS

Posted: 06/24/2004

MISSOURI LAKES

 

Blind Pony Blue Springs Bull Shoals (East) Bull Shoals (West) Clearwater
Concordia City Lake Council Bluff S. Grand River Jacomo James A. Reed
Lake of the Ozarks Longbranch Longview Maple Leaf Lake Mark Twain
Missouri River
St. Joe
Montrose Mozingo Lake Norfork Pony Express
Pomme de Terre Sever Smithville Stockton Table Rock
Taneycomo Thomas Hill Truman Wappapello  
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BLIND PONY  

Lake Map

Report by: The Bait Stop 

CLOSED DUE TO RENOVATIONS

Will re-open in 2008

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BLUE SPRINGS

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 802.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 60 cfs Outflow: 96 cfs. Level: 1.08 feet high

Lake Map

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

Catfish good in Jacomo overflow- live shad

Hybrids fair in Jacomo overflow- shad, liver, rattle traps

Crappie fair -jigs and small minnows

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BULL SHOALS

Updated 06/17/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 656.0  Temperature:  70's

Outflow: 10502 cfs Level: 9.57 feet high

Lake Map

Report by BULL SHOALS LAKE BOAT DOCK   Braggin Board

Surface temperature: Most places on the lake it is in the mid 70ís. There is a 1-2 degree drop until the 30 foot level where it drops 5 degrees or so. It looks like the thermo cline is starting to form there. This will fluctuate and change with the lake dropping.

VISIBILITY- With the lake dropping the visibility tends to murk up a little. However, most divers are reporting good visibility from 10 to 15 feet at most places.

Sunday June 13th- There is still 15 foot or so of brush in the lake since the lake is still high. Most of the fish are hanging just below this brush line on the old shore line. Not much change from last report on the actual fishing. It has been great this last few weeks. The walleye bite has really turned on.

BASS PATTERNS- a few changes but not much since last report. Top water, night crawlers, crank baits and jig-n-frog at night seem to dominate the patterns.

1. TOP WATER LURES- Just about anything top water is working. Zoom Flukes, Zara Spooks, shallow running rebels just to name a few. There is a good top water bite early in the morning and late in the day. The bass are chasing shad off of the main lake points and around those standing trees.

2. Live night crawlers with a small split shot in 15 to 25 feet of water is producing all species of bass.

3. Crawfish or green colored tube tubes dragged on the gravel flats is producing some good Smallmouth Bass. These fish are mostly in 20 to 35 feet of water on the gravel rounded points and flats.

4. Other plastic baits such as meatheads, French fry worms, and 4 inch worms. The basic green or brown colors will work. These are Carolina rigged with a 2 to 4 foot drop had fished in 15 to 25 feet of water.

5. Spinner baits- Slow rolling over the brush has produced several fish the past few weeks. Mostly Chartreuse colors.

6. Crank baits- any bluegill, shad, or sunfish crank bait fished over the brush in 5 to 15 feet of water is producing bass.

Night bass fishing has been real good on darker colored jig-n-frog in 15 to 25 feet of water.

WALLEYE- The walleye bite is on. The night crawler with a split shot or crawler harness in 15 to 25 feet of water is one of the best patterns. They are using shallow running stick baits- mostly rogues- in various depths depending on what type of structure you are fishing. The best colors are chartreuse, yellow, bluegill, perch or purple. They are also catching lots of walleye trolling deep diving crank baits and deep diving stick baits during the day. The walleye are shallow during the early morning and afternoon. They are deeper in the day so deeper diving baits are necessary.

WHITE BASS- not much reported except under lights at night with minnows in 20 to 35 feet of water.

CRAPPIE- same thing as the white bass.

CATFISH- The catfish are doing well on jug lines, trot lines and limb lines. We have seen several good catches and stringers. Most of the fish are in shallow water and being caught on the same bait- perch, dead shad, liver, stink bait, etc.

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.

TILL NEXT TIME- MAY YOUR FISHING LINE BE TIGHT AND YOUR FISHING ROD BE BENT!

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CLEARWATER

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 500.0 Temperature: 80

Release Rate: 642 Level: 2.26 feet high

Largemouth Bass fair using spinner baits

White Bass fair using minnows

Crappie fair using white jigs

Smallmouth Bass slow

Spotted Bass No Report

Catfish fair at night using worms

Bluegill good using live bait

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CONCORDIA CITY LAKE

Updated 06/17/04

Lake Level: 

Lake Map

Report by: The Bait Stop

Crappie- good - being caught on minnows

Catfish -good - using night crawlers and Minnows in the evenings

Bass No Report

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COUNCIL BLUFF

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Map

Temperature: 81    Level: normal

Sunfish good using red wigglers in the morning and late afternoon

Largemouth Bass fair using plastic and spinnerbaits

Crappie slow

Bluegill good using crickets and worms

Catfish fair using worms and liver at night

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S. GRAND RIVER

(Below Urich)

 

Flatheads No Report

Channel Cats No Report

Blue Cats No Report

Crappie No Report

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JACOMO

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Map

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 excellent on shad, nightcrawlers

Crappie good- small minnows, shallow water

Bass fair on topwater lures

Bluegill good on wax worms & crickets

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James A. Reed

Updated 06/24/04

Temp: 79 muddy and high

Lake Maps

Channel Catfish good

Largemouth Bass fair

Bluegill fair

Crappie fair

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LAKE of the Ozarks

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 660.0 Temperature: 80

Inflow: 27800 cfs Outflow: 20700 cfs. Level: 0.37 feet low

Lake Map

Report by Missouri Angler    Missouri Angler Buddy Bass Derby        Results

According to AmerenUE the water temperature is 80 degrees and the current lake level is 659.83 with heavy generation scheduled for the next three (3) days which will give the lake level on Friday, June 25 of 659.7. The lake is clear and has been fairly steady, but there is still some debris floating in the creeks and the Osage River. The average visibility is between 3 and 5 feet, but the Gravois Rivers and some sections of the Niangua Rivers have visibility down to 9 or 10 feet.

LARGEMOUTH BASS - EXCELLENT The day bite is slow but the night bite continues to be excellent. The big fish are still active at night, with the best bite being Texas rigged 7 and 10 inch plastic worm and the Brush Hogs (black/red fleck, black and plum). The Melton jig n trailer and the single spin (black w/black blades) are also producing some good keepers. The bass are in brush piles 15 to 20 feet and it doesn't seem to make any difference if the brush piles are on points or straight banks. The most consistent area continues to be below the lodge and in the Gravois and dam area. There is some early morning topwater with Zara Spook and Pop R worked on points and around boat docks from the bank out to 10 feet.

SPOTTED BASS - SLOW The spots are basically the same...slow. The spots being caught are small with a few keepers that are coming off the main lake wave breakers and the deep main lake docks on Gitzits (white and/or brown), Flukes (white and/or shad color) and small crawdads on a weightless hook. Some keepers are being caught off main lake points on the Melton jig n trailer, crawdad colored crankbaits and live crawdads.

WHITE BASS/HYBRIDS - FAIR Since there has been a fairly steady generation the last couple of weeks, the whites and a few hybrids have been busting shad off the main lake points early in the morning. The top water bite with a Pop R, Chug Bug and Zara Spook Jr. has been the best bite. A 1/4 ounce Road Runner, spoons, and Mepps Spinners are also producing when they are busting shad and when they go deep.

CATFISH - GOOD Some cats are still spawning, but there are some blues, channels and flatheads being caught on jugs, limb lines and trotlines baited with cut shad, gold fish, perch and crawdads. Tight lining with stinkbait, cut shad, nightcrawlers and hot dog chunks are taking channels and blues in the creeks 10 to 15 feet.

BLUEGILL -GOOD Most of the bluegill are spawning and can be found in the backend of the creeks and pockets 5 to 10 feet. The best bite is crickets and wax worms (grubs) and pieces of red wigglers.

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LONGBRANCH

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 791.0 Temperature: 75

Inflow: 35 cfs Outflow: 54 cfs Level: 0.16 feet high and dingy

Lake Map

Channel Catfish fair using leeches and night crawlers

Flathead fair

Walleye fair

Crappie fair using minnows and jigs

Largemouth Bass fair

Bluegill fair

White Bass fair

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LONGVIEW

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 1 cfs Outflow: 17 cfs Level: 0.38 feet high

Lake Map

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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MARK TWAIN

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 606.0 Temperature: 80 Water Condition: Dingy-Stained

Release Rate: 2600 Level: 5.47 feet high

Lake Map

Report by: South Fork Resort

Date: 6/24/04
Lake Level : 612.25
Last Weeks Lake Level: 612.42
Normal Lake Level : 606
Water Condition: Dingy - Stained

Surface Water Temp: 80 degrees

Guide Bruce Carpenter reports that he fished for crappie for about three hours and had a limit of 9-14 inch fish. Most were very light hits as a jig tipped with minnow was falling near structure. Partner had a tougher time catching fish on the fall, kept missing hits, coming up each time with no bait. But that technique takes practice. He finished with 10 as we quit at noon. Fish were in 16-25 feet of water with visibility 2-3 feet. We caught probably 100 little ones as you had to keep moving to weed through the small fish. I try to find the best clarity in water to fish this time of year, found visibility at 3 feet and that was where to find the most aggressive crappie. It is tough catching crappie with only 6 inch visibility. Also caught drum, black and white bass and a few bluegill. Study the maps and the previous weeks weather and it helps to predict where to go on any lake, especially MTL. Go when you can, Bruce.

Bass fishing has been good. Some nice size bass and limits have been caught using 10 inch worms and lizards, with Carolina rigging being the most popular. Main lake points have been most productive, in water anywhere from 4 Ė 10 feet deep.

Catfishing has been slower this past week, with a lot of trotliners coming up empty or with small cats. Some catfish have been caught by crappie fishermen using minnows.

White bass fishing continues to be fun, they just canít resist the schools of shad with a lot of surface feeding taking place. Silver rattle traps near main lake humps or points.

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MAPLE LEAF LAKE 

Updated 06/24/04

Temperature: 

Lake Map

No Report

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MISSOURI RIVER

ST. JOSEPH AREA

Updated 06/17/04

Report By Don Guess

Flatheads fair on Crawdads along rip-rap on the outside bends early in the morning but not much size to them, 1 to 5 lbs. mostly.

Have not heard of any blues taken this past week.

Channel Catfish
fair in shallow water around Mulberry trees on worms, liver, and dip bait but not much size, 1 to 2 lbs. mostly.


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MONTROSE

Updated 06/24/04

Temperature: 72 Level: 2.00 feet high Clarity: dingy

Lake Map

Channel Catfish fair using live baits

Flathead slow

Largemouth Bass slow

Stripers slow

Crappie slow

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MOZINGO

Updated 06/17/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool:  Temperature:   

Level: 

Lake Map

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

Lake is getting fuller it keeps on raining fishing changes all the time sorry not to have any pictures this time. fishing last week had good days and bad 

bass were hitting yesterday on jigs and crank baits in deep water 12-16 feet 

crappie fair bluegill good on crickets and worms 

catfish good on worms and stink bait so 

Come on out to Mozingo and give her a try remember take a kid fishing or hunting and you will know where they are

W
e have a fathers day special going on hunters safety system vests for the tree stand hunter dad needs the best to keep him safe price around $93.00 

THANKS
BIG BIRD
RIDE HARD RIDE FREE

Remember to pray for our troops and POWs REMEMBER JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS FOR US TO SAVE OUR SOULS AND GIVE US EVER LASTING LIFE

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POMME de TERRE

Updated 06/17/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 839.0 Temperature: 70

Inflow: 40 cfs Outflow: 300 cfs Level: 1.20 feet high

Lake Map

Report by: J&N Sporting Goods

Pomme arm good

Black bass use crankbaits fire tiger in color over shallow points

Catfish good use cut shad on flats from 20 feet up

Crappie 15 -20 feet in standing timber use minnows

Bluegill good use worms around shady areas down to 15 feet

Lindley arm good

Black bass use soft plastic on the points 10-15 feet dark in color

Crappie good around standing timber use minnow down go down to bottom and reel up

Catfish good use cut shad or perch on trotlines

Lower Lake Good

Crappie 15-20 feet deep in standing timber with minnows

Walleye are being taken by crappie angler using minnows

White bass troll a spinner bait on the flats

Black bass use wiggle warts silver in color off points or soft plastic in dark green

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PONY EXPRESS

Updated 06/24/04

Temperature: 72  Clarity:  Level: high and dingy

Lake Map

Largemouth Bass fair using plastic worms and crankbaits

Channel Cat  fair in 10 feet of water using nightcrawlers, cut shad and minnows

Blue cat No Report

Bluegill fair 

Crappie fair in about 8 feet of water 

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SEVER

Updated 06/24/04

Water Temp: 68

Lake Map

Crappie fair using jigs and minnows in the brush piles

Blue Catfish good using night crawlers

Channel Catfish  fair using night crawlers

Largemouth Bass  fair on spinner baits

Bluegill fair using night crawlers

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SMITHVILLE

Updated 06/17/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 864.2  Temperature: 70 to 76

Inflow: 15 cfs Outflow: 1000 cfs Level: 2.11 feet high

Lake Map

Report by Burton's Bait and Tackle

Water Temp:70 to 76 degrees

CRAPPIE: Good: The fish have spawned in most areas of the lake. The fish have started to scatter and are a little harder to find. Minnows and jigs are still the ticket. Fishing the bridges are a good bets or in the trees along the channel edges heading out of the coves..

BASS: Poor: Most of the bass have probably spawned and we are finding schools of fry. Since the water has come up a few fish are being taken out of the grass. There seems to be a topwater bite if you are in the right place. A variety of baits are working depending on where you are fishing. Crankbaits, buzzbaits, or some sort of plastic will catch fish. We caught lots of fish in the 6-5 weekend tournament but Thursday evenings still are tough. Fishing in 8' to 10' of water is considered deep and is probably the max depth to try. (SEE TOURNAMENT RESULTS THURSDAY or WEEKENDS)

CATFISH: Good Lots of catfish are being caught on minnows by the crappie fishermen. The rain has got the rivers moving and this has improved the fishing in the Platte and Little Platte Rivers. The catfish are feeding up before they spawn. The high water and the crappie spawn have got them feeding in shallower water.

White Bass: Excellent: The whites are showing up on main lake points in the evenings and mornings. If you are in the right spot when the fish start busting shad you can have some fun. The fish are also on the old Trimble dam and some of the main lake humps. The face of the dam is also starting to produce some whites especially on windy days. Use pepper spoons and vertical jig for them. You can also troll small crank baits around the main lake points.

WALLEYE: Fair: Some nice walleye are being taken on the main lake using crawlers and leeches on a jig head. You can also fish points in the Trimble area or up Camp branch and catch larger fish. 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. This should be the pattern for the next month.

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STOCKTON

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 867.7 Temperature: 80

Inflow: 300 cfs Outflow: 1629 cfs Level: 2.62 feet high

Lake Map

Report By: Square Deal Bait Shop

Black bass fair on plastic baits on points and secondary points

White bass fair early and late on Rooster Tails and small crankbaits

Walleye fair trolling crankbaits over points and drifting nightcrawlers on flats

Crappie fair on minnows 20-25 feet deep; catfish fair on trotlines using cut baits and by drifting shiners over flats

Have a great weekend

Dee Dee

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TABLE ROCK

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 915.0 Temperature: 79 - 83

Release Rate: 3888 cfs. Level: 1.38 feet high

Report by: Pete's Professional Guide Service

WATER LEVEL - 916.41 Normal Pool 915'
JAMES RIVER Upper 79-83
MAIN LAKE 79-81


Fishing has gotten tough in the past week, weights were way down this past weekend from the previous weeks tournaments, with winning stringers coming from the James River & Kings River.

James River, Kings & Long Creek

3/4 oz. football jigs still seem to be producing best, fished 15'-25' on main river points with deep water close by, also on humps and drop offs, try Carolina rigged Chompers, Team Supreme Tournament French fries, Brush hogs, or lizards in green pumpkin, watermelon, or pumpkin colors, and 7"-9" worms fished in the same areas. Some fish are being caught on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits early in the upper river arms around lay downs and bushes. In the Mid river the drop shot bite has slowed down, but should pick up when the weather stabilizes.

Main Lake-Kimberling City, Baxter, Campbell Point and Dam Areas

These areas have been real tough for me this past week, the bait fish are the key. Find the shad and you'll find the fish. Fish main lake gravel points starting from 25'-40' with 3/4 oz football jigs and 4" drop shot worms in watermelon, green pumpkin, or candy colors, a couple of feet off bottom. These fish should start to bite better once again when the weather stabilizes and the thermo cline develops. Also try chrome or white jigging spoons in the same areas. I've had some reports of fish being caught on Fat Free Shads and DD-22 crankbaits on secondary points with submerged timber @ 15'-20'. Shad, again seems to be the key, look for shad and fish starting to gather up over the deeper water 50'-100' off these main lake gravel points and bluff ends, fish should be suspending at 25'-35'

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TANEYCOMO

Updated 06/17/04

Temperature:  Level:

Report by River Run Outfitters

Branson Trout Unlimited Meeting - July 27, 2004, 7:00 p.m. at the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery.

GENERAL COMMENTS

Water Conditions: Table Rock Lake is just about normal pool. Running very little water. The past three days, they have turned on one generator for about 2 hours at 4:00 p.m. Monday they also ran one generator at 8:00 a.m. and ran it for maybe an hour.

FLY FISHING TROPHY AREA (dam to Fall Creek)-SHALLOW WATER-WADING-
Wade or boat trips almost every day this past week. Fishing continues to be excellent. Having a few slow periods during the day, especially after the water has been on for an hour or so. Once it is off and is almost back to normal level, fishing picks back up. Stan and I were both on the water Monday. Stan had two brand new fly fishers Monday and they caught about 35 nice fish during the day. I had a couple of fishing ladies and we just plain lost count. Our best flies were the red tunghead midge, size 16 and the olive zebra, size 18. Dark olive, size 18 or 16 soft hackle has been working good when the fish are taking
emerge patterns. Yesterday the caddis green soft hackle worked best. Unfortunately, with the heat and infrequent water flow, we are seeing lots of algae blooms. Makes it real hard to keep your flies clean. Fish are fat and feisty and faster to release them and get them back into the water and doesn't tear up their mouths as much. Give the fish a break....smash down those barbs!

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THOMAS HILL

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 722.00 Clarity:  Level:

Temperature: 78 and Dingy

Lake Map

Report by Kaseyville Bait and Tackle

Crappie fair

Bass No Report

Channel cat good on setlines

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TRUMAN

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 706.0 Temperature:  75 and Clear to dirty

Inflow: 4600 cfs Outflow: 17283 cfs Level: 1.50 feet high

Lake Map     Braggin' Board

MAIN LAKE Report by Sterett Creek Marina

crank baits. Top worm colors were 7" blue fleck and 11" black depending on what color of water you were fishing. The PBJ jig tipped with a PBJ critter craw worked in all water. Like I said before the Grand is dirty but you can catch fish out of it.

CRAPPIE: We are hearing of a lot of small fish being caught on the summer pattern. The outside tree rows on the edge of the flats in 17' to 20' of water are holding bunches of little fish. Every now and then you will pull out a good keeper. There has been some good crappie taken shallow on the flats off isolated timber in 6' of water. Minnows are producing the best. The brush pile fish are doing pretty good in 15' to 20' of water on minnows also.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: We are still seeing lots of good hybrids come in. Dan Dunek had a 13.5 night before last and a 9.5 last night. They are still in all the same places and are hitting the 4" sassy shad with a 3/4oz. head. The whites are real active on our end of the lake. A 1/4 oz. jig head with crappie jig on the back with a poppin bobber has been working real well.

CATFISH: Trotlines are working the best in the shallow water on the flats. Leeches are the best of the best. 6' of water with stages set at a foot is the top producer.

This weeks ratings from Sterett Creek are:

Hybrids and whites: # 1

Bass: # 2

Crappie: # 3

So till next week we bid you good fishin.
Tommy


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Grand River Arm

Updated 06/17/04

Lake temp: 75

Report for Grand River Arm by Bucksaw Marina

The rain has given us a break for a couple of days and the wind has laid off as well. We missed a lot of the severe storms over the last few days but the areas around us sure have been hit. The fishing seems to be picking up for some folks. Here's the latest.

CRAPPIE: Summer pattern bite is in full swing around here, just not a lot of crappie being caught. Stay on the main lake and fish isolated trees and fence rows on main lake flats in about 12-15 feet of water down about 8-12 feet. A jig tipped with a minnow has been taking a few fish. Need to nearly drop it on there head to get them to bite it because of the dirtier water. We are cleaner than in the past few weeks. Hopefully it will continue to clean up.

BASS: A very good crank bait bite is happening on the mainlake points. Look for chunk rock, not mud points. These fish seem to be holding in about 6 inches of water. A Mann's 4- in chartreuse is the bait of choice.

CATFISH: Still coming in off trotlines and jugs. I believe these fish are moving up to spawn right now, so look for areas in shallower water off of mainlake flats and just inside of the creeks. Perch and shad are working well.

WHITES/HYBRIDS: Still working on them pretty hard in the dam area on humps and the weir. Jigging spoons and 4" sassy shads are catching these.

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

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WAPPAPELLO

Updated 06/24/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 359.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 470 Level: 0.88 feet high

Lake Map

Largemouth Bass fair plastic lures and spinnerbaits

White Bass  good using spinnerbaits

Crappie fair using minnows and jigs

Bluegill good using crickets 

Catfish fair on trotlines and juglines using live bait 

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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