MISSOURI FISHING REPORTS
Report by: The Bait Stop
CLOSED DUE TO RENOVATIONS
Will re-open in 2008
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 802.0 Temperature:
Inflow: 25 cfs Outflow: 36 cfs. Level: 0.64 feet high
Catfish good in Jacomo overflow- live shad
Hybrids fair in Jacomo overflow- shad, liver, rattle traps
Crappie fair -jigs and small minnows
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 656.0 Temperature:
Outflow: 10502 cfs Level: 9.57 feet high
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.
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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
Report by: The Bait Stop
Crappie- No Report
Catfish -No Report
Bass No Report
Temperature: 82 Level: normal
Largemouth Bass fair using plastic and spinnerbaits
Bluegill good using crickets and worms
Catfish fair using worms and liver at night
Flatheads No Report
Channel Cats No Report
Blue Cats No Report
Crappie No Report
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.
Catfish excellent on shad, nightcrawlers
Crappie good- small minnows, shallow water
Bass fair on topwater lures
Bluegill good on wax worms & crickets
Temp: 81 muddy and high
Channel Catfish good
Largemouth Bass fair
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 660.0 Temperature: 78
Inflow: 8600 cfs Outflow: 7700 cfs. Level: 0.35 feet low
According to AmerenUE the current lake level is 659.79 with light generation scheduled for the next three days, which should give the lake a level of 659.6 by Friday, July 2nd. AmerenUE reports the water temperature taken at Bagnell Dam at 78 degrees. The lake is clear with visibility ranging between 5 to 10 feet depending on the area of the lake. There is still some debris, small logs and Styrofoam, floating in the lake that can be hazardous especially at night.
LARGEMOUTH BASS - EXCELLENT Bass fishing continues to be excellent especially at night with the majority of the fish averaging between 3 and 4 pounds. The Texas rigged 7, 8 and 10 inch plastic worm and Brush Hog with 1/4 to 5/16 ounce slip sinker (black/red neon, red shad and tequila sunrise) are the best bite fished in brush piles from 15 to 20 feet on secondary points and around the deeper boat docks in the creeks and in the larger pockets off the main lake. Some bass are being caught on the inside of main lake points with the Melton jig n trailer, Chomper (black and black/blue) and deep diving crankbaits (shad colors). There have been some good keepers caught early just before daylight by pitching jigs and worms in shallow brush piles behind boat docks.
SPOTTED BASS (KENTUCKY) - FAIR There have been a few spots weighing 2 pounds or more being caught on the windy main lake wave breakers and boat docks with shallow diving crankbaits, Flukes and Gitzits. Small crawdads are also taking keepers pitched weightless around the same type of structure.
BLUEGILL - EXCELLENT The bluegill are beginning to return to the boat docks and along the seawalls in 5 to 8 feet of water. Crickets, wax worms (grubs) and nightcrawlers and red wigglers will produce.
WHITE BASS/HYBRIDS - FAIR The whites and hybrids are beginning to surface on the main lake flats and points early in the morning and late evening. The most productive baits are the Mepps Spinner, Road Runner and topwater baits like the Pop R and Devils Horse. Once the sun comes up, trolling off the main lake points and flats with medium diving crankbaits, Rattle Trap and spoons has been producing.
CATFISH - EXCELLENT The majority of the cats have spawned, but some are still on beds and can be found on pea gravel/chunk rock banks in coves and back portion of the creeks. Tightlining cut shad, perch, stinkbait and hot dog chunks are taking nice blues and channels. Jugs, trotlines and limblines baited with gold fish, cut shad, crawdads and perch are producing big flatheads, channels and blues in the creek arms and the upper Osage River away from the heavy boat traffic.
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 791.0 Temperature: 78
Inflow: 5 cfs Outflow: 50 cfs Level: 0.11 feet low and dingy
Channel Catfish fair using leeches and night crawlers
Crappie fair using minnows and jigs
Largemouth Bass fair
White Bass fair
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.0 Temperature:
Inflow: 1 cfs Outflow: 5 cfs Level: 0.17 feet high
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
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 606.0 Temperature: 78 Water Condition: Dingy-Clear
Release Rate: 150 Level: 5.47 feet high
Report by: South Fork Resort
Guide Bruce Carpenter reports a great day fishing last Saturday morning. He and his fishing buddy caught probably 200 crappie while keeping 30 ranging from 9 1/2 inches to 12 inches. Lots of small crappie and several bass in the 15-17 inch slot, using jigs tipped with minnows 4-15 feet down in 15-25 feet of water. Most of the keepers hit as the bait was falling while tight lining. Bruce fished South fork, Middle Fork, North Fork, Otter creek and Shell Branch and caught fish in all locations. Points were the better locations around hardwoods. The bigger crappie, 11 and 12 inchers, were found around a few cedars. He is also a diehard believer in the early morning fishing, preferring to be on the water before day break. "We fished hard, quick and long from 6 till noon and threw back 20 or more that were just 9 inches. Most action on keepers in three weeks. If your not catching them you need to adjust what you are doing or where. Go when you can, Bruce."
Other fishermen this week have been catching limits of crappie. Fishermen will have to weed out a lot of small crappie while accumulating keepers as they go. Trolling along bluffs with good cover brought at least one fisherman a limit of crappie. He used minnow tipped jigs under a slip bobber set anywhere from 10 – 15 feet. The bite has been so light that using a slip bobber may not work while tight lining, however while trolling the crappie will usually hook itself when it takes the bait. If tight lining, it is best to "watch the line", which takes practice and concentration. When crappie are biting on the drop, let out about 8 - 9 feet of line all at once, watch the "coil" of line on the surface as it drops, let out about 8 - 9 feet more all at once, again watching it as it drops, if the line stops dropping then it's either on a tree or a fish has taken it. Also crappie nibbles are a good enticer for tight lining but are not good when trolling because they come off too easily.
Guide DuWayne Azotea reports the bass fishing has been tough this week. The bass have moved back out to the main lake bodies following the shad, and are suspended in deeper water. Crank baits worked around bluffs close to points would be a good bet, as several crappie fishermen will attest to the bass being in those areas. Hopefully it will pick back up soon.
Catfishing has been slow. One trot liner said he had a few crappie and a bass on his line, and not much of anything else. Some catfish have been caught on rod and reel using nightcrawlers or stink bait.
Have a fun and safe 4th of July this weekend, whether you’re on the road or on the water.
ST. JOSEPH AREA
Report By Don Guess
Channel Catfish No Report
Temperature: 72 Level: 2.00 feet high Clarity: dingy
Channel Catfishfair using live baits
Updated 07/01/04Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: Temperature:
Check out river bottom lures we stock 8 colors in 4 and 6
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
on out to
and give her a try remember take a kid fishing or hunting and
you will know where they are
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
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 839.0 Temperature: 80 and Clear
Inflow: 40 cfs Outflow: 100 cfs Level: 0.76 feet high
Report by: J&N Sporting Goods
Pomme Arm Good
White bass throw top water lures into schooling shad
Black bass Spinnerbaits and top-water early or late
Crappie fish minnows around trees deep 20-25 feet
Lindley Arm: Good
Crappie throw minnows 10-15 in standing timber
Black bass try spinning jigs 10 off main points
Bluegill fish are running shallow use worms or crickets.
Lower lake Good
Black bass use Shad Rap in about out 20 feet or dark plastic.
Crappie use minnow around docks or standing timber
White bass top water baits, or Road Runners in the flats
Walleye are being caught on minnows or nightcrawlers under the white bass on the flats just about dark.
Updated 07/01/04Temperature: 72 Clarity: Level: high and dingy
Largemouth Bassfair using plastic worms and rattle lures
Channel Catfair in 10 feet of water using nightcrawlers and cut shad
Blue catNo Report
Bluegillfair using worms
Crappiefair in about 8 feet of water
Updated 07/01/04Water Temp: 71
Crappiefair using jigs and minnows in the brush piles
Blue Catfishgood using night crawlers
Channel Catfishfair using night crawlers
Largemouth Bassfair on jig-n-pig
Bluegillfair using night crawlers
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 864.2 Temperature: 70 to 76
Inflow: 20 cfs Outflow: 500 cfs Level: 0.69 feet high
Report by Burton's Bait and Tackle
Water Temp:70 to 76 degrees
CRAPPIE: Fair:The fish have started to scatter because of the high water and slowly warming water 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: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. 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: GoodThe rain has got the rivers moving and this has improved the fishing in the Platte and Little Platte Rivers. The high water has moved lots of the catfish into the flooded areas to feed on worms and bugs. The catfish are feeding up before they spawn. There is lots of grass in the lake so try fishing on the flats just on the inside or outside edge of it.
White Bass: Fair: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.
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 867.7 Temperature: 77
Inflow: 450 cfs Outflow: 40 cfs Level: 2.39 feet high
Report By: Square Deal Bait Shop
Black Bass fair on plastic baits off points
White Bass fair early and late on Rooster Tails and minnows
Walleye fair trolling crankbaits over points
Crappie fair 10 - 18 feet deep around trees, good at night with light on minnows and shiners
Catfish fair trolling crankbaits over points.
Have a great weekend
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, 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.
Report by River Run Outfitters
GENERAL COMMENTS -
FLY FISHING TROPHY AREA (dam to Fall Creek)-SHALLOW WATER-WADING-
Wednesday fished real well. They ran only one generator until about noon. I fished with a friend for about three hours and we boated 30 fish or better and almost all of them on the red tunghead midge, size 16. With one generator going, the deep side of the river below the lookout was our best area. Thursday was a little tougher day. We started our trips with two generators on. The red midge was about the only thing we were getting hits on. One nice 17 inch Rainbow and several 12-14 inchers. Later in the day, one of the boats put on the sink tip line and fished olive woolly buggers. This worked well and picked up some 18-19 inch fish. Friday fished good. Three boats out and they all caught 25 fish/person or better. Rust zebra, size 18, olive woolly bugger on sink tip, holographic green crackle back (fished with #6 shot and drifted cross current), and red midge. Saturday was great. Dark olive or insect green soft hackles, size 16, olive zebra midge, size 18 and when the water came on at 2:00 p.m., we fished the rise with red midge or red San Juan worm and the fish got much bigger. Caught several 17-18 inchers. Sunday and Monday were both slower days. Sunday it was what we call a "two fish/fly" day. Catch a couple of fish on each fly and nothing. Change flies and catch a couple more. We did go out Sunday evening around 7:00 p.m. and throw some dries. Did not catch a lot but caught a few nice fish on size 14 Elk Hair Caddis and a Royal Wulff.
STAN'S TIP: Fish are still looking a bit beat up. We can help them a lot by bending down the barbs on our hooks or tying on barbless hooks. This makes is less traumatic on the fish, easier 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!
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 722.00 Clarity: Level:
Temperature: 76 and Dingy
Report by Kaseyville Bait and Tackle
Channel cat fairusing nightcrawlers and stink baits
Lake Elevation at
Normal Pool: 706.0 Temperature: 76 and Heavy stain to clear
MAIN LAKE Report by Sterett Creek Marina
With the lake holding steady and the water temp. not changing it looks like a good 4th. of July. With everything holding steady I guess you could say that the fishing is holding steady also. Water clarity is the same with the exception of the Grand which I think has cleared a little. It still looks dirty but a lot of it is surface mud. The rest of the arms are very fishable.
LAKE LEVEL: 707.32
BASS:The bass fishing is the same as it was last week. Flat points with 2' to 5' of water are the best bite. 10" worms in red shad or black and jigs in PBJ or black and blue. The fish seem to be holding real tight on timber. Had a good report this morning that a Rat L Trap on these same points ( early bite ) was producing some nice fish.
CRAPPIE:The crappie have picked up a little but still have a long way to go. There are a lot of 8 1/2" to 9 1/2" fish being caught. The big fish have not came up yet. Minnows on the flats in 6' to 10' of water on the trees is the place to look. My feelings are that until the water temp. gets to at least 80+ deg. the big crappie are going to stay where ever they are. You also have to remember that when its 80deg. on top at 15' its well less than that. We did have a couple of good reports on crappie way up Pommie and on Little Tebo.
WHITES and HYBRIDS:We have had an exceptional week on whites this week. They have been surfacing just about everywhere. Crappie jigs on a 1/4 oz. head have been working well along with Rooster Tails. They are in all the same old areas.
The best area to look is from the dam to KK Island. Cemetery on Little Tebo is producing a lot of fish also.
CATFISH:Jugs are working really good. Perch, leeches and cut shad are the best baits. Set on the flats in 10' of water with stages set at 6'.
This weeks rankings from Sterett Creek are:
Whites & Hybrids: # 1
Bass: # 2
Crappie: # 3
That's it for this week from Sterett Creek Marina
Lake Temp: 70's and 1 foot high Slightly stained to clear
Report by: Lam's Bait and Tackle
Crappie Fair to Good in 5-15 feet of water using minnows, white or chartreuse jigs early in the morning
Channel Catfish fair using bluegill or leaches on trotlines in the flats.
White Bass Poor: was good when the dam was pulling water. Shad are busting a lot of topwater, the Whites should start hitting again soon.
Grand River Arm
Report for Grand River Arm by Bucksaw Marina
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 359.0 Temperature:
Release Rate: 200 Level: 0.74 feet high
Largemouth Bassfair plastic lures and spinnerbaits
White Bassgood using spinnerbaits
Crappiefair using minnows and jigs
Bluegillgood using crickets and worms
Catfishfair 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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