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MISSOURI FISHING REPORTS

Posted: 07/15/2004

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 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 802.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 0 cfs Outflow: 36 cfs. Level: 0.63 feet high

Lake Map

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

Catfish No Report

Hybrids No Report

Crappie No Report

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BULL SHOALS

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 656.0  Temperature:  Low 90's

Outflow: 14242 cfs Level: 3.25 feet high

Lake Map

Report by BULL SHOALS LAKE BOAT DOCK   Braggin Board

July 12, 2004

Hey - it's summer and the humidity is high with temperatures in the low 90's - Whoopee! Lake temperature is running between 80 and 83 degrees, pushing the shad and most of the game fish down into the thermocline, which has developed around 32 feet. This is the time of year where we need to change our times and fishing techniques so starting with this week's report we will talk about deep water tactics for summer success. Lake level this week is at 660.43, six feet above normal pool. Crappie fishing picked up some this week as the crappie started to return to the deep brush piles and standing trees along the bluff walls. Best baits are still crappie minnows on bright jig heads but here is a little trick - put a piece of nightcrawler on the jig along with your crappie minnow. This will increase your summer bite ratio.

Largemouth bass are hard to find during the daytime hours throughout the summer. They relocate on drop offs, cliff walls and under dock areas where they can find some shade. Slow moving baits work the best during the summer heat. Around docks fish Sinko's, Flukes, jig and pigs or Texas rigged worm with a light bullet weight. The deeper largemouth can be taken with football oz jigs or Carolina rigs worked along the bottom in the thermocline.

Smallmouth bass do not like warm water so during the summer heat they leave the pea rock banks and moved to chunk rock ledges and channel swings where they can hide from the sun under rocks or boulders. These smallies will stay around the thermocline so figuring out how deep they are is not that hard. Fish baits that will stay on the bottom and allow you to work across the ledges. Spider Jigs, tube baits, finesse worms and grubs will be your key baits through the summer. Drop shot rigs with finesse baits will also trigger a few smallies when they are feeding on shad.

Kentucky bass relocate under balls of shad during the hot months and will go as deep as 65 feet of water if their food source is there. Vertically fishing spoons or a drop shot with finesse baits or live bait such as a nightcrawler or shad are your best bet as we go into the dog days of summer.

Walleye have also moved to the thermocline but they are suspending at 30 to 32 feet over 50 to 60 feet of water. Long liners are catching the majority of walleye with down riggers or lead core line pulling Shad Raps, Reef Runners, Walleye Minnows or Bill Norman DD14 and DD22's. The morning bite is okay up until 9 a.m. or so then it shuts down until late afternoon. Vertical jigging will pick up on a spoon as soon as the walleye position themselves over the flooded forest and along steep points.

NIGHT TIME UPDATE: The bass bite starts to pick up around sunset until 1 a.m. 18 to 28 feet of water is the depth to key in on with jig and pigs, 8 to 10" worms or tube baits. Walleye can be caught in the same range on nightcrawler harnesses or suspending rogues, black back/orange belly.

Trout fishing on the White River has been good on Power Bait in yellow, and white if you can find an area without too much current. Buoyant Spoons, Little Cleo's, Super Dupers and Krocodiles have been working when the generation is on. The fly fishermen have had a hard time because of the generation but are doing well on olive Woolly Buggers, peach egg patterns, soft hackles matching the hatch and San Juan worms. Browns are being caught on Suspending Rogues, Countdowns and Jointed Countdowns, Rebel Floating Minnows and nightcrawlers.


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

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CLEARWATER

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 500.0 Temperature: 83

Release Rate: 341 Level: 3.61 feet low

Largemouth Bass good using buzz baits

White Bass fair

Crappie fair

Smallmouth Bass fair

Spotted Bass No Report

Catfish fair using liver

Bluegill fair

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CONCORDIA CITY LAKE

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Level: 

Lake Map

Report by: The Bait Stop

Crappie- No Report

Catfish -No Report

Bass No Report

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COUNCIL BLUFF

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Map

Temperature: 86 Level: normal

Sunfish slow

Largemouth Bass fair using plastic and spinnerbaits

Crappie slow

Bluegill slow using crickets and worms

Catfish slow 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 07/15/04

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 liver and worms 

Crappie good- small minnows, shallow water

Bass slow

Bluegill good on crickets

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James A. Reed

Updated 07/15/04

Temp: 85 muddy and high

Lake Maps

Channel Catfish good

Largemouth Bass fair

Bluegill fair

Crappie fair

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LAKE of the Ozarks

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 660.0 Temperature: 83

Inflow: 7700 cfs Outflow: 6600 cfs. Level: 0.47 feet low

Lake Map

Report by Missouri Angler    Missouri Angler Buddy Bass Derby        Results

According to AmerenUE the current lake level is 659.25 with heavy generation scheduled for one day and light generation scheduled for the following two days, which should give the lake a level of 659.4 by Friday, July 16th. The lake is clear with visibility ranging between 6 and 12 feet with a water temperature of 83 degrees.

LARGEMOUTH BASS - EXCELLENT The best bite is at night. The bass are in brush piles 18 to 25 feet on main lake and secondary points, deep main lake pockets and in the creek arms. The Texas rigged 7 and 10 inch power worm and Zoom 11 1/2 inch magnum worm (red shad, plum, tequila sunrise and blue fleck) and the 3/8 and 1/2 ounce Melton Jig (black, black blue and black/red) with dark colored trailers. Some bass are moving shallow, 4 to 8 feet, after midnight or later and are being caught by pitching tubes, the Melton jig and plastic worm behind the deeper docks with brush. The key is to work the bait very slow. The deep diving crankbait is begriming to produce a few keepers in the evening and early morning on the points. The day bite is slow, but some anglers are catching some keepers by using the drop shot over deep water, 20 to 30 feet, in the creeks, on the main lake points and humps where there is shad are schooled.

SPOTTED BASS (KENTUCKY) - FAIR The spots are being caught around the windy main lake points, wave breakers and deep water docks on small crawdads with no weight or a small split shot, medium diving crankbaits and (shad colored) Flukes.

CRAPPIE (FAIR) The bigger crappie are being caught in 20 to 25 feet of water suspended over brush in deep main lake pockets, main lake points with brush and in the creeks. Some crappie are being caught in 12 to feet of water around docks, but they are only averaging 8 to 9 inches. Minnows seem to be the best bite, but Road Runners (white and/or chartreuse) tipped with Crappie Nibbles are producing too.

CATFISH - GOOD Jugs, trotlines and limblines baited with cut shad, perch, crawdads shiners and gold fish on main lake points and bluffs are producing the bigger flatheads, blues and channels. Tightlining with nightcrawlers, stinkbait, and hot dog chunks is producing channels in 12 to 18 feet of water off the chunk rock points and banks.

WHITES/HYBRIDS - FAIR The whites and hybrids are surfacing early in the morning off main lake points and flats before the heavy boat traffic and later in the evening on the same type of structure. Mepps Spinners, topwater baits like the Rapalla, chugger and Lucky Craft Pointer.

BLUEGILL - EXCELLENT The bluegill are around docks and seawalls earl in the morning and late in the afternoon from the surface down to 6 or 7 feet. Crickets, nightcrawlers, red wigglers and wax worms (grubs).

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LONGBRANCH

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 791.0 Temperature: 79

Inflow: 25 cfs Outflow: 66 cfs Level: 0.36 feet high

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 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 1 cfs Outflow: 3 cfs Level: 0.08 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 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 606.0 Temperature: 84 

Release Rate: 760 Level: 5.16 feet high

Lake Map

Report by: South Fork Resort

Date: 7/14/04
Lake Level : 611.33
Last Weeks Lake Level: 611.92
Normal Lake Level : 606
Water Condition: Clear

Surface Water Temp: 84 degrees

Guide Bruce Carpenter reports receiving several favorable fishing reports, and from his own first hand experience has determined the summer pattern for crappie has settled in and several quality fish are being caught. Bruce and several other fishermen have been catching 2-7 slabs since Thursday of last week, enroute to limits of 9 1/2 inch fish. Those slabs fall into the 12 inch are larger category. "I caught 5 of those Sunday, and one fisherman caught 7 on Friday. Fishing summer patterns with jigs and or minnows or niblets. Tightlining is the key, and now is the time to go fishing. But in every case moving and a lot of it, is required for success. A big crappie here and there was the pattern. I caught two slabs on South Fork and 3 on North Fork, and each in a separate location. Plan on fishing 3-6 hours for a limit as you have to weed through the small ones for a limit." Bruce

Bass fishing continues to be slow this week.

While still slow, catfishing has gotten better. The predominate bite continues to be channel cats for rod and reel fishermen. Nightcrawlers or shad guts have been the best bait.

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MAPLE LEAF LAKE 

Updated 07/15/04

Temperature: 

Lake Map

No Report

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MISSOURI RIVER

ST. JOSEPH AREA

Updated 07/15/04

Report By Don Guess

Flatheads No Report

Channel Catfish 
No Report


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MONTROSE

Updated 07/15/04

Temperature: 83 Level: 2.00 feet high Clarity: dingy

Lake Map

Channel Catfish fair using live baits

Flathead slow

Largemouth Bass fair

Stripers slow

Crappie slow

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MOZINGO

Updated 07/15/04

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

Happy Birthday Big Bird 

Do you think it still rains fishing good seen some nice crappie last week 15 incher caught on minnows 

Bluegill good 

Catfish good on liver and nightcrawlers 

Bass good 

Nodaho had a good turn out lots of good shooters

Take a kid fishing they need it time out if the fresh air is good for them 

Lets still remember to pray Gods hand of protection over our troops 

Thanks big bird 

Stop by on Saturday night to the F.O.R.R bike show there will be some sweet bikes there 

God Bless big bird
RIDE HARD RIDE FREE



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POMME de TERRE

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 839.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 25 cfs Outflow: 100 cfs Level: 0.68 feet high

Lake Map

Report by: J&N Sporting Goods

White bass No Report

Black bass No Report

Crappie No Report

Bluegill No Report

Walleye No Report

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PONY EXPRESS

Updated 07/15/04

Temperature: 84 Clarity:  Level: high and dingy

Lake Map

Largemouth Bass fair using spinner baits

Channel Cat  fair in 10 feet of water using worms at night

Blue cat No Report

Bluegill fair using worms

Crappie fair

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SEVER

Updated 07/15/04

Water Temp: 74

Lake Map

Crappie fair using jigs and minnows in the brush piles

Blue Catfish good using night crawlers

Channel Catfish  good using night crawlers

Largemouth Bass  slow

Bluegill fair using night crawlers

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SMITHVILLE

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 864.2  Temperature: 73 to 76

Inflow: 110 cfs Outflow: 8 cfs Level: 0.41 feet high

Lake Map

Report by Burton's Bait and Tackle

Water Temp:73 to 76 degrees

CRAPPIE: Good: Summer patterns are here and the crappie will probably not change much the rest of the summer. You can pick you favorite type of fishing. Brush piles on the main lake in about 14' to 16' of water are producing. You can also catch fish 6' to 12' deep in trees in 20' to 30' of water. Minnows are working best but a purple and chartreuse jig will also work.

BASS: Poor: There seems to be a topwater bite if you are in the right place at the right time. Since the water is warming up the fish seem to be moving into the grass more. A variety of baits are working depending on where you are fishing. You can fish soft jerk baits on top of the grass or drop a worm in front of the grass. The grass is primarily on the main lake but is also extending up both arms of the lake quite a ways. 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 Most of the catfish have probably already spawned and are feeding up now. Some nice flatheads are starting to be caught on trotlines as well as channels and blues. A variety of baits will work depending on the way you like to fish. Fish in 10' of water or less along the flats but near the creek channels.

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 to Good: 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 or #7 shad rap around main lake points. Stay in 4' to 10' of water most of the time. This should be the pattern for the rest of the summer.

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STOCKTON

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 867.7 Temperature: 79

Inflow: 250 cfs Outflow: 1435 cfs Level: 2.00 feet high

Lake Map

Report By: Square Deal Bait Shop

Black Bass fair in 20-25 feet deep on plastic baits

White Bass fair early and late on Rooster Tails and Road Runners

Walleye fair drifting nightcrawlers near flats and points

Crappie fair in 20 feet deep on minnows at night under light

Catfish fair on trotlines using bluegill and shad

Have a great weekend

Dee Dee

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TABLE ROCK

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 915.0 Temperature: 79 - 85

Release Rate: 8920 cfs. Level: 0.89 feet high

Report by: Pete's Professional Guide Service

WATER LEVEL - 916.48 Normal Pool 915'

JAMES RIVER Upper 79-85

MAIN LAKE 79-83

Water temp is finally start to warm up after staying in the high 70's (77-80) for the past month, due to below normal temperatures. Lots of water running through the lakes from the heavy rainfalls & high lake levels , this should trigger the fish to group up better on the main lake points and as the water levels drop, the fish will get on the humps and drops in the river arms better as well

James River, Kings River, Upper White & Long Creek,

Kentucky's are starting to group up again on main river gravel humps and points in 18'-25-, and can be caught in !/2 & 3/4 oz. football jigs still seem to be producing best, with deep water close by, Try Carolina rigged Chompers, 4" finesse worms drop-shorted. As water levels continue to drop use some deep cranking baits should start working better such as DD-22's, Fat Free Shads. & Dt-16's in shad patterns. In the heat of the day try going way up the James or Flat Creek and the other river arms and fish the channel swings with 1/4 oz jigs in brown or black or Texas Rigged 7"-9" worms or Team Supreme Tournament French fries, Brush hogs, or lizards in green pumpkin, watermelon, or pumpkin colors. Watch for the shad activity on the flats in the same area, if shad are on the flats throw small crankbaits in 3'-6' running depths around the shad and any cover on the flats such as stumps, lay downs, & brush piles. 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

Fish long gradual sloping main lake points in 30'-40' with drop shot worms. Some of the fish are on bottom and some suspended off bottom. The key seems to be finding a point with lots of bait fish , we are catching fish suspended around 25'-35' over 50'-80' on top of submerged timber. This should get better as the water warms up more. 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. Also try drop shotting 3"-4" grubs or chrome or white jigging spoons in the same areas. Good Luck!!

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TANEYCOMO

Updated 07/15/04

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: Water was off Saturday and Sunday until around 3:30 p.m. and then they only turned on one generator until midnight. Started the week with early generation and have run 4 generators every day. turning them off around midnight. We will probably see a lot of this pattern during the hot weather.

FLY FISHING TROPHY AREA (dam to Fall Creek)-SHALLOW WATER-WADING-
Saturday and Sunday were both good days on the water. Caught fish early in the day on dark olive soft hackles. Around noon that turned off and we caught them on stripping a size 12 or 14 olive crackle back. They were also hitting the red midge on Saturday. Once they turned on the water, on with the red San Juan and fished until I was tired. Nice fish! Monday we had high water so the red midge was the fly of choice. Two brand new fly fishers and they caught several fish. Yesterday had two seasoned fly fishers out. They caught most of their fish on the red midge....one 18 incher and one 17-1/2 incher. Also caught a few on the sink tip line with an olive woolly bugger. The guys missed a lot of hits but boated somewhere between 30-40 fish in a half day trip. With so much water running during the week, we have been suggesting to our customers that they try and see if there is a space to fish up by the hatchery at the chutes. Depending on the time of day, you might get lucky. Sent a gentleman up there day before yesterday with a caterpillar type fly and he hooked into three nice fish. The third one broke him off and took his fly. Back to the tying bench! Scuds, sow bugs and San Juan worms are good choices for this area.

STAN'S TIP: Seeing lots of nasty sunburns! Keep putting on that sun lotion while you are on the water. Also, don't forget to drinks lots of water. Standing in the cold water sometimes makes you misjudge how burnt or dehydrated you are getting.

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THOMAS HILL

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 722.00 Clarity:  Level:

Temperature: 78 and Dingy

Lake Map

Report by Kaseyville Bait and Tackle

Crappie slow

Bass slow

Channel cat good on setlines

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TRUMAN

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 706.0 Temperature:  77

Inflow: 5300 cfs Outflow: 7567 cfs Level: 1.94 feet high

Lake Map     Braggin' Board

MAIN LAKE Report by Sterett Creek Marina

Fishing Report from Sterett Creek Marina 7/14/04

Looks like it's going to be another short one. I have come to the conclusion that the older you get the slower you get, but the work load keeps coming at the same pace. Jim and I have been going full blast along with all the staff here at Sterett Creek since the storm. Everyone here has gone to the well and gave 200% with long hours and hard labor. We are getting things put back together but it looks like it is going to take some time. Again I would like to thank all the folks for the help and kind words and everything else, with people like you around it goes to show what a great country we live in. We are open and fully operational. Again thanks to all !!!

LAKE LEVEL: 708.06

WATER TEMP: 77 deg.

WATER CLARITY: All arms are clear to lightly stained with the exception of Grand River which is heavily stained from G 4 to Finny Creek and dirty above that.

BASS: The bass fishing has slowed a little this week. The fish are still on the flat main lake points in 3' to 6' of water. The best bait right now is a 10" worm in plum or watermelon. With the lake being up a little there are a few fish in the willows. Buzz baits and big worms are working on these fish. Did have a report or some suspended fish in the tree rows next to deep water. Worms and jigs fished down to about 6' will work on these fish.

CRAPPIE: Same as last week. 6' to 10' of water on the inside tree rows and isolated trees. Minnows are your best bet. Had some nice fish come in yesterday off Pommies. There is a big algae bloom up the Osage so you might want to watch for that.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: These fish have slowed a little with the COE not running much water. There is still surface activity in the evenings. Looks like the hybrids are looking for small baits. Try a weighted popping cork with a 2" twister tail. Zara Spooks and Hawg sticks are also picking up a few fish. They are in the same areas with KK Island producing the best.

CATFISH: Trot lines are the best bet for catfish right now. Set in 6' of water on the flats with 12" stages. Leeches are the best bait. With the hot weather check your lines often.

So till next week we bid you good fishin.

Tommy


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Tebo Arm

Updated 07/08/04

Lake Temp: 

Report by:  Lam's Bait and Tackle

Yesterdays morning storms did tremendous damage to parts of the lake area.  If you are planning a trip to the Berry Bend, Long Shoal, State Park or Sterett Creek areas try calling your contacts in those areas before you leave.

Here at Windsor Crossing we was spared they blunt of the storm.  Water conditions remain good a slow rise and good color.

Crappie fishing remains fair to good with some limits being taken on minnows and jigs (white/clear-white flake).  Fish 15 feet or less in to as little as 5 feet of water.

Catfish - channels and whites/blues are excellent on leaches in the shallow areas (3 to 10 feet of water) 

Flathead No Report

Bass slow but some fish are coming on channel/fishing towards backs of coves.

White Bass slow but trolling is producing a few fish.  Very little topwater activity 

Good Fishing
Bob

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Grand River Arm

Updated 07/15/04

Lake temp: 

Report for Grand River Arm by Bucksaw Marina

CRAPPIE: No Report

BASS:
No Report


CATFISH:
No Report


WHITES/HYBRIDS:
No Report

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

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WAPPAPELLO

Updated 07/15/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 359.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 180 Level: 0.83 feet high

Lake Map

Largemouth Bass good using topwater lures

White Bass  No Report

Crappie fair using minnows

Bluegill fair using crickets

Catfish slow using nightcrawlers

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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