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Posted: 07/22/2004



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Concordia City Lake Council Bluff S. Grand River Jacomo James A. Reed
Lake of the Ozarks Longbranch Longview Maple Leaf Lake Mark Twain
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Report by: The Bait Stop 


Will re-open in 2008

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Updated 07/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 802.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 65 cfs Outflow: 93 cfs. Level: 1.07 feet high

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

Catfish good on fresh shad

Hybrids fair on liver

Bass fair on plastic worms around timber

Carp fair on corn, prepared bait

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Updated 07/22/04

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

Outflow: 11369 cfs Level: 1.70 feet high

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Report by BULL SHOALS LAKE BOAT DOCK   Braggin Board

July 19, 2004
The week started out with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the 90's, but by the weekend a weak front came in dropping some needed rain and cooling things down. Lake temperature pushed up to 85 degrees and the thermocline is at 32 to 34 feet this week. Generation continues around the clock and pool level is now at 658.37, four feet above normal. The draw down has affected the feeding patterns of the game fish and the bite is falling off because the fish can't settle into any comfortable holding areas. Crappie moved back into the brush piles over the week and started striking artificial baits. Crappie tubes and swimming minnows in pumpkinseed, shad, pink and pearl colors are working the best.

Largemouth bass are scattered and there is absolutely no pattern of where you might catch one. If you spend all day flipping docks and submerged brush you might find one or two. Football jigs in 40 to 50 feet of water off points can catch a few although you need to fish a number of points before you get bit. Best technique is a Carolina rig with a lizard, finesse worm or brush hog and drag the bottom on the chunk rock banks. This is one way to cover a lot of water, which is necessary when the bass are scattered.

Smallmouth bass can be taken early in the mornings on pea rock flats and along channel swings where big rocks are present. Spider Jigs and tubes are the best baits in green pumpkin or watermelon purple colors. After the sun is up and shining on the surface, switch to Mojo rigs and fish them in 32 to 35 feet of water around secondary points.

Kentucky bass are schooled under balls of shad and will stay with the shad throughout the summer. Graph the bluff walls ends, middle of cuts in the creeks or deep sides of underwater points until you mark the Kentuckys. Best technique is drop shot rig with finesse baits or vertical spooning with to oz slab spoons in silver or white colors.

Walleye are down in the thermocline both on the bottom and suspended. The bite is not impressive but a few can be triggered each day. Bottom bouncers in 30 feet of water off the points will work with a crawler harness with bronze, red or orange and chartreuse blades. Long liners are having success with Reef Runners and Bill Norman DD22's trolling at around 2 mph over 40 to 45 feet of water. Trollers are also finding that pulling lead core line enables them to fish smaller lipped lures. Some of the best lures at this time are Hot'N Tots, Wally Divers, Rogues and the new Rapalas Glass Shad Rap.

Mike Gofron, winner of the PWT on Bull Shoals Lake teamed up with Denny Brauer, BASS leading money winner at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games for two days of fishing on the Madison Chain of Lakes in Wisconsin. They won top honors and Gold Medals in the fishing competition known as Freshwater Doubles.

NIGHT TIME UPDATE: The bite remains so-so as the bass are struggling with the pool pull down. Most of the fish are being caught on points or in brush piles. Jig and pigs, hula grubs and 8 to 10" worms are the best baits.

Trout fishing on the White River has been good on Power Bait in yellow and white, Power Wigglers, wax worms and Belgian red worms. Buoyant Spoons, Little Cleos, Super Dupers and Rooster Tails 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 and black Woolly Buggers, scuds, sow bugs and San Juan worms. Browns are being caught on Suspending Rogues, Countdowns and Jointed Countdowns, Rebel Floating Minnows and nightcrawlers.


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Updated 07/22/04

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Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 500.0 Temperature: 83

Release Rate: 231 Level: 3.44 feet low

Largemouth Bass good using buzz baits

White Bass fair

Crappie good using minnows

Smallmouth Bass fair

Spotted Bass No Report

Catfish fair using liver

Bluegill fair

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Updated 07/22/04

Lake Level: 

Lake Map

Report by: The Bait Stop

Crappie- No Report

Catfish -No Report

Bass No Report

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Updated 07/22/04

Lake Map

Temperature: 88 Level: normal

Sunfish slow

Largemouth Bass fair using soft plastic and worms

Crappie slow

Bluegill slow using crickets and worms

Catfish slow using worms and liver at night

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Flatheads No Report

Channel Cats No Report

Blue Cats No Report

Crappie No Report

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Updated 07/22/04

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

Crappie fair small minnows

Bluegill good on wax worms and crickets

Catfish good on liver, shrimp, nightcrawlers

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James A. Reed

Updated 07/22/04

Temp: 84 muddy and high

Lake Maps

Channel Catfish good

Largemouth Bass fair

Bluegill fair

Crappie fair

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LAKE of the Ozarks

Updated 07/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 660.0 Temperature: 84

Inflow: 7700 cfs Outflow: 7700 cfs. Level: 1.05 feet low

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Report by Missouri Angler    Missouri Angler Buddy Bass Derby        Results

According to AmerenUE the current lake level is 658.98 with medium to heavy generation scheduled the next three days, which should give the lake a level of 658.6 by Friday, July 23, 2004. The water temperature taken at Bagnell Dam is 84 degrees and the lake is clear.

LARGEMOUTH BASS - EXCELLENT The best bite continues to be at night. The Texas rigged 7 and 10 inch power worm (tequila sunrise, red shad and June bug) with 1/4 and 5/16 ounce slip sinkers have been the most productive colors and the Melton jig n trailer (green pumpkin/brown, black/blue and black) seem to be the most productive colors with the jig. The Chomper (green pumpkin, dark melon pepper and black/blue) with a 3/8 ounce head is producing also. The bass are in brush piles or suspended just over the top 15 to 25 feet. In the last couple of days, the bass have been on the inside of the main lake points and on the secondary points in the creeks to about half way back. Brush is the main structure to key on and work the bait super slow. The bite is very subtle and at times the bass can be on the bait without even feeling them until they spit it out. If something doesn't feel quite right set the hook, especially with the worm. The deep diving crankbait is producing a few bass off the points early and late, but hasn't been as productive as it normally does this time of the year. There have been some bass late at night and early morning before light being caught in brush piles behind boat docks by pitching or flipping worms or jigs. Because of the heat and the clarity of the water, the day bite has slowed down considerably. Some reports have been received that a few anglers are catching some keeper bass with drop shot rigs over main lake humps and points, and in the deeper creeks over schools of shad.

SPOTTED BASS (KENTUCKY) - FAIR The only report of spots being caught of any size has been around the windy main lake wave breaks and deeper docks on the main lake. Medium diving crankbaits and Flukes (shad color) and small crawdads fished weightless have been the most productive bite.

CRAPPIE - SLOW The crappie are deep, 18 to 25 feet suspended over brush piles in the creeks, main lake bluffs and bluff pockets. Minnows tipped with Crappie Nibbles have been the best bite. Road Runners (white and/or chartreuse) is producing also, but not as well as minnows.

CATFISH - GOOD The best method for catching some nice blues, flatheads and channels is by jugs, trotline and limblines baited with cut shad, goldfish, crawdads and perch on bluffs and in the larger creeks. Tightlining from the bank has been best in the evening just before dark using nightcrawlers, stinkbait and hot dog chunks fished in 12 to 18 feet of water.

WHITE BASS/HYBRIDS -SLOW The whites and hybrids have been very slow this year and the best time to find them busting shad on the surface is early morning and at night off the main lake points and on main lake flats. Topwater baits such as the Pop R, Rapalas, Lucky Craft 100 and the Mepps Spinner with produce. Trolling deep diving crankbaits and spoons off the main lake points and flats during the day is also producing.

BLUEGILL - EXCELLENT The bluegill can be found near the surface around boat docks and seawalls in the morning and evening. During the afternoon the bluegill drop down anywhere from 8 to 10 feet on the shady side of the docks. Nightcrawlers, red wigglers, crickets and wax worms (grubs) are the best bite.

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Updated 07/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 791.0 Temperature: 80

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

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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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Updated 07/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 1 cfs Outflow: 10 cfs Level: 0.28 feet high

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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 07/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 606.0 Temperature: 85 and Clear 

Release Rate: 50 Level: 3.73 feet high

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Report by: South Fork Resort

Date: 7/22/04
Lake Level : 609.74
Last Weeks Lake Level: 611.33
Normal Lake Level : 606
Water Condition: Clear
Surface Water Temp: 85 degrees

Guide Bruce Carpenter reports fishing summer pattern last Saturday for just over two hours and had limits of keeper fish 9-11 inches. Bruce and fishing partner reported catching 75-100 each, minnows were the preferred food and the fish were suspended 12-15 feet down. Worked interior and outside tree rows along channels and both held fish. "Go when you can and have fun!" Bruce

Bass fishing continues to be tough. Shad activity can be a good indicator for locating them. Carolina rigged plastics have been doing good.

Catfishing has been fair. Channel cats have been biting good, especially up the rivers and creeks. Rod and reel fishermen are still catching them using nightcrawlers, shad guts or crawfish.

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Updated 07/22/04


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No Report

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Updated 07/22/04

Report By Don Guess

Is high and fishing is slow

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Updated 07/22/04

Temperature: 84 Level: 2.00 feet high Clarity: dingy

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Channel Catfish fair using live baits

Flathead slow

Largemouth Bass fair

Stripers slow

Crappie slow

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Updated 07/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool:  Temperature:   


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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

7-20-04 last week rain this week heat you cant beat MO. weather we need to thank God for the weather well had a nice time at the fair on Saturday got first in the antique division at the F.O.R.R. bike show there a lot of nice bikes there.

The fishing at the lake this week was good 

Bass good 

Catfish real good on worms and minnows 

Bluegill good on worms 

Crappie 12 foot deep around trees 

Remember to take a kid fishing this week 


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Updated 07/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 839.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 40 cfs Outflow: 100 cfs Level: 0.60 feet high

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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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Updated 07/22/04

Temperature: 84 Clarity:  Level: high and dingy

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Largemouth Bass fair using spinner baits

Channel Cat  fair using cut bait and nightcrawlers at night

Blue cat No Report

Bluegill fair using worms

Crappie fair

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Updated 07/22/04

Water Temp: 77

Lake Map

Crappie fair using jigs and minnows in the brush piles

Blue Catfish good using night crawlers

Channel Catfish  good using night crawlers and stinkbait

Largemouth Bass  fair using plastic worms

Bluegill good using night crawlers

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Updated 07/15/04

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

Inflow: 100 cfs Outflow: 396 cfs Level: 1.67 feet high

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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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Updated 07/23/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 867.7 Temperature: 83

Inflow: 175 cfs Outflow: 1153 cfs Level: 1.78 feet high

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Report By: Square Deal Bait Shop

Black bass fair on buzzbaits first hour of daylight and on plastic baits off points

White bass fair trolling small crankbaits and Rooster Tails, walleye fair drifting nightcrawlers and trolling crankbaits

Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 25 feet of water, bluegill fair on nightcrawlers and rolling crankbaits

Catfish fair on nightcrawlers and shiners

Have a great weekend

Dee Dee

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Updated 07/15/04

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

Release Rate: 6433 cfs. Level: 0.99 feet high

Report by: Pete's Professional Guide Service

WATER LEVEL - 916.48 Normal Pool 915'

JAMES RIVER Upper 79-85


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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Updated 07/22/04

Temperature:  Level:

Report by River Run Outfitters

Branson Trout Unlimited Meeting - July 27, 2004, 7:00 p.m. at the Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield. Contact TU member to make reservation.


Water Conditions:
One generator Saturday until 2:00 p.m. Off from Saturday afternoon until Sunday around 11:00 a.m. They turned on one, then two and finally three around 4:00 p.m. So far this week they have turned on four somewhere between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. and run until midnight or a little after. We will probably see a lot of this pattern during the hot weather.

Saturday and Sunday were a little slower than we are accustomed to. Saturday we caught most of our fish on the zebra midges, rust and olive. Sunday, we were only out for a couple hours but caught most of our fish on the insect green, size 16 soft hackle. All our trips this week have caught a majority of their fish on the red tungsten beadhead midge, size 16 with two #1 shots or a size 12 pink scud fishing the seams. 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 couple more customers up to chute #1 with the caterpillar type fly this week and they caught some nice fish on it. Imagine this bug has run it's course as we are not seeing caterpillars falling out of the tree anymore. When conditions allow, good time to start trying terrestrials such as hopper patterns, stimulators, etc. Scuds,
sow bugs and San Juan worms are good choices for the chute 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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Updated 07/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 722.00 Clarity:  Level:

Temperature: 78 and Dingy

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Report by Kaseyville Bait and Tackle

Crappie slow

Bass slow

Channel cat good on setlines

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Updated 07/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 706.0 Temperature:  78

Inflow: 3500 cfs Outflow: 7433 cfs Level: 1.69 feet high

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MAIN LAKE Report by Sterett Creek Marina

Believe it or this is the second fishing report I have done this week, it seems my computer ate one and it was probably the better one. This will be short and sweet. We were really busy working on docks Tues. night so the guys opted to cancel the Hawg fights for this week. We will run them next Tues.7/27. We are open and everything is getting back to normal, please pardon some minor construction. So with that here is your fishing report.

LAKE LEVEL: 707.71

WATER TEMP: 78 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear to stained. All arms are clear to lightly stained except the Grand which is a heavy stain but very fishable.

BASS: Down on our end flat points are the place to be. Fish are still shallow, 3' to 6' of water. Big worms are the top bait in blue fleck or red shad. Early and late throw a top water in the same areas. Buzz baits along with Spooks are working. In the deeper tree rows the jig and strawberry worm are starting. Fish are suspending down about 4' in 12' to 20' of water. Summer pattern is starting.

CRAPPIE: Starting to see better numbers of fish. The crappie are starting to get on their summer patter also. Minnows fished on the outside tree rows in 15' to 20' of water down about 7' should do the trick. There are also fish being caught off the brush piles in 15' to 20' of water.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Water flow has slowed on Truman and so has the white bass and hybrid fishing. There is still some surface activity and the 4" sassy shad is still the top producer. Check all the old humps for top water action early and late. KK being one of the hotter areas now.

CATFISH: Trot lines are still doing good. Shallow sets in 5' to 7' of water with stages set about 16" baited with mud leeches is the best bet. Seeing a few jug fish on live bait. Fish are on the flats next to deep water.

This weeks rankings from Sterett Creek are:

Bass: # 1

Crappie: # 2

Whites & Hybrids: # 3

That's it for this week from Sterett Creek Marina:

With that we bid you good fishin,


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Tebo Arm

Updated 07/22/04

Lake Temp: Low 80's

Report by:  Lam's Bait and Tackle

Lake level is 2 feet above normal. Water color is excellent; clear to lightly stained.

Crappie good to very good: Crappies are suspended at 8 to 10 feet of water (some shallow fish) lots of small fish but limits of 10" fish are common.  Minnows are best but jigs (white and gray) will work.

Catfish No Report

Bass fair using top water early and late. Worms and crank baits mid-day

White Bass fair some surface activity but they are not staying up long. Troll crankbait or in line spinners over windy flats. Jigs with swimmin minnows on sassy shad 

Good Luck

P.S. I'm having Truman Lake Walleye for supper.

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Grand River Arm

Updated 07/22/04

Lake temp: 78

Report for Grand River Arm by Bucksaw Marina

Sorry I haven't updated the fishing report recently, but we've had a break in the weather and we have all been working on getting the RV Park done and cleaning up the mess from the storm. Things are getting close on the RV park and most of the trees are gone that were down in the storm. Here's the latest!

CRAPPIE: The bite is starting to pick up with the temps being in the upper 90's. Richard took 6th in the MOCOA Crappie Tournament Saturday with 10 fish weighing about 9.5 pounds. He found a bite up river from Bucksaw in 11 feet of water next to hardwoods in the mouths of creeks. Using a jig tipped with a minnow, you can also find that same bite down river between here and Long Shoal. But the fish are a little smaller and in about 15 feet of water. There are also more fish being caught down there as well.

BASS: Congrats to Marvin Deckard and Brad Coats for their 2nd place finish in the Superbass tournament here last Sunday. They had 5 fish weighing 9.82 pounds. They found their fish between Bucksaw and Long Shoal in 4 feet of water or less on mainlake points near creek channel swings. They caught their fish on buzzbaits early and Mann's 4 minus.

CATFISH: Not much to report, but did have a few guys bring in a 31.5 pound blue this morning caught on a trotline on a mainlake flat in 10 feet of water using leeches.

WHITE/HYBRIDS: Some surface activity early and late around windy mainlake flats just down a little from the marina. Just not too many chasing them right now.

TRUMAN LAKE ELEVATION: 707.86 DISCHARGE: 33,000 cfs LAKE TEMP: 78 degrees

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

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Updated 07/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 359.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 160 Level: 0.86 feet high

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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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