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MISSOURI FISHING REPORTS

Posted: 10/07/2004

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 10/07/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 802.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 27 cfs Outflow: 20 cfs. Level: 0.44 feet high

Lake Map

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

Catfish good-fresh shad

Hybrids fair-rattle traps

Bass No Report

Carp No Report

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BULL SHOALS

Updated 10/04/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 656.0  Temperature: 69 to 71

Outflow: 2893 cfs Level: 5.28 feet low

Lake Map

 Report by: Wilderness Trail       "Braggin Board"

ANGLER'S EDGE TEAM BASS TOURNAMENT

OCTOBER 9 AND 10, 2004

CALL FOR INFORMATION

WALLEYE SEMINAR - October 23, 2004

Professional Walleye Trail Angler - Lance Valentine

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Lunch Included)

COST $15.00 PER PERSON

This is a special seminar hosted by Wilderness Trail

Lance Valentine will be coming down from Michigan to give this seminar. Lance fished in the PWT tournament here last June. We are excited about providing this opportunity to our local anglers to learn more about fishing for walleye. Reservations will be confirmed upon receipt of the $15.00 per person. We will absolutely limiting this to 50 people. Again, the $15.00 cost includes lunch. Call us at 870-445-2703 for your reservation (confirmed with payment). ONLY 8 SPOTS ARE LEFT

October 4, 2004

We have had another beautiful week here at Bull Shoals with fall like weather at night and spring like weather during the day. The temperatures have been ranging from the low 50ís at night to the low 80ís during the day. Lake temperature has dropped with the cool nights almost 3 degrees this week. We are now at 69 to 71 degrees throughout the lake and the pool level is at 652.04, 2+ feet below normal. The water in the lake is stained and there is some concern that the lake is turning over, but it isnít. The surface temperature must equal the thermocline temperature and then the lake will "flip" or turn. Right now we have approximately 70 degree surface temperature and the thermocline temperature is 61 degrees, so there is a lot of cooling that has to take place before the turn over. Crappie are starting to stick their heads out of the brush piles and feeding during the day. Crappie minnows, Twister tails and Swimming Minnows are working well. However after you catch three to four crappie off one brush pile the bite will shut down, so you need to move to another brush pile and start over.

Largemouth bass are staying on the banks in the mornings at the back of the creeks, cuts and pockets throughout the lake. Buzzbaits and small top water baits (Pop Rís, Torpedoes) will trigger some early morning feeders. After the sun is up the largemouth bass are moving to structure just off the banks (blow downs, boulders or brush piles). Jig and pigs, Texas rigged brush hogs, lizards and finesse worms are your best lures around the structure. 

Smallmouth bass are finally showing up on chunk rock and pea rock points. It is crawdad time and the smallies are feeding on crawdads heavily. Best baits are tubes, Spider jigs, football jigs, Mad Man craws fished on a jig head and Carolina rigged trick worms in watermelon/purple color. You need to check from 10 feet of water out to 30 feet of water every day to see where they are holding. 

Kentucky bass are following the shad into the creeks and pockets and moving to the chunk rock banks to feed on crawdads. They are staying close to deep water and the pockets that have 50 to 60 feet of water in the middle are holding the nicer Kentuckys. Live bait anglers area catching some nice Kentuckys on nightcrawlers and split shot dragged along the bottom. The best artificial baits are Spider Jigs, finesse worms and tube baits. Also, look for Kentuckys breaking on shad on top water. Throw Pop Rís, Zara Spook Jrs or SpitíN Image lures into the frenzy feeding.

Walleye slowed some this week but that is normal when they are migrating into shallower water for the fall feed. Points and feeding flats are still the areas to search for the walleye and they can be anywhere from 20 feet of water out to 35 feet of water. As the lake cools down their range of feeding becomes greater. Spoons are still a good bet for the walleye that are in 28 to 35 feet of water. Trolling lures on lead core is working okay with Glass Shad Raps, HotíN Tots and Reef Runners, but as the walleye move in the best technique is crawler harnesses with Bottom Bouncers or a crawler and split shot rig. The reason the crawler technique is working better than trolling is that you can range from 30 to 35 feet easier with your trolling motor than you can trolling with your big engine.

Trout fishing on the White River has been good on Power Bait in yellow and orange and Belgian red worms. Buoyant Spoons, Little Cleos, Panther Martins and Rooster Tails have been working when the generation is on. The fly fishermen have done well on olive or brown Woolly Buggers, sow bugs, egg pattern in peach or chartreuse and San Juan worms. Browns are being caught on Smithwick Rogues, Countdowns, Flat Fish and nightcrawlers.

Remember to keep only what you can eat and release the rest for another day. Rick Culver of Wilderness Trail does the research for this report and the writing of this report. For more information call Rick or Sue Culver at Wilderness Trail at 870-445-2703, e-mail us at wtrail@bullshoals.net

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CLEARWATER

Updated 10/07/04

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 500.0 Temperature: 78

Release Rate: 237 Level: 5.13 feet low

Largemouth Bass slow

White Bass slow

Crappie slow using minnows

Smallmouth Bass slow

Spotted Bass No Report

Catfish slow using liver and worms

Bluegill slow

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CONCORDIA CITY LAKE

Updated 10/07/04

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 10/07/04

Lake Map

Temperature: Level: normal

Sunfish slow

Largemouth Bass fair using soft plastic and worms during the day

Crappie slow

Bluegill slow using crickets and worms

Catfish fair using liver in the late evening

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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 10/07/04

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 and small bright jigs on the main lake

Bass fair topwater in morning .

Bluegill good on crickets and wax worms

Catfish good on shrimp and liver

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James A. Reed

Updated 10/07/04

Temp: 74 muddy and high

Lake Maps

Channel Catfish good

Largemouth Bass good

Bluegill good

Crappie slow

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LAKE of the Ozarks

Updated 10/07/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 660.0 Temperature: 76

Inflow: 2800 cfs Outflow: 1500 cfs. Level: 1.88 feet low

Lake Map

Report by Missouri Angler    Missouri Angler Buddy Bass Derby        Results

According to AmerenUE, the current lake level is 658.11 and the water temperature is 76 degrees. Bass boat temperature gauges indicate surface water temperatures of 72 to 73 in the morning and 76 to 79 in the afternoon. There will be no generation scheduled for the next three days, which according to AmerenUE will give the lake a level of 658.2 by Friday, October 8th. The lake is stained with the exception of some areas in the Gravois, Grand Glaize and Niangua Rivers. Visibility in the stained water averages about 2 feet and in the clearer water 5 to 8 feet. The shad population seems to be increasing daily and it is not unusual to see individual schools of shad flipping on the surface as far as the eye can see in the coves, creeks and on the main lake points.

LARGEMOUTH BASS - GOOD The most consistent bite is the jig and tube (black/blue, brown and green pumpkin) pitched around shallow boat docks, 2 to 5 feet, on flats and in the creeks. Swimming the jig or tube early around the foam has been the best method, but once the sun gets up it seems that working the jig or tube on the bottom produces better results. The DD22 (shad colors and chartreuse) worked off main lake points and secondary, especially near deep brush, has been fairly consistent throughout the day. The bass are still spread out as is evident from the tournament results this past weekend. Some anglers reported catching bass shallow and others reported they caught bass as deep as 25 feet in brush piles. Most of the deeper bass came on jigs and brush hogs. Neither the spinner bait or top water bait is producing very well, but should in the next week or so as the water temperature cools down. Some keepers are being caught on the spinner bait (white and chartreuse/white), but the majority of bass being caught or only measuring 12 to 14 inches. The buss bait (white and black/chartreuse), however, is producing a few keeper largemouth and spotted bass early in the morning worked along side the boat dock foam of shallow and deep docks on the main lake and in the creeks and coves. The largemouth being caught are averaging well over 2 1/2 pounds, but it is taking a lot of casts and moving to different locations to get that limit.

CRAPPIE - GOOD Crappie fishing has picked up over the several days. The larger crappie are suspended 18 to 20 feet over brush piles as deep as 25 to 30 feet. The crappie can be found in the creeks, deep coves and pockets and on the main lake bluffs. Minnows are the best bite, but Road Runners (white and chartreuse) will produce.

CATFISH - EXCELLENT The catfish are on a heavy bite and are being caught mainly on jugs and limb lines off bluffs. Cut shad, shiners, perch, goldfish and crawdads will produce some big blues, flatheads and channels. Tight lining from the banks with cut shad, stink bait, night crawlers and hot dog chunks is also producing.

BLUEGILL - GOOD The bluegill are beginning to go deeper, 6 to 10 feet, since the water temperature is slowly falling, but on the sunnier days they will come to the surface. Red wigglers, night crawlers and wax worms (grubs) will produce.

WHITE BASS/HYBRIDS - SLOW The whites and hybrids have been scarce as far as busting shad on the surface. Some are being caught off main points and flats by trolling deep diving crank baits, Rattle Traps and small spinner type baits (shad colors and chartreuse).

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LONGBRANCH

Updated 10/07/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 791.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 0 cfs Outflow: 50 cfs Level: 0.01 feet high

Lake Map

Channel Catfish fair using chicken liver 

Flathead fair 

Walleye fair 

Crappie good 

Largemouth Bass fair using rattle lures

Bluegill fair using nightcrawlers

White Bass fair 

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LONGVIEW

Updated 10/07/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 11 cfs Outflow: 8 cfs Level: 0.20 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 10/08/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 606.0 Temperature: 72

Release Rate: 30 Level: 1.03 feet high

Lake Map

Report by: South Fork Resort

Date: 10/07/04

Lake Level : 607.60
Last Weeks Lake Level: 608.29
Normal Lake Level : 606

Water Condition: Muddy to Dingy to Clear.

Surface Water Temp: 72 degrees

Sporadic continues to be the best word to describe crappie fishing this week. While still tough we continue to get some good reports. The successful fishermen seem to be doing best near steep drop offs or shelves, using jig tipped minnows and working them at about 15 Ė 20 feet near cover. Other fishermen said they caught crappie in 20 Ė 25 feet of water by going to the bottom first and then bringing their bait up about a foot. The bite has been very light, requiring a sensitive touch and every once in a while gently pulling up the rod tip to see if there is any resistance. The bridge piers have been getting worked pretty hard, expect mostly small crappie near the piers with a few keeper size crappie thrown in. Most fishermen can catch small crappie till theyíre tired of it. There is a fair amount of luck involved, some fishermen are getting lucky and stumbling onto a good hole and pulling several keepers out. Thereís been several locals out working their favorite holes, not always with good results. The lower main lake is probably the best bet, and donít settle in one place too long, keep on the move.

The few bass reports have not been very good.

Catfishing continues to be very good. Trotliners have been pulling in flatheads using goldfish, or channel and blue cats using cut shad. Rod and reel fishermen continue to catch channels using nightcrawlers or cut shad.

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MAPLE LEAF LAKE 

Updated 10/07/04

Temperature: 

Lake Map

No Report

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MISSOURI RIVER

ST. JOSEPH AREA

Updated 10/07/04

Report By Don Guess

No Report

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MONTROSE

Updated 10/07/04

Temperature: 60 Level: 2.00 feet high Clarity: Dingy

Lake Map

Channel Catfish fair using live baits

Flathead fair

Largemouth Bass good on black/blue jigs and brush hogs

Stripers slow

Crappie fair

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MOZINGO

Updated 09/30/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool:  Temperature:  75.8 

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

Catfish No Report 

Bass No Report 

Crappie No Report 

Bluegill No Report 

Take a kid fishing or hunting they need it

THANKS
BIG BIRD
RIDE HARD RIDE FREE


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POMME de TERRE

Updated 10/07/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 839.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 10 cfs Outflow: 50 cfs Level: 0.32 feet low

Lake Map


Black Bass
fair in 3 to 8 feet of water using brown or black plastic baits

White Bass fair along the windy banks using bright lures or road runners

Crappie fair using minnows in 8 to 15 feet of water

Catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines using shad, worms, dough baits or crawfish

Muskie good using shad raps, Bombers in 5 to 12 feet of water

Walleye fair using crankbaits while trolling in 10 to 20 feet of water on the points or flats

Bluegill fair using worms in 3 to 8 feet of water

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PONY EXPRESS

Updated 10/07/04

Temperature: Clarity:  Level: high and dingy

Lake Map

Largemouth Bass slow using spinner baits

Channel Cat  fair using cut bait and nightcrawlers at night

Blue cat slow

Bluegill slow using worms

Crappie slow

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SEVER

Updated 10/07/04

Water Temp: 

Lake Map

Crappie slow using jigs and minnows in the brush piles

Blue Catfish slow using night crawlers

Channel Catfish  good using night crawlers, stinkbait and liver

Largemouth Bass  fair using jig and pig 

Bluegill slow using night crawlers

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SMITHVILLE

Updated 10/02/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 864.2  Temperature: 68

Inflow: 35 cfs Outflow: 8 cfs Level: 1.26 feet high

Lake Map

Report by Burton's Bait and Tackle

Water Temp:68 degrees

CRAPPIE: Fair: The water is starting to cool and some of the crappie are starting to move. There are fish deep and shallow. Scattered fish makes fishing tougher. There are still fish in the deep tree lines and brush piles. Some fish are also starting to show up in the shallows farther back in the coves. Minnows are still the best but you can also catch fish on jigs.

BASS: Poor: There seems to be a topwater bite if you are in the right place at the right time. 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. Cool weather should have the fish moving shallow soon. Spinner baits are also a good bet to try.

CATFISH: Good Since they are letting water out of the lake the spillway is an excellent place to catch a few flatheads. The catfish are also starting to feed up for the fall. Fish in the coves along the flats where the shad are at. A variety of baits will work depending on the way you like to fish. Fish in 10' or less of water. Also fish along the flats near the creek channels.

WHITE BASS: Good: 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 in 15' to 20' of water during the sunny days and vertical jig for them. Move shallower in the mornings and evenings and on cloudy days. You can also troll small crank baits around the main lake points.

WALLEYE: Fair: You can fish points in the Trimble area or up Campbranch and catch some fish by trolling or casting a #5 or #7 shad rap around points and humps. Stay in 4' to 10' of water most of the time. Also try the main lake points. As the water cools the fish will move shallower.

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STOCKTON

Updated 10/07/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 867.7 Temperature: 

Inflow: 60 cfs Outflow: 40 cfs Level: 2.28 feet low

Lake Map

Report By: Square Deal Bait Shop

Black Bass No Report

White Bass No Report

Walleye No Report

Crappie No Report

Catfish No Report

Have a great weekend

Dee Dee

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TABLE ROCK

Updated 10/07/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 915.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 1874 cfs. Level: 2.42 feet low

Report by: Pete's Professional Guide Service

No Report

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TANEYCOMO

Updated 10/07/04

Temperature:  Level:

Report by River Run Outfitters

Annual Branson Chapter Trout Unlimited Dinner/Auction October 23, 2004, at Landry's Seafood. Sit down dinner, choices of entrees. E-mail us for more information or give us a call 1-877-699-3474 - local 332-0460.

GENERAL COMMENTS

Water Conditions: Lots of time to wade fish in the mornings and most of the afternoons....at least until 3:00 p.m. or so. Yesterday it was on in the morning but they turned it off early then back on around 2:00 p.m. It has been at pool level by 10:00 p.m. or later for night fishing most of the evenings.

FLY FISHING TROPHY AREA (dam to Fall Creek)-SHALLOW WATER-WADING-
Been on the water every day since we got back from vacation. Thank heavens for vacations! All trips continue to catch a good number of fish. Monday we had a party of three out in two of the four boats out that day. One of the three was on his second trip since finishing fly fishing school and wanted to share the great fishing in Taneycomo with his two friends. They showed up with spinning rods and tackle boxes in hand. We persuaded them they needed to learn how to catch trout on a fly rod. Much to their surprise and delight, they each landed over 10 fish in 1/2 day and had a great time. One of the other boats was out all day and they lost track of the number of fish landed....and missed! We started Monday out with the rusty zebra midge and went to a San Juan worm when the water came on at noon. My boat had a seasoned fly fisher and he also caught them on a large, size 12, insect green soft hackle. Found some Crane Flies just a little smaller than a 12 in insect green on the water. He had never soft hackled and loves it. His first love however, is still dries (from Pennsylvania) but we couldn't get them to take any dries Monday a.m. Catch of the week, so far, was a 22 inch Rainbow caught yesterday on the size 18 rusty zebra midge. Other boats had two gentlemen from California. Boated 30-35 between them. They do a lot of bass fly fishing so they had a bit of trouble with a lighter hook set. Broke off lots of fish and flies on the hook set. One of our customers caught a 26 1/2 inch Rainbow last week on a sculpin pattern and another caught a 22 incher on an olive woolly bugger. Seeing quite a few large Rainbows...not to many Browns yet.

STAN'S TIP: Time to start thinking about winter fishing....especially keeping warm (at least for me) Think three layers of clothing/gear. Next-to-skin clothing must feature wicking and evaporation capabilities for moisture management. It is important to prevent conductive heat loss from wet clothing as the body loses heat 23 times faster when wet. Next, insulation. This layer is intended to provide additional body warmth. Product "weight" increases as conditions/water temp cool down. Last, protection. Although many think of jackets for this layer, waders and sun protection are also very important protective layers. Waterproof, windproof,
breath ability and SPF are features to look for when selecting these products.

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THOMAS HILL

Updated 10/07/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 722.00 Clarity:  Level:

Temperature: Lake Map

Crappie slow using minnows in the deep brush piles

Bass slow using lures

Channel cat good using worms and minnows

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TRUMAN

Updated 10/07/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 706.0 Temperature:  73

Inflow: 400 cfs Outflow: 992 cfs Level: 0.36 feet low

Lake Map     Braggin' Board

MAIN LAKE Report by Sterett Creek Marina

Talk about some great fall weather, it just doesn't get any better than this. With these cool mornings the water temp. is starting to fall and we have seen a increase in fish activity. Steve Blake has been picking up whites and hybrids off the windy points. This is a sure sign that we are entering the fall season. The lake is in good shape color wise and the trees on the bluffs are starting to turn a little.

LAKE LEVEL: 705.68
WATER TEMP: 73 deg.
WATER CLARITY: All the arms are clear to lightly stained except the Grand which is still dirty above Bucksaw.

BASS: The bass seem to be moving with the cooler water temp. Main lake points are producing some fish on big worms. Red shad and plum seem to be the two best colors in 6' to 10' of water. Spinner baits and tubes are starting to work on the secondary points in 1' to 3' of water 1/2 way back in the coves. Most of the fish are hanging on laydowns.

CRAPPIE: Same as last week. Brush piles are the best of the best. 15' of water seems to be the best piles. Minnows are the best bait. The fish seem to be hanging right on top of the brush. Main lake points with cedars are another good area. Look for cedars in 15' to 20' of water, here again minnows are the best bait.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Like I said earlier guide Steve Blake has been catching whites and hybrids off the flat windy points. He said that these fish are up shallow. Rat L-Traps and spoons are the choice of baits. The dam area to KK Island is a good area to look.

CATFISH: Jugs are still producing some catfish using hot dogs. The flats with 15' to 20' of water seem to be the best. Set stages about 10'.

This weeks rankings from Sterett Creek are:

BASS: # 1

WHITES: # 2

CRAPPIE: # 3

That's it for this week from Sterett Creek Marina

If you are traveling in the lakes area in the evenings drive with extra care the deer are starting to move right about dark. So until next week we bid you good fishing.

Tommy

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Tebo Arm

Updated 10/07/04

Lake Temp: 

Report by:  Lam's Bait and Tackle

Crappie No Report

Catfish No Report

Bass No Report

White Bass No Report

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Grand River Arm

Updated 10/08/04

Lake temp: and dirty

Report for Grand River Arm by Bucksaw Marina

Bass fishing is getting better every day the water is cooling off so the bass are moving to the creeks and small pockets buzzbaits and spinner baits are your best bet fish are in 2ft -6ft of water. cover lots of water. 

Crappie fishing is slow on our end most crappie are being caught around the dam. brush piles in 18to 30ft are producing the most fish minnows are the bait of choice you can catch several fish off of some piles. 

Whites Bass are being caught on humps best water depths are 15 to 25ft vertical jigging a spoon on the humps and to the sides of the humps is working well.

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

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WAPPAPELLO

Updated 10/07/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 359.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 100 Level: 0.91 feet high

Lake Map

Largemouth Bass No Report

White Bass  No Report

Crappie No Report

Bluegill No Report

Catfish No Report

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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