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MISSOURI FISHING REPORTS

Posted: 10/14/2004

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 10/14/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 802.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 80 cfs Outflow: 95 cfs. Level: 1.10 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 10/11/04

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

Outflow: 383 cfs Level: 4.28 feet low

Lake Map

 Report by: Wilderness Trail       "Braggin Board"

October 11, 2004

We started this last week with sunshine and moderate temperatures in the 70ís. On Friday the rain came in and it is still raining on Sunday. We have had a little over 3" as of Sunday night. Lake level is at 651.68, about the same as last week. On a positive note Ė the rain has cleared the lake visibility and we are now at 16 feet. On the negative side the lake clarity has shut down the fall movement for bass and walleye and the bite has slowed. The thermocline is still at 33 feet and the lake temperature is ranging from 67 to 69 degrees. Crappie have been so-so staying around brush piles in 26 to 28 feet of water. Best baits have been crappie minnows on pink or white jigs and crappie tubes in black or pink colors.

Saturday and Sunday the Anglerís Edge Bull Shoals Open was held out of Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock. Clarence Phillips and Jim Roberts won this tournament with 16.86 pounds of bass for the two day event. Big bass of the tournament was a 4.58 pound largemouth caught by the team of Shannon Schroder and Hunter Duren. Congratulations to all of the competitors.

Largemouth bass are in the creeks holding on structure in the middle of the cuts and coves and moving to the banks when they want to feed. Buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and Zara Spooks or Lucky Craft Sammyís will trigger a few strikes up on the banks. Carolina rigged brush hogs or finesse worms are working in the middle of the cuts along with football jigs. 

Smallmouth bass left the points and flats with the rain. They are now back on the drop offs in 30 to 45 feet of water hugging the bottom. The bite is slow but a few can be triggered with football jigs, Spider Jigs, Mojo rigged trick worms and Carolina rigged lizards or brush hogs. Look for some top water action in the bigger pockets this week, the shad have started to move in over the last few days. 

Kentucky bass were active on the ends of the bluff walls and off the large flats around the lake but they have shut down and left their holding areas. We can find a few here and there but there is no pattern, so lets see what happens throughout the week and maybe we can key into their movement.

The PWT will return to Bull Shoals on May 11 through 13, 2005 and entry blanks for amateurs are now available. The can be ordered by phone from PWT at 218-824-2542, or by downloading them from the PWT web site at www.professionalwalleyetrail.com. They will soon be available at Wilderness Trail. The PWT is a Pro-Am and this past June one-third of the field consisted of local anglers.

Walleye seem to be the only game fish not affected by the cool weather and rain. The bite has been great this last week around points and across flats on spoons, crawler harnesses and trolling Reef Runners. Walleye are in a depth range from 20 to 44 feet. You just have to pick the right technique for the depth you wish to fish. From 20 to 30 feet use Bottom Bouncers and crawler harnesses (chartreuse or red blades). From 30 to 44 feet you can use spoons and fish them vertically over the walleye or troll lead core line with Reef Runners, Bill Norman DD14ís or Rapala Glass Shad. The best bite is from dawn until 10 a.m. and 3 to 9 p.m.

Trout fishing on the White River has been good on Power Bait in yellow and Belgian red worms. Buoyant Spoons, Little Cleos, 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 and San Juan worms. Browns are being caught on 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 10/14/04

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 500.0 Temperature: 78

Release Rate: 477 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 10/14/04

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 10/14/04

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 10/14/04

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 10/14/04

Temp: 

Lake Maps

Channel Catfish good

Largemouth Bass good

Bluegill good

Crappie slow

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LAKE of the Ozarks

Updated 10/14/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 660.0 Temperature: 73

Inflow: 1100 cfs Outflow: 1300 cfs. Level: 2.06 feet low

Lake Map

Report by Missouri Angler    Missouri Angler Buddy Bass Derby        Results

According to AmerenUE the current lake level is 657.96 with a water temperature of 73 degrees taken at Bagnell Dam. Bass boat temperature gauges indicate surface water temperatures at 63-68 in the upper Osage River and 69-73 in the mid and lower end of the lake. There are reports some coves above the 55 mile marker show signs the lake is turning over, but the average water clarity still remains 2-3 feet. The water clarity in the mid and lower end of the lake still has that stained appearance, but it looks as if the lake is beginning to clear up some the last few days. The shad are still plentiful ranging from 2 inches up to 7-8 inches. The Grand Glaize, Big and Little Niangua and the Gravois Rivers are the clearest areas of the lake with the clarity being 5 to 8 feet.

LARGEMOUTH BASS - GOOD With all the schools of shad throughout the lake, the bass continue be spread out and be caught in 2 feet of water around boat docks and in brush piles located in 25 feet of water. The most consistent bite for good solid keepers continues to be the jig and tube bait (black/blue, green pumpkin/brown and green pumpkin) pitched around boat docks on the main lake flats and the back of creeks. The DD22 (shad colors and chartreuse colors) is also producing solid keepers off main lake bluff points and the inside of channel points off the main lake. The jig, tube bait, and Brush Hog and the 10 inch plastic worm (green pumpkin, red shad and watermelon red) worked around boat docks with brush will produce, but is taking a lot of casts to get a keeper bite. The buzz bait and spinner bait (white, white/chartreuse) worked around boat dock foam and inside the wells are also producing some keepers. Because the bass are scattered as they are, it is taking a lot of casts, confidence and moving to different locations to get a limit of good keepers.

CRAPPIE - GOOD The crappie bite is good. The crappie are suspended 15 to 18 feet over brush piles sitting in 20 to 25 feet of water in the creeks and in main lake pockets, bluffs and coves. Minnows and Road Runners worked over the brush is producing crappie 9 1/2 to 11 inches. When the bite slows down try tipping the bait with some Crappie Nibbles.

CATFISH - EXCELLENT The blues, flatheads and channels seem to be on a feeding frenzy. Jugs and limb lines are the best method baited with cut shad, goldfish, shiners and crawdads in the coves, creeks, main lake bluffs and on the upper Osage River. Tight lining from the banks or boat docks is also producing with the same bait in 12 to 20 feet of water.

BLUEGILL - FAIR The Blue are slowly disappearing from the shallow water and are now deeper, 6 to 8 feet, and suspended under the boat dock foam. On the sunnier days a few bluegill can be found shallow, but for the most part they have moved to the deeper water.

WHITES/HYBRIDS - SLOW Some whites and hybrids are being caught by trolling small spinners and medium diving cranks baits (shad colors and chartreuse) off windy main lake points and flats. There hasn't been any reports of whites or hybrids busting shad or any reports that many are being caught.

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LONGBRANCH

Updated 10/14/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 791.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 250 cfs Outflow: 78 cfs Level: 0.75 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 10/14/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 17 cfs Outflow: 54 cfs Level: 0.62 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 10/14/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 606.0 Temperature: 64

Release Rate: 810 Level: 1.03 feet high

Lake Map

Report by: South Fork Resort

Date: 10/14/04

Lake Level : 607.62
Last Weeks Lake Level: 607.60
Normal Lake Level : 606

Water Condition: Dingy to Clear.

Surface Water Temp: 64 degrees

Crappie fishing has been varied, with some fishermen catching crappie near the bottom in 20 - 25 feet of water and others going up the rivers and catching them near the bank. With some of the fish being caught near the bank, this could indicate the beginning of a fall pattern, more reports will tell. The bite continues to be 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 continue to be worked pretty hard, expect mostly small crappie near the piers with a few keeper size thrown in. The lower main lake is still probably your best bet, keep on the move. Minnows or minnow tipped jigs.

Bass fishing continues to be slow.

Catfishing is good. Trotliners have been doing the best, pulling in flatheads using goldfish, or channel and blue cats using cut shad. Rod and reel fishermen haven't done as good, but some are catching channels using nightcrawlers or cut shad.

The colors of fall are here, if the weather cooperates this will be a very good weekend to get out and enjoy the colorful scenery around the lake.

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MAPLE LEAF LAKE 

Updated 10/14/04

Temperature: 

Lake Map

No Report

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MISSOURI RIVER

ST. JOSEPH AREA

Updated 10/14/04

Report By Don Guess

No Report

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MONTROSE

Updated 10/14/04

Temperature: 

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 10/14/04

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

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 10/14/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 839.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 60 cfs Outflow: 50 cfs Level: 0.15 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 10/14/04

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 10/14/04

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 10/14/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 864.2  Temperature: 

Inflow: 250 cfs Outflow: 8 cfs Level: 1.45 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: 250 cfs Outflow: 40 cfs Level: 2.13 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 10/14/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 915.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 349 cfs. Level: 2.22 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 10/14/04

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: 2400 cfs Outflow: 250 cfs Level: 0.13 feet high

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 10/14/04

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 10/14/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 359.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 260 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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