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MISSOURI FISHING REPORTS

Posted: 10/22/2004

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 10/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 802.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 35 cfs Outflow: 42 cfs. Level: 0.72 feet high

Lake Map

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

Catfish fair-shrimp

Bluegill good-wax worms

Crappie good-small jigs

Bass fair-crankbaits

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BULL SHOALS

Updated 10/18/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 656.0  Temperature: 64

Outflow: 4400 cfs Level: 5.03 feet low

Lake Map

 Report by: Wilderness Trail       "Braggin Board"

October 18, 2004
This week started with a continuation of rain from the previous week. By Wednesday we had a total of 6" but having been so dry through August and September most of the rain soaked into the ground. The back of the creeks and watersheds didnít even stain up as there was not enough run off. The lake did clear up and visibility is now at 16 feet and the rain was cold, which dropped the lake temperature down to 63.5 to 64.5 degrees. With some stable weather the fall feed should be in full swing by next weekend. The thermocline is holding at 33 feet with a 61 degree temperature break. The lake will start to flip when the surface temperature equals the thermocline temperature so we are within a few degrees of turn over. Lake level is about the same this week even with all the rain, 652.02, which is two feet below normal pool. 

Crappie have been active this week just outside the brush piles and around pole trees along the bluffs. They are suspended between 25 and 30 feet of water biting on crappie minnows, Swimming Minnows and crappie tube jigs.

Largemouth bass again have left the banks and are hard to pinpoint. A few buck bass can be found running the back of the creeks but it is not a solid pattern. Wiggle Warts and Bandit crankbaits are catching a few on secondary points in the creeks but you will have a sore arm and very few fish after an eight hour day. Keep checking the bank throughout the week, stable weather should move the largemouth back up. 

Smallmouth bass also made a move this week, but it wasnít what we expected. Do nothing banks, not chunk rock or points, but plain pea gravel nothing banks. Tubes, Carolina rigs and Spider Jigs are the key baits even though there arenít any crawdads up on the pea gravel banks. Carolina baits that are working are brush hogs, lizards, trick worms and flukes. 

Kentucky bass are still with the shad and the shad are now in 20 to 30 feet of water in cuts and pockets. Spoons work well on the Kentuckys that are under the shad, white spoons have been dominant this week. Drop shot rigs are also triggering a few with small grubs and finesse worms as the lures of choice. Some Kentuckys can be found looking for crawdads around chunk rock banks, best lures have been crankbaits in crawdad colors or spinnerbaits with shad colored skirts.

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 are now available at Wilderness Trail. The PWT is a Pro-Am and this past June one-third of the field consisted of local anglers. The week of November 8th, the Bull Shoals PWT tournament from June 2004 can be seen on The Outdoor Channel, Monday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday 3:30 p.m. and Friday 11 p.m.

Walleye are up on points where they were during the spring. A lot of walleye are being caught by bass anglers that are cranking the banks. Shad Raps and Wiggle Warts have worked the best. Crawler harnesses are catching the majority of walleye this week pulled in 26 to 29 feet of water on Bottom Bouncers. Best blade colors have been red, silver and gold. Long liners have switched over to baits that dive 2 to 8 feet deep and using lead core line to get to the desired depth. Try suspending rogues, Hot NíTots, walleye divers, and Bill Normanís DLNís at this time.

Trout fishing on the White River has been good on Power Bait in yellow, chartreuse and white 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 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 10/22/04

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 500.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 283 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 10/22/04

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 10/22/04

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 10/22/04

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

Catfish fair-shrimp

Bluegill good-wax worms

Crappie good-small jigs

Bass fair-crankbaits

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James A. Reed

Updated 10/22/04

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: 1200 cfs Outflow: 1000 cfs. Level: 2.03 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 10/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 791.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 10 cfs Outflow: 9 cfs Level: 0.28 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 10/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 7 cfs Outflow: 14 cfs Level: 0.22 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 10/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 606.0 Temperature: 62

Release Rate: 363 Level: 0.46 feet high

Lake Map

Report by: South Fork Resort

Date: 10/21/04
Lake Level : 606.90
Last Weeks Lake Level: 607.62
Normal Lake Level : 606
Water Condition: Muddy to Dingy to Clear.

Surface Water Temp: 62 degrees

Crappie fishing has been tough lately. Some of the best reports have been from fishermen catching crappie near the bottom in 20 - 25 feet of water. The bite continues to be very light, with minnows being the best bait.

Bass fishing has been fair, with mostly small ones being caught.

Catfishing is fair. Trotliners have been having a tough go of it this week. Rod and Reel fishermen had been doing good catching small to medium size channels using nightcrawlers.

This will probably be the best weekend to enjoy the fall colors this year, the reds, yellows and bronzes are very nice.

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MAPLE LEAF LAKE 

Updated 10/22/04

Temperature: 

Lake Map

No Report

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MISSOURI RIVER

ST. JOSEPH AREA

Updated 10/22/04

Report By Don Guess

No Report

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MONTROSE

Updated 10/22/04

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 10/22/04

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 10/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 839.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 40 cfs Outflow: 50 cfs Level: 0.26 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 10/22/04

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 10/22/04

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: 15 cfs Outflow: 8 cfs Level: 1.40 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 10/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 867.7 Temperature: 

Inflow: 100 cfs Outflow: 40 cfs Level: 2.15 feet low

Lake Map

Report By: Square Deal Bait Shop - CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

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 10/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 915.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 397 cfs. Level: 2.07 feet low

Report by: Pete's Professional Guide Service

No Report

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TANEYCOMO

Updated 10/22/04

Temperature:  Level:

Report by River Run Outfitters

Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report - Updated October 21, 2004

GENERAL COMMENTS

Water Conditions: Lots of time to wade fish in the mornings and most of the afternoons. Saturday it was on at 4:00 p.m., Sunday at noon, Monday at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Yesterday it was on in the morning until 9:00 a.m. then off till 6:00 p.m. for only an hour. For those night fishers, it has been back close to normal tailwater level by midnight this past week.

FLY FISHING TROPHY AREA (dam to Fall Creek)-SHALLOW WATER-WADING-
Lots of trips out and everyone catching lots of fish. Saturday had three boats on the water. Everyone caught 35-40 fish. Sunday had four boats out and it was pretty much the same thing. Quite a few 17 and 18 inch Rainbows and Browns. Several customers reporting catching Browns ranging from 25-28 inches. One 28 incher on a "dry fly". Great job! Also, a 22 inch Rainbow on a rusty zebra midge, size 18. Had the parents (Mike and Mary Beth) of the four kids I had out last month out Tuesday. Mary Beth was celebrating her big "_0" birthday (never would have guessed it)! We starting out the morning a little slow but starting catching several fish on the rusty zebra, sculpin, and a few on an egg pattern. After catching several fish in one place, we drifted on and spotted a nice fish suspended in the water on the ledge side opposite and just above the entry to the Rocking Chair Hole. Decided to put a dry on Mike's line to see if we could entice him. After two or three skillfully placed casts and drifts past this sleeping giant, out of the water came a large open mouth with a big splash and Mike set the hook. His line went taunt and the fight was on. Up came the anchor of the drift boat and we went up and down and around in circles for several minutes. Mary Beth grabbed the net when we got him close enough to the boat and made a great dip to scoop up this monster. That's the good news. We got him in! But alas, we found he was foul hooked in the tail section. Anyway, we certainly enjoyed the fight and the beauty of this 31 inch Brown. We took a while to revive him to the point we felt he was healthy enough to send him on his way. We are still doing very good on the rusty zebra midge. Stan had one of his guests over the weekend rigged with an orange Stimulator and dropped the rusty zebra off this. He caught fish on both the dry and midge. Saturday they were tearing up small pink lady egg patterns. Sunday they wouldn't look at one but hit the rusty zebra midge very well. Had also been throwing olive woolly bugger and crawdad orange/olive sculpin patterns. Not as many hits, but nice fish. Lots of large fish stacked up in the chutes area by the hatchery. Some days stacked up more than others. Fishing is very good right now.....BETTER GET OUT AND FISH!!!

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 10/22/04

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 10/14/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 706.0 Temperature:  73

Inflow: 700 cfs Outflow: 742 cfs Level: 0.03 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 10/22/04

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 10/22/04

Lake temp: and dirty

Report for Grand River Arm by Bucksaw Marina

Bass are hitting fair in the back of creeks the water is cooling off so the bass will be going strong before long. you can catch bass all day long on spinner baits 1ft to 3ft of water. 

Catfish no report 

White Bass are going crazy around the dam area on the humps vertical jigging spoons and minnows on the top of the humps is your best bet. 

Crappie are scattered out not many being caught water is stained to dirty. water temp 58 to 65 degrees depends on the sunshine.

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

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WAPPAPELLO

Updated 10/22/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 359.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 200 Level: 1.24 feet low

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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