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MISSOURI FISHING REPORTS

Posted: 11/18/2004

Even if the Bait Shops are closed we are still updating the lake levels.

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 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 11/18/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 802.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 30 cfs Outflow: 40 cfs. Level: 0.69 feet high

Lake Map

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

Catfish fair-hot dog

Bluegill good-wax worms

Crappie good-small jigs

Bass fair-crankbaits

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BULL SHOALS

Updated 11/18/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 656.0  Temperature: 58 - 60

Outflow: 7140 cfs Level: 4.76 feet low

Lake Map

 Report by: Wilderness Trail       "Braggin Board"

Fall weather finally arrived with wind, rain and a peak of sunshine. Temperatures have been running from the mid 30s at night to the lower 50s during the day. Lake level is about the same as last week 652.76 feet, 1 ˝ feet below normal pool. The lake temperature has dropped down to 58.5 to 60 degrees throughout most of the lake. Here’s the kicker! The thermocline is gone. That’s right, gone!!! Did the lake flip or turn over? Well if it did flip it flipped over night which is absolutely impossible. I talked to Mark Oliver the area’s leading Biologist from the Arkansas Game & Fish. Mark stated that it’s possible that the thermocline dissolved, which can happen when there is very little temperature variation between the surface temperature down to the thermocline. So what we have is 59 degree surface temperature and 58 degrees 60 feet down, the bass, walleye and crappie can go anywhere they want.

Lake rating this week remains (fair). Game fish are roaming and hard to pattern.

Largemouth bass might be in the back of creeks and coves, then again they might not be. Start your day off by checking the backs with buzz baits, spinner baits and top water prop baits to see if the largemouth’s are in. If the shallow water bite is not on pull out to secondary points and channel swing ends and fish crank baits or Jig & pig from the bank out to 35 feet of water. Also, when there is a high sun fish docks with Spider Jigs or tubes. 

Smallmouth bass are now scattered from pea rock points to chunk rock banks and points. There not holding in any certain depth of water. Best bet is to start out in 40 foot of water and work in. Football jigs are triggering the deeper smallies in 40+ feet of water. Carolina rigs are working between 28 to 38 feet and Spider Jigs and tubes are the best baits from the bank out to 35 feet of water. On windy days use crankbaits (Wiggle Warts or Bandits) in crawdad colors.

Kentucky bass are still holding around groups of shad and at this time shad are both in shallow back ends, middle of pockets and cuts off deep points. Spooning is still triggering a few along with drop shot rigs but the best bite is on crankbaits or slow rolling spinner baits fished through the shad. Some Kentuckys are looking for crawdads and can be caught on the bottom with spider jigs and tubes.

Walleye are suspended over deep water down 28 to 35 feet. They are hard to catch and even harder to locate as they roam around. Long liners are able to trick a few with Hot-N-Tots and Suspending Rogues around the outside of main lake points, glass Shad Raps and Reef Runners are also a good bet. Most of the walleye seem to be feeding up on the banks inside of 20 feet of water. Crankbaits, spinner baits, crawler harnesses on Bottom Bouncers have been the key baits. Work chunk rock points and steep pea rock banks for best results.

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

Trout fishing on the White River has been good on Power Bait in yellow and orange and Belgian red worms. Buoyant Spoons, Colorado spoons and Little Cleos have been working when the generation is on. The fly fishermen have done well on olive Woolly Buggers, scuds, egg pattern in peach and San Juan worms. Browns are being caught on Suspending Rogues, Countdowns 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 11/18/04

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 500.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 2725 Level: 6.60 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 11/18/04

Lake Level: 

Lake Map

Report by: The Bait Stop  CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Crappie- No Report

Catfish -No Report

Bass No Report

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COUNCIL BLUFF

Updated 11/18/04

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 11/18/04

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 11/18/04

Temp: 

Lake Maps

Channel Catfish good

Largemouth Bass good

Bluegill good

Crappie slow

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LAKE of the Ozarks

Updated 11/25/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 660.0 Temperature: 61

Inflow: 24200 cfs Outflow: 22500 cfs. Level: 0.89 feet low

Lake Map

Report by Missouri Angler    Missouri Angler Buddy Bass Derby        Results

According to AmerenUE the current lake level is 659.32 and a water temperature taken at Bagnell Dam reported at 61degrees. Heavy generation is scheduled for today, no generation on Thursday and medium generation on Friday, which according to AmerenUE will give the lake a level of 659.3 by Friday, November 26th. With the release of water from Truman Lake the last few days, a majority of the lake is muddy in the upper portion and dingy to about the 6 mile marker with visibility ranging from 1 to 3 feet. The Gravois, Big and Little Niangua, and the Grand Glaize Rivers are clear to dingy with visibility averaging 3 to 5 feet. Bass boat temperature gauges indicate surface water temperatures ranging between 50 to 56 degrees with some areas in the lower end of the lake averaging 58 to 62 degrees. Fishing hasn't improved much since last weeks report, however, with deer season there hasn't been that many anglers on the lake.

LARGEMOUTH / SPOTTED BASS - FAIR Today the weather turned for the worse with temperatures dropping in the low 30's with sleet and snow, and lows forecasted in 20's at night, but is supposed to warm up by the weekend. The upper Osage River, above the 70 mile marker, according to some anglers has been the most consistent area. The lower end, below the 10 or 12 mile marker is producing, but the mid lake is still slow. The 3/8 or 1/2 ounce Melton and Eakins jigs, twin tail Chomper and the tube bait Texas rigged (green pumpkin, black/red flake and black/chartreuse) in the muddier water worked around docks and lay downs and (brown, green pumpkin/brown or brown/purple) in the clearer water continues to be the best bite. Since the heavy generation the last week or so, main lake bluff ends and the inside of main lake points has been producing some nice keepers in 8 to 12 feet of water. Pitching jigs and tubes around boat docks in the creeks and in main lake pockets is also producing some keepers in 8 to 12 feet of water. is on the same type of structure. Reports that the Wiggle Wart (crawdads colors and firetiger) worked on windy chunk rock banks and points in the creek arms has produced a few keepers. The buzzbait bite has slowed down, but will produce early on the steeper chunk rock banks in the creeks and on main lake and secondary points.

CRAPPIE - GOOD The crappie are still active in the morning and late evening. The larger keepers are in 15 to 20 feet of water suspended over or around brush piles. The smaller keepers are shallower, 8 10 12 feet. Minnows and Road Runner have been the best producers. When the bite slows down try tipping the baits with Crappie Nibbles.

CATFISH - GOOD The catfish have slowed down some, but are probably the best bite right now. Jugs, limb lines and tightlining from boat docks or the bank is producing in 12 to 18 feet. Cut shad, crawdads, shiners, gold fish and night crawlers will produce.

WHITE BASS / HYBRIDS - FAIR The whites and hybrids seem be on the windy main lake seawalls and flats. There have been reports some whites have been caught on windy flats in the back of the larger creeks where the shad are working. The best baits have been topwater chuggers, Mepps Spinner, Road Runner and Rooster Tails. Shad activity is the key. Trolling off the main lake flats and the mouth of the deeper creeks and coves has also been producing a few whites and hybrids.

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LONGBRANCH

Updated 11/18/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 791.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 35 cfs Outflow: 119 cfs Level: 1.20 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 11/18/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 5 cfs Outflow: 18 cfs Level: 0.30 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 11/25/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 606.0 Temperature: 52

Release Rate: 100 Level: 4.75 feet high 

Lake Map

Report by: South Fork Resort

Date: 11/25/04
Lake Level : 609.10
Last Weeks Lake Level: 610.75
Normal Lake Level : 606
Water Condition: Muddy to Dingy

Surface Water Temp: 52 degrees

There have not been very many fishermen out this week. I'm not making many changes to the report this week. We had the first snow fall of the season yesterday, leaving about 3 inches on the ground. I got out yesterday and took a few pictures of the snow and of one duck hunter I ran into at the Hwy 107 boat ramp.

Happy Thanksgiving,

have a safe and enjoyable holiday,

with family and friends!

And make those turkeys proud to taste so good!!

There are no more fishing tournaments scheduled for this year. The above link, to view scheduled tournaments, has been updated for 2005, the list will no doubt be updated a lot more before next year rolls around.

Crappie fishing is still pretty much as it has been, which is a challenge for most people. A limit can be had with perseverance. The reports are varied with crappie being caught at a lot of depths, however some of the best reports are from fishermen catching them near the bottom in 20 - 25 feet of water. Expect to go through a lot of small crappie, keeping bigger ones as you can and hopefully finding a good hole where several keeper size ones may be hiding. The bite is very light, with minnows being the best bait. Look for the clearer water.

Bass fishing continues to be poor. Haven’t heard of any catfish reports this week, defaulting to last weeks report. The rivers and creeks are flowing from recent rains.

Reports of White Bass have been good.

Black Jack Marina will be open year round, with varying hours, but basically from 9 - 3.

Indian Creek marina is closed for the season.

Campers – The water has been turned off at the State Park.

Boaters – In preparation for the coming freezing weather, the Corp has pulled both walkways at the South Fork Ramp, and probably the rest of them as well. The State Park walkways are still in place, as of today.

Bald Eagles are becoming a common site on the lake. I noticed a new nest in the North Fork recently. At some point in the future, Mark Twain will probably become a good spot for Eagle Watching.

The November portion of the deer firearms season ended Tuesday (11/23/04) Check out the pictures on the Hunting Photos page. The next firearms hunt will be the Antlerless Only Portion, from December 11th - 19th. We (South Fork Resort) will stay open till the end of the December hunt, the 19th will be our last day open for the season.

Deer Hunters - Help feed the needy through the Share the Harvest Program.

Duck season is open, fishermen please be respectful if you see decoys and blinds set up, by giving them a wide berth. The waterfowl refuge (Middle Fork and Elk Fork area) is closed to boaters and waterfowl hunters from October 30 until December 31. Buoys are setup to indicate the closed off area. Land based activities are still permitted, such as bank fishing, hiking and other in-season hunting.

Ducks, so far this year, have been low in numbers on Twain as well as statewide. However according to the Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration Map, the activity should start picking up soon.

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MAPLE LEAF LAKE 

Updated 11/18/04

Temperature: 

Lake Map

No Report

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MISSOURI RIVER      Braggin Board

Updated 11/18/04

Temperature: 


No Report

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MONTROSE

Updated 11/18/04

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 11/18/04

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

Fishing slow a few people come out to fish but most don't come back to say how they did seen some nice cats 2 weeks ago but other than that no reports

Take a kid fishing or hunting they need it

THANKS
BIG BIRD
RIDE HARD RIDE FREE


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POMME de TERRE

Updated 11/18/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 839.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 60 cfs Outflow: 15 cfs Level: 2.11 feet high

Lake Map


Black Bass
No Report 

White Bass No Report 

Crappie No Report 

Catfish No Report 

Muskie No Report 

Walleye No Report 

Bluegill No Report 

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PONY EXPRESS

Updated 11/18/04

Temperature: Clarity:  Level: high and dingy

Lake Map

Largemouth Bass No Report 

Channel Cat  No Report 

Blue cat No Report 

Bluegill No Report 

Crappie No Report 

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SEVER

Updated 11/18/04

Water Temp: 

Lake Map

Crappie No Report 

Blue Catfish No Report 

Channel Catfish  No Report 

Largemouth Bass  No Report 

Bluegill No Report 

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SMITHVILLE

Updated 11/18/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 864.2  Temperature: 54

Inflow: 25 cfs Outflow: 100 cfs Level: 1.16 feet high

Lake Map

Report by Burton's Bait and Tackle

Trimble Wildlife area is closed to all boats. You can still use the W-boat ramp but can not go past the orange balls just North of the W bridge. If you put in at the Free ramp you can come South to the orange balls but not beyond.

CRAPPIE: Good: Lots of crappie are being caught in 20 feet of water along creek edges and in brush piles. Most of the fish being caught are nice keepers with some nice 13" and 14" monsters showing up occasionally. Minnows are still good and the jig bite is getting better.

BASS: No Report: Not many people are fishing for the bass right now.

CATFISH: Fair: The crappie fishermen are catching some nice cats on minnows in the deeper water while crappie fishing. The spillway is a good bet as long as they are running water. Large jig heads and a 3" or 5" grub drifted with the current will catch some flatheads.

White Bass: Good: If you can locate them. 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 Campbranch and catch some fish by trolling or casting a #5 or #7 shad rap around points and humps on the main lake.

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STOCKTON

Updated 11/18/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 867.7 Temperature: 

Inflow: 1350 cfs Outflow: 40 cfs Level: 1.27 feet high

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

Dee Dee

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TABLE ROCK

Updated 11/18/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 915.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 5670 cfs. Level: 0.18 feet high

Report by: Pete's Professional Guide Service

No Report

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TANEYCOMO

Updated 11/25/04

Temperature:  Level:

Report by River Run Outfitters


WE ARE MOVING! - EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2004, OUR NEW LOCATION WILL BE: 2626 STATE HIGHWAY 165 (just north of the Dam). That is the only thing changing. Our phone numbers, e-mail, etc. will all remain the same. Hope to see you at our new location!

GENERAL COMMENTS

WE WISH YOU AND YOURS A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING DAY!!
In reflecting back over the years we have had our shop, we have much to be thankful for with the great friends and customers we have come to know.

Water Conditions: Sorry to say, they are still running lots of water. Starting up the day early with two on and generally four by 8:00 a.m. Off late in the afternoon or early evening.

FLY FISHING TROPHY AREA (dam to Fall Creek)-SHALLOW WATER-WADING-
Boats out Monday and Tuesday. Red tunghead midge was the ticket with the high water Monday and worked pretty good Tuesday. The best fly Tuesday was a San Juan worm. Either hot pink or red. Did catch nicer fish. Most in the 14-18 inch range. Monday was a 25 fish day and yesterday one boat caught at least that many but came off the water around 2:00 p.m. as that was when the sky opened up with lots of water. The second boat braved the weather and caught a few more fish. About the only place to wade or fish from the bank is up around the "chutes" in the hatchery area. Tan scuds, San Juan worms, and woolly buggers are some of the flies being used in this area.

STAN'S TIP: With all the fishers out trying to catch that big one, the fish have been getting a lot of pressure. We have seen lots of dead fish in the water. Remember to try and not play your fish until they are exhausted. If you do, take time to revive them. Use care when handling the fish. Even though it is not required, consider barbless hooks. This certainly makes it easier and faster to release the fish and get them back into the water.

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THOMAS HILL

Updated 11/18/04

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 11/18/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 706.0 Temperature:  64

Inflow: 4000 cfs Outflow: 21996 cfs Level: 3.13 feet high

Lake Map     Braggin' Board

MAIN LAKE Report by Sterett Creek Marina  CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

We will be closing the marina for the season on Nov.7th. We will keep the campground open till after deer season. Next week will be my last fishing report for the season. we can help you with anything you can contact us at Sterett Creek Marina

Tommy

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Tebo Arm

Updated 11/18/04

Lake Temp: 

Report by:  Lam's Bait and Tackle  CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Crappie No Report

Catfish No Report

Bass No Report

White Bass No Report

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Grand River Arm

Updated 11/18/04

Lake temp: and dirty

Report for Grand River Arm by Bucksaw Marina

Bass No Report

Catfish No Report

White Bass No Report

Crappie No Report

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

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WAPPAPELLO

Updated 11/18/04

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 359.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 180 Level: 1.40 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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