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Posted: 05/19/2005



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Updated 05/19/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 802.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 5 cfs Outflow: 4 cfs. Level: 0.10 feet high

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Report by 40 Woods Bait & Tackle     Missouri Wildlife Check In Station    Braggin' Board

Catfish fair using shad

Bass fair to good on bandits

Crappie fair 

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Updated 05/19/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 656.0  Temperature: 80's

Outflow: 1182 cfs Level: 3.83 feet low

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Fishing Report by:     Wilderness Trail      

The Ozarks had an early taste of summer this last week as the temperatures jumped into the upper 80’s for a few days. The lake temperature went from 65 degrees to 70 degrees in three days pushing sunfish to the banks and largemouth bass that had been in deep water into spawn and onto beds. Lake clarity varies from creek to creek and pocket to pocket this week. You will find some parts of the lake clear and other parts stained. Lake level this week is at 653.86, ½ foot below normal pool. For you catfish lovers, they have moved up on the banks in creek arm cuts and there are some in the main lake cuts. Chicken livers, Magic Bait, nightcarwlers and small perch are the best baits. 

Crappie continue to move toward their spawning areas and a few are already spawning. Fish close to the banks with crappie minnows, Swimming Minnows or crappie tubes for best results. White Bass are still close to the back of the creeks although their spawn is over. Look for top water frenzy feeding in the mornings and fish clear Pop R’s, small spoons or #5 Shad Raps. During the day they will school under shad; drop spoons or ¼ oz. roadrunners to trigger a few bites.

Largemouth bass remain in post spawn and spawn patterns. The post spawn fish have moved to deep ledges, boat docks and elongated points. Some top water is present in the mornings and late afternoons with Zara Spooks, Spit’N Images, buzz baits and Chug Bugs. During the day flip jigs or throw a Carolina rig with lizards or centipedes.

Smallmouth bass are in deep water off the side of points, both pea rock and chunk rock. They are moving up on the points to feed and can be caught on tubes or jigs and any other crawdad imitation you wish to fish. When they slide off into the deeper water jigs seem to shut down and tubes or Mojo rigs with a centipede, 4" lizards, finesse worms and brush hogs seem to work the best. 

Kentucky bass are all over and very hard to pattern. There is a lot of shad against the shore as well as in the middle of the pockets or cuts. If you see Kentuckys breaking the surface throw Spit’N Image or Pop R baits into the schools. The Kentuckys that are working the shad along the banks will strike Fish Doctors, centipedes and small crankbaits. Also try watermelon or watermelon/red tubes.

The big story for walleye this week was turned in the PWT Walleye tournament. Some walleye were caught early in the week on Reef Runners pulled on lead core line over the standing timber in 60 to 70 feet of water. That pattern changed drastically when summer arrived and warmed the lake 5 degrees. The pattern changed to 6 to 8 feet of water off the banks on small crankbaits and bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses. The winning weight for three days was 47.97 pounds turned in by Bill Ortiz from Richland Center, WI. His winning pattern was working stained cuts and creeks pulling small crankbaits about 50 feet behind his boat. He kept his boat in 10 to 12 feet of water and set an 8 ½ foot pole off to the side using his trolling motor to pull with. Congratulations also to Bill Prust and Mark Schuyler of Bull Shoals and Larry Devors of Salesville for finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Co-Angler Division. Congratulations to all of the PWT anglers. Once again it was a terrific tournament.

Lake Rating: We need the weather to stabilize so the fish will set up some patterns. This week we will call the rating GOOD.

Fishing for trout on the White River has been good this past week. Generation has been low so the Berkley Power Egg bite has been good in yellow and white. With generation the Buoyant spoons, Thomas Colorado’s, and Blue Fox are the bait of choice. The fly fishermen did well on Olive Woolly Bugger, tungsten bead head midges, San Juan worms and soft hackles. The Brown trout are being caught on Countdowns, Suspending Rogues and nightcarwlers.

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.

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Updated 05/19/05

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Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 500.0 Temperature: 73

Release Rate: 434 Level: 2.41 feet low

Largemouth Bass good on spinner baits

White Bass fair 

Crappie fair using minnows and jigs

Smallmouth Bass No Report

Spotted Bass No Report

Catfish No Report

Bluegill No Report

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Updated 05/20/05

Water Temp: 70

Lake Level: 

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Report by:  Art

Catfish is excellent on live bait and livers some 20 and 30 lb flatheads came out this week.. Also several nice 7 to 12 lb channel cats.

Crappie are fair to good on minnows and rooster tail spinners for some reason.

Bass are a little slow water was a little murky but clearing up nice.

Bait minnows and worms at the True Value store in Concordia and Ace Hardware store in Knob Noster.

Take a kid fishing and enjoy the day. Art

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Updated 05/19/05

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Temperature: 60 Level: normal

Sunfish good using crickets and worms

Largemouth Bass good using soft plastics and worms

Crappie slow

Bluegill slow

Catfish slow

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(Below Urich)


Flatheads No Report

Channel Cats No Report

Blue Cats No Report

Crappie No Report

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Updated 05/19/05

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Temperature:  Clarity:   Level: 0.00 feet low

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Report by 40 Woods Bait & Tackle    Missouri Wildlife Check In Station  Braggin' Board

Bass fair rattle traps and bandit crankbaits

Crappie starting to bite good again , close to banks 

Bluegill fair on crickets

Catfish fair using shad sides

Walleye No Report

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James A. Reed

Updated 05/19/05

Temp: 70

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Channel Catfish fair

Largemouth Bass good

Bluegill good

Crappie good

Trout fair at Coot Lake and Honker Pond

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LAKE of the Ozarks

Updated 05/19/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 660.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 9600 cfs Outflow: 500 cfs. Level: 0.80 feet low

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Report by Missouri Angler    Missouri Angler Buddy Bass Derby        Results

No Report

Catfish Reports by: Anthony Ford: Catfish & Spoonbill Guide

Blue cat fishing on lake of the Ozarks really slow catching small fish on the flats drifting shad sides.

Truman looks like blues are going to the nest

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Updated 05/19/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 791.0 Temperature: 67

Inflow: 30 cfs Outflow: 79 cfs Level: 0.63 feet high and muddy

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Channel Catfish fair using prepared bait and live bait

Flathead No Report 

Walleye fair using bass lures 

Crappie good using jigs and minnows 

Largemouth Bass No Report 

Bluegill No Report 

White Bass No Report 

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Updated 05/19/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 3 cfs Outflow: 8 cfs Level: 0.14 feet low

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Mouse Creek at Longview Lake has a new gate and the area will be closed at 9:00 p.m. and will not reopen until 8:00 a.m. All fisherman need to have their vehicles out of the area by 9:00 p.m. or their vehicles could be locked in for the night and/or ticketed.

Catfish No Report

Bass No Report

Crappie No Report

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Updated 05/12/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 606.0 Temperature: 68 - 72

Release Rate: 190 Level: 0.17 feet high 

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Report by: South Fork Resort

Date: 5/12/05
Lake Level : 606.2
Normal Lake Level : 606
Water Condition: Dingy
Surface Water Temp: 68 - 72

Crappie fishing has been good, especially compared to the previous couple of weeks. Lots of small crappie have been caught on the banks this week, with the bigger ones hanging back and shallow. If no luck near the banks, work your way out, or move on to a different bank or cove. A limit of good size crappie can be had with patience and keeping on the move. The serious part of the spawn is yet to happen. Find good rocky banks, log jams and pockets along the banks with cover. Minnows and white or pink jigs or Road Runner type lures, along with white or pink crappie nibbles.

Bass have been good using white/chartreuse spinner baits or tubes, fished anywhere from 2 - 10 feet deep, near rocky points and banks.

Cat Fishing has been tremendous. Several large flatheads and blues were caught on trotlines or jugs using perch for bait. Channel cats are have been very good from the banks with a pole and reel, using night crawlers, shad sides or stink bait.

White Bass have been slow.

Article about Crappie Fishing on Mark Twain

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Updated 05/19/05


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MISSOURI RIVER  (Homers Landing)    

Updated 05/19/05


High and Muddy

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Road Kill BBQ is backup & smokin again. Road Kill BBQ will smoke your Turkey, Ham, Deer,  Fish and other meats and they also have GREAT Ribs at a GREAT price. Give Randy a call at 816-739-8780

Catfish No Report

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Updated 05/19/05

Temperature: 66

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Channel Catfish: excellent

Flathead: No Report

Largemouth Bass: good

Stripers: No Report

Crappie: slow

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Updated 05/19/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 

Temp: 64 

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Report By: Big Birds Bait                 Braggin' Board

Check out river bottom lures we stock 8 colors in 4 and 6 inch
Check out the new lx bow by Matthew's

Bass fair about 15 feet on jigs

Catfish excellent on live bait

Bluegill excellent in shallows

excellent still on brush piles

The boat pass price changed to $5.00 day pass and $35 for the year also 

Come in and see the new switchback bow from Mathews


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Updated 05/19/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 839.0 Temperature:  67

Inflow: 135 cfs Outflow: 100 cfs Level: 2.01 feet high

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Black Bass good on crayfish or shad colored crankbaits or brown and orange, chartreuse or white spinners 3' - 8' deep around structure, brushy shorelines, in coves and off points

Bluegill good on jigs, minnows and worms around structure and docks 5' - 10' deep

Catfish fair on trotlines and limb lines using crayfish, worms, cut shad and bluegill off channels

Crappie fair on chartreuse, white or yellow jigs, green Twister Tails and white grubs with spinner 3' - 16' deep around stumps and fish attractors

Muskie beginning to hit shad colored lures.

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Updated 05/19/05

Temperature: 68 Clarity:  Level: high and dingy

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Largemouth Bass: slow 

Channel Cat good using stink bait and cut shad in 10 feet of water or less

Bluecat: slow  

Bluegill fair using worms 

Crappie good using minnows and jigs in 5 feet of water

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Updated 05/19/05

Water Temp: 64

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Crappie good using minnows and jigs

Blue Catfish No Report 

Channel Catfish fair using night crawlers 

Largemouth Bass fair using top water lures 

Bluegill fair using grubs 

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Updated 05/19/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 864.2  Temperature: 65

Inflow: 5 cfs Outflow: 8 cfs Level: 1.26 feet low

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Report by Burton's Bait and Tackle

CRAPPIE: Good: The crappie are spawning and are near the banks. After our rains last Thur. ( 5+ inches ) the lake has come up almost 2'. The fish that were spawning are still in the same spots, just 2' deeper. The backs of the creeks are muddy now and those fish are going to be difficult to catch. Keep fish in the same places and concentrate on the cleaner parts of the lake.

BASS: The bass fishing is much improved over last year. Our first three tournaments have produce good numbers of fish being caught. Jigs, spinner baits and rogues are still the lures of choice for most fisherman. The fish are shallow especially up the river arms and up the Branch. See Thurs. 2005 or Weekend 2005 tournament results for the weigh-in.

CATFISH: GOOD: The cats are biting and can be found in shallow waters. Fish shallow points and flats where the cats are feeding. Several nice stringers are being caught by fisherman on a variety of baits. Channels and blues are most common.

White Bass: Fair: The whites are starting to show up on the main lake. They are not concentrated in large schools yet but you can fish points and humps and find nice size fish. Use pepper spoons on the deeper fish and rooster tails and roadrunners on the shallower point fish.

WALLEYE: Fair: A few fish are showing up on the main lake points. Crappie fisherman are catching a few while casting the shallow points.

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Updated 05/13/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 867.7 Temperature: 63

Inflow: 275 cfs Outflow: 40 cfs Level: 1.88 feet high

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Report By: Square Deal Bait Shop  

Black bass good on spinner baits and plastic baits

Walleye good on jigs, nightcarwlers and crankbaits

Crappie good on minnows l8' to 12' deep

White bass fair on Rooster Tails and small crankbaits early and late

Catfish fair on trotlines using shiner and bluegill

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Updated 05/12/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 915.0 Temperature: 56-60

Release Rate: 277 cfs. Level: 3.25 feet low

Report by: Pete's Professional Guide Service

The fishing the past few weeks has been tough for the most part. It's been hard to pattern anything because of the weather changes, one front after another. We seem to be about two weeks behind as far as water temperature and spawn. Fish are starting to bed in some areas of the lake now where water temps are ranging from 56 to mid 60's in some areas in the afternoon.

The upper rivers, King's White & James you can catch lots of numbers, mostly small buck bass moving up on 4"worms, French Fry's, 3"-4" grubs on main lake and secondary points, split shot, Mo-Jo rigs or Carolina rigs working best. Fish the smoke or white, or watermelon 3"-5" grubs on 1/8 or 1/4 oz jig heads. Watermelon & green pumpkin worms are working good, also Chompers in the same colors. Fish these worms and grubs in 3'-15', most of the fish have been on bottom or close. On windy days try slow rolling a 3/8 oz. & 1/2 oz. spinner bait from the mouths of the creeks to the very backs, fishing in 2'-10'. Crankbaits in crawdad patterns (browns & greens) Wiggle warts, Bandit 200's, Bombers will also work. I have also started to catch some on Senko's in the creeks as well.

With the water temps rising and the fish moving up to spawn, all sorts of lures will catch fish, you just have to be patient and give your favorite lure time. The Dam area, Kimberling City, Baxter & Campbell Point areas the patterns will also work in these areas, but the mosson bottom can be a problem while split shotting, Carolina rigging, or any bottom baits fished. Most of the moss seems to be from the bank out to about 8', and not all areas have it. Try to position your boat so you can fish the outside edge of the moss. Smallmouths are starting to turn on in the clearer water, they can be caught on grubs and 4" worms split shot or on slider head rigs.

Good Luck!!



Upper White River, Eagle Rock to Houseman's/Blue Spring

Updated: 05/19/05

Report By: Fletcher's Devils Dive Resort and Ozark fishing guides

*Black Bass-*
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*White Bass- *
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Updated 05/12/05

Temperature:    Level:

Report by River Run Outfitters

Our Grand Opening Celebration was an overwhelming success ! ! Not only did we have perfect weather, the water was off and fishing was great! Lots of people here for the celebration. We had a drawing for door prizes such as fly line, fly boxes, six-pack of leaders, etc. every half hour. The grand prize drawing for an Orvis T3 8'6", 5 weight rod was won by John Montgomery of Branson, MO. The "guess the number of flies in jar" was won by Joan Walker of Grand Junction, CO. She won a Fishpond chest pack. Five fly tiers with very diverse patterns - Mike Clark and the Magic Tool - Mark Gray tying his beautiful Salmon Flies - Tony Spezio and some great extended-bodied Mayflies - Roy Yuetter a master with the soft hackle - Dana Lindsey with an excellent scud. Our wonderful Orvis rep. Dave Hayward, spent over six hours, almost not stop, working with everyone who wanted to improve their cast or learn how.


We are still seeing more off water time than on water time. When they have run, it has generally been 1-2 generators or no generation for the past week. Information I received from one of the hydraulic engineers at SWPA, they are ATTEMPTING to maintaining the water level at the Branson Landing construction site at an elevation of 701 feet or less until the work near the water is completed.

Water Conditions: Water came on this Saturday about 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. that night. But it was a low 1 generator and very fishable. Sunday it was off until 6:00 p.m. and again it was only one generator for about 7 hours. Monday off all day and yesterday they turned on two generators at 3:00 p.m. and off at 10:00 p.m. last night. Expect they will turn it on again this
Trips out every day. In a word, I would have to describe fishing as "unbelievable". Everyone is catching 30-100 fish an outing, depending on their ability to get a fly into the water, get a half way decent drift, set the hook and play the fish. I had two ladies on a half day wade trip Saturday and they each landed well over 30 fish and missed or "pick and rolled" at least that many. Only the second time they have fly fished in three years. Lots of our customers are coming in exhausted from catching so many fish. Yesterday was a little slower than it was over the weekend, especially in the late morning and early afternoon. However, I just had two gentlemen leave our shop who had never fished this water until yesterday say they caught double digits yesterday morning and again in the afternoon....almost all on the rusty size 18 zebra midge. Stan's trip yesterday morning are fairly new folks. They fished the midges Monday and yesterday learned how to fish soft hackles (which they really loved!) and did very well with them. The only downside on the fishery right now is the amount of moss is on the bottom. When they do turn on some water, it is really messy! Lots of moss moving and the water get dingy for a while.

STAN'S TIP: New regulations for most of the trout streams went into effect March 1. Read up on these changes. Specifically for Taneycomo, if you keep legal size fish, the limit is now 4. Also, a trout permit is required for anyone fishing above Highway 65 bridge.

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Updated 05/19/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 722.00 Clarity:  Level:

Temperature:  67

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Crappie good using minnows and jigs

Bass slow

Channel cat fair using night crawlers and live bait on trotlines

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Updated 05/18/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 706.0 Temperature:  65

Inflow: 900 cfs Outflow: 8533 cfs Level: 0.51 feet high

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MAIN LAKE Report by Sterett Creek Marina  

Fishing Report from Sterett Creek Marina 5/17/05

And the wind blew. It seems that we are having March weather this week. There is supposed to be rain moving in tonight so maybe it will die down. The lake is on a slow rise from the rain last week and the COE is running water everyday. The hybrid fishing is picking up nicely with some good sized fish coming in. The lake is in real good shape color wise. Form last week to this week the water has cleared considerably. All in all the fishing is good, now if the weather would straighten out.

LAKE LEVEL: 708.21
WATER TEMP: 65 deg.
WATER CLARITY: Clear to lightly stained.

BASS: According to Chuck Strohman the bass fishing is pretty easy right now, but what does Chuck know. He won a tourn. Sunday and he and Jeff Rehmar won the Hawg fights last night. They weighed 7.75 lbs. last night taking their fish on crank baits out of the wind blown nitches. 2 nd. went to Doug and Ozzie Wallace who are starting the summer pattern with jigs. Third and big bass went to Kenny Mason and Randy James. Big bass was 4.28 lbs. The water is up a little but the fish are still holding on the original banks. 3' to 5' of water with lizards and brush hogs in the pockets is a good bet. The are still a lot of bass that have not spawned yet. There is a little top water bite starting on the flats in the coves as long as there is shad.

CRAPPIE: The crappie have pretty well finished spawning and are doing well on the summer pattern. The outside tree rows in 12' to 15' around the cedars and hedge trees seems to be working the best. Fish are coming on minnows at about 8'. The big thing is to keep moving tree to tree. Right now you will catch one good fish off a tree.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: This week we have seen a lot of nice hybrids come in. Jerry Coose has had several in the 8lb. range this week. Saw one 12 lb. fish that Steve Blake brought in. Sassy shad with a 3/4 oz. head is working the best. O-3 seems to be the hot spot on our end of the lake right now. Watch for surfacing fish. Dan Dunek had some real nice whites last weekend in the Osage so these fish are starting all over the lake.

CATFISH: Catfishing should really take off this week with the water rising. Floating trot lines baited with leeches along the edge of ditches should produce plenty of channels. Jugs are still working on the flats. 15' of water with stages set at 10' baited with cut shad should be the ticket.

So till next week we bid you good fishin


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Tebo Arm

Updated 05/19/05

Lake Temp: 

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Crappie No Report

Catfish No Report

Bass No Report

White Bass No Report

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Grand River Arm

Updated 05/12/05

Lake temp: 

Report for Grand River Arm by Bucksaw Marina 

Crappie are going strong with lots of fish coming in. The best bite is early and late, the first 3 hours in the morning and the last 3 hours of the day. Lots of females coming in being caught on the banks out to 4 ft of water. We had a crappie tournament here last weekend and 16 + pounds won it with only a 10 fish limit. Jigs and minnows are the best baits fishing under a bobber set at 1ft deep. Keep your boat on the move cover lots of water.

Bass are being caught early and late on buzz baits in 3 to 6 ft of water. The water is lightly stained and makes for some great fishing.

Catfishing is great with lots coming in and several big ones. Mostly flatheads all are being caught in 10 ft of water fishing down 4 ft using live bait.

Come in and see us


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

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Updated 05/19/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 359.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 550 Level: 1.03 feet high

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Largemouth Bass good using crankbaits and plastic lures

White Bass  No Report

Crappie good using minnows and jigs in shallow water

Bluegill fair

Catfish excellent in the afternoon using night crawlers and liver

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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