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MISSOURI FISHING REPORTS

Posted: 12/03/2005

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  

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BLUE SPRINGS

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 802.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 5 cfs Outflow: 7 cfs. Level: 0.06 feet high

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Road Kill BBQ, cooking on Fri & Sat.  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     Map

 

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

Catfish are biting river worms and shrimp

Bluegill good on crickets waxworks and river worms

Crappie fair to poor on minnows

Bass fair top water early am

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BULL SHOALS

Updated 11/30/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 656.0  Temperature: 56

Outflow: 520 cfs Level: 7.51 feet low

Lake Map

Fishing Report by:     Wilderness Trail      

WALLEYE SEMINAR WITH ERIC OLSON (FLW WALLEYE TOURING PRO)

Tuesday December 6th - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Lunch included)

$15.00 per person (no need to prepay but pre-registration is a must)

To be held at the V.F.W. in Bull Shoals

E-mail (wtrail@bullshoals.net) or call 870-445-2703 to make your reservation ASAP

November 28, 2005

We hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and enjoyed the nice weather. With temperatures in the 60ís over the end of the week it was a great time to enjoy the fall fishing. Lake level is about the same as last week, 646.70, 7 Ĺ feet below normal pool. We have some rain coming in over the early part of the week so maybe we will fill up a little. Lake temperature is a 56.9 degrees in the mid and lower lake and in the 54 to 55 degree range above Lead Hill and in the Theodosia arm. Temperature and oxygen levels were checked this last week and the results were amazing. The temperature is the same from the surface down to 70 feet deep and the oxygen level is in the 8.4 (4.0 parts per million is acceptable for fish to be comfortable) range also down to 70 feet. So where are the game fish? Somewhere between 0 to 70 feet. Have some good news, the fall bite is in full swing in the upper part of the lake and in the Theodosia arm. Here are a few things that you can try this week. Crappie are on brush piles and deep brush in the watersheds, both on the main lake and in the creeks and pockets. The best bite is in the morning on crappie jigs or tubes and Bobby Garland Split Tails and Baby Shad. Best colors are Blue Thunder, Crystal, Pearle scent, and Pink or black/blue/white in the tubes. Crappie minnows are also hard to beat this time of year on jigs or just a hook and a spit shot.

Largemouth bass are up on the banks, from the main lake points to the back of the cuts, creeks and pockets. It is typical fall fishing, Crankbaits, Spinner baits and jigs. Windy points are better than leeward points and big rock is better than pea rock. 

Smallmouth bass are feeding on crawdads and are in the 28 to 35 foot range on channel swing ends or points, anywhere there are large rocks that are holding crawdads and affording the smallies ambush areas. Best baits are Crankbaits (Wiggle Warts or Bandits) and Spider Jigs or football jigs. 

Kentucky Bass have also started to break away from the shad and roam the banks but the good bite is still under the shad with spoons or a drop shot rig. Check the cuts and pockets off the main lake for concentrations of Kentuckys and if you can find a flooded tree stand that is even better.

Walleye, even though they can be as deep as 70 feet are at the same depth as the shad. Whether you decide to troll, spoon, or fish a bottom bouncer, spend some time graphing to locate the bait fish. Main lake areas area are always better during a cold fall but here again if the weather pattern stabilizes the walleye will stack up along the banks at one certain depth. We will just have to wait to see what develops.

Fishing for trout on the White River has been good on Berkley Power Eggs in yellow and white. With generation the Buoyant Spoons, Rooster Tails, and Blue Fox are the bait of choice. The fly fishermen did well on olive Woolly Bugger, olive scud, Zebra Midges and unreal eggs in peach and white. The Brown trout are being caught on Rogues, nightcrawlers and Countdowns.

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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CLEARWATER

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 500.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 236 Level: 6.95 feet low

Largemouth Bass good on top water lures

White Bass fair 

Crappie fair using minnows and jigs

Smallmouth Bass No Report

Spotted Bass No Report

Catfish good on live bait 

Bluegill No Report

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CONCORDIA CITY LAKE

Updated 12/03/05

Water Temp: 

Lake Level: Full

Lake Map

Report by:  Art

Catfish No Report

Bass No Report

Crappie No Report

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COUNCIL BLUFF

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Map

Temperature: Level: normal

Sunfish slow

Largemouth Bass fair using soft plastic lures and crankbaits

Crappie slow

Bluegill fair using crickets 

Catfish slow using chicken livers at night

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GRAND RIVER
(Below Urich)

Updated 12/03/05

Report by: Vansel's Little Countryside Bait & More Shop

Catfish poor

Flatheads: No Report

Channel Cats: No Report

Blue Cats: No Report

Crappie: No Report

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JACOMO

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Map

Temperature:  Clarity:   Level: 0.00 feet low

Road Kill BBQ, cooking on Fri & Sat.  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     Map

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

Catfish are biting river worms and shrimp

Bluegill good on crickets waxworks and river worms

Crappie fair to poor on minnows

Bass fair top water early am

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James A. Reed

Updated 11/30/05

Temp: 48

WATER LEVEL: FULL POOL

WATER CONDITION CLEAR

Lake Maps

Channel catfish FAIR

Largemouth bass FAIR

Bluegill sunfish FAIR

Redear sunfish FAIR

Crappie FAIR

Trout GOOD, at Honker Pond (kidís fishing only) and Coot Lake (catch and release fishing only until February 1, 2006)

Both brown and rainbow trout were stocked in Coot and Honker Pond November 17, 2005. Additional stockings will occur in February and March. Coot Lake is catch and release with Flies and Artificial lures only until February 1, 2006. At that time statewide regulations take over. To harvest trout everyone must have a trout permit including children fishing at Honker Pond. Adults must also have a Missouri fishing permit.

Cottontail Lake will be closed for physical renovation for the next couple of years. The lake has refilled and has been stocked with small fish. After they reach a harvestable size the lake will reopen for fishing.

This will be the last fishing report until additional trout are stocked on the area in February.

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LAKE of the Ozarks

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 660.0 Temperature: 68

Inflow: 500 cfs Outflow: 600 cfs. Level: 3.30 feet low

Lake Map

Mile Marker 81Report By: Old Oarhouse Inn 

No Report

Remember a bad day fishing is better than a great day at work.

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LONGBRANCH

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 791.0 Temperature: 

Inflow: 2 cfs Outflow: 7 cfs Level: 2.66 feet low 

Lake Map

Channel Catfish fair using nightcrawlers and liver

Flathead No Report 

Walleye fair using crankbaits

Crappie fair using minnows and jigs

Largemouth Bass fair using lures 

Bluegill No Report 

White Bass No Report 

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LONGVIEW

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.0 Temperature:

Inflow: 2 cfs Outflow: 8 cfs Level: 0.49 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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MARK TWAIN

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 606.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 50 Level: 6.00 feet low 

Lake Map

Report by: South Fork Resort

Article about Crappie Fishing on Mark Twain

No Report

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MAPLE LEAF LAKE 

Updated 12/03/05

Temperature: 

Lake Map

Crappie No Report

Bass No Report

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MISSOURI RIVER  (Homers Landing)

Updated
12/03/05
Temperature:
Conditions: 

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Road Kill BBQ, cooking on Fri & Sat.  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     Map

Catfish good using live shad sides, goldfish on trotlines and limb lines

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Waverly Area
Updated 
12/03/05
Temperature
Conditions:
Braggin Board

Report by: River Bluff Rod & Gun

No Report

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MONTROSE

Updated 12/03/05

Temperature: 

Lake Map

Report by: Vansel's Little Countryside Bait & More Shop

Channel Catfish: No Report

Flathead: No Report

Largemouth Bass: No Report

Stripers: No Report

Crappie: good

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MOZINGO

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Elevation: Normal Pool

Temp: 

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

Crappie - fair but small

Bass - bass good 

Bluegill good  

Catfish good

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

THANKS
BIG BIRD
RIDE HARD RIDE FREE

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POMME de TERRE

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 839.0 Temperature:  

Inflow: 120 cfs Outflow: 50 cfs Level: 0.42 feet low

Lake Map 

Black bass No Report

White bass No Report

Crappie No Report

Catfish No Report

Bluegill No Report

Walleye/Muskie No Report

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PONY EXPRESS

Updated 12/03/05

Temperature:   Clarity:  Level: low and clear

Lake Map

Catfish No Report

Blue Catfish No Report

Bluegill No Report

Bass No Report

Crappie No Report

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SEVER

Updated 12/03/05

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 12/03/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 864.2  Temperature: 

Inflow: 3 cfs Outflow: 25 cfs Level: 1.33 feet high

Lake Map

Report by Burton's Bait and Tackle

CRAPPIE: No Report

BASS: Fair: No Report

CATFISH: Good: No Report

White Bass: Fair: No Report

WALLEYE: Fair: No Report

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STOCKTON

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 867.7 Temperature: 

Inflow: 70 cfs Outflow: 40 cfs Level: 7.75 feet low

Lake Map

Report By: Square Deal Bait Shop-CLOSED for the Season

Black bass No Report 

White bass  No Report 

Crappie No Report 

Walleye No Report 

Catfish  No Report 

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TABLE ROCK

Updated 11/30/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 915.0 Temperature: 50-53 degrees

Release Rate: 681 cfs. Level: 10.75 feet low

Report By: Table Rock Guide Service-Bill Beck 

Lake Level: 905.0
Normal Pool: 915.00'
Water Temp: 50-53 degrees

Mid Lake-Kimberling City Area The cooler weather and drop in lake temperature has really helped the fishing pick up. In early morning and late evening, bass are hitting War Eagle spinner baits in pockets just off the main lake where shore minnows are present. On windy days, bass can be taken on spinner baits off chunk rock banks where the wind is blowing in. As the day goes on, use a Carolina rigged centipede in watermelon red or a brown and purple football head jig on the main lake points and flats in about 30-40 feet of water. The fish are also hitting white jigging spoons on main lake bluff ends over deep tree tops that are in 35-45 feet of water. Also try drop shot rigs and 4 inch gray grub on 1/4 and 3/8 ounce heads 30-45 feet deep on main lake flat gravel points and bluff ends over timber. With the colder weather, some fish are starting to move back into the creeks. They can be caught in the creek channels with jigging spoons, gray grub or drop shot around shad schools. On windy days, the crank bait bite should start to improve. Try throwing a crawfish patter wiggle wart.

Lower End-Damn Area There is an early morning spinner bait bite in cedar trees and gravel pockets just off the main lake. Drop shot and spoon fish are being caught in 35-45 feet deep on long flat main lake gravel points. Throw Football head jigs, brown and purple or green pumpkin ,on main lake gravel in 30-40 feet of water. On main lake and secondary points, throw a wiggle wart crank bait in crawfish patterns on ledges or rock structures. Some fish are starting to move back in the creeks, following the shad schools. They can be caught on jigging spoons, grubs and drop shot rigs.

Upper End-James River Work the main lake flats and points with Carolina rig and football head jigs in about 25-38 feet of water. Try throwing a white jigging spoon in 30-40 feet of water on the main lake flats and points around shad schools. Fish are also being caught on shallow running crank baits in the upper ends of the James and Flat Creek. Work channel banks with crawfish pattern wiggle warts and spinner baits.

Bluegill Some of the bluegill are still shallow but allot of the bigger bluegill are on the main lake gravel flats and points in 25-35 feet deep. Crickets are best.

Crappie I've been catching some nice crappie while fishing for bass on bluff ends over deep tree tops 30-45 feet deep on a 1/2 ounce white spoon and gray grub on 1/4 ounce head. I think crappie fishing will improve as the water temperature cools down. Some crappie are also being caught on flats in 25-35 feet deep in the Long Creek area and the James River on 1/4 oz jigging spoons, crappie jigs and minnows.

Lake Taneycomo Trout fishing is very good in the trophy area and also below Fall Creek dock. In the trophy area from Fall Creek to the damn, the trout size seems to be improving with the cooler weather. I'm catching some nice rainbows and a few browns on a small Rapala in the morning and also swimming a white 1/16 ounce jig. The trout in the trophy area will also take pink or green micro jigs under a float and a zebra midge has also been very good. Below the trophy are from Fall Creek down, the trout are biting very good on night crawlers or power baits. In the early morning you can catch them swimming a 1/16 ounce jig or little Cleo spoon.

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TANEYCOMO

Updated 11/30/05

Temperature:    Level:

Report by River Run Outfitters

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THOMAS HILL

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 722.00 Clarity:  Level:

Temperature:  

  Lake Map

Crappie fair using jigs and minnows

Bass fair using lures 

Channel Cat good using liver and nightcrawlers on setlines

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TRUMAN

Updated 11/03/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 706.0 Temperature:  

Inflow: 300 cfs Outflow: 0 cfs Level: 0.26 feet low

Lake Map     Braggin' Board

MAIN LAKE Report by Sterett Creek Marina  CLOSED

Fishing Report from Sterett Creek Marina 11/2/05

This morning is more like summer than fall. The wind hasn't picked up yet but the weatherman says it's going to. The wind has been just right for the white bass fishing this week, we have seen a lot of fish come in. The way it sounds it is supposed to hold through the weekend so lets hope the fish do the same.

LAKE LEVEL: 705.78
WATER TEMP: 51 deg.
WATER CLARITY:
Big & Little Tebo, light stain.
                                   Big & Little Pommie, light stain.
                                   Upper Osage, stained.
                                   Lower Osage, stained.
                                   Upper Grand, stained.
                                   Lower Grand, light stained.

BASS: The shallow bite is still going on. Spinner baits in the back ends of the coves has been working. Fish are running in 2' to 5' of water. Single spins seem to be working the best. There is a jig bite going on the secondary points in 4' to 8' of water, black and blue seems to be working the best. There are a few bass coming off the flat main lake flat points when fishing for whites. These fish are right on the banks.

CRAPPIE: Brush piles are the best of the best. The fish have started hitting jigs when fished in 20' over top the brush. Black and chartreuse has been the best color.

WHITES: The white bass fishing has really picked up this week. White Rooster Tails have been working the best. Rat L Traps and small shad bodies on a 1/4 oz. head have also been working. These fish are on the flat main lake points in a foot of water. Have seen some real nice whites, but no hybrids as of yet. You need to have the wind blowing in on the points.

CATFISH: No Report.

This will be the last fishing report for the season as we will be closing the marina down for the winter. We will keep the campground open thru deer season. We will reopen March 1 2006.

We would like to thank all our patrons and wish everyone good holidays and a warm winter. Look forward to seeing you in the spring. Sterett Creek Marina

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Catfish Reports by: Anthony Ford: Catfish & Spoonbill Guide for Truman Main Lake

11/30/05

well its that time of year the best time for trophy blues the water temp is 46 and dropping fish are in the channel hitting on cut bait it will be good for a while happy fishing

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Tebo Arm

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Temp: 

Report by:  

Crappie No Report

Catfish No Report

Bass No Report

White Bass No Report

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Grand River Arm

Lake level 706.30    Water clarity lightly stained

Updated 12/03/05

Lake temp: 

Report for Grand River Arm by Bucksaw Marina 

Crappie are being caught in the creeks on jigs. Look for bluff type banks and fish vertical over them. Use a 1/16 oz jig chartreuse in color. Early morning is the best. Keep your boat in 115 ft of water or more. Fish slow!

Catfish and white bass no report.

Black bass are being caught on spinner baits and jig and frog. Most are being caught in the back of the creeks. Let the sun warm things up and start fishing. Go creek to creek moving slow. The action is not fast but you can catch nice fish. 

The water is in good shape so our winter fishing should be good.

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

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WAPPAPELLO

Updated 12/03/05

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 359.0 Temperature: 

Release Rate: 120 Level: 0.10 feet high

Lake Map

Largemouth Bass fair using spinner baits and plastic worms

White Bass  No Report

Crappie fair using minnows and jigs 

Bluegill fair using crickets 

Catfish good using nightcrawlers and live bait on trotlines at night

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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