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Missouri fishing report 4-15-10

April 15, 2010 at 12:07 PM

CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 51 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on jigs; largemouth bass fair on live baits; all other species slow.
(Report made on 4/15/2010)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 54 degrees, dingy; black bass season closed; white bass good on light colored soft plastics; catfish slow on chicken livers, worms and stinkbaits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows.
(Report made on 4/15/2010)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 64 degrees, dingy; black bass slow with some success using soft plastic worms; white bass slow with some success on light colored soft plastics; catfish slow on chicken livers, worms and stinkbaits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows.
(Report made on 4/15/2010)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 56 degrees, dingy; crappie good next to brush on tube jigs; black bass good; catfish fair; white bass fair.  (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 56 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; crappie good, they are moving up to the shallows to spawn; catfish good up the river on cut shad; paddlefish good,  between the 52mm and the 60mm. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 56 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; crappie good, they are moving up to the shallows to spawn; catfish good up the river on cut shad; paddlefish good,  between the 52mm and the 60mm.

(Report made on 4/15/2010)

Little Dixie: 54 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on live minnows and jigs; largemouth bass fair; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; all other species slow. This area closed to all activity between the hours of 10:00p.m. and 4:00a.m. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

    RIVERS

Lamine: 52 degrees, high, muddy;  all species fair on live baits. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Missouri (Middle): 51 degrees, high, muddy; all species are fair on live baits and worms. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 53 degrees, dingy; paddlefish fair; white bass slow on spinners; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; catfish good on shad; black bass closed. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 64 degrees, high, clear; channel catfish, largemouth bass and crappie good; bluegill and redear sunfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Montrose: 71 degrees, clear; black bass fair; all other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 63 degrees, dingy; catfish and crappie good; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 65 degrees, dingy; catfish and crappie good; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Smithville: 48 degrees, low, dingy; catfish good using nightcrawlers, shad sides and shrimp; walleye fair on the dam; largemouth bass fair using spinnerbaits; all other species slow.

(Report made on 4/15/2010)

Truman: 61 degrees, high, clear; releasing 16,000 cfs; catfish good on trotlines and jug lines using cut baits; crappie good using jigs and minnows; black bass good; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Truman Tailwaters: 61 degrees, clear; catfish good using cut baits; crappie good using jigs and minnows; walleye fair using jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: high, catfish good using nightcrawlers. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 66 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on Twister Tails; bluegill fair on red wigglers; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Long Branch: 59 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Mark Twain: 54 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows; catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Sever: 65 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on minnows and jigs beneath bobbers; bluegill good on small Rooster Tails; largemouth bass fair on white and chartreuse spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on cut shad; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Thomas Hill: 63 degrees, high, dingy; hybrid stripers fair on lures such as Rattle Trap, Sassy Shad and crankbaits; crappie slow on tube jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 60 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on shad guts, worms, stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; drum good on nightcrawlers; snagging for spoonbill fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 56 degrees, high, muddy; smallmouth bass fair; drum good on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 60 degrees, high, dingy; bass good on crankbaits; walleye good on crankbaits along the dam; bluegill and crappie fair using live baits. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Mozingo: 60 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish, walleye, black bass and crappie good; bluegill fair. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Paho: 59 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Pony Express: 65 degrees, normal, clear; catfish good using chicken livers and stinkbaits; bluegill good on worms; crappie good on minnows; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

    RIVERS

Grand: 59 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Missouri (below Iowa line): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 68 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Norfork: 68 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 63 degrees, falling, dingy; goggle-eye fair on jigs and soft plastics. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Big Piney (Upper): 62 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill and goggle-eye fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Bryant Creek: 61 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Current: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass closed; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Eleven Point: 60 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 64 degrees, falling, dingy; suckers and drums good on nightcrawlers; goggle-eye fair on jigs and soft plastics.  (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Gasconade (upper): 68 degrees, normal, dingy; goggle-eye and sunfish good on small plastic grubs and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Jack’s Fork: 65 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

North Fork: 59 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 66 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good at medium to shallow depths with jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/13/2010)

Council Bluff: 61 degrees, normal, black bass good on dark colored soft plastic baits and minnows during low light periods; crappie good on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/13/2010)

Cypress Lake: 66 degrees, dingy; bluegill good on jigs especially chartreuse and black at one to two feet deep; crappie good on jigs and minnows at one to two feet deep; black bass good on jigs and spinnerbaits; catfish fair tightlining on bottom using cut baits, worms and stinkbaits. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Duck Creek: 70 degrees, clear; bluegill good on crickets; crappie good on minnows; black bass fair on topwater lures and worms. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Lake Girardeau: 54 degrees, all species fair.  (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Perry County Lake: 67 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Robert DeLaney Lake: crappie fair on live baits and jigs; catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Wappapello: 67 degrees, low, crappie good on minnows and jigs; black bass fair on crankbaits; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; all other species slow.

Note: Anglers should note the 9” minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake.  (Report made on 4/14/2010)

    RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 58 degrees, normal, clear; white bass fair on Road Runners and spinnerbaits; black bass closed; goggle-eye slow on plastics and minnows. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Castor River (above Zalma): normal, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 4/13/2010)

Mississippi (below Charleston): falling, dingy; catfish fair on live baits and cut baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Mississippi River (Cape Girardeau): 61 degrees, falling, muddy; all species fair. (Report made on 4/13/2010)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/13/2010)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): 62 degrees, normal, dingy; catfish fair on chicken liver and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 49-53 degrees, high, clear; dam area:  white bass good on chartreuse, white and purple swimming minnows; black bass fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits; walleye fair on jerkbaits and nightcrawlers.  Beaver Creek:  white bass good on chartreuse, white and purple swimming minnows or while trolling with crankbaits; black bass good on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits; walleye fair on jerkbaits; crappie slow on jigs and minnows. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Lake Taneycomo: 45 degrees, falling, clear; upper lake: rainbow trout good on white/olive colored jigs, orange glow balls and black/chrome Rapalas; lower lake:  rainbow trout good on orange and chartreuse colored Power Bait, corn, and live nightcrawlers. (Report made on 4/13/2010)

Pomme de Terre: 62 degrees, high, clear; crappie good on minnows and jigs in 3’ to 6’ of water; black bass good on plastics and crankbaits in 3’ to 10’ of water; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Stockton: 57 degrees, high, clear; crappie good on small crankbaits and spinners near warm banks with direct sunlight; walleye good following post spawn runs on upper arms of lake using deep diving lures off rocky structures; white bass good in woody cover; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Table Rock (James River arm): 59 degrees, falling, clear; white bass good on 1/8 oz small white spinners and 1/8 oz jigs with blue and gray soft plastic swim baits; crappie good on live minnows and small tube jigs; black bass good on 1/4 oz jigs and soft plastic crayfish. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Table Rock (main lake): 59 degrees, falling, clear; white bass good on 1/8 oz small white spinners and 1/8 oz jigs with blue and gray soft plastic swim baits; crappie good on live minnows and small tube jigs; black bass good on 1/4 oz jigs and soft plastic crayfish. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 55 degrees, normal, clear; trout good on natural baits and Power Baits below Bennett Spring; black bass closed; goggle-eye fair on natural baits and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

James River (lower): 60 degrees, normal, clear; black bass closed; goggle-eye good on small brown and pumpkinseed soft plastics; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 63 degrees, falling, dingy; black bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs; catfish fair on liver and stinkbaits, limit 4; please remove litter. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 63 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on livebaits and stinkbaits; all other species fair on worms; catfish limit 4; please remove litter.


(Report made on 4/15/2010)

    RIVERS

Big River: 64 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish fair on worms and chicken livers; crappie fair on minnows; carp fair on doughbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 63 degrees, falling, clear; channel catfish fair on live baits and stinkbaits; all other species fair on live baits. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 58 degrees, falling, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

Meramec (below Eureka): 58 degrees, falling, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Missouri (below New Haven): 58 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on natural baits; all other species slow on natural baits. (Report made on 4/14/2010)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 54 degrees, high, dingy; spring level about 6 inches high and slightly off color; flow is strong;  best lures: black/gold and gold plated marabou jigs, pale pink globalls brown, bronze, and bumblebee Rooster Tails and ,white Power Bait and kapok.
April fishing hours are 7:00am to 7:30pm.
Kids Fishing Day is Saturday May 1. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Maramec Spring Park: 56 degrees, falling, dingy; water slightly off color and cloudy; visibility is around 3-4 feet; flow returning to normal; fish hitting on white doughbaits. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Montauk State Park: 56 degrees, falling, dingy; fishing/whistle hours for the month of April are 7:00am to 7:30pm. There is good flow due to recent rains; the water has a slight gray hue but is mainly clear.  For best results come early and get your spot, use light line, 2 to 3 lb test is best. Check at the lodge for advice on what is working the best. In the Fly zone: wooly buggers, scuds and nymphs are working well, there is a good evening hatch right now, so dry flies are producing good numbers of fish in the late afternoons; in the bait area: dough and putty baits of all colors are catching nice fish, along with corn and cheese fished under a bobber. 2010 Kid’s Free Fishing Day is Saturday May 1st. (Report made on 4/15/2010)

Roaring River State Park: 57 degrees, falling, clear; the spring branch is clear in color; there are some good hatches coming off in the afternoon; black and olive micro jigs, san juan worms, white colored lures, power bait eggs and nightcrawlers are working well in the allowable zones; Kids Fishing Day is May 15; for current or detailed information on stream conditions call 417-847-2430. Nearest permit vendor to the park is Sportsman’s Corner at the junction of Hwy 112 and Hwy 76.  For current real time streamflow information check the streamflow gauge provided by USGS and DNR: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mo/nwis/uv/?site_no=07050152&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060
(Report made on 4/15/2010)

 

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