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Missouri fishing report 4-16-09

April 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 55 degrees, normal, dingy;  bluegill fair on river worms; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms;  all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 49 degrees, dingy; crappie fair; catfish and white bass slow; paddlefish fair. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 51 degrees, dingy; crappie fair; black bass, catfish, white bass and paddlefish slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 51 degrees, dingy; crappie good in the early morning near brush; black bass fair; white bass, catfish and walleye slow; paddlefish fair. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 51 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on crankbaits and Carolina rig lizards; crappie fair, still in pre-spawn mode, so try shady side of docks in 10 to 12 feet brush piles using jigs; walleye and white bass slow, some fish are still being caught up the rivers in deep holes on Shad Raps and Little Fish; paddlefish slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 51 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on crankbaits and Carolina rig lizards; crappie fair, still in pre-spawn mods, so try shady sides of docks and 10 to 12 feet brush piles with jigs; walleye and white bass slow; paddlefish slow, some fish are being caught around the 50 to 60 mile markers. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Little Dixie: 54 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on jigs and minnows; channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbaits; all other species slow; area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10:00pm to 4:00am. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

    RIVERS

Lamine: 52 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish fair on live and cut baits; paddlefish snagging slow; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Missouri (Middle): 51 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish and blue catfish good on cut and live baits; other species fair on worms; crappie slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 49 degrees, dingy; crappie fair; white bass and catfish slow; paddlefish good; black bass closed. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 55 degrees, dingy; channel catfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Montrose: 57 degrees, high, muddy; catfish fair; crappie and bass slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 48 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good; crappie good; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 48 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good; crappie good; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Smithville: 46 degrees, low, dingy; catfish fair using nightcrawlers on the upper ends of the lake; white bass good on the upper ends of the lake; crappie slow with some success using minnows with a shallow set bobber in shallow water; walleye slow with some success using floating Rogues by the dam; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Truman: 49 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; catfish good on live baits and cut shad; white bass fair on crankbaits. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Truman Tailwaters: 49 degrees, dingy; releasing 32,000 cfs; crappie good on minnows and jigs; hybrid striped bass good on minnows and jigs; catfish fair on cut shad and live baits; walleye fair on jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: No report available.

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 49 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on shad sides; largemouth bass fair on Beetle Spins; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Long Branch: 46 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Mark Twain: 50 degrees, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass fair on jigs; channel catfish good on cut shad; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Sever: 48 degrees, normal, muddy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows beneath bobbers near woody structures; bluegill fair on jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Thomas Hill: 55 degrees, normal, muddy; small channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 49 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on shad guts and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 54 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3111

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 42 degrees, normal, dingy; walleye biting on crankbaits along the dam or rocky shorelines; channel catfish good on cut baits along the dam; bass getting more active on mid-depth brush; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Mozingo: 40 degrees, normal, dingy; walleye are finishing spawn and will be moving off dam very soon, some success on crankbaits; bluegill and crappie fair on small jigs. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Paho: 48 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Pony Express: 48 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

    RIVERS

Grand: 54 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish, flathead catfish and blue catfish slow; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 44 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on worms and dip baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 58 degrees, normal, clear; white bass good on various baits and lures; crappie good on jigs and minnows. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Norfork: 56 degrees, normal, dingy; white bass good on jigs and various lures; crappie good on jigs and minnows. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 56 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Big Piney (Upper): 50 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Bryant Creek: 55 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Current: 55 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Eleven Point: 59 degrees, normal, clear; rainbow trout good on corn and cheese; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 56 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Gasconade (upper): 52 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Jack’s Fork: 60 degrees, normal, clear; goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

North Fork: 52 degrees, normal, dingy; rainbow trout and brown trout fair on wet flies. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 55 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Council Bluff: 51 degrees, black bass fair on spinnerbaits and jerkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Cypress Lake: 54 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on small jigs; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs; bluegill fair on small spinnerbaits and live baits (crickets and worms); channel catfish slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Duck Creek: 55 degrees, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Lake Girardeau: dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Perry County Lake: 58 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on spinnerbaits; crappie slow on jigs and minnows. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Robert DeLaney Lake: crappie fair on minnows and jigs with Power Baits; bluegill fair on natural baits and jigs. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Wappapello: 55 degrees, crappie good on minnows and jigs; channel catfish good on live baits and nightcrawlers on trotlines and jug lines at night; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; bluegill fair on crickets and worms. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

    RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 60 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Castor River (above Zalma): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Mississippi (below Charleston): high, all species slow.  (Report made on 4/16/2009)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, dingy; channel catfish fair on large minnows drifted in deep holes; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): 54 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 56-58 degrees, normal, clear; walleye fair on swimming minnows and jerkbaits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; white bass fair on swimming minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Lake Taneycomo: 45 degrees, high, clear; upper lake: trout fair on white/olive colored marabou jigs and black/chrome or blue/chrome Rapalas; lower lake:  trout good on chartreuse, bubble-gum or orange colored Power Baits. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

Pomme de Terre: 50 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet of water; white bass good on Road Runners; crappie slow but better in the afternoon on minnows in 12 to 20 feet of water; catfish slow but better on nightcrawlers; walleye slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Stockton: 54 degrees, normal, dingy; largemouth bass good on crankbaits and Texas rigged worms on Big Sac arm, fair on crankbaits on Little Sac arm; walleye fair on crankbaits near dam, slow up river on both Big and Little Sac arms; crappie fair on minnows or white jigs; white bass fair up river on Big and Little Sac arms; catfish slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Table Rock (James River arm): 54 degrees, high, dingy; white bass fair just below the city of Galena in eddies or back waters. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Table Rock (main lake): 54 degrees, high, dingy; due to changes in water levels and temperature, all species slow.  (Report made on 4/16/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 54 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye good on worms and live baits; brown and rainbow trout good on bright Power Baits. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

James River (lower): 57 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/15/2009)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 56 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on jigs; bluegill fair; catfish slow; crappie good on jigs and bobbers; all other species slow; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 56 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; catfish slow; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter.


(Report made on 4/16/2009)

    RIVERS

Big River: 48 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 52 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut baits, blood baits and worms; all other species slow with some success on worms. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 59 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Meramec (below Eureka): 53 degrees, rising, muddy; crappie slow on minnows and jigs; bluegill slow on worms; channel catfish slow on cut baits and worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Missouri (below New Haven): 54 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species good on shad and cut baits. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 54 degrees, high, dingy; stream is up a few inches due to recent rains, somewhat off color; successful lures and baits include: jigs (black/yellow), ginger and pink; mini-jigs (white floss and John Deere); glo balls (original tri-color and white); also successful are Rooster Tails, kapok, orange Power Baits and salmon eggs. Saturday May 2, is our annual Kid’s Free Fishing Day for kids 15 and younger.  For more info call 417-532-4418.
For current streamflow information check the streamflow gauge provided by USGS and DNR: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mo/nwis/uv/?site_no=06923500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060  (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Maramec Spring Park: 58 degrees, falling, dingy; stream is up slightly and somewhat murky; still a greenish cast; use bright colors; white and pink marabou jigs,  bright colored Power Baits and nightcrawlers working well. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Montauk State Park: 57 degrees, falling, clear; the water in the park is clear with good flow.  Fishing is good. In the fly area scuds and mini marabou jigs suspended under a float are producing good numbers of fish, also Cracklebacks and brassies are producing well. Check at the lodge for other good fly choices; in the bait area, corn, doughbait and Power Baits in white, yellow, green, cheese and pink are producing good numbers of fish. Good fishing and good luck! Park staff will be cutting aquatic vegetation beginning at 9:00 am April 22, 2009.  The cutting will take place on the Spring Branch and lower reached of the fly water and should only take one day. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

Roaring River State Park: 57 degrees, rising, clear; flow has increased slightly from last week and water is mostly clear; 2-3 lb test line is recommended; fishing is from 7:00 am until 7:30 pm; plastic eggs in white, brown and yellow or plastic worms in white, cheese, pink or orange are working well; Rooster Tails in black, skunk and brown are also working well;  for current or detailed information call 417-847-2430.
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 4/16/2009)

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