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Missouri fishing report 4-2-09

April 02, 2009 at 11:52 AM

CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

LAKES

Binder: 59 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 47 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair; white bass and catfish slow; paddlefish good; black bass closed in the Osage River. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 49 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good; black bass fair; catfish and white bass slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 49 degrees, high, dingy; crappie and black bass good; white bass and catfish slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 49 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair using jerkbaits on windy points, and Carolina rigs; crappie good on jigs and minnows, find brush and you’ll find crappie, use black and chartreuse or red and chartreuse; catfish slow; paddlefish fair, concentrate on deep holes; walleye fair, use live bait bouncing on the bottom above Ha Ha Tonka. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 49 degrees, dingy; black bass fair using jerkbaits on windy points, and Carolina rigs; crappie good on jigs and minnows, find brush and you will find crappie, use black and chartreuse or red and chartreuse; catfish slow; paddlefish fair on the upper Osage, concentrate on deep holes. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Little Dixie: 59 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on minnows; all other species slow; area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10:00pm to 4:00am. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

RIVERS

Lamine: 58 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on worms;blue catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Missouri (Middle): 57 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on worms; blue catfish good on cut bait and shad; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 47 degrees, dingy; crappie fair; white bass and catfish slow; paddlefish good; black bass closed. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 43 degrees, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Montrose: 48 degrees, high, muddy; crappie and catfish slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 50 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good; crappie good; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 49 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good; crappie good; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Smithville: 43 degrees, low, dingy; largemouth bass slow with some success using jigs or spinnerbaits;  white bass good on the upper ends of the lake; crappie slow with some success using minnows; all other species slow.  (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Truman: 50 degrees, high, dingy; catfish fair on live bait; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Truman Tailwaters: 50 degrees, high, dingy; releasing 30,000 cfs; walleye, white bass, and hybrids fair on jigs; catfish fair on live bait, and crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

RIVERS

Missouri River: high, muddy; catfish slow with some success using shad sides on trotlines and jug lines. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

LAKES

Hunnewell: 51 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on cheese bait; crappie fair on Twister Tails; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Long Branch: 48 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Mark Twain: 45 degrees, high, muddy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Sever: 51 degrees, high, muddy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows beneath bobbers near woody structures; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Thomas Hill: 54 degrees, normal, muddy; small channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 44 degrees, high, muddy; river is near flood stage; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 43 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3111

LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 39 degrees, normal, clear; walleye fair on crankbaits at night along riprap; crappie fair in deep brush on jigs and Crappie Nibbles; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Mozingo: 39 degrees, normal, clear; walleye fair on dam, best luck using crankbaits at night along riprap; crappie fair on deep brush using jigs and Crappie Nibbles; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Paho: 46 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Pony Express: 48 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

RIVERS

Grand: 54 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish, flathead catfish and blue catfish slow; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Missouri (below Iowa line): high, dingy; channel catfish good on earthworms and good on dip baits; flathead catfish and carp fair on earthworms; all other species poor. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 55 degrees, normal, dingy; white bass fair on various baits and lures; crappie fair on jigs and minnows. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Norfork: 54 degrees, normal, dingy; white bass good on various lures and baits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 56 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Big Piney (Upper): 58 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Bryant Creek: 52 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Current: 60 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Eleven Point: 56 degrees, high, dingy; rainbow trout fair on corn, cheese and small spinnerbaits. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 56 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Gasconade (upper): 58 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Jack’s Fork: 62 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

North Fork: 50 degrees, high, clear; rainbow trout and brown trout fair on wet flies. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 61 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on jigs and live minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Council Bluff: 60 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on live minnows and spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on livers and cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Cypress Lake: 58 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on small jigs; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs; bluegill fair on small spinnerbaits and live baits such as earthworms and crickets. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Duck Creek: 56 degrees, clear; redear fair on crickets; crappie fair on jigs; largemouth bass fair on lures. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Lake Girardeau: 58 degrees, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Perry County Lake: 57 degrees, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and light colored jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Robert DeLaney Lake: Crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on natural bait and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Wappapello: 57 degrees, black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish good on trotlines and jug lines at night; bluegill fair on crickets and worms.  (Report made on 4/1/2009)

RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 54 degrees, high, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Castor River (above Zalma): 56 degrees, high, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Mississippi (below Charleston): high, all species slow.  (Report made on 4/2/2009)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): high, dingy; black bass fair on plastic worms and spinnerbaits; crappie good on minnows and jigs off the bottom near brush; channel catfish fair on liver and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 52 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs; walleye fair on jerkbaits; white bass good on swimming minnows; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, normal, clear; upper lake: trout good on flies and white/olive marabou jigs, orange/chartreuse glo balls, chartreuse/silver and white/silver Rooster Tails when generators are running; lower lake:  trout good on chartreuse/orange colored Power Baits and nightcrawlers. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Pomme de Terre: 55 degrees, normal, clear; black bass fair on plastic baits; white bass fair trolling white jigs close to surface; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Stockton: 48 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits; crappie good on small plastic jigs; white bass good on spinners and plastic jigs; walleye good on jerkbaits and swimming jigs; catfish fair on live bait. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Table Rock (James River arm): 54 degrees, high, dingy; white bass good and can be found just below the city of Galena in eddies or back waters. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

Table Rock (main lake): 54 degrees, high, dingy; white bass good on white spinners, pearl swimming minnows and live minnows. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

RIVERS

Big Niangua: 56 degrees, normal, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

James River (lower): 55 degrees, high, muddy; goggle-eye are beginning to bite on small soft plastics; paddlefish good between Table Rock and Springfield Dam; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/1/2009)

ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 57 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 57 degrees, rising, muddy; black bass fair; all other species fair; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter.

RIVERS

Big River: 47 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 48 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish slow on cut baits, blood baits and worms; all other species slow with some success on worms. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 48 degrees, high, muddy; no report due to high water. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Meramec (below Eureka): 47 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Missouri (below New Haven): 47 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish and carp fair on worms; all other species fair on cut bait. (Report made on 4/2/2009)

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 (brown roach and John Deere); glo balls (original tri-color and white); also successful are Rooster Tails, hot pink brassies, rainbow Power Baits and pink and black/yellow plastic worms. April fishing hours will be: 7:00 am to 7:30 pm.
Weed cutting is planned for Tuesday, April 14 from 9am-3pm weather permitting.
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 4/2/2009)

Maramec Spring Park: 58 degrees, falling, dingy; stream is up slightly and somewhat murky; still a greenish cast; use bright colors.  (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Montauk State Park: 57 degrees, rising, dingy; fishing times are 7:00am to 7:30pm for the month of April. The water in the park is stabilizing after rising about 5 inches due to the rains in the area, clear with good flow.  Fishing is good. Check at the lodge for the best 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! (Report made on 4/2/2009)

Roaring River State Park: 57 degrees, rising, clear; water is up a bit but has remained 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.

 

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