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Missouri fishing report 4-30-09

April 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM

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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 58 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 55 degrees, dingy; crappie, catfish and white bass slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 57 degrees, dingy; crappie good; black bass fair; catfish and white bass slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 57 degrees, dingy; crappie good near banks; black bass and white bass fair; catfish good; walleye slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 64 degrees, dingy; black bass fair, try a Carolina rigged lizard or do-nothing worm or jig & pig in the shallows; crappie fair in water 6-8’ deep, try fishing slower, using Little Fish and swimming minnows. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 64 degrees, dingy; black bass fair, try a Carolina rigged lizard or do-nothing worm or jig & pig in the shallows; crappie fair in 6-8’ deep water, try fishing slower using Little Fish and swimming minnows. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Little Dixie: 57 degrees, high, muddy; crappie good on jigs and minnows; channel catfish good on chicken liver; all other species slow; area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10:00pm to 4:00am. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

    RIVERS

Lamine: 52 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Missouri (Middle): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 55 degrees, dingy; crappie fair; white bass slow; catfish fair using cut shad. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 63 degrees, dingy; channel catfish and crappie good; largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Montrose: 67 degrees, high, muddy; catfish good; crappie and black bass slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 62 degrees, high, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 62 degrees, high, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Smithville: 53 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on shad sides; crappie good on crappie jigs and minnows; walleye fair using Road Runners with nightcrawlers; largemouth bass good in shallow water using dark colored jigs and dark colored, very shallow running crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Truman: 60 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on minnows and jigs; catfish good on live baits and cut shad; white bass good on jigs; black bass good on crankbaits. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Truman Tailwaters: 60 degrees, dingy; white bass good on jigs; catfish fair on cut baits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: water level is high; catfish good on skipjack herring. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 61 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; largemouth bass fair on buzzbaits; crappie fair on Power Baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Long Branch: 53 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Mark Twain: 59 degrees, dingy; channel catfish good on cut shad; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Sever: 57 degrees, normal, muddy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; bluegill good on jigs and live baits; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits; muskie fair on large jerkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Thomas Hill: 60 degrees, normal, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 59 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 57 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3111

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 52 degrees, rising, dingy; bass, crappie and catfish good; bluegill and walleye fair. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Mozingo: 50 degrees, rising, dingy; crappie, bass and channel catfish good; bluegill good on worms; walleye fair. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Paho: 56 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Pony Express: 60 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; channel catfish fair on cut baits and chicken livers. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

    RIVERS

Grand: 50 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish, flathead catfish and blue catfish fair; all other species fair. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 47 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 68 degrees, high, dingy; black bass and white bass good on artificial lures; crappie fair on artificial lures. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Norfork: 67 degrees, high, dingy; black bass and white bass good on artificial lures; crappie fair on artificial lures. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 60 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye fair on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Big Piney (Upper): 61 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye fair on soft plastic lures and live baits. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Bryant Creek: 64 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Current: 53 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Eleven Point: 60 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 60 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Gasconade (upper): 63 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye and sunfish fair on small plastic lures and small crankbaits. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Jack’s Fork: 62 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

North Fork: 58 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 66 degrees, rising, dingy; crappie good on jigs and live minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Council Bluff: 61 degrees, black bass good on spinnerbaits and swimbaits; crappie fair on live minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Cypress Lake: 58 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill and redear good on live baits such as worms or crickets and small spinnerbaits; channel catfish good on cut baits; crappie fair on small jigs and minnows.  (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Duck Creek: 72 degrees, clear; bluegill good on crickets; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Lake Girardeau: high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Perry County Lake: 66 degrees, dingy; crappie fair on jigs; catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Robert DeLaney Lake: dingy; crappie good on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair on natural baits and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Wappapello: 67 degrees, channel catfish good on live baits and nightcrawlers on trotlines and juglines at night; crappie good on minnows and jigs; black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms; bluegill fair on crickets and worms.

Anglers should note the 9 inch minimum length limit regulation for crappie. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

    RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 61 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Castor River (above Zalma): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Mississippi (below Charleston): high, muddy; all species slow.  (Report made on 4/29/2009)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 55-59 degrees, high, clear; black bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs; white bass fair on swimming minnows; walleye fair on jerkbaits; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Lake Taneycomo: 47 degrees, high, clear; upper lake: trout fair on white/olive marabou jigs and orange glo balls; lower lake:  trout fair on chartreuse, bubble gum and orange colored Power Baits, corn and nightcrawlers. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Pomme de Terre: 64 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on jigs and minnows in 3’ to 6’ of water; black bass good along the shore on worms and crankbaits; white bass good in upper arms of lake on Road Runners; catfish slow but some success on worms; walleye slow but can be caught on flats; muskie slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Stockton: 61 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass good using crankbaits on flats; white bass fair on Twister Tails in upper arms of lake; walleye fair on crankbaits and worms or minnow bottom bouncers in the Big Sac and Little Sac arms of the lake and near the dam; crappie fair on minnows and white or chartreuse jigs in upper arms of lake; catfish slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Table Rock (James River arm): 62 degrees, normal, dingy; white bass good on white Rooster Tails or soft plastic minnows with a 1/8 oz. jig head; black bass good on soft plastic worms or salamanders from the bank in 3’ to 4’ of water. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

Table Rock (main lake): 62 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on live minnows or soft plastic minnows with a 1/16 oz. jig head from the bank in 1’ to 2’ of water. (Report made on 4/29/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 62 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye good on worms and live baits; trout good on bright Power Baits. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

James River (lower): 61 degrees, high, dingy; paddlefish are present between lake boundry and the Springfield Dam; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 60 degrees, high, muddy; black bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; catfish good on prepared baits, liver and worms; crappie good on minnows; all other species fair; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 60 degrees, high, muddy; black bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; catfish good on prepared baits, liver and worms; crappie good on minnows; all other species fair; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter.


(Report made on 4/30/2009)

    RIVERS

Big River: 50 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish good on liver and stinkbaits; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 56 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow with some success on worms. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 59 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Meramec (below Eureka): 58 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Missouri (below New Haven): 56 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish good on natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 54 degrees, high, dingy; stream is up 6 inches due to recent rains, flow is strong; color is slighly off;  successful lures and baits include: jigs (black/yellow, red/chartreuse, ginger/pink); mini-jigs (beadspread and John Deere); glo balls (“easter egg” tri-color and white); also successful are white Rooster Tails, kapok, orange, and yellow Power Baits and Berkley Power Chow. 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 4/30/2009)

Maramec Spring Park: 58 degrees, falling, dingy; spring branch is murky and a little high; white is a good color; fishing has been fair. (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Montauk State Park: 57 degrees, rising, dingy; in the fly area scuds and mini marabou jigs suspended under a float are producing good numbers of fish; check at the lodge for other good fly choices; in the bait area, corn, doughbaits and Power Baits in white, yellow, green, cheese and pink are producing good numbers of fish. Kid’s Free Fishing Day is on Saturday May 2nd from 6:30am till 8:15pm. Free for kids 15 and under. Good fishing and good luck!  (Report made on 4/30/2009)

Roaring River State Park: 57 degrees, rising, dingy; more weight will be necessary to get bait down; 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

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