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Missouri fishing report 5-14-09

May 14, 2009 at 02:34 PM

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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; largemouth bass good on plastic worms and spinnerbaits; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; bluegill good on crickets and worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 58 degrees, dingy; white bass, catfish and crappie slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 60 degrees, dingy; white bass slow; catfish, crappie and black bass fair. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 60 degrees, dingy; catfish good in backs of muddy coves; crappie and black bass good; white bass slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 65 degrees, dingy; black bass fair in shallow areas using grubs or topwater lures in the morning and at dusk; crappie fair in clear water and fishing a little deeper; catfish fair with some success on shad and live bluegill. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 65 degrees, dingy; black bass fair in shallow areas using grubs or topwater lures in the morning and at dusk; crappie fair in clear water and fishing a little deeper; catfish fair with some success on shad and live bluegill. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Little Dixie: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on minnows; bluegill good on crickets; all other species slow. Area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10:00pm to 4:00am. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

    RIVERS

Lamine: 60 degrees, falling, muddy;  blue catfish good on cut baits and gold fish; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and doughbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Missouri (Middle): 59 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms; blue and flathead catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 58 degrees, dingy; catfish good using cut shad; white bass good on spinnerbaits; crappie fair on minnows. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 70 degrees, dingy; channel catfish, largemouth bass and crappie good; bluegill and redear sunfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Montrose: 71 degrees, high, muddy; catfish fair; crappie and black bass slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 69 degrees, high, muddy; catfish good; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 69 degrees, high, muddy; catfish good; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Smithville: 62 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on shad guts; crappie good on jigs and minnows on the banks, with some success in the shallows using minnows and bobbers; walleye fair off shallow points using Road Runners with nightcrawlers or leechs; largemouth bass good using dark colored jigs and dark colored crankbaits in 4 to 6 feet of water; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Truman: 65 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on shad and cut baits; white bass good off points on jigs; black bass fair in backs of coves; crappie fair on jigs and minnows. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Truman Tailwaters: 65 degrees, dingy; releasing 49,000 cfs; catfish good; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: high, muddy; catfish good on skipjack herring; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 65 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on chicken livers; bluegill good on red wigglers; crappie fair on Road Runners; largemouth bass fair on jig & pork; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Long Branch: 62 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and leeches; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Mark Twain: 63 degrees, high, muddy; crappie good on jigs with bright color nibblets; channel catfish good on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Sever: 70 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on minnows around brush structures and weedlines; bluegill good on jigs and live baits; muskie fair on large jerkbaits; largemouth bass fair on in-line spinners; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Thomas Hill: 64 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 62 degrees, high, muddy; blue catfish fair on cut shad; flathead catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 63 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3111

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 62 degrees, normal, clear; bass good on topwater lures and spinnerbaits; crappie and bluegill good in shallow water on live bait; channel catfish good on cut bait; walleye slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Mozingo: 59 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie and bluegill are good; black bass good in 2-4 feet of water on spinnerbaits; walleye fair on crankbaits; channel catfish good on cut baits. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Paho: 62 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Pony Express: 67 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; crappie good on jigs and fair on minnows. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

    RIVERS

Grand: 56 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish, flathead catfish and blue catfish slow; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 58 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish good on worms; flathead catfish and carp fair on worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 66 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; black bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Norfork: 65 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; black bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 62 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Big Piney (Upper): 60 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye fair on soft plastic lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Bryant Creek: 61 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye fair on soft plastic lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Current: 61 degrees, high, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Eleven Point: 60 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 62 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Gasconade (upper): 59 degrees, high, dingy; sunfish and goggle-eye fair on nightcrawlers and small plastic grubs; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Jack’s Fork: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; goggle-eye fair on soft plastic lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

North Fork: 59 degrees, high, clear; goggle-eye fair on soft plastic lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 68 degrees, high, dingy; black bass and white bass fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Council Bluff: 63 degrees, high, black bass good in shallow water on spinnerbaits and swimbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Cypress Lake: 68 degrees, normal, muddy; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, jigs and Rattle Lures; bluegill good on live baits and small spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on cut baits; crappie fair on minnows and small jigs.  (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Duck Creek: 72 degrees, clear; bluegill good on crickets; black bass fair on worms; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Lake Girardeau: high, clear; bluegill and redear good; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Perry County Lake: high, dingy; crappie good on minnows and jigs; redear good on crickets; black bass good on spinnerbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Robert DeLaney Lake: normal, bluegill and crappie fair on jigs and natural baits; channel catfish fair on natural baits and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Wappapello: channel catfish good on live baits and nightcrawlers on trotlines and jug lines at night; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; black bass fair on crankbaits; bluegill fair on crickets and worms.

Anglers should note the 9 inch minimum length limit regulation for crappie. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

    RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 61 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye good on brown soft plastic baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Castor River (above Zalma): 64 degrees, high, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Mississippi (below Charleston): high, muddy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair in backwaters on trotlines, limb lines and pole & line on cut baits, stinkbaits and natural baits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/14/2009)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 58-62 degrees, high, clear; black bass good on jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits; white bass fair on swimming minnows; walleye fair on nightcrawlers and jerkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Lake Taneycomo: 51 degrees, high, clear; upper lake: trout fair on black/chrome and blue/chrome Rapalas, white marabou jigs, Rooster Tails and orange/chartreuse glo balls; lower lake:  trout fair on orange/chartreuse Power Baits and nightcrawlers. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Pomme de Terre: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass good close to the bank; crappie fair up stream in the evening; white bass fair; walleye fair; catfish fair upstream; muskie slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Stockton: 66 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on minnows or chartreuse jigs near the shoreline; walleye fair off points; black bass fair; white bass fair on upper arms of lake; catfish slow. (Report made on 5/13/2009)

Table Rock (James River arm): 61 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on the bank in 1’to 2’ of water on live minnows or soft plastic minnows with a 1/16 oz. jig head; white bass good on white Rooster Tails or soft plastic minnows with a 1/8 oz. jig head; black bass good on the bank in 3’ to 4’ of water on smoke colored grubs or black tube baits; flathead catfish good on cut baits, stink baits, live shiners or nightcrawlers.  (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Table Rock (main lake): 61 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on the bank in 1’ to 2’ of water on live minnows or soft plastic minnows with a 1/16 oz. jig head; white bass good up the James River arm on white Rooster Tails or soft plastic minnows with a 1/8 oz. jig head, use silver or gold spoons on main part of lake; black bass good on the bank in 3’ to 4’ of water on smoke colored grubs or black tube baits; flathead catfish good on cut baits, stink baits, live shiners or nightcrawlers.  (Report made on 5/14/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 62 degrees, high, dingy; brown and rainbow trout good on bright colored Power Baits; goggle-eye fair on worms and other live baits. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

James River (lower): 62 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye fair on watermelon soft plastics, all other species fair. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 68 degrees, high, muddy; black bass good on buzzbaits and crankbaits; channel catfish good on worms; crappie good on jigs and minnows; all other species fair; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 67 degrees, high, muddy; catfish good on worms; crappie good on jigs and minnows; black bass good on buzzbaits; all other species fair on worms; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter.


(Report made on 5/14/2009)

    RIVERS

Big River: 54 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 61 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on liver, nightcrawlers and blood baits; bluegill good on worms; all other species fair on worms. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 60 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow due to high water. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Meramec (below Eureka): 61 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow due to river flooding. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Missouri (below New Haven): 56 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits; all other species fair on shad. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 54 degrees, high, dingy; stream is up 10 inches due to recent rains; best success is to fish deep; successful lures and baits include: jigs (black/yellow, ginger/orange); mini-jigs (beadspread and John Deere); glo balls (any three color combo and white); also successful are bright colored Rooster Tails, hot pink brassies, white Power Baits and orange plastic worms. Vegetation cutting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20. 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 5/14/2009)

Maramec Spring Park: 58 degrees, falling, dingy; spring branch is muddy; fishing has been good. Kids Fishing Day is May 16; Upper one half is reserved for kids fifteen and under; check http://www.mdc.mo.gov/2921 for any changes in Kid’s Fishing Day conditions. (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Montauk State Park: 58 degrees, normal, dingy; the river has a green hue and is a couple of inches higher than normal with good flow; in the bait area, corn, doughbaits and Power Baits in white, yellow, green, cheese and pink are producing good numbers of fish; 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.  (Report made on 5/14/2009)

Roaring River State Park: 57 degrees, falling, dingy; repairs are currently being made on areas of bank erosion caused by the May 1 flood; most of damage should be repaired before Saturday’s Kids’ Fishing Day; some repairs on the stream may continue early next week; 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 5/14/2009)

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