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Missouri fishing report 5-20-10

May 20, 2010 at 04:53 PM

CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 61 degrees, high, dingy; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and topwater lures; bluegill good on river worms and crickets; channel catfish good on liver and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 57 degrees, muddy; white bass good on light colored soft plastics; catfish slow on chicken livers, worms and stinkbaits; crappie slow using crappie jigs and minnows.


(Report made on 5/20/2010)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 66 degrees, muddy; black bass slow on soft plastic worms and crankbaits; white bass slow on light colored soft plastics; catfish slow on chicken livers, worms and hot dogs; crappie slow using crappie jigs and minnows.
(Report made on 5/19/2010)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 66 degrees, muddy; black bass and catfish fair; white bass and crappie slow.



(Report made on 5/19/2010)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 66 degrees, muddy; black bass fair on jigs around docks with brush, black and blue are best color; crappie fair on minnows in deeper water; catfish good on limb lines with live bluegill and cut shad on lines in deeper water. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 66 degrees, muddy; black bass fair on jigs around docks with brush, black and blue are best color; crappie fair on minnows in deeper water; catfish good on limb lines with live bluegill and cut shad on lines in deeper water.

(Report made on 5/19/2010)

Little Dixie: 61 degrees, high, muddy; largemouth bass good on plastic worms; all other species slow. Area closed to all activity between the hours of 10:00p.m. and 4:00a.m. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

    RIVERS

Lamine: 60 degrees, high, muddy; all catfish fair on live bait, cut shad, prepared baits and hotdogs; all other species slow. Some of the parking lots are under water. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Missouri (Middle): 62 degrees, high, muddy; all catfish fair on live bait, cut shad, prepared baits and hotdogs; all other species slow. Some of the parking lots are under water. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 67 degrees, muddy; paddlefish closed; white bass good using spinners; crappie slow on jigs and minnows; catfish good using shad.


(Report made on 5/20/2010)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 65 degrees, high, dingy; largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish good; channel catfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Montrose: 68 degrees, high, dingy; catfish and black bass fair; all other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 65 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 62 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Smithville: 59 degrees, dingy; catfish good using nightcrawlers; walleye fair using chartreuse jigs in 4-8 feet of water around brush; largemouth bass fair using Senko or Shakey Head worms in 5-10 feet of water; crappie fair in deeper water 6-10 feet; all other species slow.

(Report made on 5/20/2010)

Truman: 64 degrees, high, muddy; releasing 27,500 cfs; catfish good on trotlines and jug lines using live baits;  all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Truman Tailwaters: 64 degrees, dingy; catfish good using live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: high, catfish good using nightcrawlers. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 60 degrees, high, clear; bluegill fair on Twister Tails; crappie good on crickets; channel catfish good on chicken liver; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Long Branch: 61 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on live bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Mark Twain: 66 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Sever: 65 degrees, high, muddy; crappie fair on minnows; black bass fair on Rattlin Rogues; bluegill good on crickets and mealworms; channel catfish fair on shrimp and liver; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Thomas Hill: 67 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 59 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 60 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 66 degrees, high, dingy; crappie, black bass and bluegill good using small jigs or live bait near the shore; channel catfish good on cut bluegill or shad; walleye slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Mozingo: 62 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish, crappie, bluegill and black bass good; walleye fair.  (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Paho: 62 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Pony Express: 64 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on jigs or spinners in shallow water; blue catfish good on natural and cut baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

    RIVERS

Grand: 62 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish, flathead catfish and blue catfish slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 57 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 74 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on soft plastics; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Norfork: 73 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on soft plastics; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 66 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Big Piney (Upper): 64 degrees, falling, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Bryant Creek: 71 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow.  (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Current: 64 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass good on jerkbaits; goggle-eye good on jigs. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Eleven Point: 58 degrees, high, dingy; rainbow trout in the white ribbon area good on corn and Power Bait; rainbow trout in the blue ribbbon area good on flies and Rooster Tails; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 66 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Gasconade (upper): 61 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Jack’s Fork: 67 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on brown grubs. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

North Fork: 67 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastics; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 70 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill fair on jigs and live worms; largemouth bass fair on artificial lures; crappie fair on jigs. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Council Bluff: 66 degrees, normal, black bass good on dark colored soft plastics and crankbaits during low light periods; channel catfish fair on liver; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/18/2010)

Cypress Lake: 68 degrees, dingy; bluegill good on jigs in 1-2 feet of water, worms and crickets; crappie fair on minnows in 3-4 feet of water; black bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastics; channel catfish good on worms, cut baits and stinkbaits. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Duck Creek: 72 degrees, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 5/18/2010)

Lake Girardeau: 72 degrees, normal, bluegill good on crickets; all other species fair.  (Report made on 5/18/2010)

Perry County Lake: 72 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on minnows; bluegill good on crickets; channel catfish good on liver; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/18/2010)

Robert DeLaney Lake: bluegill fair on crickets and wax worms; channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/18/2010)

Wappapello: 70 degrees, normal, crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill good on crickets and worms; channel catfish good on worms and live baits using trotlines and jug lines at night; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits; anglers should note the 9” minimum length limit regulation for crappie.  (Report made on 5/20/2010)

    RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 64 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on artificial baits and live minnows; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Castor River (above Zalma): normal, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 5/18/2010)

Mississippi (below Charleston): high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/18/2010)

Mississippi River (Cape Girardeau): 70 degrees, rising, muddy; all species fair. (Report made on 5/18/2010)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/18/2010)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 63-67 degrees, high, dingy; dam area:  walleye good on jerkbaits and nightcrawlers; black bass fair on jigs, soft plastics, and nightcrawlers; white bass fair on swimming minnows. 
Beaver Creek:  black bass good on soft plastics, jigs and nightcrawlers; walleye fair on nightcrawlers while trolling; white bass slow, best while trolling with crankbaits; crappie slow, best on jigs and minnows. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Lake Taneycomo: 49 degrees, high, clear; upper lake: rainbow trout good on white/olive marabou jigs and crankbaits; lower lake:  rainbow trout good on marabou jigs, chartreuse/orange colored Power Baits, corn, Rooster Tails and crankbaits. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Pomme de Terre: 66 degrees, high, clear; black bass good on plastics among brush in the high water areas; crappie good in structure in 20’ of water; catfish good on live or cut baits in high water areas; walleye good on flats; muskie slow. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Stockton: 59 degrees, high, muddy; crappie good on minnows around structure in 25’ of water; walleye good on jig and minnow combinations and deep divers on flats; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and jig & pig; catfish and white bass slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Table Rock (James River arm): 67 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on topwater lures in early morning or late evening, try shad or chartreuse colored lures; bluegill good on live worms around docks and bridge piers. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

Table Rock (main lake): 67 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on topwater lures in early morning or late evening, try shad or chartreuse colored lures; bluegill good on live worms around docks and bridge piers. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 60 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye slow on natural baits and jigs; trout slow on natural baits and Power Baits below Bennett Spring; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

James River (lower): 63 degrees, high, muddy; black bass good on live baits, plastic worms, and salamanders in early mornings and evenings; bluegill fair on crickets and nightcrawlers; catfish fair on live baits, try using crayfish and minnows on trotlines; crappie slow, best on minnows and small tube jigs around brush piles. (Report made on 5/19/2010)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 71 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastic baits; crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs; catfish fair on live baits and stinkbaits, limit 4; all other species fair on crickets and wax worms. Please remove litter. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 71 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish good on live baits, stinkbait and liver, limit 4; please remove litter.


(Report made on 5/20/2010)

    RIVERS

Big River: 66 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on crayfish and live minnows; all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 65 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on natural bait;  all other species slow.  (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 64 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow due to rains. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Meramec (below Eureka): 64 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow due to rains.  (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Missouri (below New Haven): 65 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on natural baits; all other species slow on worms and natural baits. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 57 degrees, high, dingy; spring level about 8 inches high and off color;  best lures: ginger snap and persimmon and white colored marabou jigs, pale pink glo balls, pearl grizzly and blue colored Cracklebacks, cream midges, orange colored and white colored Rooster Tails, black and yellow wooly buggers with gold plated head, yellow colored Power Baits and kapok.
May fishing hours are 6:30a.m. to 8:15p.m.
(Report made on 5/19/2010)

Maramec Spring Park: 56 degrees, rising, dingy; water is very high and continuing to rise.  Water clarity is diminishing due to heavy rains, color is greenish brown.  Lower half of the park will be out of its banks by end of week.  White and orange doughbaits are still working well.  (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Montauk State Park: 59 degrees, rising, dingy; the river is up about 1 1/2’ and rising as of May 20th at 9 a.m.  The main channel is very murky and the Spring Branch is slightly murky.  Fishing would be best in the Spring Branch.

For up to date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440 (Report made on 5/20/2010)

Roaring River State Park: 57 degrees, high, dingy; recent rainfall has caused the river to rise somewhat, but no serious flooding has occurred. Water is somewhat dingy in the upper end of the park and and a little muddy below Dry Hollow. Fishing has been fair; heavier lines can be used; use bright colors. (Report made on 5/20/2010)

 

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