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Missouri fishing report 5-21-09

May 21, 2009 at 02:06 PM

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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 64 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on plastic worms and crankbaits; bluegill good on worms; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 64 degrees, dingy; catfish and white bass fair; crappie slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 68 degrees, muddy; catfish and crappie fair; white bass and black bass slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 68 degrees, dingy; catfish good in backs of muddy coves; crappie and black bass good; white bass slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 68 degrees, dingy; black bass fair in shallow areas with some success on a do-nothing worm or a jig & pig behind docks; crappie fair in deep water with minnows; catfish good on shrimp and crayfish, anglers with jug lines are catching some fish with live bait. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 68 degrees, dingy; black bass fair in the shallows, some success with a do-nothing worm or a jig & pig behind docks; crappie fair in deep water; catfish good,  some success with shrimp and crayfish, anglers with jug lines are catching some fish with live bait. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Little Dixie: 62 degrees, high, dingy; bluegill and redear sunfish good on earth worms; largemouth bass good on plastic worms; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. Area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10:00pm to 4:00am. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

    RIVERS

Lamine: 61 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Missouri (Middle): 60 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 64 degrees, dingy; catfish good using cut shad; white bass good on spinnerbaits; crappie fair on minnows. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 72 degrees, clear; channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish good; crappie fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Montrose: 71 degrees, high, muddy; catfish and black bass fair; all other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 67 degrees, high, muddy; catfish good; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 65 degrees, high, muddy; catfish good; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Smithville: 63 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on shad sides; walleye fair off shallow points using Road Runners with nightcrawlers or leechs; largemouth bass good in 1 to 6 feet of water using dark colored jigs and dark colored crankbaits; crappie good with some success using black and chartreuse or blue and chartreuse crappie jigs and using minnows and bobbers in shallow water; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Truman: 67 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on cut shad and leeches; crappie good at 10 to 12 foot depths on minnows and jigs; white bass good at 12 to 20 foot depths off points on spoons; black bass fair off secondary points on plasitc baits. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Truman Tailwaters: 67 degrees, dingy; releasing 50,000 cfs; catfish good on cut baits and shad; white bass and hybrid bass fair on spoons; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 68 degrees, high, muddy; crappie good on Twister Tails; bluegill good on red wigglers; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Long Branch: 64 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish and flathead catfish good on setlines; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Mark Twain: 65 degrees, high, muddy; crappie fair on jigs with bright color nibblets; channel catfish good on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Sever: 71 degrees, high, muddy; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on crickets; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Thomas Hill: 66 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on shrimp, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 67 degrees, high, muddy; drum good on nightcrawlers; flathead catfish good on trotlines using goldfish, sunfish and cut shad; channel catfish good on trotlines using sunfish and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 68 degrees, high, muddy; crappie good below Mark Twain Lake on chartreuse and black jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3111

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 65 degrees, rising, dingy; crappie and bluegill good near the bank and brush piles on live baits; largemouth bass good on crankbaits or spinnerbaits; channel catfish good; walleye good on crankbaits. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Mozingo: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie and bluegill are good on the bank with small tube jigs; channel catfish and largemouth bass good; walleye fair. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Paho: 65 degrees, rising, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Pony Express: 63 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on jigs; catfish fair on chicken livers; largemouth bass good on spinners and worms. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

    RIVERS

Grand: 59 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish, flathead catfish and blue catfish slow; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 63 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 69 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on artificial lures; white bass fair on swimming minnows. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Norfork: 70 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on artificial lures; white bass fair on swimming minnows. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 64 degrees, normal, clear; goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Big Piney (Upper): 62 degrees, normal, clear; black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures and live baits. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Bryant Creek: 63 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Current: 64 degrees, high, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Eleven Point: 60 degrees, normal, dingy; rainbow trout good on corn and small spinner baits; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 64 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass good on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Gasconade (upper): 60 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye and sunfish fair on nightcrawlers and soft plastic lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Jack’s Fork: 64 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

North Fork: 60 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 71 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Council Bluff: 66 degrees, high, black bass good in shallow water on swimbaits and artificial worms; redear sunfish good in 4’-8’ of water on live worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Cypress Lake: 69 degrees, normal, muddy; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and topwater lures; bluegill good on small spinnerbaits and live baits; channel catfish fair on cut baits; crappie slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Duck Creek: 73 degrees, clear; bluegill good on crickets; black bass fair on worms; crappie slow on jigs. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; bluegill and redear sunfish good on crickets; all other species good. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Perry County Lake: 68 degrees, high, dingy; bluegill good on crickets; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 73 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill good on crickets and worms; channel catfish good on worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Wappapello: bluegill good on crickets and worms; channel catfish good on live baits and nightcrawlers on trotlines and jug lines at night; black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic lures; crappie fair on minnows and jigs.
Anglers should note the 9 inch minimum length limit regulation for crappie. Call 1-877-lake-info for closures. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

    RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 64 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on tube baits and live minnows. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Castor River (above Zalma): normal, clear; all species good. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Mississippi (below Charleston): 67 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, muddy; channel catfish good on large minnows and nightcrawlers; crappie good around downed trees on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): high, muddy; flathead catfish fair on goldfish and small sunfish; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 65-68 degrees, high, clear; black bass good on jigs, topwater lures and crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows; walleye fair on jerkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, high, clear; upper lake: trout fair on floating Rapalas, marabou jigs, and glo balls; lower lake:  trout fair on Power Baits and nightcrawlers. (Report made on 5/19/2009)

Pomme de Terre: 67 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on plastic baits in brush piles; catfish good on worms and stinkbaits; walleye good trolling on flats with crankbaits; white bass good using trolling methods; crappie fair in deeper water over brush piles and standing timber using minnows; muskie fair in flats. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Stockton: 62 degrees, high, clear; crappie good near shoreline in 12’ of water on chartreuse/white jigs or minnows; walleye fair on bottom bouncers with worm or minnow trailers; white bass fair with Texas rigged or purple worms; catfish fair on the upper ends of the lake. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Table Rock (James River arm): 65 degrees, high, clear; flathead catfish good on pole and line, limb lines and trotlines using cut baits, stink baits, live shiners, nightcrawlers, small perch or goldfish; black bass good from bank in 3’to 4’ of water on smoke colored grubs or black, brown or green tube baits; white bass fair on white Rooster Tails, soft plastic minnows using a 1/8 oz. jig head, or silver or gold spoons; crappie fair on live minnows or soft plastic minnows with 1/16 oz. jig head. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Table Rock (main lake): 65 degrees, high, clear; flathead catfish good on pole and line, limb lines and trotlines using cut baits, stink baits, live shiners, nightcrawlers, small perch or goldfish; black bass good from bank in 3’to 4’ of water on smoke colored grubs or black, brown or green tube baits; white bass fair on white Rooster Tails, soft plastic minnows using a 1/8 oz. jig head or silver or gold spoons; crappie fair on live minnows or soft plastic minnows with 1/16 oz. jig head. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 63 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on worms and other live baits; brown and rainbow trout fair on bright colored Power Baits. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

James River (lower): 60 degrees, high, clear; goggle-eye good on soft plastics; smallmouth bass good on green and watermelon colored lures; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 72 degrees, high, muddy; black bass fair on buzzbaits and crankbaits; channel catfish good on worms; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species fair; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

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


(Report made on 5/21/2009)

    RIVERS

Big River: 55 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on worms, livers and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 62 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers, cut baits and blood baits; all other species slow on worms. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 61 degrees, falling, dingy; all species slow due to high water. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Meramec (below Eureka): 62 degrees, falling, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Missouri (below New Haven): 57 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species good on shad and live baits. (Report made on 5/21/2009)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 54 degrees, high, dingy; stream is up 4-5 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 (easter egg combo and white); also successful are bright colored Rooster Tails, hot pink brassies, orange, and white Power Baits and orange plastic worms. . 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 5/21/2009)

Maramec Spring Park: 58 degrees, falling, dingy; spring branch is murky; fishing has been good.  (Report made on 5/20/2009)

Montauk State Park: 58 degrees, falling, clear; fishing is good; the river has nice flow with a greenish color to the water; the river is slowly falling back down to normal flow, but is still a few inches above normal; 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; also heavier weighted marabou jigs fished in the swift water are doing well; check at the lodge for other good fly choices.  (Report made on 5/21/2009)

Roaring River State Park: 57 degrees, falling, clear; repairs are finished on areas of bank erosion caused by the May 1 flood; water has cleared with visibility down to about 3 feet; check at park store or local fly shops for best flies and bait; for current or detailed information on stream conditions call 417-847-2430. The next Kids Fishing event will be August 15.
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 5/21/2009)

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