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Missouri fishing report 5-28-09

May 28, 2009 at 01:52 PM

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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 66 degrees, normal, dingy; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and topwater lures; bluegill good on worms; channel catfish good on liver and nightcrawlers;  all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 70 degrees, dingy; catfish and white bass fair; crappie slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 74 degrees, muddy; catfish and crappie fair; white bass and black bass slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 74 degrees, dingy; crappie slow; catfish good on anything; black bass good; white bass slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 74 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 baits. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 74 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 baits. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Little Dixie: 63 degrees, high, dingy; largemouth bass good on crankbaits; bluegill good on earthworms and crickets; channel catfish good on turkey livers; crappie fair on live minnows or small jigs. Area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10:00pm to 4:00am. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

    RIVERS

Lamine: 61 degrees, high, muddy;  blue catfish good on setlines with goldfish and small bluegill;  all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Missouri (Middle): 60 degrees, high, muddy;  channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 70 degrees, dingy; catfish good using cut shad; white bass good on spinnerbaits; crappie fair on minnows. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 74 degrees, clear; largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish good; channel catfish and crappie fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Montrose: 70 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good; all other species slow; fishing pressure moderate. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 74 degrees, high, muddy; catfish good; crappie fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 74 degrees, high, muddy; catfish good; crappie fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Smithville: 66 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on green sunfish; walleye fair off shallow points using Road Runners with nightcrawlers or leechs; largemouth bass good in shallow water using dark colored jigs; crappie good with some success using black/chartreuse or blue/chartreuse crappie jigs and using minnows and bobbers in shallow water; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Truman: 71 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on trotlines, jug lines and limb lines using cut shad, leeches and sunfish; crappie good at 10 to 12 foot depths on minnows and jigs; white bass and hybrid bass fair at 12 to 20 foot depths off points on spoons; black bass fair in coves off secondary points on plastic baits and topwater lures. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Truman Tailwaters: 71 degrees, dingy; releasing 35,000 cfs; catfish good on cut baits and shad; white bass and hybrid bass fair on spoons; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: high, muddy; catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 76 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on chicken livers; bluegill good on Power Baits and red wigglers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Long Branch: 65 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish and flathead catfish good on setlines; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Mark Twain: 73 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; channel catfish good using cut shad and sunfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Sever: 75 degrees, high, muddy; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill good on crickets and mealworms; largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Thomas Hill: 70 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 67 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and shad; flathead catfish good on live baits; carp good on nightcrawlers and corn; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 68 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on live baits; drum fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3111

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 68 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill and crappie good near the bank on live baits; largemouth bass good on/near woody structures or on topwater lures during lowlight hours; channel catfish good on cut baits, prepared baits or worms; walleye fair on crankbaits along dam. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Mozingo: 64 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good in 3-12 feet of water on jigs; bluegill good on the bank with worms and bobber; channel catfish good on cut baits, worms and liver; walleye fair. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Paho: 68 degrees, high, dingy; catfish and crappie good, all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Pony Express: 67 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on jigs, channel catfish good on cut baits and chicken livers. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

    RIVERS

Grand: 61 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish, flathead catfish and blue catfish fair; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 69 degrees, high, clear; channel catfish good on worms, flathead catfish good on worms and live baits, blue catfish good on cut baits and live baits, carp fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 72 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on topwater lures; white bass fair on jigs. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Norfork: 74 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on topwater lures; white bass fair on jigs. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 70 degrees, falling, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Big Piney (Upper): 70 degrees, normal, clear; black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures; sunfish good on a variety of lures. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Bryant Creek: 67 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Current: 64 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on jigs and plastic worms. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Eleven Point: 60 degrees, normal, dingy; rainbow trout good on corn and small spinner baits in the white ribbon area downstream from the Turner Mill Access; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 60 degrees, falling, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Gasconade (upper): 60 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye and sunfish fair on nightcrawlers and soft plastic lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Jack’s Fork: 65 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on jigs and soft plastic lures. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

North Fork: 61 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 76 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on live baits. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Council Bluff: 69 degrees, high, black bass good on swimbaits and artificial worms, redear sunfish good on live worms and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Cypress Lake: 70 degrees, largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits; bluegill good on small spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on cut baits; crappie fair. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Duck Creek: 76 degrees, clear; bluegill best on crickets in 4 to 5 foot depths; channel catfish fair on worms; crappie slow on jigs. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; bluegill and redear sunfish good on crickets; all other species good. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Perry County Lake: dingy; channel catfish good on cut baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 74 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill good on crickets; channel catfish good on shrimp, liver and worms; crappie slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Wappapello: Channel catfish good on live baits and nightcrawlers on trotlines and jug lines at night; black bass fair on spinnerbaits;  crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on crickets and worms.
Anglers should note the 9 inch minimum length limit regulation for crappie. Call 1-877-lake-info for closures. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

    RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 67 degrees, normal, clear; black bass and goggle-eye good on live baits. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Castor River (above Zalma): normal, clear; all species good. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Mississippi (below Charleston): 71 degrees, falling, clear; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, clear; channel catfish good on large minnows drifted in deeper holes and shut-ins; small and largemouth bass good on large minnows and soft plastics in deep holes; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 60-65 degrees, high, clear; white bass fair on swimming minnows; walleye fair on jerkbaits; black bass fair on jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, high, clear; upper lake: trout fair on Rapalas, Little Cleos, marabou jigs, and glo balls; lower lake:  trout fair on orange/chartreuse Power Baits, corn, and nightcrawlers. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Pomme de Terre: 77 degrees, high, clear; black bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits closer to shore; crappie good on minnows in 12’ to 15’ of water; walleye good on crankbaits on the flats; white bass good while trolling; catfish good on live baits, especially using trotlines and limb lines. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Stockton: 64 degrees, high, clear; crappie good near shoreline in 12’- 15’ 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 5/28/2009)

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 sunfish or goldfish; black bass good in 8’to 10’ of water on smoke colored grubs or black or green tube baits, crankbaits or soft plastics; crappie fair on live minnows or soft plastic minnows or tube baits with an 1/16 oz. jig head. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Table Rock (main lake): 68 degrees, high, dingy; flathead catfish good on pole and line, limb lines and trotlines using cut baits, stink baits, live shiners, nightcrawlers, small sunfish or goldfish; black bass good in 8’to 10’ of water on smoke colored grubs or black or green tube baits, crankbaits or soft plastics; white bass fair on silver or gold spoons; crappie fair on live minnows, soft plastic minnows or tube baits with 1/16 oz. jig head. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 64 degrees, high, clear; smallmouth bass good on soft plastics; trout good on bright colored Power Baits; goggle-eye fair on worms and other live baits. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

James River (lower): 67 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass good on soft plastics; bluegill good on crickets; catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 72 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on buzzbaits and crankbaits; channel catfish good on worms; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; bluegill good on worms; all other species fair; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 75 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish good on worms; black bass good on buzzbaits; all other species fair on worms; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter.


(Report made on 5/27/2009)

    RIVERS

Big River: 65 degrees, rising, muddy; black bass fair on plastic worms and real worms; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; channel catfish good on worms and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 67 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers, cut baits and blood baits; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; black bass slow; all other species slow on worms. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 61 degrees, falling, dingy; all species slow due to high water. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Meramec (below Eureka): 67 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish slow on baited trotlines; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/28/2009)

Missouri (below New Haven): 57 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish good on worms; all other species good on shad and live baits. (Report made on 5/27/2009)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 54 degrees, high, dingy; stream is up 2-3 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 (chartreuse with flame dot and white); also successful are bright colored Rooster Tails, hot pink brassies, orange, and white Power Baits and bright colored 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 5/27/2009)

Maramec Spring Park: 58 degrees, falling, dingy; spring branch is murky and up somewhat; fishing has been good; green and white colored lures working well (Report made on 5/28/2009)

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 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; in the bait area, corn, doughbaits and Power Baits in white, yellow, green, cheese and pink are producing good numbers of fish.  (Report made on 5/27/2009)

Roaring River State Park: 57 degrees, falling, clear; levels are down to what they were at the end of April; water is clear with visibility a little greater than 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 5/27/2009)

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