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Missouri fishing report 7-16-09

July 16, 2009 at 11:01 AM

CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 83 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on plastic frogs and plastic worms; bluegill good on crickets and worms; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 85 degrees, dingy; black bass fair; crappie fair; catfish good; white bass good. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 82 degrees, clear; black bass fair; crappie fair; catfish good; white bass slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 82 degrees, dingy; catfish good on chicken livers; black bass fair; white bass slow; crappie slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 82 degrees, dingy; black bass fair, particularly at night using dark colored lures behind docks and around secondary points; crappie slow using minnows around brush; catfish good using stinkbaits, cheese and hotdogs in the middle of coves. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 82 degrees, dingy; black bass fair, particularly at night using dark colored lures behind docks and around secondary points; crappie slow using minnows around brush; catfish good using stinkbaits, cheese and hotdogs in the middle of coves. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Little Dixie: 79 degrees, rising, dingy; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; bluegill good on crickets and worms; area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10:00pm to 4:00am. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

    RIVERS

Lamine: 80 degrees, rising, muddy; all species are slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Missouri (Middle): 79 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish fair on live bait; drum good on crayfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 85 degrees, dingy; catfish good on cut shad and turkey liver; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; white bass good on spinnerbaits; black bass fair on plastic worms. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 83 degrees, high, clear; largemouth bass and channel catfish good; crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Montrose: 87 degrees, clear; black bass and catfish fair; all other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 82 degrees, dingy; catfish good using cut shad; all other species fair. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 82 degrees, low, dingy; catfish good using cut shad; all other species fair. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Smithville: 81 degrees, high, dingy; largemouth bass good using Brush Hawgs or plastic worms around submerged brush piles; crappie good using jigs and minnows and with some success using black and chartreuse or blue and chartreuse jigs in water 17 to 20 feet deep; catfish good using nightcrawlers; walleye fair using white Rooster Tails on shallow points or bouncing a fire tiger crankbait off the bottom; all other species slow.


(Report made on 7/16/2009)

Truman: 80 degrees, high, clear; catfish good on jug lines using cut baits and leeches; crappie good along the bluffs in 25’ to 35’ of water at 15’ depths using minnows and jigs; black bass good in the timber on the breaks and main lake tree rows using jig & frog; white bass and hybrid striped bass fair early evenings using Sassy Shad and spoons. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Truman Tailwaters: 80 degrees, clear; catfish good; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: high, catfish good using nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 78 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; largemouth bass fair on jig & pork; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Long Branch: 81 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish good on setlines using live baits; largemouth bass fair on lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Mark Twain: 82 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Sever: 83 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows off the dock and off brushy points; bluegill fair on crickets; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, liver, stinkbaits and cut baits; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures at dusk and dawn; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Thomas Hill: 82 degrees, normal, muddy; small channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 81 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits around mulberry trees; carp good on nightcrawlers and doughbait; shovelnose sturgeon fair on nightcrawlers; white bass fair on small spinners; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 79 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good below Mark Twain Lake using jigs and minnows; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 84 degrees, normal, clear; bass and channel catfish good during low light hours; crappie and bluegill fair on live baits; walleye slow; Other ponds on the conservation area are producing great catches of bluegill. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Mozingo: 80 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on jigs or minnows; bass and walleye fair on crankbaits; all other species fair. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Paho: 78 degrees, falling, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Pony Express: 80 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish good on chicken livers; crappie good on jigs at sunrise and sunset along the bank; all other species fair. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

    RIVERS

Grand: 72 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish, flathead catfish and blue catfish good; all other species good. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 76 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms; flathead catfish good on live baits and fair on worms; blue catfish fair on cut baits and live baits; carp fair on worms and doughbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 77 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; channel catfish fair on crayfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Norfork: 76 degrees, high, dingy; walleye fair on nightcrawlers; black bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 79 degrees, rising, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Big Piney (Upper): 75 degrees, low, dingy; bluegill fair on live bait; goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and small crankbaits; black bass fair on topwater lures in early morning and late evening. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Bryant Creek: 72 degrees, normal, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastic lures; channel catfish fair on crayfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Current: 78 degrees, rising, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Eleven Point: 65 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 81 degrees, rising, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Gasconade (upper): 78 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Jack’s Fork: 74 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures and Beetle Spins. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

North Fork: 66 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastic lures; rainbow trout and brown trout fair on Rooster Tails; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 82 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Council Bluff: 85 degrees, normal, largemouth bass fair on dark colored soft plastics; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Cypress Lake: 80 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair late evening and early morning on nightcrawlers and chicken livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits; bluegill fair on worms; crappie slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Duck Creek: 84 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill fair on crickets; largemouth bass fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; all species good. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Perry County Lake: 83 degrees, dingy; channel catfish good on liver and cut baits in the evening; bluegill good on worms and crickets; black bass good on soft plastic lures and topwater lures. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 85 degrees, channel catfish fair on natural baits; bluegill fair on natural baits and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Wappapello: black bass fair early morning and late evening using spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and plastic worms; channel catfish fair using live baits and nightcrawlers on trotlines and jug lines at night; bluegill slow; crappie slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

    RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 72 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass good on green plastic worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Castor River (above Zalma): low, clear; all species good. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Mississippi (below Charleston): 81 degrees, normal, muddy; catfish fair using natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): normal, clear; smallmouth bass fair on large minnows and topwater lures; all other species slow.  (Report made on 7/15/2009)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): 85 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, red worms, chicken livers and stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on goldfish and sunfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 77-82 degrees, high, clear; black bass good on jigs, soft plastics, and crankbaits; bluegill good on crickets and worms; walleye fair on nightcrawlers and jerkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Lake Taneycomo: 54 degrees, normal, clear; upper lake: trout good on scuds, San Juan worms, and olive/white marabou jigs; lower lake:  trout good on orange, chartreuse and bubble gum colored Power Baits and Gulp. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Pomme de Terre: 83 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on minnows in 15’ of water over brush piles; black bass good on plastic baits around structures; catfish good on shad and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Stockton: 81 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on minnows and jigs; black bass fair on crankbaits; walleye fair off points using bottom bouncers and deep divers; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Table Rock (James River arm): 85 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastic salamanders in dark colors, black or green tube baits in at least 20’ of water,  and soft plastic crayfish in dark colors in at least 20’ of water with the best fishing in early morning or late evening. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Table Rock (main lake): 86 degrees, high, dingy; catfish good on pole and line using nightcrawlers or live crayfish; black bass fair on soft plastic salamanders in dark colors and black or green tube baits in at least 20’ of water with best results in early morning or late evening. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 74 degrees, normal, clear; goggle-eye good on worms and other live baits; rainbow and brown trout good on bright colored Power Baits below Bennett Spring; black bass fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

James River (lower): 81 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass good on white Flukes and green colored soft plastic lures; catfish good on minnows; all other species fair. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 85 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on soft plastic lures and crankbaits; channel catfish good on commercial baits; crappie slow; bluegill fair on worms; crappie good on tube jigs at dusk; carp fair on corn; all other species fair; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 85 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish good on commercial baits; black bass fair on soft plastic lures and topwater lures; bluegill slow; all other species fair on worms; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter.


(Report made on 7/16/2009)

    RIVERS

Big River: 76 degrees, falling, dingy; black bass slow on plastic worms and live worms; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 74 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on cut baits, blood baits and worms; black bass fair on minnows or plastic worms; all other species fair on natural baits. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 76 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on crayfish; all other species fair on natural baits. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

Meramec (below Eureka): 75 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish good on trotlines and limb lines using cut shad and bluegill; black bass slow on jigs and crankbaits; crappie slow on minnows and jigs; bluegill slow on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Missouri (below New Haven): 80 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish good on natural baits; all other species fair on shad and cut baits. (Report made on 7/15/2009)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 54 degrees, normal, clear; successful lures and baits include: jigs (black/yellow, ginger); mini-jigs (bedspread and John Deere);dry flies(#12 Cracklebacks and #18 renegade); glo balls (any 3 color combo and white); also successful are kapok flies, hot pink brassies, black/yellow Rooster Tails,  yellow Power Baits and trout nip. Our next weed cutting is planned for August 11. 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 7/16/2009)

Maramec Spring Park: 58 degrees, spring branch is at normal flow; water is clearing; white colored lures and baits are working well. (Report made on 7/16/2009)

Montauk State Park: 59 degrees, normal, clear; in the bait area: corn, doughbaits and Power Baits are producing good numbers of fish. Colors to try include white, yellow, green, cheese and pink. In the fly area: scuds and mini marabou jigs suspended under a float and very small dry flies are producing good numbers of fish. Also heavier weighted, dark colored marabou jigs fished in the swift water are doing well; check at the lodge for other good fly choices.
(Report made on 7/16/2009)

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees, falling, water is very clear so 2-3 lb. test line is recommended; check at park store or local fly shops for best flies and baits; 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 7/15/2009)

 

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