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Missouri fishing report 7-23-09

July 23, 2009 at 05:44 PM

CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 84 degrees, normal, dingy; largemouth bass fair on plastic frogs and plastic worms; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and livers; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 82 degrees, dingy; black bass fair; crappie fair; catfish good; white bass good. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 83 degrees, clear; black bass fair; crappie fair; catfish good; white bass slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 83 degrees, dingy; catfish good on chicken livers; black bass fair; white bass slow; crappie slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 83 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on watermelon or pumpkin seed Chompers fished over secondary points; crappie fair using minnows in 10-12 feet of water around brush; blue catfish fair using cut shad sides in 20-30 feet of water. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 83 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on watermelon or pumpkin seed Chompers fished over secondary points; crappie fair using minnows in 10-12 feet of water around brush; blue catfish fair using cut shad sides in 20-30 feet of water. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Little Dixie: 79 degrees, high, dingy; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and liver; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; area is closed to all activity including fishing from 10:00pm to 4:00am. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

    RIVERS

Lamine: 80 degrees, high, muddy; all species are slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Missouri (Middle): 77 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 82 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 7/22/2009)

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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 7/23/2009)

Montrose: 86 degrees, clear; black bass and catfish fair; all other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 78 degrees, low, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 77 degrees, low, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Smithville: 80 degrees, high, dingy; largemouth bass fair using Brush Hawgs or plastic worms around submerged brush piles and crankbaits in 6 to 8 ft of water around vegetation; crappie good using jigs and minnows with some success using black/chartreuse or blue/chartreuse jigs in water 17 to 20 feet deep; catfish good using shad sides; 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 7/23/2009)

Truman: 79 degrees, dingy; 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 7/22/2009)

Truman Tailwaters: 79 degrees, low, dingy; catfish good; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: high, catfish good using green sunfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 77 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on jig & pig; channel catfish good on cheese bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Long Branch: 75 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Mark Twain: 80 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Sever: 80 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie good on minnows in brushy areas; bluegill good on crickets; channel catfish good on liver; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Thomas Hill: 80 degrees, normal, muddy; small channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 81 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; carp and buffalo good on nightcrawlers and doughbaits; shovelnose sturgeon fair on nightcrawlers; white bass fair on small spinners; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 78 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish, drum and carp good on nightcrawlers and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 76 degrees, normal, clear; bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms fished near the surface; channel catfish good on cut bluegill; all other species fair; other ponds on the conservation area producing good catches of bass, bluegill and channel catfish. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Mozingo: 77 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on minnows; bluegill good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish, black bass and walleye fair. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Paho: 74 degrees, falling, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Pony Express: 80 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut baits; bass good on plastic worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

    RIVERS

Grand: 75 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish, flathead catfish and blue catfish good; all other species good. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 78 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms; flathead catfish fair on live baits and worms; blue catfish fair on cut baits and live baits; carp fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 78 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on crankbaits; channel catfish good on crayfish; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; walleye fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Norfork: 77 degrees, high, dingy; walleye good on nightcrawlers; black bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 78 degrees, normal, clear; goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Big Piney (Upper): 73 degrees, normal, clear; goggle-eye and black bass fair on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

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 7/22/2009)

Current: 75 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass good on topwater lures; suckers good on worms; goggle-eye fair on jigs. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Eleven Point: 65 degrees, normal, clear; rainbow trout good on corn, cheese, minnows and brown spinners; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 79 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass good on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Gasconade (upper): 78 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Jack’s Fork: 73 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastic lures. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

North Fork: 66 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 81 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Council Bluff: 85 degrees, normal, all species fair. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Cypress Lake: 78 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow; fishing pressure is light. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Duck Creek: 76 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill fair on crickets; largemouth bass fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; all species good. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Perry County Lake: 80 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 7/22/2009)

Robert DeLaney Lake: channel catfish fair on natural baits; bluegill fair on natural baits and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Wappapello: black bass fair on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and plastic worms; channel catfish fair using live baits on trotlines and jug lines at night; bluegill fair using crickets; crappie fair on minnows in the river channel. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

    RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 76 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Castor River (above Zalma): low, clear; all species good. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Mississippi (below Charleston): all species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): normal, clear; goggle-eye good on worms and small minnows; sunfish good on worms and small minnows; smallmouth bass good on large minnows and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.  (Report made on 7/22/2009)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): 81 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, red worms, chicken livers and stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on goldfish and sunfish; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 77-82 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on jigs, soft plastic lures and crankbaits; bluegill good on crickets and worms; walleye fair on nightcrawlers and jerkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Lake Taneycomo: 54 degrees, rising, 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 Bait and Gulp. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

Pomme de Terre: 82 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on minnows in 15’ to 20’ of water over brush piles; black bass good on soft plastic lures around structures; catfish good on shad and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Stockton: 80 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 7/21/2009)

Table Rock (James River arm): 86 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass good on soft plastic worms in purple, brown or green colors, Shakey head jigs in 21’ or deeper water with bait fished slowly back to the bank or boat are also working well; catfish good on nightcrawlers or live crayfish using pole and line; white bass good while jigging a spoon or trolling large crankbaits. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Table Rock (main lake): 86 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on soft plastic worms in purple, brown or green colors, Shakey head jigs in 21’ or deeper water with bait fished slowly back to the bank or boat are also working well; catfish good on nightcrawlers or live crayfish using pole and line; white bass good while jigging a spoon or trolling large crankbaits. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 76 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 plastic lures. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

James River (lower): 79 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass good on pumpkinseed and watermelon colored soft plastic lures; all other species fair. (Report made on 7/22/2009)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 81 degrees, falling, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastic lures and crankbaits; channel catfish good on commercial baits; bluegill fair on worms; crappie fair on tube jigs at dusk; carp good on corn; all other species fair; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 81 degrees, falling, clear; channel catfish good on commercial baits; black bass fair on soft plastic lures and topwater lures; bluegill fair; all other species fair on worms; catfish limit: 4; please remove litter.


(Report made on 7/23/2009)

    RIVERS

Big River: 76 degrees, falling, dingy; black bass fair on minnows; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; channel catfish fair on liver; crappie fair on minnows; carp fair on dough balls; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

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 7/23/2009)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 76 degrees, normal, clear; black bass good on crayfish; all other species fair on natural baits. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Meramec (below Eureka): 75 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on liver; black bass fair on topwater lures; crappie slow; carp good on corn; bluegill fair on worms; all other species fair on natural baits. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

Missouri (below New Haven): 78 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on worms; all other species fair on live baits. (Report made on 7/23/2009)

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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 (white floss 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, assorted color Rooster Tails,  yellow and white 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 7/22/2009)

Maramec Spring Park: 58 degrees, Spring branch is at normal flow; water is clearing; Use bright colored baits; white, rainbow, orange and chartreuse (Report made on 7/23/2009)

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 7/22/2009)

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees, falling, water is still 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 7/22/2009)

 

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