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Missouri Department of Conservation

Statewide Weekly Fishing Report

9/4/2003 at 09:58:36
NOTE: The fishing report does not necessarily reflect current floating conditions.

PLEASE CHECK REGULATIONS CAREFULLY: Special regulations apply to designated portions of water bodies; some baits and lures may not be legal for all portions.

For more information about fishing, river, and weather conditions visit:
http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/
links/Fish_and_Streams/Fishing/  or
www.waterworkswonders.org 
For lake levels visit: http://www.aroundthelake.com/mainpges/weather.htm 
 

CENTRAL REGION: (573) 884-6861

LAKES

Binder: 88 degrees, normal, dingy; catfish fair drifting liver 20 to 30' deep; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Blind Pony: 78 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish fair on prepared baits & liver; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 76 degrees, normal, clear; catfish fair on shad, worms & liver; black bass slow on worms & plastic worms; white bass slow on worms, soft white plastics & Rooster Tails; crappie slow on minnows & jigs. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 87 degrees, clear; black bass fair on plastic worms & spinnerbaits; white bass slow on worms, soft white plastics & spinnerbaits; crappie fair on minnows & jigs; catfish fair on stinkbaits, cut bait & worms. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 87 degrees, normal, dingy; catfish, black bass & bluegill fair; crappie & white bass slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 87 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill excellent on nightcrawler pieces & crickets 2 to 4' deep; catfish good on nightcrawlers & shad; black bass fair on buzzbaits 12-15' deep around brush early & late; crappie good on minnows 10-20' deep; walleye slow on Shad Raps in spring fed areas. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 87 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill excellent on nightcrawler pieces & crickets 2 to 4' deep; catfish good on nightcrawlers & shad; black bass fair on buzzbaits 12-15' deep around brush early & late; white bass slow on Rooster Tails; crappie good on minnows 10 to 20' deep; walleye slow on Shad Raps in spring fed areas. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Little Dixie: 78 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on live baits; largemouth bass good; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

RIVERS

Lamine: No report available.

Missouri (Middle): No report available.

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 72 degrees, normal, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

 

KANSAS CITY REGION: (816) 655-6250

LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 81 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good; largemouth bass & bluegill fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Montrose: 75 degrees, normal, dingy; full pool; catfish & black bass fair; crappie slow; pressure light. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): No report available.

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): No report available.

Smithville: 83 degrees, low, clear; crappie good in 15 to 20' of water along bridge pillars & drop offs using jigs & minnows; largemouth bass fair in the shallows along laydowns using jig & pig, tube baits, plastic worms & topwater lures; catfish good in the back of coves & creek channels using live baits on trotlines; walleye good along the flats using deep diving crankbaits, minnows, leeches & worms; white bass fair along the flats using small Rattle Traps in the evening or early morning; Smithville Lake Spillway is slow for all species. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Truman: 83 degrees, dingy; 1/2' high; catfish fair on trotlines & limblines using cut shad; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Truman Tail Waters: 83 degrees, dingy; releasing 200 cfs; all species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

RIVERS

Missouri River: 80 degrees, muddy; channel, blue & flathead catfish good using live baits on trotlines. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

 

NORTHEAST REGION: (660) 785-2420

LAKES

Hunnewell: 72 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and plastic worms; channel catfish good on liver; bluegill fair on jigs around brush piles; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Long Branch: 77 degrees, low, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Mark Twain: 79 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Sever: 68 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on salamanders and plastic worms; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; bluegill good on nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Thomas Hill: 85 degrees, low, dingy; largemouth bass fair on lures; channel catfish fair on prepared baits and nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 85 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 80 degrees, rising, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

 

NORTHWEST REGION: (816) 271-3100

LAKES

Mozingo: 80 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair on live baits; bluegill fair on grasshoppers; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Paho: 76 degrees, low, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Pony Express: No report available.

RIVERS

Chariton: No report available.

Grand: No report available.

Missouri (below Iowa line): 82 degrees, low, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms, stinkbaits & grasshoppers; flathead catfish good on goldfish, bluegill & creek chubs; carp fair on worms & corn; all other spieces slow. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

 

OZARK REGION: (417) 256-7161

LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 88 degrees, low, dingy; black bass fair on topwater lures. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Norfork: 88 degrees, low, dingy; black bass fair on topwater lures. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 78 degrees, low, clear; black bass good on soft plastics & live baits; goggle-eye fair on live baits. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Big Piney (Upper): 75 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Bryant Creek: 80 degrees, normal, dingy; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Current: 78 degrees, high, dingy; suckers good on worms; smallmouth bass good on soft plastics; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Eleven Point: 64 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Gasconade: 84 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 81 degrees, low, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastics; goggle-eye slow on soft plastic grubs & live baits. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Jack's Fork: 73 degrees, high, clear; smallmouth bass & goggle-eye good on crayfish & soft plastics. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

North Fork: 70 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

 

SOUTHEAST REGION: (573) 290-5730

LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 85 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on worms & jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Council Bluff: 86 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair in the early a.m. & late p.m. on soft plastics; channel catfish fair in the late p.m.; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Cypress Lake: 84 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill fair on worms & crickets; black bass fair on topwater lures & plastic worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Duck Creek: 84 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill fair on crickets & jigs. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Lake Girardeau: 84 degrees, high, clear; channel catfish good in the p.m. on worms & liver; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Wappapello: No report available.

RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 79 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass fair on minnows & worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Castor River (above Zalma): 77 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Mississippi (below Charleston): rising, dingy; channel catfish good on worms; all others species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): high, muddy; channel catfish good on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

 

SOUTHWEST REGION: (417) 895-6880

LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 78 degrees, clear; 3' below normal; bluegill fair on natural baits; catfish fair on shad and natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, normal, clear; rainbow trout fair in the upper lake on flies imitating scuds and egg patterns; lower lake fair for rainbow trout in the morning on natural and live baits. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Pomme de Terre: 78 degrees, black bass fair on plastic baits; white bass slow; crappie fair on minnows along bluffs; catfish fair on shad; bluegill fair on worms. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Stockton: 82 degrees, 5' low; black bass fair on topwater lures early and on crankbaits later in the day; white bass fair on Rooster Tails and small crankbaits; walleye fair on crankbaits casting and trolling; catfish fair on cut shad and small bluegill. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Table Rock (James River arm): 90 degrees, dingy; 4.5' low; black bass fair jigging soft plastic baits 35 to 40' deep; catfish fair after rain using nightcrawlers on mud flats or at mouths of creeks and rivers; bluegill fair near docks and bridge piers using crickets 35 to 40'deep; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Table Rock (main lake): 86 degrees, clear; 4' low; black bass, bluegill and catfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

RIVERS

Big Niangua: 83 degrees, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

James River (lower): 87 degrees, clear; black bass good on sunny days using white fluke or watermelon craws; catfish good at night. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

 

ST. LOUIS REGION: (636) 441-4554

LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 75 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on soft plastic and topwater lures during early morning and late afternoon; bluegill, catfish and carp fair. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 75 degrees, high, clear; catfish good on liver, prepared baits and worms; catfish limit is 4; please remove your litter. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

RIVERS

Big River: 80 degrees, normal, muddy; black bass fair early and late on Tiny Torpedos and small buzzbaits; catfish fair on limblines using goldfish and shad. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 80 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Meramec (below Eureka): 80 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

Missouri (below New Haven): 81 degrees, rising, muddy; catfish fair on natural baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/3/2003)

 

TROUT AREAS:

Bennett Spring: 60 degrees, normal, Fishing is good during morning and evening hours; water level is down 6 inches. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Maramec Spring: 57 degrees, normal, clear; fishing is good. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Montauk: 63 degrees, low, clear; fishing is good in the mornings on all baits. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

Roaring River: The stream is higher than last week due to recent rains, but still below normal, clear, and 59 degrees. Visit www.mdc.state.mo.us/areas/hatchery/roaring/ or call 417-847-2430 for a more detailed and frequently updated report. (Report made on 9/4/2003)

 

 

 

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