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Missouri Department of Conservation

Statewide Weekly Fishing Report

9/18/2003 at 09:45:36
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: 77 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on worms & stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Blind Pony: 71 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on prepared baits & liver; sunfish good on worms; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 75 degrees, normal, dingy; catfish fair on shad & worms; black bass slow on worms, plastic worms & buzzbaits; white bass slow on worms, soft light-colored plastics & Rooster Tails; crappie slow on minnows, jigs & worms. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 77 degrees, clear; black bass fair on plastic worms & buzzbaits; white bass slow on worms, soft white plastics & spinnerbaits; crappie fair on minnows & jigs; catfish fair on stinkbaits, cut bait & worms. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 75 degrees, normal, clear; catfish & bluegill good; black bass, crappie & white bass fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 77 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill good 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 9/17/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 77 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill good 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 9/17/2003)

Little Dixie: 72 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on artificial baits; redear sunfish, bluegill and channel catfish good on worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

RIVERS

Lamine: low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Missouri (Middle): low, muddy; flathead catfish fair on setlines; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 70 degrees, normal, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

 

KANSAS CITY REGION: (816) 655-6250

LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 76 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish & largemouth bass good; bluegill & crappie fair. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Montrose: 68 degrees, clear; full pool; black bass & catfish good; crappie fair; pressure light. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 82 degrees, dingy; 1 1/2' low; all species fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 83 degrees, dingy; full pool; all species fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Smithville: 75 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 9/18/2003)

Truman: 80 degrees, clear; 1' high; crappie fair at 10-25' depths on jigs & minnows; white bass & hybrid bass fair on main points & humps on topwater lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Truman Tail Waters: 80 degrees, clear; normal pool; releasing 250 cfs; catfish fair using live bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

RIVERS

Missouri River: 75 degrees, muddy; channel, blue & flathead catfish good using live baits on trotlines. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

 

NORTHEAST REGION: (660) 785-2420

LAKES

Hunnewell: 71 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on chicken livers; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Long Branch: 70 degrees, low, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Mark Twain: 75 degrees, low, muddy; largemouth bass, crappie & channel catfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Sever: 66 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on jig & pig on bottom; bluegill fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Thomas Hill: 77 degrees, low, dingy; crappie good on jigs & minnows; channel catfish fair on liver & prepared baits; largemouth bass fair on lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 78 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers, grasshoppers and stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 72 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

 

NORTHWEST REGION: (816) 271-3100

LAKES

Mozingo: No report available.

Paho: No report available.

Pony Express: No report available.

RIVERS

Chariton: No report available.

Grand: No report available.

Missouri (below Iowa line): 70 degrees, low, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on goldfish, bluegill & creek chubs; carp fair on worms & corn soaked in strawberry or banana extract; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

 

OZARK REGION: (417) 256-7161

LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 80 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair on topwater lures; walleye fair on worms. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Norfork: 79 degrees, low, dingy; black bass fair on spinnerbaits; walleye fair on crankbaits. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 71 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastic lures; goggle-eye fair on jigs & nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Big Piney (Upper): 66 degrees, high, dingy; smallmouth bass & goggle-eye fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Bryant Creek: 78 degrees, normal, dingy; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Current: 72 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass fair on topwater lures; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Eleven Point: 63 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Gasconade: 66 degrees, low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 72 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastics & crayfish; goggle-eye fair on jigs & nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Jack's Fork: 66 degrees, high, clear; smallmouth bass & goggle-eye good on soft plastics & crayfish. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

North Fork: 65 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics; brown trout fair on live baits & artificial baits. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

 

SOUTHEAST REGION: (573) 290-5730

LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 78 degrees, normal, clear; black bass fair on worms; channel catfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Council Bluff: 70 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Cypress Lake: 77 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill fair on worms & crickets; channel catfish good in the late afternoon & early evening on cut baits. NOTICE: FISHING CLOSED UNTIL 1 P.M. DAILY DURING TEAL SEASON; FISHING HOURS ARE 1 P.M. UNTIL MIDNIGHT. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Duck Creek: 75 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill fair on crickets; black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie & channel catfish slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Lake Girardeau: 76 degrees, high, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Wappapello: black bass fair on spinnerbaits & buzzbaits; crappie slow on minnows; bluegill good on crickets & worms; channel catfish fair on live bait. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 71 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass fair on minnows & worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Castor River (above Zalma): 76 degrees, low, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Mississippi (below Charleston): falling, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): normal, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

 

SOUTHWEST REGION: (417) 895-6880

LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 77 degrees, clear; 3' low; bluegill fair on natural baits; catfish fair on shad and other natural baits; walleye fair on worms and crankbaits. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Lake Taneycomo: 49 degrees, clear; normal level; rainbow trout fair in the upper lake with flies imitating scuds and egg patterns; lower lake fair for rainbow trout in the morning on natural and live baits; brown trout fair evenings on Rapalas and crankbaits. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Pomme de Terre: 74 degrees, clear; normal; black bass fair on plastic baits; white bass slow; crappie fair on minnows along bluffs; catfish good on shad; bluegill fair on worms. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Stockton: 80 degrees, over 4' low; black bass fair on topwater lures early and on plastic baits after 9 a.m.; white bass fair early and late on topwater lures and Rooster Tails; walleye fair casting and trolling using crankbaits; catfish fair on shad and drifting nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows around timber and brushpiles. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Table Rock (James River arm): 83 degrees, dingy; black bass fair jigging soft plastic baits; catfish fair 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 9/18/2003)

Table Rock (main lake): 78 degrees, clear; 5' low; all species fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

RIVERS

Big Niangua: 71 degrees, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

James River (lower): 88 degrees, clear; sucker gigging good; black bass good; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

 

ST. LOUIS REGION: (636) 441-4554

LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 79 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 9/17/2003)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 79 degrees, high, clear; catfish fair on liver, prepared baits and worms; catfish limit is 4; please remove your litter. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

RIVERS

Big River: 72 degrees, low, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): normal, muddy; black bass fair on topwater lures and little spinnerbaits; catfish slow. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): No report available.

Meramec (below Eureka): low, muddy; catfish fair on worms; black bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

Missouri (below New Haven): 69 degrees, rising, clear; catfish good on natural baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/17/2003)

 

TROUT AREAS:

Bennett Spring: 60 degrees, normal, fishing is good during morning and evening hours. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Maramec Spring: 57 degrees, normal, clear; fishing is good. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Montauk: 63 degrees, low, clear; fishing is good in the mornings on all baits. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

Roaring River: Clear, below normal, 59 degrees. Roaring River's Autumn Kids' Fishing Day is on Saturday Sept. 20. It is free for kids 15 and younger. There will be prizes, hotdogs, conservation classes, and lots of fun. For more information on Kids' Day or on fishing conditions visit: www.mdc.state.mo.us/areas/hatchery/roaring/ or call 417-847-2430. (Report made on 9/18/2003)

 

 

 

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