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Missouri Department of Conservation

Statewide Weekly Fishing Report

9/25/2003 at 09:53:24
LAST FISHING REPORT OF THE SEASON!!

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: 74 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on worms & stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Blind Pony: 70 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 9/24/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 74 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 9/24/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 76 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 9/24/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 77 degrees, normal, clear; catfish & bluegill good; black bass, crappie & white bass fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 76 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 9/24/2003)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 76 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 9/24/2003)

Little Dixie: 70 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 9/24/2003)

RIVERS

Lamine: low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Missouri (Middle): low, muddy; flathead catfish fair on setlines; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 71 degrees, normal, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

 

KANSAS CITY REGION: (816) 655-6250

LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 72 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish & largemouth bass good; bluegill & crappie fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Montrose: 69 degrees, clear; full pool; black bass & catfish good; crappie slow; pressure light. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 75 degrees, dingy; 1' low; all species fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 74 degrees, dingy; full pool; all species fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

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 9/24/2003)

Truman: 73 degrees, clear; 1/2' 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 9/24/2003)

Truman Tail Waters: 73 degrees, normal, clear; catfish fair using live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

RIVERS

Missouri River: 75 degrees, muddy; channel, blue & flathead catfish good using live baits on trotlines. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

 

NORTHEAST REGION: (660) 785-2420

LAKES

Hunnewell: 74 degrees, low, clear; crappie good on minnows; channel catfish fair on chicken livers; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Long Branch: 68 degrees, low, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Mark Twain: 78 degrees, rising, muddy; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; crappie good; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Sever: 66 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on jig & pig on the bottom; bluegill fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Thomas Hill: 75 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 9/24/2003)

RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 71 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on crickets, grasshoppers & stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 70 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish & flathead catfish good on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits & sunfish; drum good on nightcrawlers; carp excellent on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

 

NORTHWEST REGION: (816) 271-3100

LAKES

Mozingo: No report available.

Paho: 73 degrees, low, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Pony Express: 71 degrees, low, clear; crappie fair on grasshoppers; channel catfish fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

RIVERS

Chariton: No report available.

Grand: No report available.

Missouri (below Iowa line): 68 degrees, low, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms & 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 9/24/2003)

 

OZARK REGION: (417) 256-7161

LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 78 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair on topwater lures; walleye fair on worms. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Norfork: 78 degrees, low, dingy; walleye fair on crankbaits; black bass fair on spinnerbaits. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 71 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastic lures & live baits; goggle-eye fair on jigs & nightcrawlers. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Big Piney (Upper): 70 degrees, normal, clear; goggle-eye & smallmouth bass fair on live baits & soft plastics; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Bryant Creek: 74 degrees, normal, dingy; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Current: 60 degrees, low, clear; smallmouth bass good on jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Eleven Point: 60 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Gasconade: 59 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 74 degrees, high, dingy; black bass fair on soft plastics & live baits; goggle-eye fair on jigs & nightcrawlers; channel catfish fair on live baits. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Jack's Fork: 71 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass & goggle-eye good. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

North Fork: 64 degrees, normal, clear; brown trout fair on live baits & artificial baits. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

 

SOUTHEAST REGION: (573) 290-5730

LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 77 degrees, normal, clear; black bass & channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Council Bluff: 69 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Cypress Lake: 76 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill fair on worms; black bass good on spinnerbaits & plastic worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Duck Creek: 75 degrees, normal, clear; bluegill best on worms; black bass fair on buzzbaits; crappie fair on small minnows & jigs. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Lake Girardeau: 75 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Wappapello: black bass fair on spinnerbaits & buzzbaits; crappie fair on minnows in the channel; bluegill good on crickets & worms; channel catfish good on juglines using live baits. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 70 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass fair on minnows & worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Castor River (above Zalma): 75 degrees, low, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Mississippi (below Charleston): rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): normal, dingy; all species fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

 

SOUTHWEST REGION: (417) 895-6880

LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 77 degrees, clear; 4' below pool; walleye and bluegill fair on natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Lake Taneycomo: 49 degrees, normal, clear; 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 in the evenings on Rapalas and crankbaits. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Pomme de Terre: 72 degrees, normal, clear; black bass, catfish, bluegill and crappie fair; white bass slow. (Report made on 9/25/2003)

Stockton: 73 degrees, black bass fair on spinnerbaits early and crankbaits later in the day; white bass fair on small crankbaits and Rooster Tails early and late; walleye fair trolling crankbaits; catfish fair on trotlines using shad and bluegill; crappie fair on minnows and jigs over brush piles and tree lines. (Report made on 9/25/2003)

Table Rock (James River arm): 80 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 9/25/2003)

Table Rock (main lake): 76 degrees, clear; all species fair on live baits and trolling. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

RIVERS

Big Niangua: 68 degrees, muddy; all species fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

James River (lower): 81 degrees, clear; sucker gigging good; black bass fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/25/2003)

 

ST. LOUIS REGION: (636) 441-4554

LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 74 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on plastic worms and topwater lures; catfish fair on liver; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 24: 74 degrees, normal, clear; small catfish good on worms; catfish limit is 4; please remove your litter. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

RIVERS

Big River: 72 degrees, low, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 71 degrees, normal, muddy; black bass fair on minnows and plastic worms; catfish fair on worms. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

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

Meramec (below Eureka): 74 degrees, low, dingy; catfish and bluegill fair on live bait such as worms; black bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Missouri (below New Haven): 69 degrees, rising, clear; catfish good on natural baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

 

TROUT AREAS:

Bennett Spring: 60 degrees, normal, fishing is good during morning and evening hours. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Maramec Spring: 57 degrees, normal, clear; fishing is good. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Montauk: 63 degrees, low, clear; fishing is good in the mornings on all baits. (Report made on 9/24/2003)

Roaring River: 58 degrees, low, clear; fishing is good. (Report made on 9/25/2003)

 

 

 

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