UPDATE 5/19/16 Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Ron
Lake level is at 607.5 and holding fairly steady. The water clarity is definitely stained, but not near chocolate milk.
CRAPPIE: The week started out very slow due to cold, rainy weather but yesterday saw some people out catching limits. I would expect that will only get better as we enjoy more of these nice days. Depending on the area of the lake you will either find post spawn males guarding nests or females on nests, or even females still in deeper water getting ready to come in to spawn. The key will be to try different tactics until you find what happens to be working today, at this hour. Blue seems to be contained in most of the color combos that are working right now.
BASS: Lots of fish near the banks getting ready to spawn. This is the time of year to catch plenty of good bass. Have not heard much on white bass recently but you can bet they will be around submerged islands and not so submerged islands. As usual, use something white or shiny to catch them.
CATFISH: There are plenty of channel cats biting. Minnows, crawlers, or stink bait should entice them. We have not seen much in the way of flat heads or blues this week, but I am sure that is more due to lack of fishermen than lack of fish. Gold fish or perch have been productive recently.
NOTES: Saturday is the adult/youth tournament for the Eastern MO Crappie Club. Call for information if you want to fish it.