Update 10/15/14 Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 618.5 and rising. It has slowed down so I would guess it will peak tomorrow somewhere around 619. That makes for a lot of flooded grass, which should make for some great duck hunting. There will also be better access to the backs of the coves for when the shad move back and the crappie follow them. It seems the temp gauge at the dam broke since it is stuck on 32 and I didn’t see any ice formed yet.

Crappie: The fishing is slow and deliberate right now. 20-25 FOW, drop to the bottom and come up real slow. Fish up next to tree’s at the edge of channels or just off points. If you know of any structure in that depth range now is a good time to give it a try. Bridge piers can be fruitful as well. Blue/white and orange/white seem to be working.

BASS: No reports, though I suspect you can find some whites around the islands or on points.

CATFISH: We still hear about some 20 to 30# blue’s and flat heads being caught on shad out on the flats.

NOTES: Remember…this is the weekend of the Halloween Extravaganza over at Indian Creek Campground. If you have been there you know how good it is, if you haven’t I can tell you, it is a great event to go out and enjoy. I know I will be out there with Andrew (grandson) on Saturday night. This event was cancelled last year due to the gov’t shutdown so it should be back with bells on this year.

ANOTHER NOTE: Next weekend the Springfield Crappie Club is sponsoring an Open fishing tournament. Anyone can fish it so come on out and have some fun with the last tournament of the year. Entry fee is only $50 per boat with a 70% payback. Weigh in is here at the resort.

Update 10/9/14 Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 614.5. It has been holding steady for the past 24 hours but that is likely to change at any time. We got .75″ of rain today but it didn’t have any effect on the lake level. Water temp is still in the mid 60′s.

CRAPPIE: There are a few limits being caught but you will have to work for them. They are still in deeper water, not so much up in the arms like one would expect for this time of October. Try tree’s near the edge of channels and points. Minnows should be a big plus.

BASS: No reports

CATFISH: 20 to 30 # blues and flat heads seem to be what is biting. Shad are likely your best bet.

NOTES: The Springfield Crappie Club and South Fork Resort is sponsoring a 2 Man Open Buddy Crappie Tournament on Saturday, Oct 25. This is open to anyone who wants to fish it. Entry fee is $50 per boat. Call us for more info. We have entry forms here.

Phone System Upgrade Friday, Oct 03, 2014 by Travis

Later today we will be switching from our current phone system to a new VoIP based phone system. Unfortunately with that switch, we were unable to port some of our existing phone numbers to the new system. As such, we have a new phone number that we can be reached at. The phone numbers on our Contact Us page have been updated with the new numbers.

The old number will continue to work for some time but we request you start using the new number.

During the switch over, there may be problems reaching us at the old number. If that occurs, please try us at the new number, which is 573-206-3839.


Update 10/1/14 Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 608.7 and rising. We had 2.25″ of rain here today. After 9 days of very steady lake level I think this will actually be a good thing. It was starting to feel like we were fishing a lake instead of an impoundment. Water clarity was near 3 feet and I assume that will change as will the water temp, which was hanging in the upper 70′s.

CRAPPIE: Limits are hard work right now. There are folks getting them, but they are fishing hard and mostly it takes the better part of the day to get there. We have seen some dandy fish come in….13″, 14″, even a few over that. Fall fishing should be great! 15 feet down seems to be the most common depth to fish, but it can be in 18 FOW or 30 FOW.

BASS: No reports this week but I heard of some whites caught in the past couple of weeks and that should improve as it cools down.

CATFISH: The influx of water should turn the channel cats on again. Fish where there is inflow. Crawlers, stinkbait, the normal stuff. There have been some nice 20 to 30# flatheads and blues caught on flats using shad, perch, and goldfish over the past 2 weeks.

NOTES: There are many many pelicans on the lake. I don’t know about the other end, but they are in all Forks on this end. They present quite a sight and are a sure sign of autumn.

Update 9/26/14 Friday, Sep 26, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 608.2. It has been holding steady all week. The longer it stays at this level the better the fishing should get. Water temp has been hanging at about 70.

CRAPPIE: The fishing this past week has been pretty tough. There were some people catching a few, but not many. The reports yesterday were better with people catching a few more. It should get better as the days of steady weather and steady lake levels continue. They should start moving up into the creek arms over the next few weeks. Right now I would try on rocky points, riprap, bridge piers and brush piles. You will have to make a lot of moves.

BASS: No reports this week, but it took over 29# to win the 2 day Buddy Bass tournament last weekend so you know there are some fish biting. I have heard the better bite is shallow.

CATFISH: There have been some decent blue’s and flat heads getting caught on flats of about 14 FOW. Shad or goldfish seem to work well.

NOTES: Don’t forget the Halloween Walk up at Indian Creek on Oct 17 and 18. If you haven’t been there it is a great place to take the youngsters. They really do it right.

Update 9/18/14 Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 by Ron

Lake lake level- it’s up, it’s down. It was up 9 feet from the last rain, hitting 612.5 on Monday. Right now it is back down to 610.8 and falling. North Fork was where the most inflow came in so obviously that was also the dirtiest water. Water temp is in the low 70′s.

CRAPPIE: This week has been tough fishing with most of those getting caught coming from near bottom anywhere from 10 to 20 FOW. Even on structure they are hanging deep.

BASS: No reports

CATFISH: We saw some excellent flatheads last weekend so it is time for some good fall fishing to start on both those and blue’s. You can be sure the channel cat’s are also active with all of the food washed into the lake from the recent rains. We will have perch starting Friday.

NOTES: The Buddy Bass tournament is this weekend. Last I heard there were 133 boats registered so I assume they will be near 150 by launch time. Weigh in will be held at Black Jack Marina on both Saturday and Sunday. Weigh in is 3:00 Saturday and 2:00 Sunday. Be there an hour prior in order to catch the early weigh in’s.