Update 4/24/14 Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is 606.7. Water is still murky for the most part. Water temp is in the low 60′s.

CRAPPIE: Males are close to shore while females are out in somewhat deeper water yet. Warm sunny days will find some males on the bank. Jigs will work as will a minnow under a bobber. There are plenty of fish over 10″ to be caught. Concentrate of banks with southern exposure.

BASS: There are quite a few being caught quite close to shore. Crappie fishermen are catching them while scouring the banks for fish. We have heard of a few occasions when someone did well on white bass. You should find them way up in the creek arms.

CATFISH: Blues continue to be the main catch. Shad is the bait of choice. We did hear of one flathead last week.

Update 4/17/14 Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 606.8. Water temp is about 49 degree’s. That, of course, will vary depending on where and when you check it. Water is still pretty colored.

CRAPPIE: They still seem to be mostly out in the deeper water. 20 to 25 FOW and down near the bottom. On those rare warm days with sunshine you certainly can find them higher in the water column and in shallower water. Jigs and/or minnows are working. It is mostly a matter of finding them right now as they stage for the spawn. The saying around this lake is any color jig will work as long as it has chartreuse in it.

CATFISH: The main catch right now is blue’s. We haven’t seen any monsters, but good solid 30# fish. Channel cats are biting sporadically.

BASS: White Bass have been hitting up into the rivers and creeks. As usual, anything white or shiny will attract a bite from them. As you can see from the picture page there is some largemouth activity as shown by the 7# beauty on there. That one was caught from shore.

Update 4/3/14 Friday, Apr 04, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 606.76 right now, but it is rising rapidly. We got 2.5″ of rain with more on the way.

CRAPPIE: There is a fairly good bite right now in deeper water. Stay in the main channels leading into normal spawning area’s and you should be able to connect. Minnows or jigs seem to be working. Most anything with chartreuse will likely entice a bite. Don’t forget the “nibbles”. 15 to 20 FOW is a good place to start and pretty close to the bottom. A typical early spring bite.

BASS: I have not heard any reports on either black bass or white bass. The whites should be heading up the creeks soon.

CATFISH: We have heard of a good bite on channel cat’s from shore. Night crawlers are always a good choice for them. There have also been some good blue’s caught on jugs and also on rod and reel. Shad seems to be the bait of choice for them. No monsters yet, but several over 30#. All of this water influx will certainly help the catfishing.

Update 3/28/14 Friday, Mar 28, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 605.7. We got some rain last night so I expect it will rise a little from there. There is a courtesy dock in at the Route U ramp and also at the South Fork ramp. There is no dock in at the 107 ramp as of this morning. The fish cleaning station is not open there yet either, but that usually doesn’t happen until either April 1 or the danger of a freeze is past. We certainly aren’t there yet. There is a dock in at all ramps except Indian Creek and 15.

CRAPPIE: There were some crappie caught last weekend. There was an Eastern MO Crappie Club tournament and there were 2 seven fish limits that weighed over 7 lbs. Winning weight was 7.4#. Pretty good fish. Most of them were caught in 10 to 20 FOW in the channels. Naturally this time of year you want to concentrate on the northern side. If there is a nice warm day with lots of sunshine those fish can come up near the surface. We haven’t had many of them yet this spring. Don’t be afraid to try the bridge piers, bluffs, and riprap next to deep water on those warm days as the mass will warm up quicker and hold it better.

CATFISH: There are some blues being caught, both on rod and reel and also on lines. I have to think a nice dead shad will attract them. Biggest I heard of so far is a 30+ pounder.

BASS: No reports, but they should start soon.

Update 3/14/14 Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is at 605.7. The ice is finally off the lake for the most part. There is still some floating out on the lake, but mostly it’s gone. Be careful running fast out on the big water. I don’t know of anyone out yet, but I would think trying the bridge piers would be a great place to start. There are a lot of snow geese in the area with plenty of farmers willing to give permission to hunt them.

Update 3/7/14 Friday, Mar 07, 2014 by Ron

Lake level is 605.5. The lake is still frozen over. The river below the dam is open so at least a person can wet a line or run a boat if the urge hits. It looks like it is starting to open up around the bridge piers. I don’t think it will be open by the 10th, but I don’t think we will miss it by much. There could possibly be enough open water by next weekend. I will keep an eye on it and post as soon as the lake is fish-able. It has been a crazy long winter and we can hardly wait to get things moving.

We are still planning on the annual Christmas Tree drop on March 22. Anyone that wants to help can either let us know here at the resort, or call the Corp office. The 2 ramps for the drop are South Fork and Spalding.

Time to get your reels cleaned and greased, line changed, and boats ready. We are almost there!!!