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UPDATE 6/28/17

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Lake level is 611 and falling. Water clarity is somewhat stained. We have been having a lot of wind so there are definitely some mud lines. That isn’t a bad thing as fish do like to hang out on the edge of them and ambush baitfish. Water is about 82 degrees.

CRAPPIE: We have started to hear of some decent fish being caught again. Mostly deep summer pattern fishing anywhere from 10 to 20 feet deep. Jigs seem to be working pretty good right now, though I haven’t heard much about colors. We have seem some sporadic 13-15 inch fish even. Pulling crankbaits can net you crappie, walleye, white bass, and even some largemouth. Chartreuse is a color to start with.

CATFISH: It looks like maybe some of the flatheads are coming off their nests. We weighed in a 30# a few days ago. Not much going on with blues right now, though I am sure some folks are catching a few.

BASS: Still not a lot of whites being caught, but there are a few people starting to hang around the island so I assume they are at least getting a few. That bite should start at any time. Largemouth fishing has been quite good with 15 to 20 fish days not uncommon. Try the points as a starting spot.

NOTES: This weekend is the rodeo up at the dam. We have tickets here for sale. The rodeo is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with the fireworks being on Saturday night. There will be a lot of boats out there this weekend so please play safely.

Update 6/14/17

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Lake level is at 610.8 and has been steady for the past couple of days. I am not sure how long they plan to keep it at this level but we can sure enjoy it while we can. Water temp is mid 80’s. Clarity is somewhat better towards the damn as usual but is pretty fair on most of the lake. I have heard it is kind of nasty in areas of South Fork.

CRAPPIE: They are starting to pick up more crappie this past week with some limits even coming in. You most definitely will have to work for them though. They are still somewhat scattered but seem to be more towards the summer pattern, which means they will be found 10 to 12 feet down. Find brushpiles or fish the trees. This will be more prevalent as the lake develops the thermocline through the next couple of weeks. Bridge piers are also starting to show some results.

BASS: I have heard of some very good catches over the past week, but it seems they are hot one day and not so much the next. Points are a good place to try. White bass seem to be behind schedule as it seems the islands are still not producing like they normally are this time of year. Occasionally we hear about someone hitting a bunch of them, but not very consistant yet.

CATFISH: Flatheads are likely mostly on the nests about now as are some of the blues, though the blues are still the most consistant catch right now. If you aren’t getting any you probably need to switch to another part of the lake as they may be on the nests in the area you are fishing.

NOTES: Happy Flag day to all!

UPDATE 5/17/17

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Lake level is 617.5 and coming down about 8″ per day. Water is low 70’s. Water clarity is still somewhat dirty. There is still some debris floating but it is certainly not to bad. You will want to keep an eye open for it but for the most part boating is pretty safe.

CRAPPIE: There are some males and females spawning in parts of the lake, and there are some out in 9-12 FOW. In either place they seem to be hanging nearly at the bottom. I have heard a lot of talk about pink/white jig bodies. Be versatile. Try a variety of spots and methods right now.

CATFISH: There have been quite a few blues caught in the last couple of weeks. Shad seems to be the bait of choice. There have also been some nice flatheads coming in. Not a lot of real big ones, but 15 to 30 pounds are getting caught.

BASS: There are some white bass starting to get caught but they don’t seem to have settled into the normal pattern yet. That should happen very soon. We have heard people saying they are experiencing the best largemouth fishing in many years on the lake. No real reports as to what is working.

UPDATE 5/3/17

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Lake level is 622.5 and looks like it is pretty close to the crest. We did not receive much rain at all today so that will help. Naturally the water is pretty dirty and there is a lot of debris floating around. As far as I know the only ramps that are closed at this time are some of the small dirt ramps. Elk Fork, Little U, Lick Creek, #11, and # 20 are the ones I know about.

CRAPPIE: It looks like the smaller ones are starting to bite again. I talked to someone who was on the water today and he said he actually saw some shad busting the surface so that is a good sign.He also caught a bunch of smaller fish near them. Don’t look for them to be on the bank anytime soon. I would look in 10 to 20 FOW. As the wter warms back up things should improve. When it does you will want high contrast jigs, minnows, and nibbles to attract their attention.

CATFISH: Channel cats should be in high gear since they are the ones that like all this inflow. Toss a crawler in wherever you find inflow and you should be able to pull in some of these fighters. There have been a few blues and flatheads coming in.

BASS: I assume they will be acting the same as the crappie. They were getting pretty near the bank and now will be backed off.

NOTES: There is a lot of debris on the water so travel slow and keep a close eye out for logs, etc. If you see a bird standing out in the middle of the lake you can bet he is standing on something that can hurt you or your boat. Wearing your life jacket is probably a good idea while travelling from spot to spot.

UPDATE 4/21/17

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Lake level is 605.2 and water temp is mid 60’s. The lake is MTL clear, in other words you can see about 1 foot down.

CRAPPIE: The males are starting to head to the banks and from what we have seen so far the size is quite good with a lot of 10-12″ fish. Pretty much just work the shorelines looking for any differences in structure and you should be able to find some fish. Because the lake level is lower than what we normally see this time of year a lot of the cover we would fish is high and dry so you will have to find some new cover to fish. If this week is any indicator it should be a very good year, though we all know how quickly that can change. This colder weather right now could even have an effect on the bite. This is the time of year a mnnow under a bobber is a good bet.

BASS: We have heard of some decent largemouth bass this past week. One crappie fisherman caught a 6 pounder while working the bank. Yes, he released it. No word on the white bass yet.

CATFISH: There have been quite a few good blues and flaheads caught this past week so it looks like that bite is well underway. Shad seems to be working well.

NOTES: Turkey seasonn is underway so if you step off the boat to check for mushrooms be very careful. Wear some orange if possible. If not at least make some human noise so someone won’t mistake you for a turkey. Also, we will start doing some food on Friday and Saturday nights. This week will be fried chicken, pulled pork, burgers, and fries. Come join us.

UPDATE 3/20/17

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Lake level is at 601.3 and has been pretty steady for a month now. Water temp is mid 40’s.

CRAPPIE: There are people catching some nice crappie right now, but you will have to search for them. We are headed for that transition period when they are starting to stage in the mouths of the main channels. They will still locate on trees and brush. Chartreuse is a good color to start with. If you can find a ledge that drops into deep water and has cover on it there is a good chance you will find fish.

CATFISH: We still have not heard of anything going on for catfish even though I know there have been people out there trying.

BASS: No reports

NOTES: Remember, we are doing the tree drop this coming Saturday, March 25. Response has been pretty sparse both here and at the Corp. Below is the notice they put out. We could sure use some help in getting this spring task completed. As the number of standing trees gets less and less it becomes all the more important to get some structure out there. Let me know if you can help. We are usually done before noon so it is not a long day.

Mark Twain Lake Corps of Engineers Seeks Volunteers for Placement of Fish Structure

Mark Twain Lake, March 6, 2017 – Many Christmas trees have been collected during the annual Christmas tree recycling program. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now seeking volunteers to place the trees at several established sites in Mark Twain Lake. John F. Spalding Ramp will be the designated starting point.

Residents of the Mark Twain Lake community willing to contribute their time and equipment to assist in placing the trees can meet at the John F. Spalding boat ramp on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The trees will be bundled together and sunk in Mark Twain Lake, developing an underwater habitat. These structures provide excellent places for fish to rest. Creating this structure also encourages the growth of algae and zooplankton for young fish to feed upon, which in turn enhances growth. Of course the biggest advantage is they make excellent places to catch fish, and all those volunteering will have first-hand knowledge of these “honey holes”.

Anyone wishing to volunteer or wanting more information should contact Park Ranger Brad Stamp at the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at (573) 735-4097.