Archive for July, 2008


Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I stopped at the dam on my way back to the resort from another trip north to see what it looked like. I will post pictures tomorrow so you all can see to. They are currently releasing the water at a rate of 54,000cfs and still only gained about 6″ on the lake level since yesterday. It looks like I missed my guess on when the lake would open up as I don’t see it happening for this weekend. We appreciate all the folks stopping in and supporting the store with bait and beverage purchases through this strange time. Bait??? Yes, Mary says she is still selling bait believe it or not. There are a lot of ponds in the area that have some good fishing in them so if you need that fishing fix that is an option worth looking into. We do have a request…if you have reservations here at the resort (or any other one for that matter) please call and let us know if you are not planning on being here. It is a requirement of our reservation policy and just makes things go a little smoother if we know who is going to be here and who is not. Thanks to all of you for the input on this blog and our site in general. It helps us to make it a better site to know what you all think of it and we do use your ideas to improve it.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

As of midnight tonight the lake will be closed to all activities. No boating, no swimming. This will hopefully be a very temporary condition as the water level is now at 640′ and needs to be dropped to 638. When it drops to 638 the lake and high water ramps will be reopened for use. The Corp is doing what needs to be done in order to keep the water below the level of 642′ at which point things will not be good for the people below the dam. They are currently releasing 38,000 cubic feet per second of water and will be increasing that soon. I would guess (and that’s all it is) that the lake will be open again by this weekend. On a good note, Odie was out fishing today with a friend and they limited on crappies and had a few nice white bass to boot. The picture is on the picture page. We will update here as soon as we know more and as often as possible. Please feel free to use the links here to monitor the conditions on your own as well. It is interesting to see the inflow’s and levels as they move.

A record is broken

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The water level at Mark Twain is the highest it has ever been since the dam was built. My family and I celebrated this fact (along with some birthdays) by renting a pontoon from Indian Creek Marina and spending all of the day on 7/27 enjoying the lake. I posted pictures showing what we saw under “Lake” on the pictures page. We had a wonderful day to be quite honest. Sure there was some debris on the water, but there was just so much area to play it didn’t seem to matter. The catfish continue to bite and the braves ones that are willing to try are finding that the crappie really don’t care if the lake is at 610 or 638. They still want to eat. I also have posted the pictures from the Crappie Masters tournament, the UAW 325 tournament, and the Chigger Hill tournament as well as any others I had. I also posted some pictures we took at the dam today as we watched them prepare to do some serious drawdown on the lake. There are links on this site so you can monitor the levels and flows. We did agree that we were not gutsy enough to try tubing or skiing though as some of those log jams were nasty looking. I have some pictures of the Robert Allen landing that I will post tomorrow. They are taken from the lake.

High Water

Friday, July 25th, 2008

More to come later, but the water is way up. The Corp of Engineers page shows the water level has come up over 5′ in the last 24 hours. At this time, I don’t have any specific info on ramp condition, lake condition, or fishing reports. Check back later this evening and hopefully we will have another update with more info. Also for those of you traveling, check out the Missouri Department of Transportation Traveler Information Map. This will be added this to our links section as well.

Update: Only the high water ramps are open.  The ramp at South Fork isn’t really open but apparently can be used at your own risk.

Ramp update

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Most of the ramps are now open. I was at the ramps at 107 and U and the loop roads are even open on them. Same at Southfork. Elkfork is still closed. The weather has finally hit it’s summer stride here so come and enjoy the lake. Please make sure we all put forth the effort to show some boat ramp courtesy. When it’s your turn to launch you should have all your items in the boat and have it rigged and ready to launch. That way everyone can spend as little time on the ramps as possible and more time on the water, which is what we are all here for. Just a friendly reminder.

Opening the ramps

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

The water continues to drop to more user friendly levels this week. As I write this it is finally below 625 again. The ramp at 107 is now open and I presume most of the others will be as well before the weekend gets here. I will update this as often as I can until we are back in the clear. The crappies are biting pretty good. You should be able to get a limit if you work at it. They won’t jump in the boat for you though. They are mostly about 12-14 feet down and eating minnows (as usual). The crappies are in their normal summer pattern of hanging near the wood and piers. White bass are in the same areas. The catfish are still biting some, we even heard of some females coming in with eggs still in them. There is a crappie tournament at Chigger Hill this weekend for those who like to fish tournaments. You can call them at 573-672-3332 for info. Also, the weekend of July 25th and 26th has some kitchenettes available here at South Fork Resort due to the Girl Scouts needing only the five cabins. Thanks for all the comments on our new website format. We will continue to try and improve it so it is an easy to use, informative site for all. Obviously we can’t include everything, but we can try to make it as useful as we can. Let us know what you think.

  • Crappies: Good 12-14 ft in 30 ft of water. Minnows
  • White Bass: Good same areas as crappies. Anything shiny
  • Catfish: Good no report on locations (you know how those guys are about that)
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