Archive for April, 2010

Update 4/27/10

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Lake level is about 617.5 and rising slowly.  It will likely go up another couple of feet before it’s all done. The water in South Fork is pretty stained as I am sure Elk Fork is also. The main lake wasn’t bad as far as color goes yesterday.   The water temp I am sure has gone down. The bite today was pretty tough according to the people we talked to. It will take a couple of days of sun to warm things back up again. Spring fishing at it’s finest. Of course, if mother nature didn’t make it tough there wouldn’t be any fish left anyway would there?—- Catfishing, on the other hand has been pretty good with all the water running into the lake.  That will likely slow a bit as the water stabilizes. I will post more info as I get it.

Update 4/21/10

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

We have seen a fair amount of turkeys come through here this past week so I must say hunter success looks to be pretty good in the turkey hunting arena.—–Lake level is still holding at about 606.5. I look for it to stay that way through the weekend unless we get hit with some of the rain that is passing by the area.  Water temp is hanging in the upper 60’s for the most part and is starting to clear up pretty nice. Of course that makes the crappie a bit more skittish so they tend to spawn deeper. There have been quite a few good catches this week, with the better catching being later in the day. I keep hearing about a lot of smaller fish being caught between keepers, but those reports all seem to come from the upper end of the lake. Down here we have seen some dandy fish and not so many small ones in between. Black and Chartreuse is the color combo that seems to be bringing the best bite for jig fishermen. The bite has been mostly close to shore, but not on the banks quite yet. Very close though.—— The catfishing continues to be hot with some very nice flatheads coming in. Not a lot of blues in the last week or so though. Plenty of channels are coming in with the flatheads. —– White bass are also starting to hit up in the rivers so now is a great time to tie on something white and flashy and give that a try. Clean them right and fry ’em up fresh and they are downright tasty.—-I am hoping if we get some of this rain we may still be able to get a few mushrooms. It has been a rather disappointing year for them.

Update 4/15/10

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

What a fine week we had weather-wise. 80 degree days and 60 degree nights spells nothing but good news for us fishermen. The lake level is at 606.3 and the water temp is in the mid to upper 60’s. The water clarity is still a bit stained, but not bad for this lake. —–I would think the crappie will be in the spawning stage by next weekend. Right now they are being caught in 2 to 8 feet of water. Later in the day seems to be the best bite. I would go right to where you usually go when they are on the banks and move out just a bit. We are seeing some very nice fish come through here with a good share between 1 and 2 pounds. Remember to throw some of those nice big females back if they are still full of eggs. Call it an investment in future fishing.—– We are also seeing a lot of catfish coming in. As you can see in the pictures there have been some dandy Flatheads already. If we get the rain that’s predicted tonight things will of course change.—-We did hear of a nice batch of mushrooms found today so if we get that rain they should be popping up big time.

Update 4/7/10

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

I attended the meeting last night where the Corp presented the new lake plan they will be submitting to their bosses later this month. It looks like a pretty good plan that takes all affected parties interests into account. There will be a final public meeting on the subject on May 4 at the Harbor Inn meeting room. It is important that we have good representation there as it will  be the only meeting where both upstream (MTL users) and downstream interests will be present. Please go back a few posts and read the information. Send an email as explained there. Don’t sit on the sidelines thinking someone else will take care of it for you.——  I also had a good discussion with the Operations Manager at the Corp Project office about several items. It is not likely the re reg dam will be repaired this summer due to budget constraints. Same for the water temp gauge. They are working on several improvement projects around the lake.—— There have been some pretty decent catfish taken this past week, even a few flat heads. Also plenty of channels with all the water running into the lake.——-Crappie were starting to pick up until the cold rainy weather hit here last Friday. I would expect them to start again by this weekend if the weather follows the forecast. They are still out in deeper water as they stage for the spawn which is still several weeks away.—–If I was bass fishing right now I would surely be trying a frog pattern as the frogs are all over the place.

Lake level meeting

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Here is the letter we received regarding the meeting this coming Tuesday evening.
Hopefully some of you can attend to support the idea as I am sure there will be plenty
of people in attendance to oppose it. Get there if you can.

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To Whom It May Concern:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting a meeting on
Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 6:30 pm at the Harbor Inn, 18522 Harbortown
Road, Monroe City, Missouri.   The topic of the meeting will be the Mark Twain
Lake Water Control Plan, particularly the portion of the plan that deals with
the moderation of lake levels concerning the annual fish spawn.  

The Corps of Engineers thanks you in advance for your attendance at
this meeting.  To RSVP or make inquiries about this event, please contact
the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at 573-735-4097.

Sincerely,
Maggie Queen

Mark Twain Lake Project Office
20642 Hwy J
Monroe City, MO 63456
PH: 573/735-4097
FAX: 573/735-2750
EMAIL: Clara.M.Queen@usace.army.mil

Update 4/2/2010

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Lake level is at just under 607 and holding steady the past 2 days. Water temps are pretty varied with temps as high as 57 in spots. We have heard of some limits of crappie coming in and so far the sizes are pretty impressive, though we are still waiting to get some pictures as proof. The main pattern right now is fishing the northern coves or at least the north side of the coves. Look for the warmer water in the afternoon. Minnows appears to be the ticket right now, but I’m sure there are plenty of jigs catching fish as well.—-We also have heard of some good white bass being caught way up into the rivers. Some good largemouth bass coming from those areas as well.—-There are some nice blues being caught on trot lines, jugs, or pole fishing. Also some decent channel cats are being caught.

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