Archive for March, 2014

Update 3/28/14

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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, March 15th, 2014

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, March 7th, 2014

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!!!