Archive for May, 2016

UPDATE 5/19/16

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Lake level is at 607.5 and holding fairly steady. The water clarity is definitely stained, but not near chocolate milk.

CRAPPIE: The week started out very slow due to cold, rainy weather but yesterday saw some people out catching limits. I would expect that will only get better as we enjoy more of these nice days. Depending on the area of the lake you will either find post spawn males guarding nests or females on nests, or even females still in deeper water getting ready to come in to spawn. The key will be to try different tactics until you find what happens to be working today, at this hour. Blue seems to be contained in most of the color combos that are working right now.

BASS: Lots of fish near the banks getting ready to spawn. This is the time of year to catch plenty of good bass. Have not heard much on white bass recently but you can bet they will be around submerged islands and not so submerged islands. As usual, use something white or shiny to catch them.

CATFISH: There are plenty of channel cats biting. Minnows, crawlers, or stink bait should entice them. We have not seen much in the way of flat heads or blues this week, but I am sure that is more due to lack of fishermen than lack of fish. Gold fish or perch have been productive recently.

NOTES: Saturday is the adult/youth tournament for the Eastern MO Crappie Club. Call for information if you want to fish it.

Update 5/11/16

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Lake level is 607.7. We received about 1.5″ of rain over the past few days. Water color has darkened up some but no reports yet of really bad color. That should actually help to bring the crappie closer to the bank for spawning. Water temps are still mid 60’s.

CRAPPIE: There are still some nice fish being caught and they are still scattered from tight to the bank to 15-20 FOW. It seems the fish are concentrated in tight little spots that you just have to locate. Once you hit that spot you can put a good catch in the boat. I still here blue/white or blue/silver but also some chartreuse/white as well. Tightlining and slow trolling for the deeper water seems to be working well.

BASS: Lots of reports of good bass coming at the bank. This next couple of weeks should see some very good fishing. I have been hearing of some white bass close to the bank as well.

CATFISH: Lots of channel’s biting with this new water inflow. We have heard of quite a few 20-40# flatheads as well. The blues seem to have quieted down for now. Perch are doing well on the flatheads and crawlers on the channel cats.

Update 5/6/16

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Lake level is 606.2 and steady. Water temp is around the mid 60’s. Clarity sounds to be mostly pretty good with a few dirty spots, though even those are probably cleared up by now.

CRAPPIE: There are some being caught near the banks and some being caught out in deep water. Think 20 feet. Blue/white seems to be a good color right now. Move around if you are catching small ones or not getting any. There are a lot of very nice fish being caught.

CATFISH: All species seem to be on the move as there are a lot of fish coming in. We had a 62# flathead weighed in this week and last week along with a bunch of others. Live bait seems to be working best right now especially perch.

BASS: No reports this week.

NOTES: We are right on the edge of the spawn going full blast. If we can string together a few days of that steady weather it will be on. Of course, so much depends on nothing strange happening to change the course of that, a cold front, a lot of rain, who knows what else will turn them back again. Don’t forget to stop in for BBQ after a day on the water. We do have pulled pork sandwiches at lunch as well.

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