Archive for March, 2017

tree drop

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

As mentioned earlier, the annual Christmas tree drop is scheduled to take place this coming Saturday, March 25. Let us know if you can come and help out. We will be meeting at the resort at about 8:30 am. Please keep an eye on this post in case it needs to be postponed due to weather.

Thank you

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.

UPDATE 3/9/17

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Lake level is 601.3. Water temp is mid 40’s but warmer water can be found on south facing bluffs and dark bottom flats. Water clarity is normal, which for this lake means you can see less than a foot down.

CRAPPIE: There are people catching some decent fish but the where and how seems to be pretty varied. I have heard of success at 2-3 feet down in 7 FOW as well as 12 feet down over deep water. A lot depends on the sunshine each day during this transition time of year. Crappie won’t be real aggressive so you may have to keep the bait right in front of them for a while before they bite. That leads to bobber fishing or dipping rather than cast/retrieve type fishing. In other words….slow down.

CATFISH: We have heard of some channel cats being caught but no noise yet about any blues or flat heads.

BASS: no reports

NOTES: March 25th is the scheduled date for the habitat placement. We will again be doing a drop from the Southfork ramp. If you want to help give us a call. This is the best way to find out where the trees are dropped so you can find them later on.

If you have reservations for staying here at the resort this upcoming season now is a good time to call in with deposits.