Southeast Fishing Report

Friday, April 14, 2017

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky bass) may not be possessed from March 1 through the Friday before the fourth Saturday in May. During those dates all black bass in those streams must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. For details see Chapter 6 of the "Wildlife Code of Missouri", or website at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zkz.

Southeast Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Water Surface Temp: 58
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Sunfish: Slow 
Crappie are fair on jigs; all other species slow
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Council Bluff Lake

Water Surface Temp: 54
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Sunfish: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow : Slow 
Black bass are fair on soft plastics during low light or overcast conditions; crappie fair on minnows and jigs during low light or overcast conditions; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Cypress Lake

Water Surface Temp: 62
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
Redear Sunfish: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill and redear fair on crickets and worms; largemouth bass fair on minnows, jigs, and plastic worms; channel catfish fair on stinkbait and worms.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1
Water Surface Temp: 62
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Chain Pickerel: Good 
Bluegill: Fair 
Warmouth: Fair 
Crappie: Fair : Slow 
Chain pickerel are good on spinnerbaits; bluegill and warmouth sunfish are fair on red and white jigs and crickets; crappie are fair on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Lake Girardeau

Water Surface Temp: 57
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Redear Sunfish: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Black bass fair on soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures; crappie fair on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Perry County Lake

Water Surface Temp: 58
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Black Bass: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Black bass fair on live bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Robert DeLaney Lake

Water Surface Temp: 56
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Crappie fair with tube baits; bluegill fair with tube baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Wappapello Lake

Water Surface Temp: 64
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Slow 
Crappie: Fair 
Bluegill: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair on live bait and worms on jug lines and trotlines at night; all other species slow; recorded lake level and other information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Water Surface Temp: 56
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Smallmouth Bass: Slow 
Goggle-eye (Ozark bass, rock bass, and shadow bass): Slow 
Largemouth Bass: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Water Surface Temp: 55
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Suckers: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
All species slow
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Castor River (above Zalma)
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Goggle-eye (Ozark bass, rock bass, and shadow bass): Slow 
Longear Sunfish: Slow 
Catfish: Slow 
Smallmouth Bass: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Mississippi River (Middle)

Water Surface Temp: 62
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Blue Catfish: Fair 
Blue catfish fair on cut baits; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and liver.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Water Surface Temp: 62
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Blue Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on cut Asian carp; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Water Surface Temp: 62
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Good 
Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics; all other species good on live bait.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Water Surface Temp: 60
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Flathead Catfish: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
All species slow.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Water Surface Temp: 60
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
Brown Trout: Fair 
Zone 1 and 2 popular lures: gingersnap, red and yellow, salmon and brown, or salmon and white marabou, Bennett Blue or red crackleback, John Deere mini jig, black zebra midge, white brassie; Zone 3 popular baits: chunky cheese Power Baits, green and yellow worm; April fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; April weed cutting is scheduled for April 12-13; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; for up-to-date stream conditions check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?06923500; trout cam - https://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam; Veterans Free Fishing Day is April 7,2017. No tag fee or license required for veterans; Stop by the park store to pick up your free daily tag; for more information, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 4/3/17)

Maramec Spring Park
Water Surface Temp: 57
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
Brown Trout: Fair 
water flow is up and murky from recent rains; fishing is good; the best fishing times are the first couple of hours shortly after the morning whistle, as well as in the evening, but fish can be caught throughout the day if you change locations when fishing slows down; fish are biting very light so use a small float; very light line is key to success, 2-4 lb test is preferred; fish are hitting doughbaits in white, salmon peach, and hatchery brown colors when fished on a small treble hook and suspended under a float; Rooster Tails in black/white, green, brown, and purple; plastic worms in orange, yellow, white, and red have all been proving good; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing times for the month of April are 7:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Montauk State Park
Water Surface Temp: 56
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
water level at the lower end of the park is a foot above normal and running muddy due to recent heavy rains; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; in the Fly-Only Zone, fish have been caught on black or olive colored streamers such as leaches, wooly buggers, and rabbit hair sculpins; anglers have also been successful drifting grey or tan scuds, copper Johns, and black midges in the Catch & Release zone; white jigs and Rooster Tails are effective just above the Mill Dam; in the bait zones, any color doughbaits, red, white, or orange plastic worms, and white or gold-tencil jigs have been effective; the morning and evening hours remain the best times to fish, but fish have been caught throughout the day; April fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., for up-to-date stream conditions, check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 4/5/17)

Roaring River State Park

Water Surface Temp: 58
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
kids fishing day is May 20th; the river has come up significantly over the past two weeks and is very dingy; right now using 6X tippet on fly rods and 7X when fishing dry flies; best flies right now are #14-#22 Adams, #14-#22 blue wing olives, #14-#20 caddis fly, zebra midges #18's and smaller, pheasant tails, copper johns, burlaps, sow bugs and hares ears all #14's and smaller; black, brown, and the olive Rooster Tails; small Colorado wooly bugger spinner combos; orange, white, and florescent yellow Power Bait eggs; plastic worms in orange, cheese, pink, and orange peel unless we get a water change these colors should remain good; marabou jig fishing is good right now on a spin or casting reel, you will need 2 or 3 lb. line, p-line, Maxima, or mean green will work well; still using #10 hooks on the worms and #12 and smaller for the plastic eggs; 3/0 and BB sized sinkers will work best for you right now; Zone 3 is fishing good on white or orange Power Bait paste; corn, nightcrawlers, and natural eggs have also been working.
(Reported on: 4/3/17)

Trout Stocking

The Conservation Department stocks trout in each of the trout parks every evening from the day before the March 1 opener through Oct. 30. Tag sale estimates determine a daily stocking rate average of 2.25 fish per expected angler. Except on opening day, three fish are stocked for every expected angler. From March 1 to Oct. 31, the parks will collectively sell more than 400,000 tags and stock more than 900,000 fish. These fish will average about 12 inches long over the season, but some variation occurs. Dozens of lunkers weighing upwards of 3 pounds are stocked each year. A few tip the scales at more than 10 pounds.