Missouri fishing report for April 20

Here is the Missouri fishing report, courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation:

REPORTS MADE APRIL 15-17

Central Region

Binder Lake: 53 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; largemouth bass fair; all other species slow.

Blind Pony Lake: 51 degrees; water level high; water dingy; all species slow; the lake is closed to private boats and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 49 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; black bass season closed; white bass fair on light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on shad and worms.

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 53 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; black bass slow, try worms, dark colored soft plastics and buzzbaits; white bass fair using light colored soft plastics and spoons; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on worms, stinkbaits and cut baits.

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 53 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie slow using minnows and shad colored jigs; catfish fair on cut bait; white bass slow.

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 52 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; black bass fair, try using soft plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie good, try using minnows and soft plastic jigs; catfish good, try using cut shad and bluegill; white bass good, try using small spinnerbaits and light colored soft plastics.

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 52 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; black bass fair, try using spinnerbaits; crappie good, try using soft plastic jigs; catfish good, try using cut shad; white bass good, try using light colored soft plastics with small spinners.

Lamine River: water level high; water muddy; all species slow.

Little Dixie Lake: 55 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; crappie fair on minnows; channel catfish fair on chicken liver; all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m.-4 a.m.

Missouri River (Middle): water level low; water muddy; channel catfish good on worms and stinkbaits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow.

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 49 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; black bass season closed; white bass fair on light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on shad and worms.

Kansas City Region

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): catfish fair; crappie slow; white bass slow; all other species fair; 54 degrees; water level low; water muddy.

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: channel catfish slow; bluegill slow; redear sunfish slow; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on jigs 2 feet under a bobber near deep water brush; 50 degrees; water level normal; water clear.

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 47 degrees; water level falling; water muddy; fishing is slow with some success of channel catfish are being caught around the confluences of feeder creeks and rivers on stinkbaits; all other species equally slow.

Montrose Lake: catfish fair; crappie slow; black bass slow; striped bass slow; white bass slow; 54 degrees; water level normal; water muddy.

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): catfish fair; crappie slow; white bass fair; hybrid striped bass (wiper, whiterock bass) fair; 55 degrees; water level normal; water muddy.

Truman Lake: 53 degrees; water level high; water muddy; crappie good on jigs and minnows; catfish fair on shad; black bass good on crankbaits and jigs; white bass and hybrid striped bass good on swimbaits and spoons.

Truman Lake Tailwaters: crappie good; white bass good; catfish good on cut bait with rod and reel; paddlefish moving toward dam; 56 degrees; water level high; water muddy.

Northeast Region

Henry Sever Lake: 57 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; all species slow.

Hunnewell Lake: 54 degrees; water level high; water dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and chicken liver; largemouth bass good using crankbaits; crappie fair using chartreuse jigs; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.

Long Branch Lake: 48 degrees; water level high; water muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; hybrid striped bass fair using jigs and artificial shad lures; all other species slow.

Mark Twain Lake: 49 degrees; water level high; water dingy; all species slow.

Mississippi River (upper): 42 degrees; water level normal; water muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Salt (below Mark Twain): 48 degrees; water level high; water muddy; paddlefish snagging fair; all other species slow.

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 56 degrees; water level high; water muddy; largemouth bass have been good prior to rain; channel catfish slow but catching some using natural baits, nightcrawlers and liver; all other species slow.

Northwest Region

Bilby Ranch Lake: 50 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait; black bass fair on jerkbait; all other species slow.

Grand River: 50 degrees, muddy; channel catfish fair on rod and reel; blue catfish, flathead catfish and all other species fair.

Lake Paho: 50 degrees, water level over spillway; channel catfish continue to be harvested on natural baits presented in coves that have inflow from recent rains; crappie slow; fishing pressure light.

Missouri River (upper): 44 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on worms; carp fair on corn; all other species slow.

Mozingo Lake: 51 degrees, low, dingy; black bass good; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and cut shad; largemouth bass good on jerkbaits and soft plastics; crappie fair on brush piles; walleye finishing up on spawning in shallow rocky shorelines; bluegill fair; all other species slow.

Pony Express Lake: 50 degrees, low, clear; crappie good in submerged timber in main lake and silt basins using minnows and jigs; all other species slow.

Smithville Lake: 42 degrees, low; crappie fair on red/chart jigs or minnows, most fish still on deep structure with a few being caught on shallower structure; channel catfish fair on cut shad with a few also caught on liver, nightcrawlers and crappie-sized minnows; largemouth bass are being caught by anglers fishing for crappie; white bass fair in areas around major docks with a variety of baits being used; walleye are starting to move towards the dam with crankbaits being the best choice as bait; please remember that gamefish not hooked in the jaw/mouth (foul hooked) must be released.

Ozark Region

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski County): 58 degrees; water level high; water dingy; goggle-eye and sunfish good on small crankbaits and nightcrawlers.

Big Piney River (upper, Texas County): 61 degrees; water level normal; water clear; all species slow.

Bryant Creek: 59 degrees; water level normal; water clear; all species slow.

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 60 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; white bass and crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.

Current River: 62 degrees; water level normal; water clear; smallmouth bass fair on swimbaits; all other species slow.

Eleven Point River: 58 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; rainbow trout good on corn and minnows; all other species fair.

Gasconade River (middle): 59 degrees; water level high; water dingy; google-eye and sunfish good on small crankbaits and nightcrawlers.

Gasconade River (upper): 59 degrees; water level high; water dingy; sunfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Jacks Fork River: 59 degrees; water level normal; water clear; all species slow.

Norfork Lake: 61 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; white bass good on jigs and minnows; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; walleye fair on worms; all other species slow.

North Fork of the White River: 56 degrees; water level normal; water clear; all species slow.

Southeast Region

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 57 degrees; water level normal; water clear; white bass are running above Clearwater Lake and are fair on Rooster Tails, Road Runners or spinnerbaits; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye are slow on plastic baits and live minnows.

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 62 degrees; water level normal; water clear; discharge rate from spillway is 698 cfs, elevation is 453.7; crappie fair on silver and white tube jigs and Crappie Nibbles under a float below spillway in deeper water; all other species slow.

Castor River (above Zalma): water level normal; water clear; all species slow.

Clearwater Lake: 64 degrees; water clear; lake level is 494.8 and rising; white bass fair on shad colored, shallow running crankbaits and chartreuse marabou jigs in deep holes on the Black River arm; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; bluegill fair on nightcrawlers from the bank; largemouth bass slow on spinnerbaits and jigs with scented trailer in 11-foot depths; crappie slow on black and chartreuse, and yellow and white tube jigs with Crappie Nibbles in depths of 15-20 off of points.

Council Bluff Lake: 58 degrees; water level normal; water clear; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics; crappie fair on jigs; all other species slow.

Cypress Lake: 64 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 1-3 feet of water; channel catfish fair in 2-8 feet of water on worms, crickets and stinkbait; bluegill and redear sunfish slow in 1-3 feet of water on jigs, crickets and worms; largemouth bass fair in 1-3 feet of water on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits; all other species slow. NEW CRAPPIE REGULATION: no length limit on crappie on Cypress Lake, the daily limit of 15 remains in effect.

Duck Creek C.A. Pool No. 1: 65 degrees; water level high; water clear; largemouth bass good on chartreuse spinners; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow.

Lake Girardeau: largemouth bass fair; bluegill fair; crappie fair; all other species slow; water level normal; water clear.

Mississippi River (Middle): water level falling; water dingy; river level 20.9 ft.; channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish fair on worms, chicken liver and stinkbait; all other species slow.

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): water dingy; 37.5 feet and rising at Cairo; all species slow.

Perry County Lake: 61 degrees; water level normal; water clear; crappie fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.

Robert DeLaney Lake: 65 degrees; water level normal; water clear; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow. NEW CRAPPIE REGULATION: no length limit on crappie on DeLaney Lake, the daily limit of 15 remains in effect.

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake): water level normal; water clear; all species slow.

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake): 67 degrees; channel catfish good on stinkbait and chicken liver; flathead catfish good on live bait and chicken liver; black bass fair on artificial baits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.

Wappapello Lake: 63 degrees; water level low; water clear; crappie fair using minnows and jigs; bluegill fair using crickets and worms, black bass fair using crankbaits; all other species slow. Anglers should note the 9-inch minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake. Recorded lake level and other infomation can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at (573) 222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.

Southwest Region

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 56 degrees; water level low; water clear; black bass good on Alabama Rig (three hooks only), spinnerbaits on windy points, soft plastics and jigs; white bass good on Alabama Rig (three hooks only) with white plastic grubs, white swimming minnows, and small Rapalas in the main lake, Swan Creek, and Beaver Creek; crappie good on minnows and 1/16th ounce jigs near brush piles; walleye fair on jerkbaits in the main lake; all other species slow.

James River: 55 degrees; water level normal; water clear; white bass good on minnows, Road Runners and jigs; black bass good on jigs and soft plastics; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows in 8-12 feet of water.

Lake Taneycomo: 48 degrees; water level normal; water clear; trout good on Power Bait nuggets, corn, nightcrawlers, Rooster Tails, scuds and San Juan worms, also try olive/black or white marabou jigs when generators are running at the dam; all other species slow.

Niangua River: 56 degrees; water level normal; water dingy; black bass fair on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on minnows and soft plastics; trout fair on bright colored Power Baits.

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 54 degrees; water level high; water muddy; black bass good on Alabama Rig (three hooks only) and spinnerbaits in brush; crappie slow, best on chartreuse jigs or minnows in the evening; all other species slow.

Stockton Lake: 54 degrees; water level normal; water clear; white bass good on Road Runners and Rooster Tails; crappie good on swimming minnows and jigs; walleye fair on swimming minnows and crankbaits; black bass fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits.

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 56 degrees; water level low; water dingy; black bass good on Wiggle Warts while fishing rocky banks, also try spinnerbaits on windy days or jigs; white bass good below Galena on spinnerbaits, try using white Vibric Rooster Tails or small crankbaits, purple, smoke, and blue swimming minnows with 1/16- or 1/18-ounce jigs are also working well, fish just before dark or right after sunset for best results; crappie fair on live minnows, soft plastic minnows and jigs in 4-12 feet of water; all other species slow.

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 58 degrees; water level low; water clear; black bass good on spinnerbaits and stickbaits; crappie fair on minnows and pink and chartreuse jigs around brush piles.

St. Louis Region

Big River: black bass slow; channel catfish fair; crappie slow; bluegill fair; 51 degrees; water level high; water dingy.

Bourbeuse River: black bass slow; crappie slow; bluegill slow; channel catfish fair on blood bait and cut bait; 51 degrees; water level rising; water dingy.

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: channel catfish slow; crappie slow; bluegill slow; black bass slow; 51 degrees; water level high; water dingy.

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7 and 23: 51 degrees; water level high; water dingy; channel catfish slow; limit four; please remove your trash.

Meramec River (Crawford County): 50 degrees; water level rising; water dingy; black bass fair on crankbaits; catfish fair on cut bait, worms and livers.

Meramec River (St. Louis County): 51 degrees; water level rising; water dingy; all species slow.

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region): 48 degrees; water level rising; water muddy; catfish slow on cut bait.

Missouri River (Lower): 49 degrees; water level rising; water muddy; catfish slow on cut bait.

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park: rainbow trout good; brown trout fair; 55 degrees; water level high; water dingy; Zone1 and 2 best lures: gingersnap colored and pink and white colored marabou jigs; blue colored and green colored Cracklebacks; John Deere colored and bedspread colored mini-jigs; red colored Rooster Tails; red colored wooly with spinners; white colored and tri-colored glo balls; Zone 3 best lures: yellow extra scent Power Bait; go get ’em trout bait; white floating salmon eggs. April fishing hours are from 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. May 4 is the Bennett Spring Annual Kids Free Fishing Day. May fishing hours are 6:30 a.m.-8:15 p.m. All kids 15 and younger will be allowed to fish for free and lunch will be provided for the kids. We will have many exhibits that are open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for the kids to look at. For more information, call (417) 532-4418.

Maramec Spring Park: 56 degrees; fishing is good; the spring branch is slowly rising and has good flow; recent rains have made the water dingy; remember to use light weight line and tackle; fish are holding in areas of deeper water and near submerged habitat, target these areas for best success; feather jigs in black, white, and brown/yellow colors are producing good numbers of fish; trout worms in orange/white, green/white and yellow are good choices; tightlining doughbait is producing fish in the late afternoon; fishing hours for April are 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Kids Free Fishing Day is May 18. For more information, call (573) 265-7801.

Montauk State Park: 56 degrees; the river level is normal and steady, the water is clear; 2-pound test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented dough and putty baits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black and yellow, olive colors and other dark colors are working well; the best fishing is in the mornings and evenings. April fishing hours are 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. For up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees; water level normal; water clear; the stream water is running at a good flow and most of the holes are very deep this spring; more weight is needed in a lot of these holes and you will need at least one 3/0 and maybe two of them to get to the bottom; Rooster Tails in black, brown, and white are good most days, fluorescent orange and fluorescent pink are doing well; orange, white, cheese, fluorescent yellow power eggs and power worms are working well; hatch brown works very well in the hatchery area; jig fishing with tan, black/yellow, white, olive green and dark brown are working well; flies working well are black wooly buggers, dark brown, and olive wooly buggers are also working well; nymphs to use would be copper johns, pheasant tails, sow bugs, prince nymphs, and burlaps; in Zone 3 use nightcrawlers, corn, Power Bait paste and nuggets.

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