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Aug. 3 fishing report

Aug. 3 fishing report

August 2nd, 2013 in News

Here is this week's fishing report, as determined by the Missouri Department of Conservation:

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake: 80 degrees; black bass fair; bluegill fair; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.

Blind Pony Lake: 80 degrees; the lake is one-foot low; bluegill good on worms; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; all other 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): 80 degrees; black bass slow, try worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try cut baits, stinkbaits and chicken livers.

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 83 degrees; black bass slow, try dark colored soft plastics and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and spoons; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish fair on cut baits, stinkbaits and hot dogs.

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 83 degrees; black bass slow, try plastic worms; white bass slow; catfish fair on cut shad and stinkbaits; crappie slow, try minnows.

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 83 degrees; black bass good on plastic worms and topwater lures; crappie slow, try using minnows; catfish good on cut shad and worms; white bass fair on light colored lures.

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 83 degrees; black bass good using topwater lures and crankbaits; crappie slow, try using minnows; catfish good on cut shad or chicken liver; white bass fair on natural baits.

Little Dixie: 80 degrees; largemouth bass good on topwater lures; crappie fair on live minnows; bluegill good on crickets; all other species slow; all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m.-4 a.m.

Rivers

Lamine River: The river is two-foot low and rising; channel catfish good from Harriman Hill Access downstream to De Bourgmont Access on a variety of baits; flathead catfish fair on setlines baited with goldfish above Robert's Bluff Access; all other species slow.

Missouri River (Middle): Channel catfish good on stinkbait; blue catfish good on cut carp; all other species slow.

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): black bass slow, try worms and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try cut baits, stinkbaits and chicken livers.

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 77 degrees; water dingy; catfish, crappie, white bass and all other species fair.

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area: 77 degrees; water clear; channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut baits; largemouth bass fair on topwater baits early and late in the day; bluegill fair on worms around brush piles; redear sunfish slow with some success on small jigs; crappie slow with some success on jigs 2-feet under a bobber near deep water brush.

Montrose Lake: 86 degrees; water dingy; black bass, fair, other species slow.

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA): 77 degrees; water dingy; catfish, crappie, black bass and all other species fair.

Truman Lake: 79 degrees; water dingy; white crappie and walleye, fair; white bass, black bass and catfish good; catfish good on jug lines and cut bait; white crappie good on shad.

Truman Lake Tailwaters: 79 degrees; water dingy; catfish good, all other species slow.

River

Missouri River (Kansas City area): 77 degrees; water muddy; catfish slow with some success using bluegill and goldfish; all other species slow.

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake: 84 degrees, water clear; crappie good on minnows; largemouth bass good; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.

Hunnewell Lake: 76 degrees; water dingy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair using earthworms and cheese bait; largemouth bass good on Rooster Tails; 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: 77 degrees; water dingy; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair on lures; all other species slow.

Mark Twain Lake: 77 degrees; water clear; crappie good on minnows and jigs; flathead and channel catfish fair on live baits; blue catfish good on cut shad; all other species slow.

Thomas Hill Reservoir: 80 degrees, water dingy; channel catfish (12-18 inches) good on setlines using liver and nightcrawlers; crappie slow but steady on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper): 77 degrees; water muddy; channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on live baits; blue catfish fair; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Salt (below Mark Twain): 75 degrees, water dingy; channel catfish good on prepared baits; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; carp fair on prepared baits; all other species slow.

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake: low 80s; normal, clear; largemouth bass good at low light times of the day on topwater lures; channel catfish good on chicken liver; all other species slow.

Lake Paho: 77 degreesl , 28 inches visibility; black bass are hitting on topwater baits at dawn and dusk and in the grass on plastic worms; all other species slow.

Mozingo Lake: low 80's, normal, clear; largemouth bass good; crappie fair over deep brush and standing timber in coves; bluegill fair; channel catfish good on cut bait; walleye slow.

Pony Express Lake: 77 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; catfish good on cut bait; bluegill good on worms; all other species fair.

Smithville Lake: 82 degrees, crappie fair in deeper water (8-inches-foot) in the area of trees/brush piles on minnows; catfish good on cut shad and nightcrawlers; white bass fair on lake points with shad imitations; walleye slow with some fish being taken on larger points with nightcrawlers or Rattle Traps; largemouth bass good with fish being caught in grass/weedy areas.

Rivers

Grand River: 76 degrees, low, muddy; flathead and blue catfish fair on live baits and cut baits; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; common carp fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Missouri River (upper): 80 degrees, normal, clear; flathead catfish good on live bait and worms; channel catfish good on worms and dip baits; blue catfish fair on cut bait and worms; carp good on worms, fair on corn; all other species slow.

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East): 82 degrees; black bass fair on soft plastic baits.

Norfork Lake: 83 degrees; black bass fair on topwater lures; white bass fair on soft plastics.

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.): 77 degrees; black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits.

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.): 71 degrees; water dingy, all species slow.

Bryant Creek: 80 degrees; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.

Current River: 74 degrees; water dingy, all species slow.

Eleven Point River: 63 degrees; Blue ribbon trout area, rainbow trout fair on marabou jigs and small spinners; white ribbon trout area, rainbow trout fair on corn, minnows and Power Baits; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and live bait.

Gasconade River (middle): 78 degrees; water clear; black bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits; drum good on nightcrawlers and crayfish.

Gasconade River (upper): 78 degrees; water muddy; all species slow.

Jacks Fork River: 75 degrees; water dingy; all species slow.

North Fork of the White River: 68 degrees; water clear; smallmouth bass and google-eye fair on soft plastics.

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake: 86 degrees; water clear; white bass fair on crankbaits; crappie slow on red/green tube jigs; all other species slow.

Council Bluff Lake: 83 degrees; water clear; channel catfish good on liver after dark; largemouth bass fair on dark colored soft plastics during low light periods; all other species slow.

Cypress Lake: 78 degrees; water dingy; bluegill and redear sunfish fair in 2-3 foot depths on jigs, crickets and worms; crappie slow in 1- 3 foot depths on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass slow in 1-3 foot depths on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits; channel catfish slow in 2-8 foot depths on worms, crickets and stinkbaits.

Duck Creek C.A. Pool No. 1: 77 degrees; water clear; bluegill and redear sunfish good on crickets; largemouth bass good on topwater lures and plastic worms; channel catfish fair on chicken livers; all other species slow.

Lake Girardeau: water dingy; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, topwater lures and plastic worms; all other species slow.

Perry County Lake: 85 degrees; water clear; channel catfish fair on liver; black bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow.

Robert DeLaney Lake: water dingy; channel catfish fair on worms and live baits; bluegill fair on jigs and crickets; all other species slow. NEW CRAPPIE REGULATION: no length limit on crappie on DeLaney Lake, the daily limit of 15 remains in effect.

Wappapello Lake: 80 degrees; black bass fair on plastic worms and spinnerbaits early and late in the day; channel catfish fair on live bait and cut bait on jug lines and trotlines at night; all other species slow. Anglers should note the 9" 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.

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake): 78 degrees; water clear; all species slow.

Black River (below Clearwater Lake): 82 degrees; water dingy; black bass good on plastic lures; crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs; bluegill fair on live bait; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; all other species slow.

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

Mississippi River (Middle): water muddy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms and cut bait; all other species slow.

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas): water muddy; channel catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake): 83 degrees; water clear; channel catfish good on cut bait and nightcrawlers; black bass fair on hard and soft plastic lures; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake): 71 degrees; water dingy; channel catfish fair on pole and line and trotlines with stinkbaits and chicken liver; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with live bait (small goldfish or sunfish); all other species slow.

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West): 84 degrees; water dingy; black bass fair on topwater lures, spinnerbaits, soft plastics, jigs and nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows near brush piles; walleye fair on nightcrawlers; striped bass fair on large jerkbaits and swimbaits; catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

Lake Taneycomo: 53 degrees; water clear; trout good in upper portion of the lake on white, black and olive marabou jigs and orange or chartreuse glo balls while drifting downstream with the current; black/chrome and white/chrome Rooster Tails and Rogues also working well; trout good in lower portion of the lake on fluorescent orange, chartreuse, pink/white Power Baits, nightcrawlers and corn.

Pomme de Terre Reservoir: 80 degrees; water clear; crappie good on minnows around structure; black bass good on main lake points and in shallows early in the day; catfish good on live and cut baits; all other species slow.

Stockton Lake: 82 degrees; water dingy; catfish good on shad and nightcrawlers while drifting; bluegill good on crickets and worms; crappie fair on minnows near deeper brush or standing trees; walleye fair while trolling with deep crankbaits or jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.

Table Rock Lake (James River arm): 85 degrees; black bass good on soft plastic crayfish, use a 3/16 oz. bullet sinker and 2- or 3-point hook, fish in shallow water in the morning and deeper water as the sun starts to rise; crappie fair on live minnows or small 1/4 oz. jigs, blue and silver jigs are working well; bluegill fair on small jigs and live worms; catfish fair on cut shad and live small sunfish, nightcrawlers and chicken liver also works well; all other species slow.

Table Rock Lake (main lake): 81 degrees; water clear; black bass good on a drop-shot with a purple or watermelon red colored worm; walleye good on spoons; bluegill good on live worms; catfish fair on goldfish and cut bluegill in the evening; all other species slow.

Rivers

James River: 82 degrees; water dingy; black bass good on topwater lures with spooks and buzzbaits, try using a Carolina rig with soft plastics and nightcrawlers in 25- 30 inches of water in the afternoon; white bass good on Rattle Traps in coves, use jigs on flats in the morning and evening hours; catfish good on minnows and nightcrawlers, try drifting or use trotlines and limb lines; bluegill fair on worms and crickets in 6-10 inches of water along the banks; crappie fair on jigs and minnows, best in drop offs and deep channels.

Niangua River: 73 degrees; water clear; black bass fair on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on minnows and soft plastics; trout good on fluorescent orange and pink colored Power Baits.

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 81 degrees; water dingy; black bass fair on crankbaits; catfish fair on cut bait, doughbaits, blood baits and livers; bluegill fair on worms; crappie slow on minnows.

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 81 degrees; water dingy; catfish good on cut bait, doughbait, blood bait and livers.

Rivers

Big River: 82 degrees; water dingy; catfish fair on cut bait, blood bait and livers; black bass slow on minnows; crappie slow on minnows; bluegill fair on crickets.

Bourbeuse River: 78 degrees; water muddy; catfish fair on cut bait; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species slow.

Meramec River (Crawford Co.): 75 degrees; water dingy; catfish fair on chicken livers; black bass good on plastic worms and crankbaits; bluegill good on worms and crickets.

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.): 78 degrees; water dingy; catfish fair on cut bait and worms; black bass good on topwater lures; bluegill good on natural baits.

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region): 85 degrees; water dingy; blue catfish slow on cut bait; channel catfish fair on dip baits; drum good on worms.

Missouri River (Lower): 83 degrees; water muddy; blue catfish slow on cut bait; channel catfish fair on dip baits; drum good on worms.

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park: 54 degrees; water clear; Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well are: black and yellow colored, gingersnap colored, and pink and white colored marabou jigs; white colored, and hatchery brown colored glo balls; all tri-colored Rooster Tails; chartreuse brassie, white floss, blue holographic colored Cracklebacks, brown midge; Zone 3 baits that are popular are white colored salmon eggs, orange colored Power Bait, orange trout nuggets regular scent. August fishing hours are from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. We will be cutting weeds on August 6 and 7. We will begin by 8 a.m. and finish around 3 p.m. each day. Thank you for you patience.

Maramec Spring Park: 57 degrees; Fishing is fair, the spring branch has good flow and the water is ultra clear, remember to use light weight line and tackle; fish are holding in deep areas, below swift water and near submerged habitat, target these areas for best success; rubber legged jigs in black/white, green/yellow and brown are working well in the afternoon hours; feather jigs in black and white, brown and yellow colors are producing good numbers of fish; trout worms in orange, white, green and yellow are good choices; fishing hours for the month of August are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Women's Free Fishing Day is Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information call 573-265-7801.

Montauk State Park: 59 degrees; The river level is normal, standing at 2.02 at the lower park boundary, the water is clear, 2 lb. 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, some colors work better at different times of the day; the best fishing is in the mornings and evenings, especially on warmer days. August fishing hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees; the water is still low and clear, making for some really good dry fly fishing, still getting the trout on hoppers, beetles, ants and Cracklebacks; small crickets and wooly worms are still pretty good; Adams, Lt. Cahills, renegades, caddis, blue wing olives and tricos are all still working well; good nymphs right now would be the pheasant tail nymph, the zebra midge, burlaps, copper johns and small brassies; olive, black, dark brown and ginger wooly buggers are all working well right now; with the low water it is important to use 9' leaders that are 2 lb. (7X) these work well right now; if you are spin fishing, 2 lb. Maxima or P-line works well right now; if you are fishing jigs, the black/yellow, dark olive, dark brown, green/yellow, red/orange and the white have all been working; plastics are always a good choice, white, brown, orange, fluorescent yellow and pink eggs have been good; worms in black/yellow, John Deere green, electric chicken, cheese, orange/white and the cream colors have all been good the past few weeks; in Zone 3 nightcrawlers, yellow Power Bait paste and corn has all been working.