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Ozarks Fishin’ Report June 10, 2011

TABLE ROCK: Crawdads-Crawdads-Crawdads!

(James River arm): 71 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good, largemouth and spotted bass being caught on Carolina rigged plastic worms in flooded timber, best colors are plum, purple, peanut butter and jelly, and watermelon, flipping green or brown jigs up into flooded timber is working as well as soft plastic crayfish; catfish good on limb line or trotline using 2″ to 3″ bluegill or goldfish, also try pole and line with yellow fins, creek chubs, nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, and cut baits; all other species slow.

James River (lower): 76 degrees, normal, clear; goggle-eye good on black/white skirted spinners and black/white jigs and minnows; black bass good on nightcrawlers and crankbaits at morning and dusk; smallmouth bass good on nightcrawlers and crayfish colored crankbaits at morning and dusk; catfish good on cut baits and nightcrawlers using trotlines and limb lines; crappie fair on jigs and minnows.

(main lake): 71 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good, largemouth and spotted bass being caught on Carolina rigged plastic worms in flooded timber, best colors are plum, purple, peanut butter and jelly, and watermelon, flipping green or brown jigs up into flooded timber is working as well as soft plastic crayfish; catfish good on limb line or trotline using 2″ to 3″ bluegill or goldfish, also try pole and line with yellow fins, creek chubs, nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, and cut baits; white bass fair on topwater lures or shallow diving lures, try bright colors in the evening; all other species slow.

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BULL SHOALS: 68-72 degrees, high, dingy; Dam/Swan Creek area: black bass good on jigs, soft plastics, and nightcrawlers; walleye fair on jerkbait; white bass fair on swimming minnows; Beaver Creek area: black bass good on jigs, soft plastics and nightcrawlers.

STOCKTON: 75 degrees, high, clear; black bass good on jigs and spinnerbaits in coves and flooded brush; catfish good on nightcrawlers and shrimp; walleye good on points with nightcrawlers, jigs and crankbaits in 20′ of water; crappie slow, best on crankbaits while trolling in 12′ to 15′ of water.

POMME DE TERRE: 84 degrees, high, clear; crappie good on minnows in 15′ to 30′ of water over structure; black bass good on plastic baits along main lake points in early morning; walleye good while trolling flats with crankbaits or drifting nightcrawlers; catfish good on live bait using trotlines or jug lines; muskie slow, best while trolling flats with crankbaits; white bass slow.

TRUMAN: 79 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good using jigs and minnows; black bass good using spinnerbaits and jigs; catfish fair using cut bait or shad; white bass and hybrid bass fair using jigs.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: (Osage): 81 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics, crankbaits and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish good using cut baits and stinkbaits.

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 81 degrees, muddy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics, crankbaits and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish good using cut baits and stinkbaits.

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 81 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics, crankbaits and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish good using cut baits and stinkbaits.

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Ozarks Fishin’ Report June 3, 2011

TABLE ROCK: (James River arm): 70 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on white or white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, also try gray or white grubs on a 1/22 oz. jig; Carolina rigging plastic worms is also producing bites on plum, purple, motor oil or watermelon colored baits; catfish good on pole and line using Yellow Fins, creek chubs, nightcrawlers, stinkbaits and cut bait, trotlines also working well; smallmouth bass good on white or shad colored Super Flukes or Slug-Go; all other species slow.

(main lake): 70 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on white or white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, also try gray or white grubs on a 1/2 oz. jig; Carolina rigging plastic worms is also producing bites on plum, purple, motor oil or watermelon colored baits; catfish good on pole and line using Yellow Fins, creek chubs, nightcrawlers, stinkbaits and cut bait, trotlines also working well; all other species slow.

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BULL SHOALS: 68-70 degrees, high, dingy,   Tucker Hollow Marina reports:  Dam/Swan Creek area, black bass good on jigs and nightcrawlers; walleye good on jigs and nightcrawlers; Beaver Creek area, black bass good on jigs, soft plastics and nightcrawlers; all other species slow..

STOCKTON: 65 degrees, high, clear; black bass good on crankbaits off banks in 12′ of water and Texas rigged in 8′ of water; catfish good on nightcrawlers and shrimp; crappie slow, best with tube jigs near the bank in brush piles; all other species slow.

POMME DE TERRE: 71 degrees, water level is 7′ high, upper stretches dingy with lower portion of the lake clear; largemouth bass good on plastic baits in submerged vegetation around shore; catfish good on limb lines, trotlines and pole and line using hotdogs, cut shad, and live bait; crappie fair on minnows or jigs over deep structure in 15′ to 20′ of water; all other species fair.

TRUMAN: 70 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair using jigs and minnows; black bass fair using spinnerbaits and jigs; catfish fair using cut bait or shad; white bass and hybrid bass fair using jigs.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 72 degrees, muddy; crappie slow, try minnows; white bass fair on spinners; black bass slow, try plastic worms; catfish fair using cut shad.

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 72 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish good using worms, cut baits and stinkbaits.

NORFORK: 72 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow.

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The Danger of Under-Harvesting

Alabama and Georgia biologists plan to meet soon to compare sampling data and discuss possible management options to improve the largemouth bass population in the lake, an impoundment on the Chattahoochee River.

In this instance, the bass anglers’ mantra of “catch and release” may be detrimental to the current Eufaula bass population. Weathers attributes the current poor bass condition at Eufaula to three factors. The first is that anglers are throwing too many bass back, which leads to overcrowding. Second is the decline in the amount of aquatic vegetation in the lake. Finally, that decline in vegetation has caused a shift of forage species from sunfish to shad. Sunfish provide a more stable forage base than shad.

Bass samplings conducted in March easily revealed that they were not in good shape. Larger bass had condition factors in the low 80s, while the smaller bass averaged from high 80s to low 90s. These condition values are characteristic of too many fish for the available forage.

“Anglers just aren’t taking enough fish out of the lake,” Weathers said. “A pond or lake owner knows that they need to control their population of bass. This also applies to a reservoir like Eufaula. This trend has been going on for several years.”

During a 10-week creel survey this year from late February through early May at eight different Eufaula boat ramps, there were 230 interviews of 437 anglers with 835 bass reported as caught. Only18 bass were kept, a mere 2 percent of the total catch. Even with the 14-inch minimum length limit at Eufaula, over half of the bass caught were legal but not harvested.

“It is important for anglers to understand the role of harvest in managing a fish population,” said Stan Cook, Fisheries Section Chief. “Bass creel and length limit restrictions are designed to improve the health of bass by directing angler behavior to produce a desired outcome. Sometimes ‘catch and release’ is not in the best interest of improving a bass population. We need anglers to practice a selective harvest in order to set a state of balance between bass and available forage. When this occurs, growth, condition and yield of larger fish improve.”

Coincidentally, an FLW bass tournament happened to be going on at the same time of the advisory board meeting. Weathers went to the tournament weigh-in and confirmed what he and Young had suspected – indeed the bass were not in the best of health for a variety of reasons. It took only 13 pounds, 14 ounces (five fish) to win the tournament.

“They were still catching decent fish in early February, but this spring the weights have been down significantly,” Weathers said. “It’s taking anywhere from 13 to 15 pounds to win, where you had to be in the 20s just to be in the money last year.

“It is very typical of a bass fishery that has too many fish for the available forage to produce bass that are skinny and in poor condition. Their overall health is not good. Usually biologists and anglers will easily see more fish with diseases and sores.”

Weathers said the maladies that affect fish, such as Columnaris (a bacterial infection) and Epistylis (a protozoan infection) are always present in the environment. Stressed fish are more susceptible to the infections. Weathers said the vast majority of the fish recover from the infections, and that affected fish that are caught are suitable for human consumption. Weathers said only in extreme outbreaks can these infections result in fish mortality.

“Spawning is a real stressful time, especially the bigger fish. If they are in poor condition anyway, you’re going to see lesions, sores, tail rot and abrasions. We see sores and lesions every year. That’s not uncommon at all. It is uncommon for this many to have those lesions. Of the fish I looked at from the tournament, 21 percent of them had lesions. That’s high. Usually it’s less than 10 percent. “

The large reduction of aquatic vegetation has impacted the fishery. When there is abundant aquatic vegetation bass will have plenty of places to ambush sunfish like bluegills and shellcrackers in relatively shallow water. In 2007, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released 13,440 grass carp in the lake, followed by 5,200 more in 2009. The Corps also sprayed herbicide on several hundred more acres of vegetation, which limited the vegetation to the northern section of the lake.

“When you’ve got a lot of weeds in a lake, bass primarily feed on sunfish,” he said. “With sunfish as the primary forage, you’re going to have a lot more stable bass population. But it’s changed now.”

When the bass transition from shallow grass to deeper river and creek ledges, the forage base changes to shad, which tends to be available in boom and bust cycles. Weathers said the current shad population offers very little forage for the larger bass because of several years of below average shad spawns. However, numerous threadfin shad were observed in coves spawning this spring.

“Most of the shad observed during spring sampling were 3- to 4-inch threadfin shad,” he said. “This would explain why bass up to 16 inches are in fairly good condition, but larger bass are in poor condition. The size of forage needed for these bigger fish is really low right now. A big bass will get skinny fast chasing tidbits around on deep points and channel ledges.”

Weathers, however, said this situation is not new to Eufaula, which had similar conditions before the aquatic vegetation began to spread in the early 2000s.

“Eufaula used to be primarily a shad-driven lake,” he said. “Shad are notorious for cycling. So back in the 80s and 90s, when there were plenty of small shad, the little bass would be growing good. When there were big shad, the bigger bass would be in good shape, but there wouldn’t be many bass because you don’t get good recruitment when you have big shad.”

Weathers is concerned that the condition of the bass population may not have bottomed out just yet.

“I think it’s going to get a little worse before it gets better,” he said. “The threadfins were really spawning heavily in the backs of the coves this spring, but you’ve got to give them time to grow to feed these bigger bass.”

“From talking to anglers, you can catch a lot of bass right now, but they’re going to be below 15 inches,” he said. “As far as abundance, that’s good. But the condition of the fish is poor. The disconcerting thing was how fast it went down on the bigger fish. It went from one year when it took 22 to 25 pounds to win with a five-fish stringer to 13 to 15 pounds. That’s pretty quick.

“But the lake can bounce back. As far as the abundance of the bass population, it’s there. If we can thin down the smaller fish and people continue to catch and release the bigger fish, I think within two years it will be back to a good fishery. But if the Corps continues its policy of managing for very little aquatic vegetation, we’ll likely go back to a cyclic pattern like the 80s and 90s. We had some great years in the 80s and 90s, but we had some stinking years, too.”

–David Rainer

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Editor’s Note: In the following feature, you’ll see that any program-if taken to extremes, can have a harmful impact on the species it was designed to protect.

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Ozarks Fishin’ Report May 26, 2011

Ozarks Lakes

TABLE ROCK: 65 degrees, 8-foot clarity, at 934′ -15 feet high. Smallmouth bass fair on tube baits in 25 to 35 feet of water off points; largemouth bass fair on football jigs in the river arms.

Kimberling City and around the Table Rock Dam area is looking good.  Launch areas like Mill Creek and State Park are useable.  5″ Grubs and Spinnerbaits seem to be the best bet.

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BULL SHOALS: 67º,   37′ high. Tucker Hollow Marina reports: White bass, Largemouth bass, Kentucky bass and Walleye fair to good on tube baits, topwater lures, minnows along old banks; catfish good on limb lines at night.

Water is high and continuing to rise. Boat launching is a challenge, but fish are biting. Walleye and bass can be found on main lake points and in the backs of coves and creeks. Try swimming grubs over the brush and bottom bouncers. Spinner rigs are catching walleye trolling 10 to 20 feet down over the brush. Walleye are also biting crankbaits trolled over deep water 35 to 40 feet down at the mouths of creeks on the main channel. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are working for bass on windy days.

BEAVER: Stripers are being caught on free lines and balloons fished 15 feet deep with most action on free lines. Bait can still be found in the backs of coves looking for warm water flowing in. Stripers are holding on main lake structure near any cove that is holding shad. Stripers can also be taken with no. 9 Rapala original’s or Husky Jerks and/or Rattling Rogues 3 to 5-inches long trolled with planer boards to spread lines and cover shallow water near the bank. Move Rapalas at a speed of about 2 to 2.5 miles per hour. Live shad are always the way to go when trophy fishing. On the mid and lower sections check out Indian creek (free line the flats), Lost Bridge South (free lines and balloons), Lost Bridge North (free lines and balloons), Big Clifty arm (some surface activity from stripers and whites; fish flats with free lines. This area is holding the most active fish on this end of the lake. The area around Point 5 has been productive.), and Rocky Branch (Check the back of Rambo Creek arm). In the Upper section, try Hickory creek (water is very muddy, check upstream in the Richland Creek arm.), War Eagle (white bass are in the area as far up river as you can get your boat.), War Eagle/White River Junction (check upstream in War Eagle Creek arm for whites, stripers and lingering walleye). and Blue Springs area (very muddy). Most walleye are about 5 to 10 feet deep. Fish are being taken off the points and on mid-stream humps. Check upstream and downstream edges of humps and points. Flat line troll over shallow bars with Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners, or Ripstiks in natural blue or black back combos. Jigging spoons around brush and rock piles are also producing. JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said all fishing has been best from Point 6 and upstream where the water clears up a bit. Bass have been hitting tubes either Carolina-rigged or drop-shot rigged around pole timber on points in 18 to 30 feet of water and spinnerbaits fished around all of the flooded cover. For crappie, try fishing a tube jig around pole timber, lay downs or brush piles in 18 to 35 feet of water. Mouths of small pockets or channel bends have been good places to look. Blue/pearl, black/chartreuse and gray have all been good colors. Clifty Arms, Rambo and Van Winkle creeks are good places to fish. For bass, try Rat-L-Traps or Kastmaster spoons along points or in mouths of small coves in the Clifty arms or Indian Creek. Catfishing is good from the bank using liver or stink bait late in the day. 5/18/2011

STOCKTON: 65º, clear on the main lake, stained in rivers, up  6′ . Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleye good to very good on jigs with night crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water off points; crappie fair to good on crankbaits trolled 15 feet down in 30 feet of water; bass good on jigs in back of creeks and along spawning banks; catfish excellent on night crawlers where the water is flowing in.

POMME DE TERRE: 67 degrees, stained, 9 feet high. Crappie fair on minnows in 17 feet of water in timber; black bass fair on spinnerbaits.

TRUMAN: 65 degrees, slightly murky, 8 feet high. Crappie good on jigs, minnows in 10 to 20 feet of water along banks; bass fair on spinnerbaits in 8 to 15 feet of water; catfish good on jug lines, crankbaits in 8 to 15 feet of water. Below the dam, Rocky Top reports: white bass, hybrids good on Rooster Tails, topwater lures; crappie good on jigs, minnows; catfish good on shad.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 68 degrees, slightly stained, 1 foot low. Crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows in 8 to 15 feet of water in the brush; bass fair to good on Brush Hogs, plastic lizards, jigs in the shallows; catfish fair on jug lines, trotlines with cut shad.

NORFORK: 67 degrees, off-color, 23.6 feet high. Stripers good on Zara Spooks on the main lake; bass good on spinnerbaits, stickbaits, crankbaits on the main lake; catfish good on limb lines with live bait along the banks; walleye fair on jigs, night crawlers in 40 feet of water on the main lake.

Ozarks Rivers

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 65 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Big Piney (Upper): 64 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Bryant Creek: 67 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Current: 64 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Eleven Point: 60 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 65 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Gasconade (upper): 65 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): high, dingy; water levels extremely high; fishing limited due to levees being closed; all accesses remain closed. (Report made on 5/23/2011)Jacks Fork: 65 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

North Fork: 60 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Big Niangua: 56 degrees, high, dingy; water levels still high; black bass slow, catch and release only until May 28, best on soft plastics; goggle-eye slow, best on soft plastics and jigs; trout slow, best on natural baits and Power Baits below Bennett Spring; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/24/2011)

James River (lower): 65 degrees, high, muddy; black bass and smallmouth bass (catch and release until May 28) good on nightcrawlers and plastic worms at morning and dusk; catfish good on cut bait and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/26/2011)

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Professional Angler Association Taps Mansue

May 24, 201 – PAA Communications

Dave Mansue of Texas has been elected President of the Professional Anglers Association by the PAA Board of Directors.

Mansue, 58, lives on Toledo Bend Reservoir and competes on the PAA Tournament Series and Bassmaster Open circuit. He moved there in 2009 with his wife, Andrea, upon his retirement as a lieutenant after a 30-year career with the West Windsor (N.J.) Police Department.

Other officers elected for the 2011-12 term are Vice-President Kurt Dove of Texas, Treasurer Matt Reed of Texas and Secretary Brian Snowden of Missouri. Mansue, Reed and Snowden joined the PAA in March 2005 and Dove joined in December 2006.

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Gone Fishin’ Free Fishing Days June 11-12

Photo: "Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation"

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – “Gone fishing” signs will be posted on doors across the state June 11 and 12 as Missourians enjoy a favorite outdoor pastime at no cost. Each year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) designates the weekend after the first Monday in June as Free Fishing Days in Missouri. The idea is to encourage people to explore the state’s fishing opportunities without having to purchase permits, trout stamps or trout park daily tags.

Fishing is a pastime suitable for all ages. Free Fishing Days encourages experienced anglers to practice a favorite hobby and lures new anglers to try something that could catch them hook, line and sinker. With more than 300 conservation-area fishing lakes or ponds, these opportunities are in no shortage. Missouri waters hold more than 200 fish species. Anglers target 40 of these as game fish, including crappie, catfish, walleye, muskie, goggle-eye and bass.

Normal fishing regulations, such as limits on size and number of fish, remain in effect during Free Fishing Days. Regulations are outlined in the 2011 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations, which is available wherever fishing permits are sold, or online at www.mdc.mo.gov/node/11414. Special permits may still be required at county, city and private fishing areas. Free Fishing Days exempts anglers from permit and tag fees only, not parking or other park fees.

Public fishing areas are available in every county in Missouri. Many offer disabled-accessible facilities. For more information about places to fish, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/node/2478 or contact the nearest MDC office.

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Ozarks Fishin’ Report May 20, 2011

TABLE ROCK: The lake cooled down after the front came through this week and Kimberling City to the dam has gotten some cooler as the rivers have flushed out after all the rain.  It’s 63 degrees, 8-foot clarity, 12′ high. Pete Wenners reports: smallmouth bass excellent on watermelon-red tube baits in 22 to 27 feet of water near old bank lines and on topwater lures early. Up the James it’s really looking good with excellent color….and Pete talks about “doubles”….what to expect this week in his video report…For a detailed report visit Pete at : Pete’s Professional Guide Service

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BULL SHOALS: 62 degrees, 10′ clarity, 36 feet high. Tucker Hollow Marina reports: largemouth bass good on topwater lures along the banks; catfish excellent on jug lines, trotines with cut bait.

STOCKTON: 64 degrees, clear, 6 ‘ high. Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleyes good early and late on jigs with night crawlers in 20 feet of water off main-lake points; crappies fair on small crankbaits trolled in 15-20 feet of water; bass fair on jigs, spinnerbaits in the brush.

POMME DE TERRE: 64 degrees, murky, 6′ high.  Bass fair on spinnerbaits in 5-10 feet of water off main-lake points; crappies fair on minnows, white jigs with red heads in the timber; catfish fair while crappie fishing.

TRUMAN: 62 degrees, slightly murky, 5 1/2 feet high. Crappie good on jigs, minnows in 10-20′ of water along banks; bass fair on crankbaits in 8 to 15 feet of water. Below the dam: Crappie good on minnows jigs in the current and the deadwater channel; hybrids good on spoons, 3-inch grubs in the current; catfish good on shad, dough baits; white bass good on jigs, small spoons in the swift water.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 70 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Crappie good to excellent on jigs, minnows along banks; bass fair to good on Brush Hogs, plastic lizards, jigs in the shallows; catfish fair on jug lines with panfish, shad.

NORFORK: 70 degrees, off-color, clear to murky, 23′ high. Stripers good on shiners on the main lake; bass good on spinnerbaits, stickbaits, crankbaits on the main lake; catfish good on limb lines with live bait along the banks.

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Largemounth bass study underway at Table Rock

by Francis Skalicky

Missouri Department of Conservation

SPRINGFIELD MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the University of Missouri are working together on a radio-telemetry study that will provide information about behavior and habitat use of largemouth bass.

Tracking of the tagged fish will begin this month (May) and will continue through 2012. Each fish will be located once per month during daylight hours. Once every three months, a smaller number of the tagged fish will be tracked for a full 24-hour period to monitor daytime and night-time movements. Once each fish is located information will be recorded such as GPS location, distance travelled from last location, depth and habitat use.

Earlier this year, 60 legal-size (greater than 15 inches) largemouth bass were collected from the Kings River arm of Table Rock and surgically implanted with radio tags. After the fish recovered from their surgeries, they were released back into the lake.

A tagged fish can be identified by a radio-tag antenna coming out of the body cavity and sutures near the fish’s abdomen. Besides a radio tag, each bass in the study was also tagged with an orange tag near the dorsal fin. This tag has a five-digit number unique to each fish. Anglers who catch tagged fish should contact the MDC at 417-334-4859 or e-mail MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Shane Bush at shane.bush@mdc.mo.gov.

When reporting a tagged fish, individuals should provide:

  • Number from the orange tag.
  • Length and weight of the fish.
  • Location the fish was caught (GPS coordinates if possible).
  • Overall condition of the fish.
  • Approximate depth the fish was caught at and if it was near a habitat structure (if known.)
  • If the fish was released or harvested.

This study is part of the Table Rock Lake National Fish Habitat Initiative, a project designed to maintain and improve fish habitat in Table Rock.

Since 2007, the MDC has placed more than 1,500 fish habitat structures in the lake. These structures were marked using GPS. Locations of these structures can be found at http://newmdcgis.mdc.mo.gov/tablerock.

The NFHI project is a joint effort of the MDC, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other organizations. It is a pilot project for a broader national program focused on habitat protection and restoration in reservoirs throughout the country.

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PAA Moves Site for Table Rock Lake Events

BENTON, Ky. (May 17, 2011) – The second Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series stop of the season will continue as planned and move its first two days’ events to Chateau on the Lake Marina in Branson, Mo., to provide better access for participating anglers and fans attending daily weigh-ins and launches.

The tournament is scheduled for June 23-25 on Table Rock Lake, featuring some of the top professional bass anglers in the nation. Official morning blastoffs and the first two days’ afternoon weigh-ins will take place at Chateau on the Lake Marina. Saturday’s final afternoon weigh-in will be held at Bass Pro Shops at Branson Landing.

Record high water levels on Table Rock Lake necessitated the move during the tournament but many of the facilities and businesses around the lake remain open and ready for visitors. Table Rock State Park and State Park Marina are open for camping and activities.

PAA officials made the decision during a conference call Monday with officials from Table Rock State Park and the Branson Chamber of Commerce/CVB. Consideration had been given to moving the tournament dates, but that will not be necessary.

“We’ve been monitoring the situation closely for the last several weeks and are extremely glad to be able to work with Branson, Chateau on the Lake and Table Rock State Park officials about this,” said PAA Program Director Danny Blandford.

“We understand this has been a challenging time for everyone in the Table Rock Lake area and our thoughts have been with those who are affected. Our PAA pros and staff look forward to visiting Branson again and enjoying what should be outstanding fishing on the lake, as well as the area’s great hospitality.”

“Table Rock State Park welcomes the PAA tournament to the area and is ready to accommodate them however we can,” said Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks director. Bryan said the facilities at the park are ready for the tournament and all guests and visitors with them.

“In spite of the high water level that impacted some areas, the season is well under way in Branson,” said Ross Summers, President/CEO of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB. “Our live shows, theme parks, family attractions, museums, restaurants and shops are all open. All the theatres are high and dry, and ready with their new productions.”

The three-day tournament will be the second of the season in the Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix. Competitors will be vying for a prize package including cash and a new Nitro Z-8 with a Mercury 225 and T-H Marine Atlas Jackplate. The angler with the biggest bass of the tournament will win a new Humminbird 898c Si Combo sonar unit.

Pros also will be battling for PAA Tournament Series points, which will help determine the field for the Toyota Texas Bass Classic in October on Lake Conroe. The top 15 in the PAA Tournament Series point standings, along with the top 15 from the Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tour and four sponsor exemptions, will comprise the TTBC field. Any double qualifiers will be filled from the PAA Tournament Series standings.

PAA Member Observer positions are available for the Table Rock tournament. For only $50, official observers can ride with the pros during tournament days to watch the action up close. At least a PAA General membership ($50) is required. It’s a great way to learn about strategy, lure selection and other ways to increase your fishing knowledge.

For more information on Observer opportunities, call the PAA at (270) 527-2030.

Table Rock State Park: www.mostateparks.com
State Park Marina: www.stateparkmarina.com
Chateau on the Lake: chateauonthelakebranson.com/
Branson Lakes Area Chamber/CVB: www.ExploreBranson.com

About the PAA

The Professional Anglers Association is a non-profit organization that gives professional anglers a unified voice in order to aid in the growth of the sport of professional bass fishing. The PAA also aims to administer educational programs to the average angler, to increase enjoyment of the sport, and to embrace sound conservation practices to further the future of the sport. Web: http://www.FishPAA.com

2011 PAA Tournament Series

What: 2011 Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix Where: Table Rock Lake, at Chateau on the Lake and Table Rock State Park

When: June 23-25 Launch/weigh-in: First two days, launch at 6 a.m. and weigh-in at 3 p.m. at Chateau on the Lake, 415 North State Highway 265 Branson, Missouri 65616 Final day launch/weigh-in: Launch at 6 a.m. at Table Rock State Park; weigh-in at 4:30 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops at Branson Landing, 1 Bass Pro Drive, Branson, MO 65616

At stake: Cash and a 2011 Nitro Z8 with Mercury 225 and T-H Marine Atlas Jackplate, along with points toward PAA Angler of the Year title and qualification for the 2011 Toyota Texas Bass Classic Online: www.FishPAA.com

2011 PAA Tournament Series Premier Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, E21 Carrot Stix, Optima Batteries, Nitro Performance Bass Boats

2011 PAA Tournament Series Associate Sponsors: Lazer TroKar, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Mercury Marine, Boat U.S. Foundation, Fishouflage, U.S. Reel, Sign Designs, Toyota Texas Bass Classic
Contact:
Alan Clemons
Communications Director
alan@fishpaa.com

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Ozarks Fishin’ Report May 12, 2011

TABLE ROCK: Varied around 70º, muddy, up 14′ and falling .  Smallmouth bass excellent on  tube baits in 8-15′ of water. Pete tells us that the fish in some part are post spawn up near and in the James River arm and can be caught on Carolina rigs off the points.

Pete Wenners from Pete’s Professional Guide Service gives you the lowdown and what to expect this week in his video report…For a detailed report visit Pete at : Pete’s Professional Guide Service

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BULL SHOALS: 66º,   36′ high. Tucker Hollow Marina reports: largemouth bass good on stickbaits and suspending crankbaits on the old banks in the parks and on topwater lures along the tree lines; walleye, white bass, crappie excellent at night under lights on large minnows 15-20′ deep along the bluffs.

STOCKTON: 64º, clear on the main lake, stained in rivers, up  7′ . Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleye fair to good on jigs with night crawlers in 12-15′ of water off main-lake points; crappie fair on jigs, minnows 17′ down in 30′ of water; bass fair to good on jigs, spinnerbaits in 6 to 8 feet of water from the secondary points to the back of coves; catfish fair on cut bait in the rivers.

POMME DE TERRE: 60º, slightly murky, up  9′ . Bass fair on spinnerbaits in 5 -10′ of water off points; crappie fair on minnows, chartreuse jigs in the timber.

TRUMAN: 68º, slightly murky, 8′ high. White bass excellent on small jigs off points and on the flats; crappie are HOT on jigs and minnows on spawning banks in the Fairfield area. Below the dam crappie and catfish are good when there is current.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 67º, slightly murky, 2 ‘  low. Crappie good to excellent on jigs, minnows along spawning banks; bass fair to good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits in the shallows.

NORFORK: 62º, clear to murky, 24′ high. Bass good on a variety of baits in newly flooded bushes; stripers good on Zara Spooks in the clear water.

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