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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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Tagged bass can hook you some cash!

he Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is tagging 1,600 legal-sized smallmouth bass on five rivers in southern Missouri as part of a research project. Anglers who catch tagged bass can earn $25 or $75 by reporting their catches to MDC researchers.

MDC biologists are tagging smallmouth bass in the Black River, Castor River, Courtois Creek, Current River and the North Fork of the White River, and will continue tagging during the spring season over the next two years.

According to Fisheries Management Biologist John Ackerson, these types of research studies have been successful with other fish species such as catfish and walleye.

“The research project will help biologists learn more about angler catch rates and fish movement in these rivers,” Ackerson said. “Information gained from anglers reporting their tagged catches will help us manage this species, which many Missourians love to fish.”

He explained that tagged bass do not have to be kept to receive a reward. Anglers may just remove the tag and release the fish. Tags must be returned to the MDC to receive a reward.

To report tagged catches, anglers must call the phone number listed on the tag and provide the following information:

• Tag number

• If the fish was kept or released

• Date of catch

• Total length of fish

• Approximate location of catch

For more information on the research project, contact Ackerson at 471-255-9561, extension 275, or John.Ackerson@mdc.mo.gov.

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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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Black bass season opens Saturday for Ozark Streams

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The fourth Saturday in May marks the opening of catch-and-keep black bass season in Missouri Ozark streams for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. The Ozark-streams season runs from May 28 to Feb. 29, 2012.

Black bass fishing and possession is open year ‘round for impoundments, and areas of the state other than the Ozarks. These other areas are defined as: the Mississippi river, all waters north of the south bank of the Missouri River, the St. Francis River downstream from Wappapello Dam and on streams in that portion of southeast Missouri bounded by a line from Cape Girardeau following Missouri highways 74 and 25, U.S. highways 60, 67 and 160, and the west bank of the Little Black River to the Arkansas state line.

While the daily limit on black bass in most of the state’s waters is six with a possession limit of 12, there are many lakes, rivers and streams with special daily limits, as well as different length limits. It is important for anglers to know the specific black bass fishing regulations for the areas they will fish.

More information is available in the Missouri Department of Conservation’s 2011 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations available from permit vendors, Department of Conservation offices and online at www.MissouriConservation.org.

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Gone Fishin’ Free Fishing Days June 11-12

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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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