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Clearwater Lake Smallmouth Bass

Upper Clearwater Lake Alabama Rig

Clearwater Lake is Great Smallmouth Fishery

By Marc Rogers

Nestled in the northeast Ozark Mountains lies a smallmouth bass fishery few are aware exists. Clearwater Lake, a small impoundment on the Black River, is located just minutes west of Piedmont, Missouri. Clearwater Lake is controlled by the Army Corp of Engineers and its normal summer pool level covers just 2,000 acres. However, the lake level varies drastically, and during heavy rains it can reach flood stage and cover 10,000 acres or more as the water backs up into the Black River and Logan Creek arms.

Many local residents flood to the lake on holiday weekends and throughout the summer months. They take advantage of the many area campgrounds and resorts near the shoreline of the lake and river below the spillway. While enjoying the boating and swimming, something is happening below the water surface that is known mostly to only local anglers. Clearwater Lake is growing some big bass willing to entertain the anglers during any season.
The most overlooked opportunity Clearwater Lake has to offer is the smallmouth bass fishing during the fall through spring. As the temperatures begin to cool in the fall, the smallmouth bass travel from their shallow summer hideouts in the Black River downstream to Clearwater Lake. Some tagged smallmouth bass have been reported to travel as far as 30 miles to the lake during this annual migration.

Once arriving in the upper ends of the lake, the smallmouth have only one goal. Smallmouth bass are intent to fatten up for the coming winter conditions, and stories of anglers catching trophy smallmouth are not uncommon around the town of Piedmont.

Due to the size of the lake, big boats are not necessary to cover the entire surface during a day of fishing. Small aluminum craft, as well as fully loaded bass boats are all common on Clearwater Lake. mft-logo

Several tournaments are held throughout the entire year on the lake and the heaviest bags weighed in are during the cooler weather from November through March. Many times the winning weight exceeds 20-pounds and all five fish are smallmouth bass.

The techniques used most often by local anglers consist of crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs, shaky heads, and the Alabama Rig. Crankbaits and jigs are usually a crawdad pattern while jerkbaits are most often shad patterns or bright colored chartreuse patterns. The most productive Alabama Rigs consist of soft plastic shad baits with several chrome blades on each wire for added flash.

My favorite crankbait for any season on Clearwater Lake is the Storm Wiggle Wart. While the crawdad patterns catch big bass, I often throw a shad pattern with great success when bass are keying on the abundant shad population. Seldom do I find reaching depths of more than 15-feet with any crankbait is necessary to catch bass in these waters. During the cooler seasons, the smallmouth bass are mostly taken in water less than 15-feet deep and at times less than 5-feet deep.

When fishing a Wiggle Wart, I maintain a steady retrieve while digging the lure’s lip into the bottom. Anytime the lure is paused by hitting underwater debris, or deflects off the many rocks and stumps on the lake’s bottom, it is subject to getting engulfed by a big bass.

Jerkbaits are popular with Clearwater Lake anglers. Most prefer lures in shad or chartreuse patterns that will suspend just below the water surface. A twitch-and-pause retrieve is deadly on the winter-time smallmouth bass in the shallow area of the upper creek and river arms. However, both largemouth and spotted bass can be just a eager to strike this offering

Jigs are a favorite of many local anglers during the cooler weather due to the ability to present the lure slowly and maintain bottom contact. A jig in a crawdad pattern is one of the best ways to imitate a slow moving crawdad and are known to catch big bass in any water. Local anglers Aaron and Alton Hunter log many hours on Clearwater Lake and reside just minutes away from the lake’s shoreline. They report fishing a Midwest Fishing Tackle football head jig and slowly dragging it along the bottom during any season. “My biggest bass from Clearwater have come on football jigs”, Aaron said. “I sometimes throw a brush head jig in the heavy cover as well as a soft plastic craw on a jig head with no skirt, poured in a custom-made mold”, Alton added.

At times, a shaky head presentation is needed to coax finicky smallmouth bass to inhale anything. When a finesse lure is needed, a shaky head rigged with a 4-5 inch finesse worm is ideal. Natural colors such as green pumpkin, watermelon and pumpkin seed are most productive.

When bass are actively chasing shad, the Alabama Rig is hard to beat. “I use a 5-wire rig with custom made jig head on my A-Rigs”, Aaron reported. The jig head is a special made round head with a light-wire hook and a hand-made lure keeper wire. “I like the light-wire hooks because when they get hung I can bend them and get my rig back. I use heavy braid line with the A-Rig”, Aaron said. Both Aaron and Alton say catching doubles on the Alabama Rig is not uncommon when the smallmouth bass are after schools of shad.

Clearwater Lake is a great fishery during any season. Anglers pursue all species of fish including bass (largemouth, spotted and smallmouth), crappie, bluegill and catfish during every season. The lake rarely freezes over and public boat ramps are open all year. However, if your desire is a trophy smallmouth bass, visit Clearwater Lake from November through March for some phenomenal results.

Lake of the Ozarks White Bass

Fall Tricks for Taking Lake of the Ozarks White Bass

by John Neporadny Jr.

When chilling northern winds signal the arrival of fall, white bass invade the shallows in search-and-feed missions on shad at Lake of the Ozarks.

Anglers who store their rods and reels to concentrate on hunting at this time miss out on some of the year’s hottest fishing action. Veteran Lake of the Ozarks anglers have experienced this fall phenomenon numerous times and have developed effective methods for taking the marauding whites. Try these tips for catching white bass the next time you visit the lake in autumn.

Roostertails, Jigs and Chuggers

From the middle of September to early November, look for spots where the wind is blowing in on rocky points. Three lures catch plenty of whites in the fall. Use Roostertails or marabou crappie jigs in sunny weather or a topwater chugger on overcast days.

The spinner on a Roostertail makes it an easy lure to use for whites. Just cast the lure close the bank and crank it out. If the white bass are around, the spinner will draw a strike. Throw a one-sixth ounce white Roostertail in clear water and switch to yellow for dingy water. Use an ultralight spinning rod and reel filled with 6-pound test line.

101 Bass Fishing Tips, John Neporadny Jr.

101 Bass Fishing Tips

Since whites cruise around in shallow, rocky areas, you should retrieve the Roostertail rapidly to prevent hanging up in the rocks. Anglers who have trouble retrieving fast can switch to a one-eighth ounce Roostertail which falls slower. Plenty of white bass can also be caught on one-eighth ounce marabou crappie jigs. Employ the same fast, steady retrieve as the Roostertail when swimming the lure through the shallows. But when the lure reaches deeper water, let it drop and bounce the jig along the bottom.

Topwater chuggers are another favorite bait for catching fall white bass. Chuggers 2 1/2 inches long in shad colors, such as black and silver or clear with black back, work best. Switch to 8-pound test when throwing the chugger.

Retrieving the topwater lure in a steady, straight manner entices the whites. Keep chugging the lure all the way to the boat even if a fish rolls at it and misses. The fish will usually hit it before it reaches the boat. If you stop the lure, the white bass usually turns away from it.

Twitching Rapalas

On overcast fall days, look for whites on the windy sides of points. When you find a promising spot, toss a floating Rapala into the shallows. A variety of minnow-type baits will catch whites, especially a 2 1/2-inch blue-and-white or black-and-silver belly Rapala. Use a light- to medium action rod and spinning reel filled with 4-pound test line.

Experiment with retrieves, varying from a slow, twitching motion to a stop-and-go or a steady cranking of two to three turns on the reel and then stop and let the Rapala float back to the surface. Just vary the speed until you find a retrieve that really turns the fish on.

When the wind makes casting the lightweight lure difficult, attach a small split shot to the line about 2 feet above the lure. The extra weight makes casting easier, but has little effect on the lure’s action if retrieved in the steady, twitching motion.

To double your fun, add a trailer jig to the Rapala. Tie on a 1/32-ounce white, chartreuse or yellow crappie jig on a 6-pound test leader line. The leader should be about 30 inches long. If you use a shorter leader, the tailer lure will get tangled up with the Rapala. With the extra lure, you can frequently catch two white bass at the same time.

For information on lodging and other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at funlake.com.

Copies of John Neporadny’s book, “THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide” are available by calling 573/365-4296 or visiting the web site www.jnoutdoors.com.

Skeet Reese Wins Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville

SKEET REESE OVERTAKES MICHAEL IACONELLI TO WIN LAKE GUNTERSVILLE ELITE
Date: 04/12/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 12, 2015

Skeet Reese Overtakes Michael Iaconelli To Win Lake Guntersville Elite

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — When Skeet Reese arrived in Alabama last week for the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, he had a solid plan in place for how he wanted to fish.

His plan didn’t work.

So instead, he just followed the lead of his friend and roommate on the tour, Byron Velvick.

Velvick told Reese about the 7-inch Basstrix Swimbait — the largest version of a 15-year-old soft plastic bait that has seen a recent resurgence in popularity — and Reese used it to win with a four-day catch of 92 pounds, 11 ounces. He entered the final round in second place, more than 2 pounds behind Michael Iaconelli, but vaulted himself to the $100,000 victory with a Sunday catch of 25-5.

His buddy, Velvick, placed second with 88-1.

“You just couldn’t have scripted this any better,” said Reese, a California native who now has eight victories in B.A.S.S. events. “I had a really tough practice. I was going out with the anticipation of catching 13 to 14 pounds a day — unless maybe I could find a big bite and come in with 16 to 17. But Byron turned me on to a bait, and it evolved into something special, a win.”

Reese spent most of his week fishing in or near Seibold Creek, targeting a variety of shallow and midrange structure along the banks and on offshore flats. He believes he caught fish from all phases of the spawning process — prespawn, spawn and postspawn.

The rod-and-reel combination Reese used to throw the swimbait came from the seemingly endless line of products that bear his signature. He used a 7-foot, 5-inch Skeet Reese Victory Pro Carbon rod and a namesake Pro Carbon reel with a 6.4:1 gear ratio, both from Wright McGill.

He said the slow-retrieve reel was particularly important because the bait had to be fished painfully slow.

“There was so much fishing pressure on the lake that you had to get the bait down to them and slow roll it to get the bite,” Reese said. “That’s one of the things I figured out the first day. Around the shallow laydowns, they were a little more aggressive. But once the bait got out a little deeper, you had to really slow it down.”

Velvick, who spent a lot of time fishing the Basstrix Swimbait around Guntersville’s many bridges, wasn’t quite as consistent as Reese all four days of the tournament.

While Reese brought in 24 pounds or better three of the four days, Velvick managed only 18-plus pounds on Day 1 and Day 3. But his Sunday catch of 24-7 was enough to lift him from eighth place into second with 88-1.

Despite earning $25,000 –$75,000 less than the check given to Reese — Velvick was happy to see his friend win.

“You’ve got to help your friends out,” said Velvick, who lives in Texas. “You’ve got to be honest with the guys you fish with. I actually went and found him some more baits this morning.

“I felt like a NASCAR guy with extra tires in my trailer, and my driving partner needed tires to win the race. Even though I was in the race, too, if I couldn’t win it, there was no one else I’d rather see win.”
Besides the assist from Velvick, Reese benefited from New Jersey pro Michael Iaconelli finally running out of fish.

The leader for the first three days of the event, Iaconelli insisted things had gotten tougher for him each day. But good decisions had helped him maintain the lead, and he was hoping for one more solid limit from the area he was fishing in Seibold that had been so good to him.

His primary area fizzled, along with his backup plan, and he managed only one fish that weighed 2 pounds, 15 ounces. He finished 12th with 72-7.

“I look back at today, and I don’t know if I would really change anything,” Iaconelli said. “It just didn’t work. I had a B plan, and it didn’t work. I had a plan C, and it didn’t work. What are you going to do?”

Alabama angler Derek Remitz finished third with 85-5, and might have placed higher if not for losing a 5-pounder Sunday. Tennessee pro David Walker was fourth with 84-8, and Texan Keith Combs was fifth with 83-6.

Rookie Carl Jocumsen placed sixth with 81-15 and became the first angler from Australia to qualify for an Elite Series Top 12.

Bonuses and Contingency Awards:
The $1,000 award for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points leader will go to John Crews.
The Power-Pole Captain’s Cash will award $1,000 to Derek Remitz.
The Evan Williams Bourbon Heavyweight Award of $500 for the angler with the heaviest five-fish limit during the tournament goes to Michael Iaconelli for his 28-2 bag on Day 1.
The Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for the angler leading on Day 2 goes to Iaconelli.
The HUK Biggest Jump Award of $1,000 for the angler who made the largest jump in standings from Day 1 goes to Jason Williamson.

The Bass Pro Shops Big Bass award of $750 for the heaviest bass weighed goes to both Rick Clunn and James Elam for an 8-8 catch.

The Toyota Bonus Bucks award of $3,000 for the highest placing eligible angler goes to David Walker. The second highest placing angler, Keith Combs, is awarded $2,000.
2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, GoPro, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha
2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: A.R.E. Accessories, Carhartt, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Huk Performance Fishing, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Rigid Industries, Shimano

About B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), social media programs and events. For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series presented by Allstate, Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Costa Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
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2015 Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville 4/9-4/12
Lake Guntersville, Guntersville AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 20 92-11 100 $100,000.00
Day 1: 5 24-15 Day 2: 5 17-06 Day 3: 5 25-01 Day 4: 5 25-05
2. Byron Velvick Boenre, TX 20 88-01 99 $26,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-13 Day 2: 5 26-06 Day 3: 5 18-07 Day 4: 5 24-07
3. Derek Remitz Grant, AL 20 85-05 98 $21,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-11 Day 2: 5 24-00 Day 3: 5 20-13 Day 4: 5 20-13
4. David Walker Sevierville, TN 20 84-08 97 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 23-01 Day 2: 5 25-05 Day 3: 5 18-14 Day 4: 5 17-04
5. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 20 83-06 96 $14,000.00
Day 1: 5 23-00 Day 2: 5 20-06 Day 3: 5 19-09 Day 4: 5 20-07
6. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TX AUSTRALIA 20 81-15 95 $13,500.00
Day 1: 5 19-14 Day 2: 5 26-10 Day 3: 5 18-00 Day 4: 5 17-07
7. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 20 81-15 94 $13,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-07 Day 2: 5 21-06 Day 3: 5 23-10 Day 4: 5 16-08
8. Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 20 78-14 93 $12,500.00
Day 1: 5 23-11 Day 2: 5 16-06 Day 3: 5 24-02 Day 4: 5 14-11
9. Brent Ehrler Newport Beach, CA 20 78-01 92 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 23-08 Day 2: 5 20-05 Day 3: 5 16-12 Day 4: 5 17-08
10. Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 20 76-06 91 $11,500.00
Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 5 24-08 Day 3: 5 19-13 Day 4: 5 15-07
11. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 20 75-04 90 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 22-02 Day 2: 5 20-02 Day 3: 5 20-06 Day 4: 5 12-10
12. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 16 72-07 89 $12,000.00
Day 1: 5 28-02 Day 2: 5 24-15 Day 3: 5 16-07 Day 4: 1 02-15
BASS PRO SHOPS BIG BASS
Rick Clunn Ava, MO 08-08 $750.00
James Elam Tulsa, OK 08-08 $750.00
EVANS WILLIAMS HEAVYWEIGHT
Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 28-02 $1,000.00

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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 108 558 1930-13
2 108 557 1939-03
3 47 249 820-09
4 11 56 205-06
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274 1420 4895-15

EDWIN EVERS EASES INTO BASSMASTER CLASSIC LEAD BY 1 OUNCE

Feb. 22, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Just 1 ounce separated the two frontrunners Saturday in the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro, but it’s far from being a duel in Sunday’s finale, said the leader.

“It’s not just me and him,” said Edwin Evers, who replaced Randall Tharp in the catbird seat in the Lake Guntersville competition. “There are a lot of anglers in this yet who can catch them. Thirty-pound bags are possible.”

After adding 20-9 Saturday, Evers of Talala, Okla., racked up a two-day total of 47 pounds, 6 ounces, enough to budge him out of second place. Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., weighed 19-13 Saturday for a running total of 47-5, 1 ounce shy of keeping his lead.

The Evers-Tharp place switch was just the beginning of Saturday’s leaderboard shuffle. Moving up into the Top 5 was Ott DeFoe of Knoxville, Tenn., up from 11th place into third with 43-5, about 4 pounds out of first place. Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., moved from seventh into fourth with 42-14.

The angler in fifth place leapt from 47th place to get there. Toting 32-3 to the scales — a one-day record for a five-bass-limit Classic — Paul Mueller of Naugatuck, Conn., amassed 41-13.

The field was cut to the Top 25 for the final push Sunday toward a first prize of $300,000 and the crown of the sport. The cutline fell at 34-2, the two-day weight posted by Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas.

Evers said he had just six bites Saturday.

“It was just a really hard day. I didn’t get the bites that I had been getting, and the fish were not getting the bait. I lost a couple fish at the boat, about 4-pounders,” he said.

Evers, who like Tharp is seeking his first Classic crown, said conditions changed on Lake Guntersville from Friday to Saturday.

“The water definitely cleared up, and the water was quite a bit cooler this morning,” he said. “They just didn’t bite. I don’t know why.”

Still, 20-9 is good, he said.

“I’ll take it,” he said.

Tharp was disappointed in his Saturday bag.

“Any time I go out there and catch 19 pounds on this lake, it’s a failure for me,” said Tharp, a veteran of Guntersville tournaments during his many years living in Northern Alabama before moving to Florida last July. “I had a couple of ‘good’ fish today; yesterday I had four. I was in a good rhythm this morning, things were clicking — then I had some issues with my boat.

“I never found it (rhythm) after that. I culled one time this afternoon after three hours of fishing. I’m not disappointed in the time that I lost; I’m just disappointed I couldn’t get back into my rhythm.”

The linkage in the motor’s gear case broke, he said. He lost about 1 hour and 45 minutes of fishing time between the tow-in and the wait for the service crew to fix the motor.

Tharp said he’s made adjustments constantly throughout the tournament and expects more of the same Sunday.

“We got a lot of flow going through, and the water clarity’s different every day, and even from morning to afternoon in some places. For that reason, you can’t possibly think you’re going to catch them the same way three days in a row,” he said.

The largest bass of the day was an 8-8 brought in by Carhartt Bassmaster College Series qualifier Jordan Lee of Vinemont, Ala. But Fred Roumbanis’ 9-3 largemouth from Day 1 remained the frontrunner for the event’s Carhartt Big Bass Award of $1,000 plus $1,500 for wearing Carhartt clothing.

Evers won the $1,000 GEICO Everyday Leader Award, plus another $1,500 if he has a GEICO decal on his boat’s windshield.

For the final round, the anglers will takeoff at 7 a.m. Sunday from City Harbor in Guntersville, Ala. In Birmingham, the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arena doors will open at 3 p.m. for the final weigh-in at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The Evan Williams Bourbon Classic Warm Up, a slate of pre-weigh-in entertainment, will include the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic “Iron Bowl” weigh-in at 3:45 p.m.

There’s no admission charge to any Bassmaster event.

Bassmaster.com will continue with its extensive all-day coverage, including the Lowrance War Room, GoPro videos, BASSTrakk from-the-water catch reports, photo galleries and live streaming of the weigh-ins and a leaderboard. All online access is free.

To see the Classic competition on ESPN2, fans can tune into The Bassmasters on Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m. ET, for the first of 12 hours of Classic coverage. The show centered on Sunday’s finale will air in prime time — 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET — on Sunday, March 2.

2014 Bassmaster Classic Title Sponsor: GEICO

2014 Bassmaster Classic Presenting Sponsors: Diet Mountain Dew, GoPro

2014 Bassmaster Classic Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo Presenting Sponsor: Dick’s Sporting Goods

2014 Bassmaster Classic Official Apparel Sponsor: Carhartt

About B.A.S.S.
For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles.

The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications — Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times — comprehensive website Bassmaster.com and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School Series, Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.

B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.

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2014 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic Presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro
2/21-2/23
Lake Guntersville, Birmingham, Ala.
(ANGLER) Standings Day 2

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 10 47-06 0
Day 1: 5 26-13 Day 2: 5 20-09
2. Randall Tharp Port Saint Joe, FL 10 47-05 0 $2,500.00
Day 1: 5 27-08 Day 2: 5 19-13
3. Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 10 43-05 0
Day 1: 5 20-10 Day 2: 5 22-11
4. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 10 42-14 0
Day 1: 5 22-03 Day 2: 5 20-11
5. Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 8 41-13 0
Day 1: 3 09-10 Day 2: 5 32-03
6. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 10 41-12 0
Day 1: 5 23-02 Day 2: 5 18-10
7. Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 10 41-03 0
Day 1: 5 19-05 Day 2: 5 21-14
8. Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 10 39-05 0
Day 1: 5 20-11 Day 2: 5 18-10
9. Adam Wagner Cookeville, TN 10 39-01 0
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 5 24-03
10. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 10 38-12 0
Day 1: 5 16-15 Day 2: 5 21-13
11. Randy Howell Springville, AL 10 38-06 0
Day 1: 5 20-03 Day 2: 5 18-03
12. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 10 37-09 0
Day 1: 5 16-06 Day 2: 5 21-03
13. Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID 10 37-09 0
Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 20-14
14. Jordan Lee Vinemont, AL 9 37-07 0
Day 1: 4 13-07 Day 2: 5 24-00
15. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 10 37-05 0
Day 1: 5 15-10 Day 2: 5 21-11
16. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 10 36-05 0
Day 1: 5 20-14 Day 2: 5 15-07
17. Morizo Shimizu Osaka JAPAN 10 36-02 0
Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 19-07
18. David Kilgore Jasper, AL 10 35-10 0
Day 1: 5 18-15 Day 2: 5 16-11
19. Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 10 35-07 0
Day 1: 5 12-15 Day 2: 5 22-08
20. Doug Thompson Mabelvale, AR 9 34-14 0
Day 1: 4 12-07 Day 2: 5 22-07
21. Fred Roumbanis Bixby, OK 8 34-12 0
Day 1: 5 23-02 Day 2: 3 11-10
22. Coby Carden Shelby, AL 9 34-07 0
Day 1: 5 22-04 Day 2: 4 12-03
23. Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 9 34-05 0
Day 1: 5 18-08 Day 2: 4 15-13
24. David Walker Sevierville, TN 9 34-03 0
Day 1: 5 24-13 Day 2: 4 09-06
25. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 10 34-02 0
Day 1: 5 20-03 Day 2: 5 13-15
26. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 10 33-04 0
Day 1: 5 16-02 Day 2: 5 17-02
27. Hank Cherry Jr Maiden, NC 10 33-00 0
Day 1: 5 15-09 Day 2: 5 17-07
28. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 9 32-12 0
Day 1: 4 18-10 Day 2: 5 14-02
29. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 10 32-10 0
Day 1: 5 20-13 Day 2: 5 11-13
30. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 10 31-11 0
Day 1: 5 15-05 Day 2: 5 16-06
31. Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 10 31-10 0
Day 1: 5 17-11 Day 2: 5 13-15
32. Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 7 31-04 0
Day 1: 2 07-05 Day 2: 5 23-15
33. Patrick Bone Cleveland, GA 10 31-04 0
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 5 15-13
34. Rick Morris Lake Gaston, VA 9 29-04 0
Day 1: 4 15-04 Day 2: 5 14-00
35. Jeff Lugar Mcgaheysville, VA 8 27-08 0
Day 1: 3 11-10 Day 2: 5 15-14
36. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 9 27-06 0
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 4 12-05
37. John Murray Phoenix, AZ 10 26-12 0
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 5 13-01
38. Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 8 26-09 0
Day 1: 5 16-13 Day 2: 3 09-12
39. Chris Jones Bokoshe, OK 8 26-02 0
Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 3 09-08
40. Josh Bertrand Gilbert, AZ 10 25-04 0
Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 12-07
41. Mark Dove North Vernon, IN 9 24-09 0
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 4 12-01
42. Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, TX 8 23-15 0
Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 3 06-10
43. Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 9 22-10 0
Day 1: 4 10-00 Day 2: 5 12-10
44. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 8 22-06 0
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 3 06-15
45. Alton Jones Lorena, TX 8 21-03 0
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 3 05-12
46. Timothy Johnston Kalispell , MT 6 20-10 0
Day 1: 2 07-10 Day 2: 4 13-00
47. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 5 19-15 0
Day 1: 4 15-09 Day 2: 1 04-06
48. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 7 19-06 0
Day 1: 5 14-12 Day 2: 2 04-10
49. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 6 19-05 0
Day 1: 2 07-12 Day 2: 4 11-09
50. Rich Howes Oviedo, FL 5 17-00 0
Day 1: 5 17-00 Day 2: 0 00-00
51. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 6 16-01 0
Day 1: 2 07-04 Day 2: 4 08-13
52. Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 4 11-05 0
Day 1: 3 09-10 Day 2: 1 01-11
53. Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 3 08-00 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 2 05-15
54. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 2 07-03 0
Day 1: 1 03-12 Day 2: 1 03-07
55. Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 2 06-12 0
Day 1: 1 04-06 Day 2: 1 02-06
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 39 239 863-15
2 34 228 803-12
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73 467 1667-11
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Hite Leads Wire-To-Wire, Wins Walmart FLW Tour Season Opener On Lake Okeechobee

09.Feb.2014
CLEWISTON, Fla. – Pro angler Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz., brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 14 pounds, 11 ounces to win $125,000 at the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee presented by Mercury. Hite’s four-day catch of 20 bass weighing 88-14 gave him a 6-pound, 6-ounce margin of victory in the tournament that featured 178 of the world’s best bass-fishing anglers competing in the first event of the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season.

Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts pro Greg Bohannan of Rogers, Ark., finished in second place with 20 bass weighing 82 pounds, 8 ounces to earn $30,000.

“What a great tournament,” said Hite, who earned the second career FLW Tour victory of his career. “You don’t get this opportunity very often, and you really cherish it when you do. There is nothing better than fishing your gut feelings and never second-guessing yourself. I didn’t lose a fish this week, and I fished a flawless tournament. It’s so grueling out here fishing at this level; I’m just very thankful.

“The key for me this week was making the right decisions,” Hite continued. “I would not have won this tournament had I not made the decision to switch to my secondary pattern yesterday. There was something in my gut that just told me that I needed to do something different, so I made the decision to go flipping. I’ve gotten burned here in Florida in years past by not having a backup pattern, and it really saved me.”

Hite said that he decided in practice to focus entirely on the Lake Okeechobee area known as the Monkey Box and remained there throughout the event.

“The first day of practice I pulled up on a spot and I realized that there was more hydrilla there than there had been in years past,” Hite said. “That got my wheels turning and I got pretty excited because the ample amounts of grass allowed me to fish more to my strengths and have a lot more spots. All of my spots were really close, and that allowed me to fish more efficiently and longer than everybody else. Maximizing your fishing time in these tournaments can really be crucial.”

Hite said that his big-fish baits this week were a Z-Man Original ChatterBait Elite with a green-pumpkin Yamamoto Swimming Senko and a ¼-ounce swimjig with the Swimming Senko. His biggest fish on day one came on a plain 6-inch black-and-blue-colored Yamamoto Senko rigged with a 1/8-ounce Reins Tungsten weight on a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. He also caught a few fish on a black-and-gold-colored EverGreen Combat Crank 60. When Hite was forced to move to his secondary punching pattern, he punched with a black and blue Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog with a 1½-ounce Reins Tungsten weight.

The top 10 pros finished the tournament in:

1st: Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 20 bass, 88-14, $125,000

2nd: Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts pro Greg Bohannan, Rogers, Ark., 20 bass, 82-8, $30,000

3rd: James Watson, Waynesville, Mo., 20 bass, 81-1, $25,000

4th: Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe, Ala., 20 bass, 79-3, $20,000

5th: Repel pro Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 20 bass, 77-14, $19,000

6th: Matt Herren, Trussville, Ala., 20 bass, 77-7, $18,000

7th: Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 20 bass, 73-13, $17,000

8th: Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 20 bass, 69-14, $16,000

9th: Leon Williams, Fairdale, Ky., 18 bass, 69-8, $15,000

10th: Chevy pro Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark., 20 bass, 67-3, $14,000

A complete list of results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 48 bass weighing 175 pounds, 4 ounces caught by pros Sunday. Nine of the final 10 pros caught five-bass limits.

Billy Dehart of Burlingame, Calif., won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 48 pounds, 11 ounces, followed by Ken Coats of Tulsa, Okla., in second place with 15 bass weighing 48-10 worth $7,500.

Pros competed for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify. The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17 on Lake Murray and is hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board.

The FLW Tour stop on Lake Okeechobee presented by Mercury Marine was hosted by Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina and Resort and the Hendry County Tourism Development Council. It was the first of six events in the Walmart FLW Tour’s 2014 season. The next Walmart FLW Tour event will be held at Lake Hartwell March 6-9 in Seneca, S.C., and is presented by Ranger Boats. The event will be hosted by the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau, and boats will launch from Clemson Marina in Seneca. For a complete schedule, visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Coverage of the Lake Okeechobee tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs May 17 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

Bassmaster College Series Regional

UCF TEAM WINS BASSMASTER COLLEGE SERIES REGIONAL

Jan. 4, 2014

UCF Team Wins Bassmaster College Series Regional

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. — Kyle Oliver and Hunter McKamey of the University of Central Florida overcame an unexpected cold front to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Southern Regional on Lake Okeechobee with a two-day total of 39-12. The duo held on to a Day 1 lead and brought 20 pounds, 13 ounces of bass to the scales on Saturday to clinch the win.

In practice, the record field of 130 college teams enjoyed clear skies and 80-degree weather, but frigid temperatures the night before competition changed the bass bite and the anglers’ plans. On Friday, winds at 25 miles per hour prevented half the field from reaching the spots they found productive in practice, but those conditions, including the 40-degree temperatures, actually helped the UCF winners.

Fishing a vast pad field with Zoom Speed Worms and Gambler Burner Worms, Oliver and McKamey caught fish that were preparing to spawn, as well as bass moving out of the spanwing areas due to the cold.

“The weather benefited us more than anybody else,” said McKamey. “We saw that everybody was flipping in our area in practice. We tried flipping but didn’t catch much.”

The UCF Knights decided to use moving baits instead. After catching a 2-pounder and a 3-pounder in the area by reeling worms, they left the spot to save it for Day 1 of competition.

“The spot we were fishing had pre-spawn fish coming in, and the cold weather made the fish that were in the reeds come out,” said Oliver. “So all those fish merged in our spot. We probably caught 30 fish today and 40 fish yesterday.”

Jake Gipson and Charlie Hurst of the University of Alabama brought in the biggest bag of the event on Saturday, weighing 24-15 and moving into second place. Their biggest bass, an 8-7 lunker, tied fellow Crimson Tide anglers John B Davis and Payton McGinnis, who brought in a bass of the same size on Friday. The two teams tied for the Carhartt Big Bass award.

Kyle Smith and Shelby Concon of the University of Florida finished in third place with a two-day total of 35-15.

The Top 18 teams qualify for the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, which will be held this summer. For more information, visit Bassmaster.com.

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Carhartt Bassmaster College Series – Southern
1/3/2014 – 1/4/2014
Lake Okeechobee – C. Scott Driver Boat Ramp – Okeechobee, Fla.

STANDINGS BOATER DAY 2
Today’s Activity Accumulative
Name # Fish # Live Lbs – Oz # Fish # Live Lbs – Oz

1 Kyle Oliver – Hunter McKamey University of Central Florida 5 5 20-13 10 10 39-12
2 Jake Gipson – Charlie Hurst University of Alabama 5 5 24-15 10 10 38- 6
3 Kyle Smith – Shelby Concon University of Florida 5 5 20-11 10 10 35-15
4 John Ferguson – Wesley Wise Polk State College 5 5 19- 6 10 10 33- 1
5 John B Davis – Payton McGinnis University of Alabama 5 5 18- 6 8 8 33- 1
6 Dawson Lenz – Robb Young University of North Alabama 5 5 18-10 10 10 30- 2
7 Charles Conger – Demetrius Thomas Abraham Baldwin Ag College 5 5 10- 2 10 10 28-15
8 Michael Skat – Phillip Heyde Seminole State College 5 5 15- 6 10 10 28-15
9 Bo Larkins – Brian Rosso University of Georgia 5 5 10- 2 10 10 28-12
10 Jacob Roberson – Evan Horne University of North Alabama 3 3 9- 1 8 8 27- 8
11 Taylor Minick – Landon Tucker Valdosta State University 5 5 11-15 10 10 26-15
12 Neal Combs – Kevin Lucas Seminole State College 5 5 17- 4 10 10 26- 1
13 Trey Clayton – Timothy Ward Auburn University 5 5 15-14 10 10 25-15
14 David Sherry – Max Burges Southern Polytechnic State University 5 5 11- 5 10 10 25-10
15 Nathan Martin – Michael Gullette University of North Alabama 5 5 8-10 10 10 25- 7
16 Wesley Griner – Will Myrick Darton State College 5 5 13-15 10 10 25- 6
17 Justin Atkins – Joseph Marty Mississippi State University 5 5 12- 3 10 10 25- 5
18 Justin Walton – Brian Redd University of West Georgia 5 5 9-12 10 10 24-15
19 John Nolan – Tyler Collins University of West Georgia 5 5 11- 8 10 10 24-12
20 Cody Spears – Drew Cook Florida State University 5 5 12-14 10 10 24-10
21 Justin Morgan – Gus Cleary Indian River State College 5 5 7- 5 10 10 24- 7
22 Wesley Minor – Auston Wingard UAB 5 5 8- 0 10 10 24- 7
23 Garrett Roberts – Ben Curry Auburn University 5 5 13- 4 10 10 24- 6
24 John Larsen – Nick Peet University of Central Florida 5 5 6- 9 10 10 24- 3
25 Taylor Odom – Josh Cameron Mississippi State University 5 5 11- 0 10 10 24- 0
26 Taylor Thompson – Hunter Coppolino Abraham Baldwin Ag College 5 5 14-12 10 10 23-14
27 Thomas Oltorik III – Zach Ford Daytona State College 5 5 11-10 10 10 23- 9
28 Patrick Walters – Gettys Brannon University of South Carolina 5 5 12- 4 10 10 23- 2
29 Kyle Parks – Grant Kimbrel Darton State College 5 5 11- 7 10 10 22-10
30 Colton Henderson – Brandon Whaley Wallace State CC Hanceville 5 5 6-14 10 10 21-15
31 Konner Kennedy – Houston Turner Wallace State CC Hanceville 5 5 12- 1 10 10 21-11
32 Shane Fussell – Stephen Carlisle University of Florida 5 5 12- 9 10 10 21- 9
33 Brent Werts – Briggs Kennington Clemson University 5 5 9- 6 10 10 21- 7
34 Christian Shirley – Tyler Helms Mississippi State University 3 3 6-15 7 7 20-13
35 Grant Carter – Ryan Wakenigg Columbus State University 5 5 8-14 10 10 20-11
36 Justin Mahon – Jason Mahon Florida State University 5 5 13- 6 10 10 20- 9
37 Bradley Rilling – Darius Williams University of West Georgia 4 4 9- 8 9 9 20- 7
38 John Maner – Ryan Darracott University of North Alabama 5 5 11- 1 9 9 20- 6
39 Jacob Nummy – Corey Pierce AUM 2 2 2-11 7 7 20- 3
40 James Altmann – Mark Blanar University of Florida 5 5 12- 2 10 10 20- 2
41 Tommy Edwards – Dylan DeForrest Florida Gulf Coast University 5 5 7- 5 10 10 20- 1
42 Andrew Suggs – Chase Coker Darton State College 5 5 11-11 10 10 20- 1
43 Tyler Strock – Dalton Darnell AUM 5 5 11- 8 10 10 20- 1
44 William Shipes – Gatlin Edge Clemson University 2 2 4- 0 7 7 19- 7
45 Lealand Johnson – Weston King University of Alabama 3 3 5- 8 8 8 19- 7
46 Frankie Appaluccio – University of Alabama 5 5 11- 8 9 9 19- 7
47 Cody Parks – Cody Peak Mississippi State University 5 5 10-15 10 10 19- 7
48 Mitchell Jennings – Chuck Wise Auburn University 5 4 8-13 10 9 19- 7
49 Julian Quattlebaum – Lucas Johnson Georgia Regents University 5 5 13-10 9 9 19- 5
50 Jake Dupree – Jeff Clayton Mississippi State University 5 5 11- 6 10 10 18-13
51 Josh Oliver – Nathan George Gadsden State Community College 5 5 7- 8 10 10 18-12
52 Matt Lipscomb – Justin Woodruff UAB 3 3 5- 2 8 8 18- 8
53 Daniel Perry – Brandon Easterling University of Montevallo 4 4 11- 9 8 8 18- 7
54 Hayden Tilley – Alex Clayton Northeast Alabama Community College 5 5 8- 1 10 10 18- 7
55 Kyle Monti – Mike Gontko Florida Gulf Coast University 4 4 7- 5 9 9 18- 6
56 Hampton Anderson – Josh Rennebaum University of South Carolina 5 5 6-15 10 10 18- 5
57 Kyle Alford – Clark Lawrence Mississippi State University 5 5 9- 5 10 10 18- 2
58 Samuel Freeman – Shawn Callahan University of South Carolina 5 5 12-11 10 10 18- 1
59 Nick Lamia – Giles Ansley Florida State University 5 5 9-13 10 10 18- 0
60 Cody Kennedy – Nic Davis JC Calhoun Comm College 5 5 9- 5 10 10 17-11
61 Bryant Quattlebaum – Jordan Tuten Wallace State CC Hanceville 5 5 6-10 10 10 17-10
62 Austin Bell – Michael Boswell Polk State College 2 2 2- 4 7 7 17- 5
63 Nathan Griffin – Brad Davis Columbus State 5 5 7-10 10 10 17- 0
64 Kristin Forquer – John Duarte Coastal Carolina University 5 5 7- 5 10 10 16- 9
65 Briggs Defoor – Brandon Worthey Auburn University 3 3 8-10 8 8 16- 6
66 Grant Kelly – Daniel Dix Southern Polytechnic State University 5 5 10- 8 10 10 16- 3
67 Kenny Johnson – Brandon Larry University of West Georgia 5 5 15- 3 7 7 16- 2
68 Trent Palmer – Dean Mullett Georgia Southern University 3 3 3- 8 8 8 16- 1
69 Adam Neill – Logan Shaddix University of Alabama 5 5 11- 7 10 10 16- 0
70 Travis Johns – Jennings Earnest University of South Alabama 5 5 11- 1 7 7 16- 0
71 Adam Acker – Bradley King Georgia State University 5 5 8- 1 10 10 15- 7
72 Nathan Woodruff – Lowell Gann Mississippi State University 3 3 4-12 8 8 15- 1
73 Brianne McMillan – Christian Smith Florida Gulf Coast University 5 5 7-14 10 10 14- 6
74 Isaac Payne – Jace McDill Savannah College of Art & Design 2 2 4- 6 7 7 13-13
75 Jessy Meherg – Austin Keeton JC Calhoun Comm College 5 5 9- 1 8 8 13-12
76 Matthew McKenzie – Brandon Black University of West Georgia 5 5 10- 0 6 6 13- 7
77 Chandler Ray – Carson Ray Georgia Southwestern State University 1 1 5- 2 4 4 12-15
78 Ross Burns – Richard Nesbitt Clemson University 5 5 5-15 10 10 12-15
79 Jacob Reome – Matthew Garvin Clemson University 3 3 4- 7 8 8 12-10
80 Kevin Hires – Michael Bennett Seminole State College 0 0 0- 0 5 5 12- 5
81 Michael Chambliss – Dylan Tumlin Columbus State University 5 5 9- 7 7 7 12- 3
82 Nick Dion – Nate Sleight Lake Superior State University 3 3 5- 3 8 8 11-10
83 Jacob Burns – Brandon Bailey UAB 5 5 8-13 6 6 11- 2
84 Wesley Anderson – Cody Harrison University of North Alabama 4 4 11- 1 4 4 11- 1
85 Pat Snellings – Adrian Estrada Auburn University 5 5 7- 0 7 7 10-12
86 Alan Horwatt – Bryan Carroll Clemson University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 10-10
87 Ethan Wages – Dillon Hall University of South Alabama 4 4 4-12 7 7 10- 3
88 Rebekah Buterbaugh – Kaitlyn Willis University of West Georgia 3 3 3-14 8 8 10- 0
89 Joe Thompson – Lou Roland Young Harris College 2 2 2- 9 7 7 9-12
90 Austin Brown – Josh Holley AUM 0 0 0- 0 5 5 9- 8
91 Byron Kenney – Will Tredwell University of Georgia 0 0 0- 0 5 5 8-15
92 Mitch Mitchell – Evan Reid Auburn University 5 5 7-11 6 6 8-10
93 Curtis O’Daniel – Jai Rogers Northeast Alabama Community College 2 2 4- 8 5 5 8- 7
94 Daniel Green – Adam Pridgeon AUM 5 5 8- 6 5 5 8- 6
95 James Kelly – Frank Mandella Mississippi State University 4 4 7-13 4 4 7-13
96 Daniel Hughes – Mason Tippins Georgia Regents University 5 5 7- 8 5 5 7- 8
97 Wesley Steinmeyer – Justin Gill Georgia Regents University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 7- 7
98 Nicholas Harris – Charles Fee Florida State University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 7- 6
99 Austin Herring – Tanner Ellis University of Montevallo 2 2 4- 6 5 5 7- 6
100 Blake Thomas – Clint Frederick University of North Alabama 0 0 0- 0 5 5 6-14
101 Ethan Flack – JR Sapp Wallace State CC Hanceville 0 0 0- 0 3 3 6- 9
102 Colby S Smith – JaKarvis Houston Jacksonville State University 0 0 0- 0 1 1 6- 5
103 Luke Greenwell – Willem Hattink Georgia Southern University 1 1 6- 2 1 1 6- 2
104 Kendall Cain – Grayson Payne Young Harris College 1 1 3- 9 2 2 6- 1
105 Michael Sullivan – Greg Dean Wallace State CC Hanceville 0 0 0- 0 3 3 5- 6
106 Elijah Bice – Courtney Van Nest Gadsden State Community College 2 2 4- 6 3 3 5- 4
107 Candler McCollum – Will Bates Auburn University 0 0 0- 0 3 3 5- 1
108 Andrew Warbington – Mark Grant University of West Alabama 0 0 0- 0 3 3 4- 9
109 Dustin Rucks – Wesley Holden Indian River State College 2 2 2- 7 3 3 4- 6
110 Kolby Bowers – Cale Mathis Abraham Baldwin Ag College 3 3 3-11 3 3 3-11
111 Sandy Teaf – Chad Bass University of Central Florida 0 0 0- 0 1 1 2- 5
112 Matt Wallace – Ryan Norris University of Georgia 0 0 0- 0 1 1 1-14
113 Joseph Fuller – Travis King University of Montevallo 1 1 0-14 1 1 0-14
114 James Brumbeloe – Whitney Perkins University of West Alabama 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
114 Joseph Hillyer – Matthew Hand AUM 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
114 Layton Jones – Georgia Southern University 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
114 Kyle Lunceford – University of Montevallo 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
114 Garrett Price – Nicholas McKeiver Lake Superior State University 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
114 Brandon Rivers – William Morgan University of West Alabama 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0

BIG BASSTOTALS
Day Name City,State Lbs-OzDay

1 John B Davis Vestavia, AL 8- 7
2 Jake Gipson Tuscaloosa, AL 8- 7

Drop Shots for Lake of the Ozarks Bass

Super Sizing Drop Shots for Lake of the Ozarks Bass

By John Neporadny Jr.

Fishing a finesse lure on a drop shot rig has saved the day for many recreational and tournament anglers alike at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Today’s fishing pressure has turned many bass into finicky eaters so Lake of the Ozarks anglers have resorted to downsizing their lures and tackle to coax bites. The drop shot rig has emerged from this trend as one of the most effective ways to present a thin, 3 or 4-inch lure to a passive Lake of the Ozarks bass.

However there are still plenty of times when bass prefer their meals super-sized and a tournament trail pro has discovered the drop shot rig can also effectively deliver a big, bulky dinner to a heavyweight bass. “It’s the same principle behind drop shotting no matter what size bait you are throwing,” says Dion Hibdon, the former Bassmaster Classic and FLW Tour champion from Stover, MO. “It’s giving your bait a totally different look to the fish. It’s a real natural looking presentation.”

The Lake of the Ozarks pro suggests many lures such as jigs or Texas-rigged baits fall head-first whereas a lure on a drop-shot rig tends to remain horizontal. “So much of the food sits level in the water and doesn’t go head down all the time,” discloses Hibdon. “So when fishing gets a little bit off, that is what bluegill and shad are doing–standing upright and not standing on their heads.”

Smaller bass seem to prefer finesse baits in the toughest conditions, but Hibdon believes quality fish still want a big meal. “The older a bass gets and the bigger it gets, it becomes a little bit more of a professional eater,” says the tournament veteran. “What I mean is it knows if it eats a big bluegill it only has to eat once or twice a day and it exerts a whole lot less energy compared to having to eat a dozen small shad.”

When fishing gets tough at Lake of the Ozarks and Hibdon needs a kicker fish, the cast-for-cash angler super sizes his drop shot rig with either a 5- to 6-inch flipping tube, Luck-E-Strike USA Jogger Worm, a 9-inch Luck-E-Strike USA Ringer worm or a 10-inch paddletail worm. He selects a 4/0 or 5/0 wide gap hook for his flipping tube, a 3/0 wide gap hook for his Jogger worm and 4/0 or 5/0 hooks for his 9- and 10-inch plastic worms. Most of the time, Hibdon uses 3/8- or 1/2-ounce weights for his magnum drop shot rig although he opts for 3/4- and 1-ounce versions when punching the lures through weed mats or working the rig in deep water.

A 7- or 7 1/2-foot medium-heavy or heavy rod with a bait-cast reel are Hibdon’s choices for delivering his magnum drop shot. He ties his rig on 17- or 20-pound fluorocarbon line and usually leaves a 1-foot to 18-inch gap between his lure and the drop weight.

Drop-shotting big baits produces best for Hibdon in the summer and fall in waters with visibility of at least 1 to 2 feet. “The fish are more likely to suspend that time of the year,” says Hibdon.

The Missouri pro’s drop shot with the Ringer worm produces bass from brush piles at the Lake of the Ozarks whenever the fish start ignoring his Texas-rigged worm. “If you have caught fish day after day out of those brush tops and the fish stop biting, then slip a drop shot in there,” advises Hibdon, who has caught several fish in the 5- and 6-pound class on the magnum drop shot. “I pull it along real easy, just like a Carolina rig, crawling it along the bottom until I get it to a piece of brush, then I might shake it a little bit.”

Hibdon also tricks bedding bass with a drop shot and magnum tube bait. If a spawning fish ignores his other offerings after four or five casts and the bass isn’t locked on the bed, Hibdon switches to the drop shot. “There is a time during the spawn when the fish suspend above those beds and sometimes if you can lift your lure off the bed in its face it will go ahead and eat it,” he reveals.

When Lake of the Ozarks bass start ignoring your jigs or Texas-rigged plastic worms, try a drop shot rig with a super-sized soft plastic. You’ll be dangling a big meal that a heavyweight bass craves right in its eating zone.

For information on lodging and other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at funlake.com.

Copies of John Neporadny’s book, “THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide” are
available by calling 573/365-4296 or visiting the web site www.jnoutdoors.com.

Missouri Dept of Conservation Fishing Report August 29 2013

Central
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Lakes
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Binder Lake
Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Blind Pony Lake
Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
the lake is 1′ low; all species slow; the lake is closed to private boats and
bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited. (Reported
on: 8/28/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Slow Black Bass: Slow White Bass: Slow Catfish: Fair
crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try worms and
dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics
and crappie jigs; catfish fair using cut shad, cut bluegill, stinkbaits and
worms. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Fair Black Bass: Fair White Bass: Slow Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair using dark colored
soft plastics and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft
plastics, spoons and Rooster Tails; catfish fair on cut baits, worms, hot
dogs and stinkbaits. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Slow Catfish: Slow Crappie: Slow White Bass: Slow
All species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Crappie: Slow Catfish: Good White Bass: Fair
black bass good using plastic worms or topwater lures at night; crappie slow,
try using minnows; catfish good using cut shad and livers; white bass fair,
try using light colored lures. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Fair Catfish: Slow White Bass: Fair
black bass fair using crankbaits or topwater lures at night; crappie fair
using minnows; catfish good on cut shad and livers; white bass fair, try
using light colored soft plastics. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Little Dixie Lake
Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow; all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4
a.m. (Reported on: 8/28/13)
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Rivers
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Lamine River
Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
the river is 2′ low and falling; all species slow. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Missouri River (Middle)
Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Flathead Catfish: Fair Blue Catfish:
Good
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on live bullhead
and sunfish; blue catfish good on cut Asian carp and stinkbait; all other
species slow. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)
Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Slow Black Bass: Slow White Bass: Slow Catfish: Fair
crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try worms and
dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics
and crappie jigs; catfish fair using cut shad, cut bluegill, stinkbaits and
worms. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

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Kansas City
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Lakes
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Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)
Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Crappie: Slow White Bass: Slow
All other species fair. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Largemouth Bass: Fair Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow Crappie: Slow
water level 6″ low; channel catfish fair 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 on small jigs; crappie
slow on jigs 2′ under a bobber near deep water brush. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Montrose Lake
Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 91º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Slow Crappie: Slow Catfish: Slow
All species slow; fishing pressure light. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)
Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Crappie: Slow Black Bass: Fair
All other species fair. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Truman Lake
Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: White Crappie: Slow White Bass: Fair Catfish: Good Hybrid
Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish good on minnows and jigs; all other species slow; fishing pressure
light. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Truman Lake Tailwaters
Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good
black bass good on topwater lures and jigs; all other species slow. (Reported
on: 8/28/13)
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Rivers
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Missouri River (Kansas City area)
Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Blue Catfish: Slow Channel Catfish: Slow
blue catfish slow on live bait; channel catfish slow on prepared baits; all
other species slow. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

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Northeast
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Lakes
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Henry Sever Lake
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair
catfish fair; all other species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Hunnewell Lake
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Largemouth Bass: Good Channel Catfish: Fair Blue Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass good using crankbaits and plastic worms; channel catfish and
blue catfish fair using chicken livers; all other species slow; the lake is
closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with
water is prohibited. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Long Branch Lake
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles and structures; all other
species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Mark Twain Lake
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on jigs and minnows next to bluffs and near trees off the main
channel; all other species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Thomas Hill Reservoir
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Flathead Catfish: Fair Crappie: Fair
channel catfish fair on liver and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on live
baits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow. (Reported
on: 8/27/13)
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Rivers
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Mississippi River (upper)
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on
cut baits; all other species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Salt (below Mark Twain)
Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Blue Catfish: Good Channel Catfish: Good Flathead Catfish:
Good Freshwater Drum: Good
blue catfish and channel catfish good on stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on
shad; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Reported on:
8/27/13)

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Northwest
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Lakes
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Bilby Ranch Lake
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Largemouth Bass: Good Channel Catfish: Good
mid 80’s, normal, clear; largemouth bass good at low light time of day on
topwater near weedline; channel catfish good on chicken liver; all other
species slow. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Lake Paho
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair
82 degrees, full pool, 27″ visibility; black bass are biting on topwater
lures around deep water grasses; all other species slow. (Reported on:
8/28/13)

Mozingo Lake
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Good Largemouth Bass: Good Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Fair Walleye: Fair
mid 80’s, low, clear; largemouth bass good on topwater and plastic baits
during low light hours or crankbaits over deep structure; crappie good over
deep brush and standing timber in coves; bluegill fair; channel catfish good
on cut bait; walleye fair on points. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Pony Express Lake
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Largemouth Bass: Slow
82 degrees, clear; largemouth bass are slow with fish being caught during
dusk and dawn; channel catfish have also slowed but are fair; common carp are
more active in the shallows during cooler morning hours; panfishing is fair.
(Reported on: 8/28/13)

Smithville Lake
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Crappie: Fair Largemouth Bass: Good White Bass: Fair Catfish:
Good Walleye: Slow
82 degrees, 4″ low and slowly falling, 8 cfs; crappie fair around brush piles
and tree rows on minnows, keep moving to find the best fishing; catfish good
in 10′ or less of water on dip baits 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 in
shallow water on plastic worms in grassy areas. (Reported on: 8/28/13)
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Rivers
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Grand River
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Blue Catfish: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair
80 degrees, low, murky; fishing access is still tough due to low water
levels; channel and blue catfish are fair; all other species slow. (Reported
on: 8/28/13)

Missouri River (upper)
Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Flathead Catfish: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair Blue Catfish:
Fair Common Carp: Good
82 degrees, normal, clear; flathead catfish fair on all baits; channel
catfish fair on worms; blue catfish fair on cut bait and worms; carp fair on
corn and worms. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

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Ozark
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Lakes
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Bull Shoals Lake (East)
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Norfork Lake
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: White Bass: Fair
white bass fair on soft plastics. (Reported on: 8/28/13)
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Rivers
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Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Smallmouth Bass: Fair Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastic baits and crankbaits;
channel catfish fair on live bait. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
black bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and live bait. (Reported on:
8/28/13)

Bryant Creek
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Current River
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species good on artificial lures. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Eleven Point River
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species fair. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Gasconade River (middle)
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Smallmouth Bass: Fair Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastic baits and crankbaits;
channel catfish fair on live bait. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Gasconade River (upper)
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

Jacks Fork River
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species good. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

North Fork of the White River
Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

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Southeast
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Lakes
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Clearwater Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Crappie: Slow White Bass: Slow Bluegill: Slow Largemouth Bass:
Slow Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Council Bluff Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Slow Crappie: Slow Largemouth Bass: Slow Channel
Catfish: Fair Bluegill: Slow
channel catfish fair on liver after dark; all other species slow. (Reported
on: 8/27/13)

Cypress Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Slow Largemouth Bass: Fair Bluegill: Slow Redear
Sunfish: Slow Channel Catfish: Slow
largemouth bass fair in 1′ – 3′ depths on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and
crankbaits; bluegill and redear sunfish slow in 1′ – 3′ depths on jigs,
crickets and worms; crappie slow in 1′ – 3′ depths on minnows and jigs;
channel catfish slow in 2′ – 8′ depths on worms, crickets and stinkbaits; all
other species slow. Please note: Cypress lake will be closed September 7 – 22
until 1:00 p.m. daily for teal season. (Reported on: 8/26/13)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Warmouth: Fair Crappie: Slow Channel Catfish: Slow Bluegill:
Fair Redear Sunfish: Slow
warmouth and bluegill fair on jigs and crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/13)

Lake Girardeau
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Largemouth Bass: Good Bluegill: Slow Crappie: Slow Channel
Catfish: Slow Redear Sunfish: Slow
largemouth bass good on plastic worms and spinnerbaits; all other species
slow. (Reported on: 8/26/13)

Perry County Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Channel Catfish: Slow
black bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow. (Reported on: 8/26/13)

Robert DeLaney Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Bluegill: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair Crappie: Fair Black Bass:
Slow
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and liver; bluegill fair around structures
on crickets and worms; crappie fair on jigs; all other species slow. NEW
CRAPPIE REGULATION: no length limit on crappie on DeLaney Lake, the daily
limit of 15 remains in effect. (Reported on: 8/26/13)

Wappapello Lake
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Slow Channel Catfish: Good Bluegill:
Fair
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and live bait; bluegill fair using
crickets and worms; black bass fair using plastic worms; 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. (Reported on: 8/26/13)
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Rivers
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Black River (above Clearwater Lake)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Slow Bluegill: Slow White Bass: Slow
Smallmouth Bass: Slow Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
all species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Slow Black Bass: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair Bluegill:
Slow
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; black bass fair on soft
plastic lures; all other species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Castor River (above Zalma)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good
black bass good on minnows; all other species good. (Reported on: 8/26/13)

Mississippi River (Middle)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Blue Catfish: Fair Flathead Catfish:
Slow
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut bait, hot dogs and stinkbait;
all other species slow. (Reported on: 8/26/13)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on cut skipjack, shad and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/13)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Flathead Catfish: Good
black bass and flathead catfish good on large minnows drifted in the deeper
holes; all other species slow. (Reported on: 8/28/13)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)
Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Flathead Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on pole and line and trotlines with stinkbait and
chicken liver; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with live bait; all other
species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

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Southwest
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Lakes
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Bull Shoals Lake (West)
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Striped Bass: Fair Crappie: Fair Walleye:
Fair Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on 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. (Reported on: 8/26/13)

Lake Taneycomo
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Fair
trout fair in upper portion of lake on white, black and olive marabou jigs,
Rogues and white or black Rooster Tails; trout fair in lower portion of the
lake on orange, chartreuse, pink and white Power Baits, nightcrawlers and
corn. (Reported on: 8/26/13)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Good Black Bass: Good Crappie: Good Bluegill: Good
black bass good on dark plastic baits; crappie good on minnows around
structure; catfish good on shad; bluegill good on worms. (Reported on:
8/26/13)

Stockton Lake
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Catfish: Good Bluegill: Good Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Fair
Walleye: Fair
catfish good while drifting nightcrawlers; bluegill good on crickets or
nightcrawlers along bluffs; walleye fair on jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or
a crawler harness; crappie fair on minnows or jigs near standing timber or
brush piles; white bass fair on swimming spinners or Rapalas early in the
morning or late evening. (Reported on: 8/26/13)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Catfish: Good
catfish good on live crayfish, stinkbaits, shrimp or nightcrawlers, during
the day fish deep holes on the shaded bank side, after dark move into
shallower water and fish muddy flats or gravel banks; black bass good on live
crayfish in 20′ of water on days with a full sun, on cloudy days move into 8′
– 12′ of water using just enough weight to keep crayfish on the bottom; all
other species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Table Rock Lake (main lake)
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on fluke style baits in 10′ of water, try fishing in the
evening around structures and off main lake points; crappie fair on trolling
crankbaits; all other species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)
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Rivers
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James River
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for
additional information.
Information: 417-895-6880

Niangua River
Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good Rainbow
Trout: Good
black bass good on soft plastics and minnows; goggle-eye good on soft
plastics and minnows; trout good on bright colored Power Baits. (Reported on:
8/27/13)

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St. Louis
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Lakes
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Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Bluegill: Fair Catfish: Fair Crappie: Slow
black bass fair on crankbaits; catfish fair on cut bait, doughbaits, blood
baits and livers; bluegill fair on worms; crappie slow on minnows. (Reported
on: 8/27/13)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on cut bait, doughbait, blood bait and livers. (Reported on:
8/27/13)
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Rivers
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Big River
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Fair Bluegill: Fair
Catfish fair on cut bait, blood bait and livers; black bass fair on
crankbait; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on crickets. (Reported on:
8/27/13)

Bourbeuse River
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Catfish: Slow Bluegill: Fair Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Slow
catfish slow on doughbait; black bass fair on plastic worms; all other
species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Catfish: Slow Black Bass: Fair Bluegill: Fair Crappie: Slow
(Reported on: 8/27/13)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Catfish: Slow Bluegill: Fair Crappie: Slow
(Reported on: 8/27/13)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Slow
All species slow. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Missouri River (Lower)
Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Freshwater Drum: Fair
blue catfish fair on cut shad, goldeye, Asian carp and skipjack; flathead
catfish slow on live baits; channel catfish fair on dip baits; drum fair on
worms. (Reported on: 8/27/13)

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Trout Parks
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Trout Parks
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Bennett Spring State Park
Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Good Brown Trout: Fair
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well are: black and yellow colored,
gingersnap colored, and white colored marabou jigs; easter egg colored and
dark brown colored glo balls; red brassie, holographic green colored and red
and black colored wooly buggers; black colored and brown colored roach; Zone
3 baits that are popular are: white colored salmon eggs, orange colored and
white colored Power Bait, black and yellow Beetle Spins. August fishing hours
are from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. September fishing hours are from 7:30 a.m.
until 7:15 p.m. (Reported on: 8/26/13)

Maramec Spring Park
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for
additional information.
Information: 573-265-7801

Montauk State Park
Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Good
The water level is normal and the water is clear; the river level is 1.49 at
the lower end of the park, 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 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to
7:15 p.m. For up-to-date stream conditions check
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440 (Reported on: 8/27/13)

Roaring River State Park
Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Good
The river is in good condition, the water has cleared up a lot in the last
week, so the dry fly fishing is slowly coming back; right now we are fishing
dark wooly buggers, prince nymphs, copper johns, lightning bugs, small gold
jigs, small thread jigs and brassies; large dry flies will take a few here
and there; the fish are still reacting to a hopper or beetle, in some areas
where there is a bit of slow water, glo balls and the San Juan worms in
bright orange and red are also working; buggers with extra mylar in the tails
are working good, use 5x and 6x; the water is still up a bit and the use of
Power Bait is recommended if you just want to catch a fast limit of trout,
the orange, fluorescent yellow and white are all good in the eggs; if you are
using the worms, the orange peel, orange, cheese yellow and chartreuse are
all working; small gold spoons are really good if you fish them deep and
slow; small spinners still work fine, you may need to add a bit of lead to
get them down deep enough; jigs are catching fish, 1/32 and larger are best,
but a few people have been catching trout on the white and olive micro jig;
larger jigs are working best, in the darker colors, olive, black,
black/yellow and dark brown have all been working well; the water has become
clear so you should go back to the 2 lb. line; if you go into Zone 3,
nightcrawlers and minnows would be good choices, or any of the bright colored
Power Baits should work. (Reported on: 8/27/13)
Trout Notice
=============== Summer 2013 Advisory
Due to the record number of flood events (six total) in spring, rainbow trout
growth-rates at Department?s Montauk Hatchery near Licking have slowed during
the late spring and early summer. Reduced growth rates are a response to the
warmer, more turbid water conditions associated with flooding. As a result,
anglers will notice a small and temporary reduction in the length of fish
stocked at Montauk State Park and at Maramec Trout Park near St. James. With
improving conditions, the size of fish stocked should return to normal
lengths during August. Thanks to recent hatchery improvements and the hard
work and dedication of staff at Montauk, the impacts to anglers will be
minimal and short term.

Fish Management Notice
=============== 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.

Ehrler, Swindle and Palaniuk Set to Use New GoPro Technology

Ehrler, Swindle and Palaniuk Set to Use New GoPro Technology

July 31, 2013

Ehrler, Swindle and Palaniuk Set to Use New GoPro Technology

GoPro professional anglers Brent Ehrler, Gerald Swindle and Brandon Palaniuk just updated their GoPro cameras and smart phone apps with the latest GoPro technology. The new app and matching firmware for the GoPro camera’s will allow the anglers to instantly shoot a photo or video and upload through a number of channels including social media, email and messaging.

GoPro released the new software to the public earlier this week. The pros are all in agreement that the new update will allow them quicker access to their fans, family and friends. Palaniuk is especially excited about the ease of its use, “This will eliminate steps between the time I take the photo or video, and the time I get it to everyone. Before, I had to use a laptop to download the photo and video and then find a WiFi hotspot and upload it to the internet. With this I can shoot a cool photo and upload it immediately to my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts for everyone to see.”

Swindle believes it will allow his followers closer access to him. “Used correctly with social media this can actually become a new aged type of reality show. My fans can follow me almost to the minute and see what I am up to. This is really what bass fishing has needed. We’ll be able to give fans a behind the scenes look at life as a professional angler.”

Ehrler agrees with Palaniuk and Swindle that it will help him reach his fans, family and friends quicker and easier. Ehrler added it’ll also be great way for him to keep up with his two year old son while he’s on the road. “Kelley (Ehrler’s wife) can take one of my cameras along and when something fun or new happens with Ollie she can send it to me right away. Except during tournament hours, I could be fishing on the Red River in Louisiana and be able to keep up with anything I might miss. It’s not as good as being there, but it’s better than seeing it tomorrow or next week. ”

The new GoPro technology isn’t just for the professional angler. Anyone with a GoPro and a smart phone can take advantage of this new technological advance by GoPro. Ehrler suggests, “Any angler wanting to share their experiences on and off the water with others can use this new update. GoPro’s have always provided high quality footage and now with the ability to share it immediately it opens up a whole new level of sharing experiences; such as the fight of a huge bass or the first steps or words of a child. GoPro set the standard in action video and now they are setting the standard in near realtime access to high quality video.”

While the technology is new, most GoPro cameras can be updated to handle it very easily. Visit GoPro.com for more information. To see what the new technology is all about check out this video of the GoPro Control, View Share app http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVf6LRFI740&sns=em.

Be sure to follow Brent Ehrler, Gerald Swindle and Brandon Palaniuk on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts as they bring you near realtime imagery from the road, water and their homes.

Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources Fishing Report August 1 2013

Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources Fishing Report August 1, 2013

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST

Nelson Park Lake

Channel catfish are being caught from the dam and near the lake bottom below the catfish cages.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try drifting for catfish using night crawler harnesses. White Bass – Fair: White bass can be caught pulling plugs, crankbaits, or casting white twisters. The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation. Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore.

North Twin Lake

Water levels are about 3 to 4 inches below crest. Water clarity is poor. Fishing for most species is slow, except for catfish. Anglers have been doing well for channel catfish. Try night crawlers, stink bait, cut bait, etc.

Black Hawk Lake

Black Hawk Lake is approximately three inches below crest. Water clarity is good. Black Hawk Lake’s fishery was renovated last fall. Although we have been restocking the lake with sport fish, there are not a lot of harvestable size fish in the lake yet.

Browns Lake

Fishing is slow.

Snyder Bend Lake

Fishing is slow.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Channel catfish have been hitting hard on chicken livers. Use a slip sinker and toss into a snag or along a high bank. The river has come down and is in good shape.

For more information on lakes and rivers in the Black Hawk District contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake

Sucker – Good: There are lots of white suckers and a worm and sinker on the bottom should entice them to bite. Channel Catfish – Fair: Largemouth Bass – Good: Crappie – Fair: Try for crappies around the jetties with minnows.

Upper Pine Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: A few catfish are being caught on liver. Bluegill – Good: Small grub-style baits are working. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are being caught near structure.

Lake Smith

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cutbait, worms, or stinkbait. Fish are probably biting best the last hour of sunlight to an hour after sunset. Bluegill – Slow: Largemouth Bass – Fair: A few largemouths are being caught.

Lake Catherine

Channel Catfish – Good: Cats are biting on minnows or chicken liver. Try early morning or right at dark. They are decent size with some running 7-9 pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners.

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are biting near the grade, on some rock reefs, near the island and perhaps by the city seawall. Your best bet is to fish after dark with small live bait, cutbait, or stinkbait. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill numbers are low, but some fish may be caught below docks or on the edge of bulrush. Crappie – Slow: Reports of crappies hitting near the state reef, near the dollar dock and a few by the Ventura grade. Walleye – Slow: Most of the action is in deeper water on the various rock reefs using a small lead head with a quarter piece of nightcrawler. A few walleyes have been taken trolling. Some anglers are drifting around the island and picking some up. Shore fishing can still be ok on the windward shorelines. Muskellunge – No Report: Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers are getting lots of yellows from boats near the state artificial reef, which is out from the state dock area, and from Fisherman’s Reef.

Lake Cornelia

Channel Catfish – Good: Cats should be biting on cutbait or stinkbait. Fish the last hour of sunlight to an hour after sunset. Or try during the day on a windward side of the lake. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are keeper sized. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are near the rocks by the harbor and other rocky shorelines. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are around eight inches. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass are 7-7.25 inches

Little Wall Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Some channel cats have been caught in the evenings. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Crappie – Slow:

Crystal Lake

Anglers are saying the algae is not as bad as it was a few weeks ago. Try fishing the deeper dredged water for most species or near some of the sources of inflow on the lake. Northern Pike – Fair: The pike are attracted to some of the sources of cooler water coming into the lake. Channel Catfish – Slow: Bluegill – Good: Anglers are picking bluegills up in 7-8 feet of water but some are deep, too. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have reported catching lots of largemouth. Fish on the outside edges with a bobber and live bait or try a weedless spoon. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are around 16-20 inches. Fish deep during the day, and a little shallower during the evening.

Bluebill Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers still catching some catfish off the jetty. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills still biting. Largemouth Bass – Good: Remember the 15-inch minimum length limit on bass.

Interstate Park Lake

There was a partial fish kill this winter on this lake but anglers have been reporting catching a variety of fish this past week. Bluegill – Fair: Largemouth Bass – Fair: Crappie – Fair: Crappies are a nice size and should be biting off the boat ramp point or off the east rock side.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)

Water levels have gone down. No reports, but fishing should be good for a variety of species.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)

Water levels have gone down. No reports, but fishing should be good for pike, walleye, and catfish. Northern Pike – No Report: Look for areas with cooler water flowing in, if you can find them.

Winnebago River

Water levels have gone down. No reports, but fishing should be good for a variety of species.

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

The East Fork is fishable. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are having nice catches with frogs. Walleye – No Report:

For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Look around rock piles and weed lines for smallmouth with a combination being even better. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Fish have been found in a few different areas but there doesn’t seem to be a clear cut pattern. Pitching docks, cranking weed lines, and top-water early and late have all caught a few fish. Walleye – Slow: A few fish have been caught trolling the basin but only a few fish have been coming in.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills in and around weeds, with open pockets and weed edges being the most productive. Live bait rigged on a slip bobber rig suspended just above the weeds has been good as well as jigging pilkies and small jigs. A few perch and yellow bass are also being picked up with this presentation. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: The smallies have been relating more so to deeper weed edges and drop-offs. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Look for weed pockets or weed edges for largemouth.

Lost Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish action has been fairly steady with 3-5 pound fish. Try stinkbait, cutbait, or worms fished on the bottom around dusk or after dark.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

The water is low and the fish are concentrated in deeper holes. Try a white twister tail for walleye and a worm on bottom should catch just about anything.

For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

Water temperature is the mid 70s. Channel Catfish – Fair: Cooler water has slowed catfish activity. Try a hook and worm and let it set near the bottom. Bluegill – Slow: Try the shallow flats with a small jig tipped with a worm under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are hitting a jig tipped with a twistertail or worm. Crappie – Good: Fish are suspended over the deep water brush piles. Try a jig tipped with imitation minnows. Yellow Perch – Slow:

Lake Hendricks

Water temperature is 75 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are biting on night crawlers or dead chubs fished under a bobber along the rockier shoreline. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills are biting on hook tipped with a small chunk of worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Anglers have been catching largemouth bass using a jig and soft plastics. Top water lures are working well in the evening. Crappie – Good: Anglers have been catching crappies over deeper water structures using small jigs tipped with a minnow.

Lake Meyer

Northern Pike – No Report: Channel Catfish – Slow: Try fishing for catfish along the rocky shorelines. Use a worm on the bottom under a bobber. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers are picking up a lot of small bluegills along the weed beds using yellow or green jigs and soft plastics. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers are catching bass from shore by tossing a hook tipped with a big chunk of nightcrawler and reeled in. Crappie – Slow: Anglers continue to pick up a few suspended in deeper water.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

Fish activity continues to pick up as water level stabilizes. Sucker – Fair: Anglers are catching suckers on a hook tipped with a worm and fished along the bottom. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers are using jigs tipped with a worm with some success. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having luck using dark colored jigs or a hook tipped with a worm or twister tails.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Sucker – Fair: Suckers are taking worms fished along the bottom. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers using worms are doing the best. Walleye – Good: Anglers are having success using a jig tipped with a twister tail or worm and drifting it in current.

Yellow River

Fishing out of a canoe or kayak is allowed without landowner permission. Wading or fishing from the bank requires landowner permission.

Turkey River (above Clermont)

Water level has stabilized and clarity has improved. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are using a jig tipped a worm with success. Also try a crawdad or a crawdad lure. Walleye – Fair:

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water levels continue to stabilize with improved clarity. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Catfish have been taking chicken livers and dead chubs. Smallmouth Bass – Excellent: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a twistertail. Smallies 14 inches plus are common. Crappie – No Report: Walleye – Good: Walleye activity has picked up. Anglers are using nightcrawlers and jigs tipped with dark colored twister tails.

Decorah District Streams

Better northeast Iowa streams have receded and cleared since the June floods, but additional rains may still hamper stream clarity. Invertebrate populations were definitely affected by the flooding and mayfly/caddisfly hatches might be sparse for awhile. Hoppers, crickets, ants and beetles will be effective terrestrial patterns for the balance of the season, as well as sub-surface nymphs, wet flies and streamers. Good fish are being caught.

Area rivers are looking good for a change. For more on water levels, visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. ; For trout stocking information, call 563-927-5736. Another excellent weather forecast is in store for the weekend. It doesn’t get any better than this for an Iowa summer. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)

Anglers have been catching bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie and northern pike. Vegetation has really come on making angling a bit more difficult. Northern Pike – Fair: Weedless spoons work really well near vegetation beds. Bluegill – Fair: Fishing a piece of nightcrawler under a bobber or smaller jigs retrieved over spawning beds works well. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Lots of 7 to 10-inch bass are being caught. Cast spinner baits or weedless baits around vegetation beds. Crappie – Fair: Casting small jigs next to weed beds has been productive.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Channel catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill fishing has been good. Clarity still remains good but vegetation is beginning to encompass the shoreline. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish have been smacking cutbaits, stinkbaits, shrimp and leopard frogs fished on the bottom. Bluegill – Good: Small piece of worm under bobber fished off of jetties or around structure in 3-6 feet of water has been excellent for bluegill. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been doing fair on largemouth bass. Try fishing near structure using crankbaits or spinnerbaits.

Plainfield

Anglers have been catching nice size bluegill and crappie but fishing can be hit or miss. Bluegill – Good: Try locating structure in 4-8 feet of water using smaller jigs or piece of crawler under a slip bobber. Crappie – Good: Try locating structure in 4-8 feet of water using smaller jigs or a crappie minnow under a slip bobber.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is providing some great angling for walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and a few northern pike. Use caution when navigating due to the lower water levels, particularly in Bremer County. Northern Pike – Fair: Larger spinner baits or spoons have been catching some northern pike. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink bait and night crawlers fished on the bottom has been really hot. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Look for rock shorelines or rip-rap along banks casting artificial or live baits. Walleye – Good: A jig tipped with half of a crawler is deadly. Crankbaits have been good as well.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsipinicon River level is at 4.87 feet and dropping. Anglers report catching smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink bait and night crawlers fished on the bottom has been really hot. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Look for rock shorelines or rip-rap along banks casting artificial or live baits. Walleye – Good: A jig tipped with half a crawler is deadly. Crankbaits have been good as well.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

There have been reports of smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish being caught. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink bait and night crawlers fished on the bottom has been really hot. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Look for rock shorelines or rip-rap along banks casting artificial or live baits. Walleye – Good: A jig tipped with half a crawler is deadly. Crankbaits have been good as well.

Manchester District Streams

Area Manchester District trout streams are currently in excellent condition.

Interior rivers in northeast Iowa continue to recede and have been providing some excellent angling. The weather forecast looks beautiful for the upcoming weekend. Manchester District trout streams are all in excellent condition, for further information call district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 8.6 feet and is expected to hold steady near this level over the next week. Army Road near New Albin is open but could be rough because of flood damage. Heytman’s Landing at the lower end of pool 9 is difficult to use due to siltation. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish biting on stink bait and worms. Bluegill – Good: Lower water levels and better water quality have got bluegills biting again. Look for fish along shoreline structure in backwaters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bite is picking up along current breaks on rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass active in backwaters and near shorelines next to wing dams. Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing on wing dams is improving. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are actively biting on worms or small bits of crawler fishing along the main channel drop offs and sand flats.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is 14.1 feet and is expected to remain stable near this level over the next week. All ramps on pool 10 are open. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish biting on stink bait and worms. Bluegill – Good: Lower water levels and better water quality have got bluegills biting again. Look for fish along shoreline structure in backwaters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bite is picking up along current breaks on rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass active in backwaters and near shorelines next to wing dams. Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing on wing dams is improving. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are actively biting on worms or small bits of crawler fishing along the main channel drop-offs and sand flats.

Mississippi River Pool 11

River stage at Guttenberg is 5.7 feet currently and is expected to fall slightly over the next week to 5 feet. All Pool 10 ramps are open but parking at the Turkey River landing is limited due to flood mud. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish biting on stink bait and worms. Bluegill – Good: Lower water levels and better water quality have got bluegills biting again. Look for fish along shoreline structure in backwaters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bite is picking up along current breaks on rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass active in backwaters and near shorelines next to wing dams. Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing on wing dams is improving. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are actively biting on worms or small bits of crawler fishing along the main channel drop-offs and sand flats.

River levels on the Upper Mississippi have fallen quickly back to normal summer levels and are expected to remain stable over the next week. Stable river levels on the Mississippi can create great fishing and now is a great time to get back on the river. All boat ramps are open. Water temperatures are in the upper 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

Water level at the lock and dam in Dubuque is at 4.9 feet and the water level at the railroad bridge is 7.9 feet. Water levels are dropping and water clarity is good. Water temperature is around 72 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: People fishing for drum report catching a lot of smaller catfish. You can also try stink bait fished above brush piles. If you use this method, make sure to move often if you do not get bites. Bluegill – Good: Many fish are being caught along rock piles and snags. Use a simple hook and worm for best results. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Some smallies are being caught along current areas near rock. Spinners and crankbaits are best but some are also being caught by the bluegill anglers on worms. Largemouth Bass – Good: Numerous 12-inch largemouths are being reported caught nearly everywhere. Most folks are using minnow imitation lures but some are also being caught by the bluegill anglers using worms. Crappie – Fair: Small crappies have moved into brush pile areas. A bobber and worms or small minnows seems to be catching some 10 to 11-inch crappie. Yellow Perch – Fair: A real nice yellow perch have been reported from the tail water and by folks fishing on wing dams. Some of these perch are up to 13 inches but finding concentrations is difficult. Walleye – Fair: Conditions are favorable for fishing on wing dams. Learn how to fish above the dams using a three-way rig and a worm. Also crankbaits have been effective fished on wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are being caught on simple egg sinkers and worm rigs. Drum can be a great eating fish but you must keep them on ice after caught and remove all red meat from fillets.

Mississippi River Pool 13

Water levels at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is at 4.8 feet. Water is clear and water temperature is around 72 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are reported to be biting on stink bait near log piles. Anchor above the rock piles and let the smell of the stink bait ooze into the brush pile drawing out the catfish. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Several flatheads were reported by folks bluegill fishing. Larger flatheads can be caught using live fish as bait. Fish near brush piles and deeper water locations with eddy currents. Bluegill – Excellent: Many nice bluegills are being caught in the tail waters and several other locations right now. Most anglers are using worms and bobbers or split shot rigs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Some smallmouth are being caught along rock piles throughout the pool. Smallmouth concentrate along areas that are rocky and have current. Use jigs or spinners for best results. Anglers are also reporting catching rock bass while smallmouth fishing. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Sub-legal bass are providing good action on spinner baits in Pool 13. Try fishing around rocky points or rip rap areas for best luck. The size of the largemouth bass has been small but good for kids fishing. Crappie – Fair: Several small crappies were reported in Pool 13 this week. A crappie rig seemed to work best tipped with small minnows. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Hordes of drum are being caught in Pool 13. A simple rig with an egg sinker and worm rig yields the best results. Drum can be great eating fish but you must be prepared to keep them on ice and remove all red meat from fillets.

Mississippi River Pool 14

Water levels at Fulton are at 4.9 feet and dropping. Water clarity is quite good. The cold fronts have lowered water temperatures to 72 degrees. Finally water conditions have improved and the bite is on once again in Pool 14. Places like Rock Creek are open for business so take advantage and get out fishing. Channel Catfish – Fair: Mixed reports on channel catfish this week. If you are going after catfish anchor and fish above the brush piles and let the stink bait ooze into the hole. Bluegill – Excellent: It has been several months of high water levels and bluegills seemed to have grown well. Many 8 and even 9 inchers have been reported. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Small largemouth bass are being caught seemingly everywhere on Pool 14. The size is mainly under the legal size limit of 14 inches but folks are having a ball catching 12 inch fish. Walleye – Fair: Wing dam fishing is available to anglers now that the water receded. Folks are mainly throwing crankbaits on the dams for best results. Freshwater Drum – Good: Several drum were reported by folks using a worm rig on the bottom. Drum can be excellent eating but you need to keep them on ice for best flavor.

Mississippi River Pool 15

Water level at LeClaire is at 4.6 and dropping. Finally some angling was reported on Pool 15 this week. Channel Catfish – Good: Several folks reported fishing for channel catfish mostly using worms but some tried cut bait. Either way they also caught a few drum as well. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: A few smallies were also reported. Try crankbaits for bigger smallmouth. Imitation crayfish cranks can be quite effective. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers reported catching many sub-legal largemouth bass this week. Folks are working rock piles with jigs and spinners.

The water levels in the district have dropped substantially and the river is quite low now. Presently the issue for boaters is logs and debris that have been rearranged from the months of flooding on the river. Cold fronts have lowered water temperature to 72 degrees. Water is fairly clear in most locations.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 4.89 feet. The docks are now in at the Fairport Recreational Area. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught on nightcrawlers, stinkbait, and cut shad. Try anchoring above snag piles along the main channel or side channels. Some channel cats are still being caught floating leeches under a bobber along riprap shorelines. White Bass – Fair: Some white bass are being caught in Sunset Marina casting jigs and twister tails. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills are being caught fishing wax worms or nightcrawlers under a bobber in Sunset Marina. Try around the docks. Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing small minnows under a bobber. Try around the docks. Some crappies are also being caught in the Andalusia Island complex. Try fishing brush piles in the backwaters and side channels with jigs and minnows. Walleye – Fair: Try jigs and minnows in Sylvan Slough or trolling crankbaits. Some walleyes are also being caught trolling the main river by Sunset Marina or around the wing dams along Credit Island. Some walleyes are also being caught casting crankbaits on the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine is 4.14 feet. Big Timber (The Breaks) is now open. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shad guts. Fish above snag piles along the main channel and side channels. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills are being caught in Big Timber fishing worms under a bobber. Try fishing around brush piles and logs.

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 5.16 feet. The Toolesboro road and boat ramp are now open. Channel Catfish – No Report: Try fishing for channel catfish by anchoring above snag piles and wing dams in the main channel or side channels. Try nightcrawlers, stinkbait, or cut shad for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 2.51 feet. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught on cut shad, shad guts, and nightcrawlers. Some channel catfish are also being caught on stinkbait. Try fishing above snag piles along the main channel and side channels. Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters. Try fishing brush piles and snags in the side channels with jigs and minnows. Walleye – Slow: A few walleyes are starting to be caught on the wing dams trolling crankbaits or three-way rigs with a half a nightcrawler.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: Fishing has picked up on Pools 16-19 with the lower water conditions. Main channel water temperature is around 75 degrees. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions about fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Odessa

The boat ramps at Schafer’s and Sand Run are now open. Water levels are still about a foot above the normal fall levels. DNR staff are working to get the silt and sand off the road so they can reopen it. Channel Catfish – Good: Look to the button bush thickets to find the catfish. Crappie – Good: Good numbers of crappies can be found around the tree falls and the beaver lodges.

Lake Geode

Cooler weather should bring out some anglers this weekend. Bluegill – Fair: The bluegills have moved deeper for the summer. Look for them to be just off the ledges to the deep water.

Lake Belva Deer

Water temperature is 74 degrees. Thermocline is at 10 to 12 feet. Don’t bother fishing any deeper, because there is no oxygen, or fish below that depth. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been catching bluegills down about 6 to 8 feet around the trees and up around the mounds at the upper end of the lake.

Lake of the Hills

Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Chicken liver or stinkbait, go chicken liver. Bluegill – Good: Look for them suspended down 3-4 feet around the habitat. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are now hitting on plastic worms. White spinner baits have also been hot lately. Crappie – Fair: Work the brush piles along the dam using minnows.

Railroad Lake

The use of live minnows is not permitted on Railroad Lake. Channel Catfish – Good: The catfish have been biting on stinkbait and chicken liver along the old creek channel on the south side. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are biting along 110th and along the north shore in the stump field. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use white spinner baits to locate the bass along the rocks and the submerged wood. Crappie – Good: Anglers working the flooded timber and old creek channel on the south side have been catching some crappies.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The river level seems fairly constant. Water temperature remains in the low 70s. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been pretty good lately. Try under any mulberry tree hanging over the water or try grass frogs as bait.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

Water levels continue to drop slowly. Channel Catfish – Good: The three baits to use are frogs, chubs and crawdads. Work the brush piles and the drop-offs at the edges of the sandbars.

For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430.

Iowa Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Chicken livers and stinkbait are working well. Bluegill – Good: Some fish are around the weed edges and some are out in deeper water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try around the weed edges and lay downs. Crappie – Fair: Most fish are suspended in open water. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present. Check your boat, trailer, and equipment before leaving the lake.

Lake Macbride

Channel Catfish – Fair: Some are being caught around shallow rock while others have pulled out to deeper water. Crawlers and stinkbait are working best. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish around shallow structure or deeper drop-offs. Walleye – Slow: Most fish are being caught trolling flats with crankbaits or spinner rigs. Water temperature is in the low to mid 80s. The 10 hp motor restriction and 5 MPH speed limit is in effect. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present. Check your boat, trailer, and equipment before leaving the lake.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Livers and stinkbait have been working best. White Bass – Good: Fish shallow, wind-blown shorelines with small crankbaits or jigs, or chase schools of fish in open water with top-water baits, crankbaits, or other small, flashy baits. Walleye – Fair: Some better fish are being caught by jigging leeches. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: These fish are only two years old but some are approaching 18 inches. Look for them mixed in with the white bass. Water clarity is excellent and temperature is around 80 degrees. Remember, largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep and musky must be 40 inches to keep. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present. Check your boat, trailer, and equipment before leaving the lake.

Diamond Lake

The lake is still murky. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Good: Stinkbait and chicken livers have been working well, especially early and late in the day. Bluegill – Fair: Most fish are being caught around deeper brush. Crappie – Fair: Fish are being caught around deeper brush or just suspended in open water by drift fishing jigs.

Otter Creek Lake

The lake water is fairly green from an algae bloom. Channel Catfish – Good: Evenings have been best. Bluegill – Good: Try around deeper brush. Yellow Bass – Good: Mornings have been best on small spinners.

Coralville Reservoir

The lake is at normal summer pool level. Channel Catfish – Good: Drifting and trolling cut bait has been producing fish. Crappie – Fair: Try casting jigs to steeper banks or deeper brush.

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Wapello

Try using spinnerbaits or crankbaits for largemouth bass. Target areas with rocky shorelines or the edges of aquatic vegetation areas. Use stinkbait for channel catfish. Try off the rock jetties or fishing pier.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Try casting around the shoreline and submerged structure or around the fishing jetties. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use rubber worms and crankbaits in areas with submerged structure. Also try areas around the rock jetties and the shorelines that are rip-rapped. Try top-waters in the early mornings.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill – Fair: Try small jigs under a slip-bobber tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Add a split shot about 12 inches above the hook. Try different depths until finding aggressive fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try plastic worms and spinnerbaits around the rocky shorelines and around the fishing jetties.

Rathbun Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try using stinkbait or cut bait. Target areas with rocky shorelines such as around the bridge at Bridgeview or along the dam. White Bass – Fair: Anglers have been catching white bass using medium size jigs and chrome colored crankbaits. Look for schools of shad and concentrate around those areas. Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has improved as the lake gets closer to normal pool. Try crankbaits around the submerged points and rock reefs or nightcrawlers in the same areas. Look for changes in depth as fish should be using the ledges. The current lake level is 910.06 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 78 degrees. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry boats before transporting to another water body. Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (5 days in the sun).

If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST

Don Williams Lake

Crappie – Fair: Nice crappie can be caught near woody debris in the evenings with a slip bobber and minnows. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake.

Beaver Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill can be caught fishing small jigs tipped with crawlers 2 to 4 feet below the surface around much of the standing timber. Crappie – Fair: Drifting panfish jigs around the standing timber mid lake is producing crappie.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Anglers drifting jigs on the main lake are picking up some crappie. Keep your bait above 6 to 7 feet. If crappie aren’t cooperating try drifting small pieces of crawler for bluegills. Bluegill are fair size in Rock Creek right now with many fish around 8 inches.

Roberts Creek Lake

Crappie – Good: Anglers drifting small jigs or trolling small crankbaits are catching decent numbers of 9 to 11-inch white crappies.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is in the summer pattern of drift fishing small jigs with crawler, especially over the old road beds. Big Creek bluegills are good size with many fish over 8 inches.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Better bluegill catches are now coming from drift fishing or fishing near pallet and brush piles in 6 to 10 feet of water. Fish with small jigs or pieces of crawler under a bobber.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are being caught drifting or casting crawlers under a bobber along the vegetation edges. Crappie – Good: Crappie are suspended along the northwest shoreline just outside the vegetation line. Cast or drift small panfish jigs or white twisters out from the vegetation. Crappies are also being caught around the fishing shelter.

Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass – Good: White bass are being caught in decent numbers trolling crankbaits or spoons around windswept points. Look for shad schools breaking the surface and be ready to move often to stay with the activity. Good colors to start with are shad imitating colors, such as solid chrome.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Good: Drift fishing cut creek chubs or dead shad above the mile long bridge will produce some fun catfishing with good chances at fish over 5 pounds. White Bass – Fair: Saylorville white bass fishing has so far been slow to fair. There are large schools of young of the year gizzard shad that the white bass are targeting. Try staying as close to these schools breaking the surface as possible. Also target the usual spots from Sandpiper Beach to the marina point and out from the Oak Grove area. Troll lipless crankbaits or spoons.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Excellent: River levels are excellent for fishing and channel catfish are biting consistently on stink baits.

Crappie and bluegill are in summer patterns and can be caught best drift fishing or still fishing over habitat in 6-15 feet of water. White bass fishing on the reservoirs continues to be fair to good. For questions on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Try drifting for bluegills and crappie suspended mid-lake or around cedar tree piles. Greenfield also has a good channel catfish population with many 2 to 3-pound fish. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish have been caught around the jetties using shrimp. Fish in shallow water above the thermocline. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught drifting small jigs tipped with scented bait or a piece of worm. Largemouth Bass – Good: Plastic baits are catching bass around structure and close to shore. Crappie – Fair: Vertical jigging with minnows around cedar tree piles has been good for 8 to 10-inch crappies. Early morning has been the best time.

Meadow Lake

Largemouth bass fishing has slowed this week. Bluegill – Slow: Drift small jigs to catch 8 to 9-inch bluegills. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass can be caught casting plastic baits to shore and around cedar tree piles.

Nodaway Lake

Crappies are being caught around submerged trees and drifting. Catfish have slowed this week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfishing has been good using shad sides and liver. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill in the 7 to 8-inch size range are being caught in 4 to 6 feet of water. Crappie – Fair: Drift with tube jigs to catch 10-inch crappie.

Orient Lake

Fishing has slowed this week with the blue-green algae bloom. Channel Catfish – Slow: Two pound catfish are being caught on cutbait. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills can be caught drifting along the dam. Tipping jigs with crawler seems to help.

Littlefield Lake

A few bluegills are being picked up drifting. Littlefield has a good channel catfish population. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught in the corners of the dam and on the north shore using liver. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill – Slow: Drift with small black jigs tipped with night crawler or power bait to catch 7 to 8 fish.

Lake Anita

Largemouth bass fishing has slowed a bit this week. Crappies and bluegills are being caught vertically jigging over the road beds. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are being caught vertically jigging small jigs tipped with worms or power bait. Fish are around road beds and other submerged structure. Fish are 8 to 9 inches. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are reported to be caught close to shore and around aquatic vegetation casting spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are being caught drifting with jigs in both arms of the lake. Vertically jigging along submerged road beds with minnows has also been good. Mornings and late evening hours are best.

Willow Lake

Largemouth bass fishing is good. A few channel catfish are also caught. Channel Catfish – Fair: Cutbait and liver were reported to catch catfish close to shore around structure. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing has been good in the upper end of the lake using a variety of spinners and plugs.

Viking Lake

Largemouth bass fishing is good. Crappies are suspended off the dam and around the many brush piles. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish can be caught around underwater reefs and rock fields using cutbait. Many fish are 2 to 4 pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinnerbaits and slow trolling crankbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are running 7 to 10 inches and are being caught drifting tube jigs and vertical jigging tree piles.

DeSoto Bend

The middle boat ramp is the only place to launch a boat at Desoto Bend. Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good. Anglers are drifting shallow flats w/ blood bait and catching channel catfish. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish liver or blood bait on the shallow flats. Most anglers are drifting these baits along the bottom. Fish average two pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes are being caught casting plastic baits to shore.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has slowed this week. Channel Catfish – Slow: The south and west side of the lake has been good for catfish this week using liver. Fish up to five pounds are being caught.

East Nishnabotna

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Flows are right for wading and catching catfish.

Middle Raccoon River (above Van Meter)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Crawdads are a good bet for summer catfishing on the river. Smallmouth Bass – No Report: Try fishing a small piece of worm and a lead head jig through the holes.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegills and crappie are in their summer pattern and can be caught along weed edges and suspended in the water column. Largemouth bass are aggressive and easily caught this time of year. Remember to always get permission before fishing private farm ponds. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish can be caught in 4 to 6 feet of water with dip bait or liver. Bluegill – Fair: Cast small jigs close to weed edges or drift open water to catch bluegill. Largemouth Bass – Good: Casting small spinners and jigs around structure and along vegetation has been good for bass. Crappie – Fair: Fish minnows and small jigs around structure to catch crappies.

Largemouth bass are being caught in and around the aquatic vegetation. Suspended bluegill and crappie are being caught vertically jigging in 6 to 12 feet of water. Interior river flows are right for summer channel catfish fishing. For more information on lakes in the southwest district, call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

The water levels are normal and the clarity is good. Bullhead – Good: Several bullheads are being caught on crawlers on the bottom. Channel Catfish – Fair: A few channel catfish are biting on liver or cut bait.

Little River Watershed Lake

The lake is full and the fish have been restocked. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some mid-sized channel catfish are being caught from bays during the evenings.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)

The lake has been drained to allow completion of sediment trapping structures.

Green Valley Lake

The water level is normal. Channel Catfish – Good: A lot of channel catfish are being caught using liver or cut bait from the shallows and sides of the fish mounds.

Three Mile Lake

The water levels are normal. Channel Catfish – Fair: Several channel catfish are being caught from the bays during the evenings.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

The water levels are normal. Bullhead – Fair: A few big bullheads can be caught using crawlers or small liver chunks. Channel Catfish – Fair: A few channel catfish can be caught on liver.

Water levels are normal. Some lakes are showing signs of algae development. Water temperature has dropped to the mid 70s.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Excellent: Fishing continues to be good for channel catfish. Anglers are having success on various baits such as worms, cutbait, dip baits, minnows, and crawfish. Fishing has been good around the mouth of the Floyd River for channel catfish. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flatheads continue to bite on various live baits. Anglers have had the best success on chubs, goldfish, and sunfish near deep water habitat, wing dikes, revetments, and incoming rivers and streams.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing has been good for channel catfish on various baits. Anglers continue to have success on dip baits, worms, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are biting on live baits. Try using live baits such as chubs and sunfish around deep holes near wing dykes, logs, and incoming rivers and streams. Freshwater Drum – Good: Anglers are catching drum on worms.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers continue to have success catching channel catfish on various baits such as dip baits, worms, and cutbait. Try in the deeper slack water areas below wing dikes and drift piles. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead fishing continues to be good in and near deeper slack water holes, near logs, incoming rivers and streams, and rocky habitat. Flatheads bite best on live baits such as chubs, bullheads, and sunfish. Freshwater Drum – Good: Anglers are catching drum on worms.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb., is 21.45 feet/ 31,500 CFS. The Missouri River is up .45 feet from last week. Water temperature is 73 degrees.