Weekly Fishing Report
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION:
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Current water level at 626.29 (as of 7:30am 7/23/15); Be aware of floating debris in the water; Catfish have been good on cut baits and stinkbaits; black bass fair on soft plastics and topwater lures on the flooded banks; white bass good using shad at the top of the water; all other species slow.
Grass Carp: Good
Black Bass: Fair
For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation webpage.
FROM SOUTH FORK RESORT:
Lake level is at 626.4. Maybe we will have a few more ramps open this weekend. I will try to post here as they open. North Fork got a pretty good influx on Tuesday so might be more stained than the rest of the areas.
CRAPPIE: Still a tough bite, but there are some people catching decent fish as evidenced by the tournament weights this past weekend. My understanding is the best fishing was early in the morning. I believe a slip bobber might be your best bet as they seem to want the bait to sit very still. Dangle a minnow and a nibble in front of them long enough and they will take it sooner or later.
CATFISH: Reports of some blues and flatheads getting caught so it looks like they are coming off the nests. There are almost always channel cats biting somewhere. Try to rocky points with a crawler or stink bait for them.
BASS: I know of people catching quite a few decent fish, though as usual you can’t find out where and on what. I assume points would be a good place to start.
NOTES: Right now the open ramps are the high water ramps, South Fork, and Ray Behrens, though the last 2 do not have courtesy docks out. The amount of debris on the water has lessened quite a lot, but you still want to keep a careful eye out. If you are pulling a skier or tubing take a dry run around the are so you can see where the obstructions are located. Be safe!
For more information, visit South Fork Resort’s blog.
photo courtesy Cannon Dam General Store