Read Lake and Fishing Reports from the Missouri Department of Conservation and South Fork Resort.
Missouri Department of Conservation
(Reported on 4/18/18)
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Blue Catfish: Good
Lake level is at 606.39 (606 is normal) and dropping; water is dingy from recent rain and snow runoff and temperature is cool for this time of year between 45-49 degrees depending on where you are on the lake; blue catfish are good on shad fish; crappie are picking up but are still fair for the time of season; all other species are slow.
South Fork Resort Blog
Lake level is 606.5 and steady. Water temp is mid 40’s. Secchi disc readings are 6″ at Southfork ramp, 8″ at Route U ramp, and 9″ at 107 ramp.
CRAPPIE: There are a few crappie being caught shallow on days with some sunshine, but most people that are having success are catching them in about 20-25 FOW. Some days near the bottom and some days near the top, but mostly about 12 feet down. At least I would start there and adjust up or down based on your electronics. Slow is probably the best right now.
CATFISH: Blues and channel cats are starting to bite. We saw a 42# blue this week and heard of a 36# blue caught during a tournament this past weekend. Shad is a good way to go and the 42 was caught on a bullhead.
BASS: No word yet on any catches.