Read Lake and Fishing Reports from the Missouri Department of Conservation and South Fork Resort.
Missouri Department of Conservation
(Reported on 5/9/18)
Water Surface Temp: 64°
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Largemouth Bass: Good
Lake level is at 605.53ft.; lake is below normal pool and warming; surface temps in the afternoon are between 64-69 degrees depending on where you are; water is still dingy from the rains and wind we had in the area; catfish are good on shad bait; crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs up on the banks; largemouth bass are good on crankbaits and soft plastics; all other species are slow.
South Fork Resort Blog
Lake level is 605.5. Water temp is mid 60’s for the most part. Secchi disc readings are 10″ at Route U and South Fork and 8″ at 107.
CRAPPIE: Spawning bite is still on. There are a lot of nice limits coming from most of the arms of the lake. South Fork does seem to be the exception so far. Set your bobber at about 1 foot, or cast a jig to the bank and retrieve it slowly back to the boat. Minnows seem to be working the best, though a jig and nibble also works. Bright contrasting colors is the preferred choice right now….chartreuse/black, red/chartreuse, blue/white, and lots of other high contrast colors.
BASS: Largemouth fishing is pretty good right now. You can find them near the banks and on points. White bass are starting to show up in catches as well, though mostly incidental to crappie of largemouth fishing.
CATFISH: There are quite a few blues and some flatheads getting caught. Goldfish and bullheads are working for them, as are shad if you are good enough with a throw net to catch some. Shallow flats seems to be the ticket right now.