Mark Twain Lake Fishing Report – 5/31/18


Read Lake and Fishing Reports from the Missouri Department of Conservation and South Fork Resort.

From the
Missouri Department of Conservation
(Reported on 5/29/18)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78°
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy

Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
White Bass: Good

Lake level is at 606.02ft.; lake is at normal pool and warming; surface temps are between 76-80 degrees depending on where you are on the lake; water is still dingy from the rains we had received but starting to clear up; catfish are good on shad bait; crappie are good and have moved off of the banks; crappie are biting on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass are good on crankbaits and soft plastics; white bass are good and biting out on the points and mounds of the lake; all other species are slow.

From the
South Fork Resort Blog
Update 5/31/18
by Ron

Lake level is at 605.8. Secchi disc readings are Southfork- 18″, Rt U- 20″, 107- 18″. Obviously it is clearing up some now. Water temp is low 80’s.

CRAPPIE: Th easy spawn fishing bite is pretty well past us now, though there are still some fish being caught on the banks and some females still carrying eggs. As usual, this part can stretch out for several more weeks. The bulk of the fish are starting to transition to the summer pattern bite where they will relate to timber, brushpiles, etc in deeper water. You can still catch them, but you will have to work harder to find them as they are on the move. Start where you caught them during the spawn and fish towards known deep cover or channels. Blue/white, black/chartreuse, chartreuse/white are good colors to start. Minnows and/or nibbles are good additions.

CATFISH: Channel cats are active and biting as are flatheads and blues. Lots of 20# plus flatheads and blues are being caught. Goldfish, perch, and bullheads or shad are working.

BASS: Largemouth are getting into their spawn and can be caught near the banks. There are some whites being caught as well.