Read Lake and Fishing Reports from the Missouri Department of Conservation and South Fork Resort.
Missouri Department of Conservation
(Reported on 5/1/18)
Water Surface Temp: 54°
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Lake level is at 605.86 ft; lake is below normal pool but is starting to warm up; temps are between 52-56 degrees depending on where you are; water is still dingy form the rains and wind we had in the area; catfish are good on shad bait; crappie have started to bite and are good on minnows and light colored jigs; bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastics; all other species are slow.
South Fork Resort Blog
Lake level is 605.7. I did not get Secchi disc readings this week. I will today and post them. Water temp is mid 60’s.
CRAPPIE: They are in full spawn mode so on the banks for the most part. There have been many limits of nice size fish caught. 12″ fish are pretty common. Black/chartreuse, pink/black. blue/white, chartreuse/white, lots of color options but they seem to like the high contrast variety.
BASS: There are quite a few bass mixed in with the crappie. Fish the points. There are also some white bass mixed in with the crappie.
CATFISH: We are starting to see the flatheads come in and some nice blues as well. Shallow water flats seems to be working best. Goldfish or shad seems to be preferred.
NOTES: We are starting our weekend BBQ this Friday, May 4. Come on out.