Read Lake and Fishing Reports from the Missouri Department of Conservation and South Fork Resort.
Missouri Department of Conservation
(Reported on 6/12/18)
Water Surface Temp: 80°
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Largemouth Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Lake level is at 605.91ft.; surface temps are between 78-82 depending on what time of day and where you are on the lake; white bass are good on the points and mounds of the lake; crappie are good on jigs and minnows; catfish are good on cut bait and shad fish; largemouth bass are good on soft plastics and crankbaits; all other species are slow.
South Fork Resort Blog
Lake level is 605.7. Water temp is mostly in the low 80’s. Secchi disc readings are: Southfork- 24″, 107- 24″, Rt U- 25″.
CRAPPIE: Bite is tougher right now with the crappie in the post spawn stage working their way to the summer stage. I would think that bite should be pretty solid in the next week or so, at least on some parts of the lake. That’s is the great thing about this lake, they are not in the same stage all over the lake at the same time. Even now there are some decent fish being caught already in the summer pattern, ie bridge piers, timber, bluffs. I would start by finding brush piles in the 10-20 FOW range and fish about 10 feet down. Chartreuse/white bodies should produce and crappie nibbles will surely help. There are some limits being caught…patience is the name of the game right now.
BASS: Laregemouth bite has slowed as those fish are also now coming off the beds. As with crappie, you are sure to find some of them already onto their summer pattern, so deeper timber and main lake points are good starting points. Whites are starting to show up on the islands and humps.
CATFISH: There are some channel cats biting as usual, but mostly the blues and flatheads seem to be holed up. As is normal on this lake, there are some still out there ready to bite, but not as many as usual.