Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fishing Report

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fishing Report

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Baldwin: Near normal level. Clear. Two generators were running Thursday. 83 degrees. Roads around the lake and the launch ramp are clear. Hybrid stripers: Good on live bait in the afternoons at the hot water outlet. Bluegill: Good on wax worms along the north levee. Many are small. Catfish: Good on various baits from the north levee. Few anglers have been out on the lake this week.

Barkley, Kentucky: Water flow has been minimal in both tailrace areas. Sauger: Fair to good on minnows and jigs for both bank and boat anglers. Some sauger also are being caught in the two lakes by anglers fishing dropoffs at 10-15 feet with minnows. Catfish: Excellent below the dams. Crappie: A few anglers are catching crappie in the lakes on minnow rigs over cover at 15 feet.

Bull Shoals: 7.8 feet below power pool and rising slowly. 46-52 degrees. Clear. Bass: Few anglers have been out this week because of the heavy snow. A few bass are being caught, though, on crank baits on steep, rocky banks. Crappie: Good for anglers who can catch them with jigs on 4-pound line at 5-15 feet.

Carlyle: With all the bait shops closed, no fishing report is available. For lake conditions call the Corps of Engineers hotline at (618) 594-4637.

Coffeen: Three feet low. Clear. 50-70 degrees. The plant has been running at full power and most of the fishing has been on the hot water side of the lake Crappie: Good on minnows and jigs at 8 feet. Catfish: Fair on various baits. Most are small. Bass: Fair to good on topwaters, crank and spinner baits in the hot water area.

Lake of the Ozarks: About three feet below normal. Clear. 46 degrees. Some ramps and roads are icy. Bass: Good on spinner baits, Hula Grubs, jig & pig, Rogues and Wiggle Warts around docks at 2-15 feet along banks with cover. Crappie: Good to excellent in brush at 6-12 feet on minnows and jigs. About 60 percent of the crappie are keepers (9 inches). Heated docks have had fair to good fishing, though most of the fish are sub-legal. …

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