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4/7/2016 Kansas City Area and Northwest Missouri Fishing Report

Kansas City Area Fishing ReportThis is the fishing report for the Kansas City area and Northwest Missouri from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

View a searchable version of the weekly fishing report and the annual fishing prospects at http://fishing.mdc.mo.gov.

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky bass) may not be possessed from March 1 through the Friday before the fourth Saturday in May. During those dates all black bass in those streams must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. For details see Chapter 6 of the “Wildlife Code of Missouri.”

PLEASE CHECK REGULATIONS CAREFULLY: Special regulations may apply to designated portions of water bodies; some baits and lures may not be legal for all portions.

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
white bass and hybrid striped bass fair; crappie fair; all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/5/16)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
Black bass: Fair on plastic worms near brush; channel catfish fair on cut bait or worms; crappie good near brush piles and weedbeds using tube jigs and minnows; bluegill and redear sunfish fair; trout slow, try using Power Baits and small jigs. (Reported on: 4/5/16)

Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
black bass and hybrid striped bass fair: all other species fair; very light fishing pressure.
(Reported on: 4/5/16)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
white bass and hybrid striped bass fair; all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/5/16)

Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
white bass fair; crappie fair using jigs and minnows; crappie are staging at present; catfish are good using cut shad; all other species are fair.
(Reported on: 4/5/16)

Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Walleye: Fair
white bass and hybrids good using spoons and tube jigs; crappie fair using crappie jigs; catfish fair using cut shad; walleye fair using tube jigs; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/5/16)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
water level is rising; blue catfish slow, try using cut baits; channel catfish slow, try using worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/5/16)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Slow
channel catfish good on cut baits; walleye slow and moving off dam from spawn; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/6/16)

Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bullhead : Good
largemouth bass up to 7 pound range good on deep cover adjacent to shallow flat areas on crayfish pattern jig and pig offerings; slow-rolling, darker-colored large spinnerbaits are also catching fish; channel catfish good on cut baits and nightcrawlers fishing the wind swept flats; bullheads are being caught on nightcrawlers on the same flats.
(Reported on: 4/6/16)

Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
walleye fair, moving off dam to recuperate from spawn; black bass fair with some big fish caught on jerk baits; crappie fair, not staging yet but some being caught over medium brush; catfish fair on cut baits.
(Reported on: 4/6/16)

Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
crappie slow; channel catfish slow, try using cut baits; black bass slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/16)

Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Walleye: Fair
crappie fair; catfish fair; black bass fair; white bass slow with a few being caught in the upper end of the lake; walleye fair at the dam.
(Reported on: 4/6/16)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: -none-
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/16)

Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish good on worms; blue catfish fair on cut baits; carp fair on worms.
(Reported on: 4/6/16)

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