If it's fish your after, then you'll get some of the best fishing around.
Lake Wappapello is home to some of Missouri's most popular game fish.
species include: White Crappie, Black Crappie and Largemouth Bass. Other
species that can be found are Channel Catfish, Flahead Catfish, Blue
Catfish, Kentucky (Spotted) Bass, White Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish,
Green Sunfish, Warmouth, Drum, Walleye and Gar.
CRAPPIE - Average size
ranges from 9 -11 inches with many good size keepers caught year round
in the 2 - 3 lbs. range. Black Crappie has increased in numbers and
now accounts for almost 40% of the population. While minnows are always
a "must have" for any Crappie fisherman, artificial lures
are also a good bet with the favorite being small tube jigs.
Crappie spawn at Wappapello Lake takes place between April and May with
the species seeking vegetation, sticks, logs and stumps for cover. In
general, shallow points and coves are ideal places for Crappie to spawn.
summer approaches, Crappie tend to move deeper and can be found in flats
near river channels. Crappie head to the shallows early morning and
late afternoon for better feeding opportunity.
Fall and winter Crappie fishing should concentrate on deeper depths
of 10 -12 feet. Cool weather causes this species to seek larger flats
located near river channels.
LARGEMOUTH BASS - If you
can't shake the winter blues and are just itching to go "Hawg Hunting"
then you'll be glad to know increases in catch frequency can start as
early as March. From March - May, crankbaits, Jerk baits, Rattle-Traps
and "jig-n-pigs" are favored. Spawn takes place in May with
the species prefering the ease and use of natural points for foraging
in and near the shallows.
the post spawn season and through summer, top-water lures are preferred.
Buzz-baits, torpedoes, crippled shads and other prop baits have always
proved successful in creating an impressive and explosive strike.
Spinnerbaits get plenty of work for fall bass fishing with emphasis
on chartreuse and white skirting. For Winter catches bends and edges
of channels are sought using 10 -15 ft. crankbaits while some prefer
a dark colored "pig-n-jig."
BASS - During
the annual spring spawn, White Bass can be found heading up the St.
Francis River system. As on any lake, Beetle-spins and jigs are the
weapons of choice.
CATFISH - Throughout
the year, limb, stump or trot-lining styles are frequently used with
varied baits such as: Chicken liver, cut baits, and full variety of
artificial stink baits. During spring spawn many fisherman can be found
near the front of the dam or spillway continuing the St. Francis River.
FISHING GUIDE SERVICES -
Either of these two experts can help teach you how to get strikes
and catches more frequently.
CHAONIA LANDING RESORT AND MARINA
2, Box 114
Williamsville, Missouri 63967