Bushwhacker Lake


Driving directions: Take Highway 43, 2.5 miles south of Brounaugh to Zodiac Road. Go east on Zodiac road one mile.

Annual Prospects Report

Driving Directions:

Take Highway 43, 2.5 miles south of Brounaugh to Zodiac Road.  Go east on Zodiac Road one mile.

Largemouth bass are very abundant at the 157-acre Bushwhacker Lake, but most are smaller than 15 inches. Anglers are encouraged to harvest their limit of 6 bass less than 12 inches long per day. A slot length limit protects 12 to 15 inch bass from harvest. Sampling indicates anglers can expect 7 to 8 inch bluegill. Redear sunfish continue to do well and anglers can find good numbers up to nine or ten inches. Fishing shoreline areas and coves during April and May with small spinners and small crank baits, such as artificial crayfish, is a productive method to catch both bass and sunfish. Once shallow waters become warm in June and July, anglers may be more successful using worms and slip bobbers around flooded trees. White and black crappie exist in the lake, but black are more abundant. Anglers are encouraged to harvest their daily limit of 30 crappie per day. Crappie angling is best using minnows and jigs during April and May. Channel catfish angling should be good especially in early summer. The lake received a stocking of over 3000 channel catfish in 2015 and 2013.  Catfish anglers should try using stink baits or chicken livers, and fishing from the jetties or the dam in the evening. The daily limit for channel catfish is 4.

Bushwhacker Lake


Kansas City


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Best Bets

From annual prospecting surveys

The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.