Council Bluff Lake

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Annual Prospects Report

This 440-acre lake, located on Mark Twain National Forest in Iron County, boasts the best redear sunfish population in the region. Fish 7"-10" are very abundant (Master Angler fish = 10"), although 11"-12" fish are not uncommon. These fish are most readily caught during the spring and early summer on small worms or crickets. Due to very clear water, fish are often found deeper than in other lakes, even during the spawn. Fish for redear sunfish on the bottom in water 4"-15' deep, targeting points and the mouths of coves. Bluegill are less abundant but of quality size also, 7"-9" fish can be found in the lake's abundant submerged timber. Look for redear sunfish and bluegill spawning beds in shallow water in May and June. Although they average 12"-18", largemouth bass are abundant. They can be challenging to catch in the clear water requiring finesse and light tackle. Using topwater lures in the very late evening and early morning are often is successful. Channel catfish are stocked annually. Angling should continue to be good for catfish up to 20". There is a concrete boat ramp off Highway DD and a gravel ramp off Highway 32.

Latest Report

largemouth bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
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Council Bluff Lake

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