Fellows Lake

 

Driving directions: Four miles north of Springfield on Highway 65, 0.5 mile west on Route AA, then north on Farm Road 197. Fellows Lake is in Greene County and offers diverse, close-to-home fishing opportunities. A disabled user accessible fishing dock is located on the northeast arm of the lake, and a two-lane boat ramp with disabled access and courtesy dock is located at the marina area. Springfield City Utilities owns Fellows Lake and requires an annual motorized boat permit ($35), annual non-motorized permit ($25) or a daily permit ($10) which may be purchased at the marina. Boat motors are limited to 40 horsepower or less. Over 30 fish attractors (brush piles) continue to provide good areas to catch fish. Fifteen of these brush piles were replenished in 2009, 6 in 2011 and 7 in 2012. Also, several PVC pipe habitat structures were placed around the disabled user fishing dock in 2009 and 2010. For a detailed contour map and fish attractor locations, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation (417-895-6880) or check the MDC website: http://mdc.mo.gov/node/9334 for an online map.

Annual Prospects Report

Largemouth bass fishing should good in 2014. Sampling data from 2012 indicated that approximately 31 percent of bass were greater than 15" and 75 percent were above 12".  High water levels throughout the spring and summer of 2013 created optimal habitat for bass spawning and recruitment.  That year class should provide good fishing in the years to come.  A 12"-15" protected slot length limit helps provide excellent catch-and-release fishing.

Muskellunge sampling in 2013 was difficult due to high water conditions at the lake.  Based on sample data, Muskie fishing at Fellows should be fair in 2014. Data from 2013 indicated that 23 percent of the population is greater than 36" (legal harvest size) and 5 percent of the population exceeds 40". No fish over 42" were observed during 2013 sampling.  Extreme drought conditions and low lake levels at Fellows Lake during 2012 created prolonged periods of stressful conditions for muskies, especially the larger fish.  It is expected that these conditions will have some short-term effects on the size structure of the population.  Show-Me Muskie anglers fishing for muskies in 2012 encountered a muskie every 2.5 hours and it took anglers 21 hours to catch a muskie 36" or longer. Expect best muskie fishing success on overcast, rainy days during the fall or early spring months when water temperature is below 70 degrees F. Fish large spinners, bucktails, or crank baits near brush structure or weed beds. Muskies are occasionally caught as anglers fish for largemouth bass. Careful handling of both sub-legal and legal muskie at the water's surface will increase their chances for survival. Fishing for muskie during summer months when water temperature is warmer will likely decrease the chance for survival of released muskie.

Channel catfish remain abundant throughout the lake and range from 10"-20". Preferred baits include chicken livers, nightcrawlers, prepared baits, and cut bait. Walleye and crappie anglers should expect fair fishing success. Walleye can be caught fishing gravel points in the spring, the backs of coves in the summer using crappie jigs, nightcrawlers, or minnows, and trolling deep-diving crankbaits across main lake points. The minimum length limit for walleye is 15". Minnows and tube jigs are the preferred baits for crappie anglers in and around brush piles and vegetation. Both white crappie and black crappie are present with most fish ranging from 8"-11". Crappie greater-than 14" occasionally provide anglers with a memorable catch. Bluegill fishing will be fair this year, but most will range from 4"-6". Sampling data from 2012 indicated that quality size bluegill (above 6") make up 25 percent of the population. Small pieces of worms and a bobber make an excellent rig for children to catch this species. Low densities of redear sunfish and white bass are also present in the lake.

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