Largemouth Bass fishing should be good in 2016. Sampling data from 2014 indicated that approximately 33 percent of bass were greater than 15 inches and 66 percent were above 12 inches. In addition, as a result of the high water levels throughout the spring and summer of 2013, there is a large year class of fish that will be in the 12-15 inch range this year. That year class should provide good bass fishing in the years to come. A 12-15 inch protected slot length limit helps provide excellent catch-and-release fishing on Fellows Lake.
Muskellunge sampling was conducted in March of 2015. Based on sample data, muskie fishing at Fellows should be good in 2016. Data from last year indicated that 32 percent of the population is greater than 36 inches (legal harvest size) and 19 percent of the population exceeds 40 inches. This is the highest percentage of fish over 40 inches observed in a muskie survey on Fellows Lake since 2004. The largest fish observed during last year's sampling was 44.8 inches. Show-Me Muskie Program anglers fishing for muskies in 2014 encountered a muskie every 4.5 hours and it took anglers 21.6 hours of fishing to catch a muskie 36" or longer. This was the lowest number of hours needed to catch a legal fish in the state in 2014. Sample data and fishing reports create a positive outlook for muskie fishing in 2016, as the populations seems to have recovered from the high water temperatures and extremely low lake levels during the 2012 drought. 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 or walleye. 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 inches. 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 inches. 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 inches. Crappie greater than 14 inches occasionally provide anglers with a memorable catch. Bluegill fishing will be fair this year, but most will range from 4-6 inches. Sampling data from 2014 indicated that quality size bluegill (above 6 inches) make up about 20 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.