Overall fishing on Pomme de Terre Lake should be very good. Excellent shad production during 2008-2013 continues to keep all game species growing at a fast rate and in very good condition. Black bass fishing should continue to be very good. There is a 13" minimum length limit for all black bass (largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass) at Pomme de Terre Lake. Results from recent spring fish surveys indicate several very strong year-classes of largemouth bass due to higher than normal spring lake levels. Many of the largemouth bass captured during spring surveys were between 12" and 17" in length. Approximately 50 percent of the largemouth bass population should reach or exceed the 13" minimum length limit. Crappie fishing should be excellent. Overall densities of black and white crappie increased dramatically in recent fall samples compared to previous years, with about 50 percent of the population exceeding the 9" minimum length limit and 30 percent exceeding 10". Bluegill angling should remain fair to good using nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish fishing will remain fair to good for channel and flathead catfish with nightcrawlers and cut shad being the choice baits. Angling for white bass continues to be poor as the population recovers from a die-off that occurred in the fall of 2009. It will take several years for white bass numbers to improve. However, it is encouraging that anglers started reporting an increase in the number of white bass caught in 2013. Muskie angling opportunities will continue to be good. Spring sampling results from 2013 showed higher than average numbers, with nearly 25 percent of all muskies exceeding the 36" minimum length limit and about 3 percent exceeding the 40" mark. Muskellunge are dubbed the fish of 10,000 casts due to the amount of time required to catch one. Anglers fishing for muskie must have a lot of patience and perseverance to be successful. Muskie fishing is typically best during the months of June, September and October at water temperatures between 60 degrees F and 70 degrees F. Muskie anglers should use heavy fishing tackle with a minimum of 30 lb. test line, a stiff rod and a 6" steel leader between the line and the lure. Large bucktails or plugs fished over shallow water humps or points are normally best for muskies. A cloudy, rainy, and slightly windy day or early and late on clear days usually produce the best muskie action. Walleye population densities are good due to past stockings. Many of the walleye exceed the 15" minimum length limit, and the opportunity to catch a legal-sized fish is good. Forty-one constructed brush piles distributed lakewide are marked with green "Fish Attractor" signs. Brush piles are typically placed in 10 to 30 feet of water at the normal lake level of 839 feet above mean sea level directly in front of the signs. Many other brush piles are not marked with signs. Maps showing the locations and GPS coordinates of each attractor can be obtained by visiting the Department of Conservation's website at: http://mdc.mo.gov/node/10182, or by using the free mobile app "Find MO Fish" http://mdc.mo.gov/node/15421.
Annual Prospects Report
black bass slow on plastic baits in 5' to 10' of water early in the morning; fish in 15' to 25' of water around points after 9a.m.; walleye slow while drifting flats with nightcrawlers on cloudy days in 13' of water; crappie slow on minnows and jigs around cover in 8' to 20' of water; channel catfish slow on trotlines and pole and line using crayfish or worms in 10' or 15' of water.