Overall fishing on Pomme de Terre Lake should be very good. Excellent shad production over the past few years 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 a high density bass population currently exists. Many of the largemouth bass captured during spring surveys were between 13" and 17" in length. Approximately 40 percent of the largemouth bass population should reach or exceed the 13" minimum length limit. Crappie fishing should be excellent. Overall densities of black crappie 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 catfish 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 continue to report an increase in the number of white bass caught in 2014. Muskie angling opportunities will continue to be good. Spring sampling results from 2014 showed good numbers of muskie from 30" to 40" inches, with 31 percent of all muskies exceeding the 36" minimum length limit. Muskie 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/fishing/places-fish/fish-attractors-map, or by using the free mobile app "Find MO Fish" http://mdc.mo.gov/mobile/mobile-apps/find-mo-fish.
Annual Prospects Report
black bass good on topwater lures early in the morning; fish with plastic baits around points in 15' - 25' of water; muskie good casting shallows with bucktails; walleye slow, best while drifting flats with nightcrawlers in 13' of water; crappie slow, best on minnows and jigs around cover in 8' - 20' of water; channel catfish slow, best on shad.