Pomme de Terre Reservoir

 

Annual Prospects Report

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 inch 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 inches and 18 inches in length. Approximately 40 percent of the largemouth bass population is greater than the 13 inches minimum length limit, and about 17 percent greater than 15 inches. 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 inch minimum length limit and 30 percent exceeding 10 inches.  Likely due to the high lake levels for much of the spring and summer in 2015, crappie were extremely successful at spawning and an outstanding number of young crappie were collected in the 2015 fall crappie sample. This should continue to provide excellent crappie fishing for the next 3-4 years. 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 is starting to improve as the population recovers from a die-off that occurred in the fall of 2009. A dramatic increase in the number of white bass was observed in 2015. Muskie fishing should be good in 2016. Spring sampling results from 2015 showed an increase in numbers of muskie. Good numbers of muskie are available ranging from 30 inches to 43 inches, with 36 percent of all muskies exceeding the 36 inch minimum length limit and about 14 percent greater than 40 inches. 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. The most recent data from Pomme de Terre Lake shows it takes a muskie angler about 10 hours of fishing to catch a muskie of any size and about 27 hours to catch a muskie greater than 36 inches. Muskie anglers should use heavy fishing tackle with a minimum of 30 pound test line, a stiff rod and a 6 inch 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 inch 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 10-30 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.

Latest Report

catfish good on stinkbaits; white bass fair off of points and over flats; black bass fair on plastic baits in 15' of water; crappie fair on minnows in 15' - 20' of water near structure; all other species slow.

Water Surface Temp

82º

Water Type

clear

Water Level (Range)

falling

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Good

Prospect

Fair
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

Best Bets

From annual prospecting surveys

The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.