10/15/18 Prospect Report: Blind Pony Lake

Associated Area

Driving Directions

Blind Pony Lake (195 acres) is the water supply for the Missouri Department of Conservation's Blind Pony Hatchery.  Blind Pony Lake is located on Pony Creek in a prairie region between Marshall and Sweet Springs.  To get to the lake from I-70 Exit 66 (Sweet Springs), go north on MO-127 for 0.8 miles, then go northeast (right) on MO-ZZ.  Proceed 5.7 miles to the conservation area.  

 

Largemouth bass fishing should be good.  Many of the fish should be greater than 15 inches.  Try fishing near felled trees, riprap embankments, and brush piles. Crappie fishing should be good, fishing tube jigs under a bobber anywhere from the south jetty up to the north jetty in late March and early April. Fish around submerged trees during summer months, and closer to the bank again when temperatures begin to cool in the fall.  Most of the fish will be around 8.5 inches with a few greater than 10 inches.  Bluegill can be caught all year with worms or small jigs.  They are very numerous and will be 4 to 6 inches in length with some over 7.   Redear sunfish fishing should be fair.  Most of the fish will be around 9 inches with some over 10 inches.  Fishing for channel catfish should be good, using prepared baits at the jetties and fishing dock.  Spring sampling showed most Channel catfish between 15 to 19 inches in length.  There will also be a strong showing of less than 12-inch channel catfish following stockings in the fall of 2018. The channel catfish population is maintained by regular stocking by the Department of Conservation.  Bullhead numbers are down from the previous years.  None were captured in sampling efforts by staff. Fishing for bullhead will likely be poor.

 

There are several regulations in place that will lessen the chances of an accidental introduction of zebra mussels into Blind Pony Lake. Zebra mussels are an invasive species that have caused numerous problems in other states and would be very disruptive for the hatchery if they were introduced into Blind Pony Lake. Private boats are prohibited on this lake; boats and oars for use on the lake are provided free of charge on a first come, first served basis, and anglers may use their own electric trolling motors on MDC boats. Anglers will be required to supply their own flotation devices. In addition, bait transported or held in containers with water is prohibited.