10/16/15 Prospect Report: Council Bluff Lake

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This 440-acre lake, located on Mark Twain National Forest in Iron County, boasts one of the best redear sunfish population in the region. Fish 7-10 inches are abundant (Master Angler fish=10 inches), although 11-12 inches fish are found in the lake. These fish are most readily caught during the spring and early summer on small worms or crickets. Due to very clear water, fish are often found deeper than in other lakes, even during the spawn. Fish for redear sunfish on or near the bottom around woody cover and aquatic vegetation, targeting points and the mouths of coves. Bluegill are of quality size also with 7-9 inch fish found in the lake's abundant submerged timber and along shallow shorelines. Look for redear sunfish and bluegill spawning beds in shallow water in May and June. Although they average 12-18 inches, largemouth bass are abundant. They can be challenging to catch in the clear water requiring finesse and light tackle. Using topwater lures in the very late evening and early morning are often is successful. Channel catfish are stocked annually. Angling should continue to be good for catfish up to 20+ inches. There is a concrete boat ramp off Highway DD and a gravel ramp off Highway 32.