10/25/18 Prospect Report: Blue Springs Lake

Associated Area

Driving Directions

On Highway 291/I-470 south of I-70, take the Lakewood/Bowlin Road exit, turn east, follow Bowlin Road until it ends at the lake and marina.

The hybrid striped bass population at the lake is one of the best kept secrets in the Kansas City area. Over 7,000 young hybrids are stocked annually to maintain the population. Trolling or looking for schooling fish on the surface chasing shad are the best methods for locating hybrids. Once they are located you can cast deep diving lures or jigging spoons to the area.  Anglers should also look for schooling hybrids at the upper end of the lake, near the Lake Jacomo spillway, when water is flowing into Blue Springs Lake.  The dam and windy main lake points in late summer and early fall can be very productive.  Wind driven banks can hold hybrids just off shore as they pursue shad.  Also, watch for hybrids hitting shad on the main lake side of the Woods Chapel bridge most of the season. Fish 10 pounds and larger are not uncommon, so heavier fishing gear should be used.

Channel catfish provide excellent fishing from April through October.  Only rod and reel fishing is allowed.  Fish on the flats near Woods Chapel Road or along the dam in June. Prepared baits work well most of the year but live bait along the dam in June is very effective.  The largemouth bass population continues to improve. Reduced carp numbers have allowed bass reproduction to be much more successful the last five years. Bass hatched the first year following the carp die-off are now legal length.  Anglers should concentrate their efforts along the outside edges of the weed beds and in the fallen timber east of Woods Chapel Road. Lay down trees along the main lake shoreline seem to always hold fish. In the fall, try the dropoffs on the main lake and the channels in the coves.

Black crappie are smaller and more abundant than white crappie but fish over 10 inches are fairly common for both species. Most black crappie are less than 9 inches in length but there are good year classes of crappie that will be over 9 inches by fall of 2019.  Fish the standing timber and brush piles during all times of the year except the spawning season.  During the spawning season, gravel banks and steep cut banks can hold lots of fish.  In the fall, crappie move shallow again feeding heavily before winter. Common carp numbers are much lower since the die off in 2012. This has improved the fishery for other species, especially largemouth bass. Anglers are encouraged to keep the carp they catch.  The flathead catfish population is well established and fish in the 40 pound plus range are available.  Live bait is a necessity when fishing for large flatheads and green sunfish can be caught in the rocks along the dam for fresh, lively bait.  Fish the standing timber along the edges of the channels and in the mouth of the timbered coves.

Eurasian water milfoil continues to be the dominant species of aquatic vegetation in the lake. To help avoid spreading this invasive plant, take care to wash water milfoil from boats and trailers before transporting to other waterbodies. Anglers should also take care when moving from lake to lake to disinfect their boats to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  Zebra mussels were discovered in Blue Springs Lake in 2017.  Please clean and drain and dry your boat before taking it to another lake.