10/30/18 Prospect Report: Jerry P. Combs Lake

Associated Area

Driving Directions

Jerry P. Combs Lake is 5 miles east of Kennett on Hwy 84, located on the Little River Conservation Area.

Jerry P. Combs Lake is a 150-acre lake located on Little River CA in Dunklin and Pemiscot County, five miles east of Kennett.  Largemouth bass fishing should be poor in 2019.  The number of fish continues to be low, but the size should be good.  Electrofishing surveys showed no substantial increases in numbers.  Sizes of most bass surveyed fall within 18-21 inches.  This year numerous artificial fish habitat structures were added to the lake.  Maps showing the fish habitat structures locations can be obtained by calling the number above or by emailing Salvador Mondragon at Salvador.Mondragon@mdc.mo.gov.

White and black crappie numbers have declined from previous years.  Quality size crappie exist.  White Crappie is the dominant crappie species.  Bluegill numbers have also declined but anglers can still expect to catch a few fish between 6-7 inches with an occasional reaching 9-10 inches.  Bluegill  anglers will have success using bobbers and baited hooks with worms or crickets, fishing from the bank during spawning months of May and June.  Channel catfish are plentiful and remains the best bet with average size of 13-16 inches and an occasional 20 inch fish.  While fishing for Channel Catfish anglers should fish with cut baits, stinkbaits, or nightcrawlers to be successful.  Anglers should note the daily limit for catfish is four fish.