10/9/18 Prospect Report: Fellows Lake

Associated Area

Driving Directions

From Springfield, take Highway 65 north 4 miles, then Route AA west 0.5 mile, then Farm Road 197 north.

Largemouth bass fishing will be good in 2019. Sampling data in 2018 produced catch rates of 82 bass per hour, which is just below the long-term average of 83 fish per hour.  Sampling data from 2018 also indicated that approximately 26 percent of the bass sampled were greater than 15 inches and 78 percent were greater than 12 inches.  A 12-15-inch protected slot length limit helps provide excellent catch-and-release fishing on Fellows Lake.

Muskellunge sampling was conducted in March of 2018.  Based on sample data, muskie fishing at Fellows should be good in 2019. Data from last year indicated that 38 percent of the population is greater than 36 inches (legal harvest size) and almost 20 percent of the population exceeds 40 inches. This is the highest percentage of fish over 40 inches observed in Fellows Lake since 2004.  The largest fish observed during last year's sampling was 47 inches long and weighed 27 pounds.  Show-Me Muskie Program anglers fishing for muskies in 2017 reported the best overall catch rate and best catch rates of fish over 36" since 2001.  Program anglers encountered a muskie every 4.1 hours and spent on average 7.4 hours of fishing to catch a muskie 36 inches or longer.  Expect best muskie fishing success on overcast, rainy days during the fall or early spring months when water temperature is below 70 degrees F. Fish large spinners, bucktails, or crank baits near brush structure or weed beds. Muskies are occasionally caught as anglers fish for largemouth bass or walleye. Careful handling of both sub-legal and legal muskie at the water's surface will increase their chances for survival. Fishing for muskie during summer months when water temperature is warmer, will likely decrease the chance for survival of released muskie.

Crappie sampling was conducted in October of 2017.  Both white crappie and black crappie are present, however black crappie made up 97% of the population sampled last year, with most fish ranging from 8-10 inches. The crappie fishery in Fellows Lake is characterized by a low-density, fast-growing population.  Angling catch rates have been low in recent years; however, crappie greater than 14 inches do occur and occasionally provide anglers with a memorable catch.  Minnows and tube jigs are the preferred baits for crappie anglers in and around brush piles and vegetation.

Channel catfish can be found throughout the lake, however the densities are lower than in previous years. Preferred baits include chicken livers, nightcrawlers, prepared baits, and cut bait. Walleye anglers should expect fair fishing success. Walleye can be caught fishing gravel points in the spring, the backs of coves in the summer using crappie jigs, nightcrawlers, or minnows, and trolling deep-diving crankbaits across main lake points. The minimum length limit for walleye is 15 inches. Bluegill fishing will be fair this year, but most will range from 4-6 inches. Sampling data from 2018 indicated that quality-size bluegill (above 6 inches) make up about 14 percent of the population. Small pieces of worms and a bobber make an excellent rig for children to catch this species. Low densities of redear sunfish and white bass are also present in the lake.