11/4/19 Prospect Report: Wappapello Lake

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Wappapello lake is a 8,400 acre reservoir that offers a variety of fishing opportunities.  Crappie fishing should be fair to good in 2020.  Anglers can expect approximately 20 percent of the white crappie they catch to be over 9-inches. There is a good number of white crappie in the 10 to 13-inch range.  A majority of the black crappie in the lake will range from 5 to 8.5 inches. A new regulation for crappie was implemented in the spring of 2019.  The daily limit is 30 crappie, but no more than 15 fish can be over 9 inches.  Anglers are encouraged to keep the slow growing black crappie they catch to help improve the fishery.  In the spring, anglers should target crappie in shallow areas around brush piles or on shallow flats. In the fall and winter, crappie can be found cruising large flats adjacent to the old St. Francis River channel or in some of the larger creek arms. A bass electrofishing survey was not conducted in the spring of 2019 due to high water, however the largemouth bass population should be good again in 2020.  Anglers should target largemouth bass in the spring in shallow areas along rocky banks and in shallow water around structure in the summer. Anglers should target white bass in the spring on the northern end of the lake as they move up the St. Francis River.  Anglers can also be successful pursuing schooling white bass and largemouth bass that are chasing shad during the summer months.  Bluegill fishing is fair, with many of the fish in the 6 to 8-inch range. Sunfish anglers can also expect to catch redear sunfish, warmouth, green sunfish, and longear sunfish. Anglers can expect good numbers of quality channel catfish and some flathead catfish again in 2020. Anglers should expect abundant channel catfish ranging in size from 15 to 24 inches.  Many anglers are successful using jugs or trotlines for both species of catfish. For additional information pertaining to the lake please call the phone number above or email Dave Knuth at dave.knuth@mdc.mo.gov.