Blind Pony Lake

 

Associated Area(s)

 Driving directions: From Sweet Springs at I-70, go north one mile on Highway 127, then east 6.5 miles on Route ZZ. Blind Pony Lake (195 acres) is the water supply for the Missouri Department of Conservation's Blind Pony Hatchery. Blind Pony Lake is located on Pony Creek in a prairie region between Marshall and Sweet Springs. There are several regulations in place that will lessen the chances of an accidental introduction of zebra mussels into Blind Pony Lake. Zebra mussels are an invasive species that have caused numerous problems in other states and would be very disruptive for the hatchery if the species were introduced into Blind Pony Lake. Private boats are prohibited on Blind Pony Lake Conservation Area; boats and oars for use on Blind Pony Lake are provided free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Boaters may use their own electric trolling motors. Boater will be required to supply their own floatation devices. In addition, bait transported or held in containers with water is prohibited on the area. 

Annual Prospects Report

Driving Directions:

Blind Pony Lake (195 acres) is the water supply for the Missouri Department of Conservation's Blind Pony Hatchery.  Blind Pony Lake is located on Pony Creek in a prairie region between Marshall and Sweet Springs.  To get to the lake from I-70 Exit 66 (Sweet Springs), go north on MO-127 for 0.8 miles, then go northeast (right) on MO-ZZ.  Proceed 5.7 miles to the conservation area.  

 

The size structure and numbers of fish in Blind Pony Lake are similar to last year. Largemouth bass fishing should be fair.  Many of the fish should be greater than 15 inches.  Crappie fishing should be good, fishing tube jigs from the south jetty up to the boat ramp in late March and early April.  Most of the fish will be around 8 inches with a few greater than 10 inches.  Bluegill are numerous but small.  Redear sunfish fishing should be fair.  Most of the fish will be around 9 inches.  Fishing for channel catfish should be good, using prepared baits at the jetties and fishing dock but most of the fish will be less than 15 inches.  The channel catfish population is maintained by regular stocking by the Department of Conservation.  Bullhead numbers are down from the previous year.  Most of the fish are greater than 9 inches.  Fishing for bullhead should be fair.

 

There are several regulations in place that will lessen the chances of an accidental introduction of zebra mussels into Blind Pony Lake. Zebra mussels are an invasive species that have caused numerous problems in other states and would be very disruptive for the hatchery if they were introduced into Blind Pony Lake. Private boats are prohibited on this lake; boats and oars for use on the lake are provided free of charge on a first come, first served basis, and anglers may use their own electric trolling motors on MDC boats. Anglers will be required to supply their own floatation devices. In addition, bait transported or held in containers with water is prohibited.

Latest Report

crappie fair in shallow water fishing from the bank using tube jigs of any color under a bobber with a 1 - 4' leader; the lake is closed to private boats; bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited; please return boats available for use (at no charge) to the shoreline storage area when done; boats left elsewhere on the lake are unavailable for others to use.

Water Surface Temp

76º

Water Type

muddy

Water Level (Range)

normal

Prospect

Fair
Blind Pony Lake

Region

Central

Information

573-815-7900
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Best Bets

From annual prospecting surveys

The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.