According to the 2018 spring electrofishing survey, largemouth bass and spotted bass anglers should continue to have success in 2019. The largemouth bass population is in excellent shape and anglers will have a great opportunity to catch bass greater-than-or-equal-to 15 inches. During our spring survey, 34 percent of the largemouth bass we captured were greater-than-or-equal-to 15 inches. Spotted bass up to 17 inches are present, especially along bluff banks. Clearwater Lake has no minimum length limit for black bass. Crappie fishing in 2019 should be good due to the excellent shad spawns in 2017 and 2018. During the 2018 survey, we saw lots of White crappie 9 to 11inches long along with a few 13-inch fish. Clearwater Lake has no minimum length limit on crappie. Clearwater Lake supports a good white bass population. In April and early May, white bass migrate up the Black River to spawn; the best fishing is upstream of Bluff View Marina. White bass of 1-3 pounds are common. Channel catfish are common, throughout the lake. Flathead catfish are also present in the lake in low numbers.
Each spring, Corps of Engineers and Missouri Department of Conservation staffs construct several large, hardwood brush piles in the lake. These brush piles always hold good numbers of bass and crappie. Maps showing the brush pile locations can be obtained by calling the number above or by emailing Paul Cieslewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.