According to the 2017 spring electrofishing survey, anglers fishing for largemouth bass and spotted bass should continue to have success in 2018. 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, 28 percent of the largemouth bass we captured were greater-than-or-equal-to 15 inches. Fifteen percent of the bass we captured were greater-than-or-equal to 18 inches. Spotted bass up to 17 inches are present, especially along bluff banks. Clearwater Lake has no minimum length limit for black bass. White Crappie fishing in 2018 should be good due to the large gizzard shad (prey) spawn in 2017. Nine and ten inch white crappie should be fairly common, but fish up to 13 inches are present. 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 Webb Creek 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.