Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

 

Driving directions: The main entrance is nine miles north of Puxico on Highway 51. Fishing Pool #1 is a unique experience because of the extensive amounts of aquatic vegetation present. The aquatic vegetation can make navigation and fishing very difficult, but this vegetation is the primary reason for the excellent fish populations that exist in the lake. To create open water areas, Fisheries personnel applied aquatic herbicides along the south levee in May 2013.

Annual Prospects Report

Driving Directions:

From Puxico, take Highway 51 north 9 miles to the main entrance.

Pool #1 is a unique experience because of the extensive amounts of aquatic vegetation present.  The aquatic vegetation can make navigation and fishing very difficult, but this vegetation is the primary reason for the excellent fish populations that exist in the lake.  To create open water areas, Fisheries personnel annually apply aquatic herbicides.  In June 2017, the area adjacent to the NE boat ramp was treated.  This area should remain open until late August 2018.  In June 2018, the aquatic herbicide plan calls for two large herbicide treatments in the south end of the lake.  The areas around the SE and SW fishing docks will be treated.  For additional information pertaining to our herbicide treatments, please call the phone number above or paul.cieslewicz@mdc.mo.gov.

Black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, and warmouth and anglers should have good success in 2018.  Crappie fishing should be good, with fish greater than 10 inches common.  The best crappie fishing occurs in April as the water temperature approaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  Sunfish angling should also be good, with large fish greater than 9 inches being common.  The best time to fish for bluegill, redear sunfish, and warmouth is during May and June. During this time, many sunfish anglers use crickets or jigs.  Because of the crystal clear water, anglers need to use light (4 pounds) fishing line.

Largemouth bass population is good.  You may not catch many bass, but the bass you catch should be large.  During our spring 2017 electrofishing survey, 27 percent of the bass we collected were greater than 15 inches.  The chain pickerel population is underutilized and Master Angler size pickerel (23 inches) are fairly common.  The best pickerel fishing is in February, March, and April.  You should use spinnerbaits, other weedless lures, or large minnows.

Latest Report

redear sunfish fair on jigs and crickets 4 foot depth; crappie slow on jigs, minnow and crickets 4 foot depth; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbait 2 foot depth.

Water Surface Temp

55º

Water Type

clear

Water Level (Range)

normal

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Slow

Prospect

Fair
Other species:
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Region

Southeast

Information

573-290-5730
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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.