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 offers anglers a unique fishing 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 2018, herbicides were applied in the SE and SW corners of the pool.  These areas should remain open until August 2019.  In June 2019, we will apply herbicides adjacent to the NE and NW boat ramps.  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 anglers should have good success in 2019.  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.  The Pool #1 Largemouth bass population is good shape.  Anglers may not catch many bass, but the bass you catch should be large (>15").   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

Duck Creek Pool 1 is a foot below full pool; bluegill fair using crickets and small bug (spider) jigs 2.5 foot depth; largemouth bass fair using spinnerbaits and large minnows at two foot depths; redear sunfish fair on jigs and crickets at 2.5 foot depth; crappie slow, best on jigs, crickets, and minnows at 4 foot depth; all other species slow; NOTE: teal hunting started on September 8th; teal hunters can be north of the bridge on the east side and north of the water control structure on the west side; we have orange buoys across the lake to indicate where they are allowed to be at; fishermen should be aware of multiple uses during teal season.

Water Surface Temp

87º

Water Type

clear

Water Level (Range)

normal

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Slow
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.