Lake Girardeau

 

Driving directions: Seven miles west of Jackson on Highway 34, go six miles south on Route U. Watch for signs. 

Annual Prospects Report

Driving Directions:

Seven miles west of Jackson on Highway 34, go six miles south on Route U. Watch for signs. 

Largemouth bass remain very abundant at Lake Girardeau, but most are less than 12 inches.  A few bass over six pounds are present.  Bass reproduction and survival has been very good, so in 2018 anglers are encouraged to harvest up to their daily limit of six bass below 12 inches to allow those remaining fish to grow larger.  They may be found along the outer edges of aquatic vegetation such as water willow and other floating leaf vegetation in the spring and summer. Bluegill angling should be good with a few fish larger than 8 inches.  Redear sunfish fishing should continue to be good.  Fish 7-10 inches are abundant, and master angler-size fish are also common.  Anglers should target these along shallow water and shoreline vegetation during the spawning months of May and June.  Channel Catfish are also a good bet and are stocked annual at 30 per acre.  Preferred baits include chicken livers, nightcrawlers, prepared baits, and cut bait.  The black crappie population continues to consist of low-density high quality population with reports of several fish being caught greater than 12 inches.  Crappie angling is best using minnows or jigs during April and May.

Latest Report

bluegill and red-ear sunfish fair on crickets; black bass fair on soft plastics and swim baits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.

Water Surface Temp

81º

Water Type

clear

Water Level (Range)

normal

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Slow

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Fair
Other species:
Lake Girardeau

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.