Largemouth bass numbers continue to improve slowly and the size structure is very good. Some very nice stringers of bass were weighed in during local tournaments. Anglers should concentrate on the edges of vegetation in the cooler months and deeper woody cover during the summer for best results. The shallower the fish, the faster and more aggressive the lure type you should use. Spinner baits, topwater and shallow running crankbaits can be fished quickly and induce aggressive strikes in the spring. Channel catfish numbers remain high, with an average size of around a pound. Nightcrawlers and prepared bait fished on shallow flats works well for channel cats. The high densities of channel catfish will provide plenty of good summer fishing. Anglers are encouraged to harvest their daily limit of 10 channel catfish.
Due to increased stocking efforts, the walleye numbers in Longview have increased and rebounded to levels similar to the early 1990's. The best time for anglers to catch these fish is along the dam or the east side of the lake when the fish move in to spawn in late March and early April. Walleye will feed heavily on the flats prior to spawning in late March and can be found on these same shallow points during overcast summer days. Walleye can also be caught by trolling during the summer months over underwater humps and along main lake points. Flats near a channel can be especially productive. Jigging along the edge of deep timber can also be effective in the summer. Crappie fishing will be similar to years past. Three quarters of the crappie are usually over eight inches, with almost half over nine inches. White crappie have a much better size structure so move locations if you are only catching small black crappie. Nice crappie are available, but there is also an abundance of smaller fish. Anglers should concentrate fishing efforts near rock banks and banks with fallen logs when the crappie are spawning in the spring. During summer and fall, anglers should fish around standing timber next to creek channels or submerged brush piles. Brush pile locations are available online in our interactive map and through our free MO Fishing app.
Common carp, while an undesirable component of the fishery, carp can provide abundant fishing opportunities at Longview. Use small single hooks and small chunks of dough bait in the backs of the coves starting in the late May. Fly fisherman can enjoy carp fishing when they are in the shallows from May through June. White bass are abundant and can often be caught by fishing windblown banks or points in summer and early fall. Try fishing with jigs, spoons, or any bait that imitates shad for best results. Trolling can be a good way to locate white bass. Flathead catfish are growing very well in Longview Lake. Sampling has shown natural reproduction is occurring with all sizes of fish found including some over 40 pounds. Flathead catfish prefer live baits and are found in rocky areas or areas with lots of brush. Fishing is limited to rod and reel only at Longview Lake.