Largemouth bass numbers continue to improve slowly and the size structure is very good. anglers may face a tougher challenge in 2021 for all species as increased pressure during Covid-19 lockdowns could have impacted populations. 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, but fish over 20 inches are available as well. 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 place and time for anglers to catch these fish is along the dam and 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 may be more difficult in 2021. Fall sampling showed fewer quality size crappie than normal. Nice crappie are still 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 Lake. 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, but schooling fish on windy points can be seen feeding on shad at the surface. When surface feeding white bass will take almost any lure but a 3" swim shad is always a good choice. 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 50 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.