Pomme de Terre Reservoir

 

Annual Prospects Report

Overall fishing on Pomme de Terre Lake should be very good. Steady or rising lake levels during the spring season over the last several years has allowed for excellent spawning conditions for nearly all species. Black bass fishing should continue to be very good. There is a 13-inch minimum length limit for all black bass (largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass) at Pomme de Terre Lake. Results from recent spring fish surveys indicate a high density bass population currently exists. Many of the largemouth bass captured during spring surveys were between 13 inches and 18 inches in length. More than half of the largemouth bass population is greater than the 13-inch minimum length limit, and about 21 percent greater than 15 inches. Crappie fishing should be excellent again this year. Overall densities of black crappie and white crappie continue to increase in fall samples.  Likely due to the high lake levels for much of the spring and summer in 2015, crappie were extremely successful at spawning and an outstanding number of young crappie were recruited to the population. This has resulted in an extremely high number of crappie that should be greater than the 9 inches (the minimum length limit) during the 2018 fishing season; this should also continue to provide excellent crappie fishing for the next 2-3 years. Bluegill angling should remain fair to good using nightcrawlers and crickets.

Catfish fishing will remain fair to good for channel catfish and flathead catfish with nightcrawlers and cut shad being the choice baits. Angling for white bass continues to improve as the population recovers from a die-off that occurred in the fall of 2009. Muskie fishing should be good in 2018. Spring sampling in 2017 resulted in average catch rates for muskie. Good numbers of muskie are available ranging from 37 inches to 41 inches, with 47 percent of all muskies exceeding the 36-inch minimum length limit and about 13 percent greater than 40 inches. Muskie are dubbed the fish of 10,000 casts due to the amount of time required to catch one. Anglers fishing for muskie must have a lot of patience and perseverance to be successful. Muskie fishing is typically best during the months of June, September and October at water temperatures between 60 degrees F and 70 degrees F. The most recent data from Pomme de Terre Lake shows it takes a muskie angler about 24 hours of fishing to catch a muskie of any size and about 40 hours to catch a muskie greater than 36 inches. Muskie anglers should use heavy fishing tackle with a minimum of 30 pound test line, a stiff rod and a 6-inch steel leader between the line and the lure. Large bucktails or plugs fished over shallow water humps or points are normally best for muskies. A cloudy, rainy, and slightly windy day or early and late on clear days usually produce the best muskie action.

Walleye population densities are good due to past stockings. Many of the walleye exceed the 15-inch minimum length limit, and the opportunity to catch a legal-sized fish is good. Recent sampling indicates good numbers of Walleye between 18 inches and 22 inches in length. Forty-one constructed brush piles distributed lakewide are marked with green "Fish Attractor" signs. Brush piles are typically placed in 10-30 feet of water at the normal lake level of 839 feet above mean sea level directly in front of the signs. Many other brush piles are not marked with signs.

Anglers wanting locations of the lake's brush structures can visit http://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zoh for a mobile app, or https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z4u for MDC's public MO Fishing Interactive Map.

Latest Report

crappie good on jigs or minnows in 5'-10' of water in the coves; black bass fair on soft plastics, spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits; catfish fair on live bait and cut baits; all other species slow.

Water Surface Temp

65º

Water Type

clear

Water Level (Range)

normal

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Good

Prospect

Fair
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Region

Southwest

Information

417-895-6880

Best Bets

From annual prospecting surveys

The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.