Wappapello Lake

 

Annual Prospects Report

Wappapelllo lake is an 8,400 acre lake that offers a variety of fishing opportunities.  Crappie fishing will be fair to good in 2018.  Anglers can expect approximately 10-15 percent of the white crappie they catch to be over 9 inches.  A majority of the black crappie in the lake will be in the 6–8 inches range. The quality of white crappie may be better in 2018 than we have seen for several years due to the large spring of 2017 flood event.  Shad production from this flood appeared to be really good, so there should be a positive response in growth and condition.  In the spring, anglers should target crappie in shallow areas around brush piles or on shallow flats. In the fall and winter, crappie can be found cruising large flats adjacent to the old St. Francis River channel or in some of the larger creek arms. Largemouth bass angling will again be very good in 2018. Springtime electrofishing results indicate that almost 37 percent of the bass will be over 15 inches and almost 17 percent will be over 18 inches. Anglers should target largemouth bass in the spring in shallow areas along rocky banks and in shallow water around structure in the summer. Good-sized white bass can be captured on the northern end of the lake as fish move up the St. Francis River in the spring. Schooling white bass and largemouth bass that are chasing shad can also be easily caught during the summer months.  Bluegill fishing is good, with many of the fish in the 7-8 inch range. Sunfish anglers can also expect to catch redear sunfish, warmouth, green sunfish, and longear sunfish. Creel survey results indicate that anglers can expect good numbers of quality channel catfish and flathead catfish again in 2018. Many anglers are successful using jugs or trotlines for both species of catfish. For additional information pertaining to the lake please call the phone number above or email Dave Knuth at dave.knuth@mdc.mo.gov.

 

Latest Report

channel catfish and flathead catfish fair using live bait on trotlines and jugs; black bass fair in shallow water using crankbaits and plastics; crappie fair near brushy areas using minnows and jigs; bluegill fair using crickets and worms near the shore; lake stage 359.61; discharge is 730 cfs; tailwater 323.01; recorded lake level and other information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.

Water Surface Temp

83º

Water Type

dingy

Water Level (Range)

normal

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Fair

Prospect

Fair
Wappapello Lake

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.