Wappapello Lake


Annual Prospects Report

Wappapelllo lake is an 8,400 acre reservoir that offers a variety of fishing opportunities.  Crappie fishing should be fair to good in 2021.  The fishery is currently dominated by a large year class from 2019 that should be in the 8 to 9-inch range in 2021. Anglers can expect approximately 15 percent of the white crappie they catch to be over 9-inches. There is a descent number of white crappie in the 10 to 11-inch range.  A majority of the black crappie in the lake will range from 5 to 8-inches. A new regulation for crappie was implemented in the spring of 2019.  The daily limit is 30 crappie, but no more than 15 fish can be over 9 inches.  Anglers are encouraged to keep the slow growing black crappie to help improve the fishery.  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, suspended in the old river channel, or in some of the larger creek arms.  The largemouth bass population will continue to be good in 2021.  Springtime electrofishing results indicate that almost 27 percent of the bass will be over 15 inches and 7 percent will be over 18 inches. Anglers should target largemouth bass in the spring along rocky banks and in shallow water around structure in the summer. Anglers should target white bass in the spring on the northern end of the lake as they move up the St. Francis River. Anglers can also be successful pursuing schooling white bass and largemouth bass that are chasing shad during the summer months.  Bluegill fishing is fair, with many of the fish in the 6 to 8-inch range. Sunfish anglers can also expect to catch redear sunfishwarmouthgreen sunfish, and longear sunfish. Anglers can expect good numbers of quality channel catfish and some flathead catfish again in 2021. Many anglers are successful using jugs or trotlines for both species of catfish. For additional information pertaining to the lake please call Dave Knuth at (573)290-5858 ext.4434 or email him at dave.knuth@mdc.mo.gov.

Wappapello Lake




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