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#1 timsfly

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:26 PM

Anybody fished over there, just wondering what the lake is like.
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:41 PM

Stumpy.  Was thru Friday, main pool is back up from the drought. 

 

It is a shallow lake that is used to flood the timber units of the hunting portion.  This year it was too low to draw water from, so no timber hunting.

 

Bass, crappie, bluegill are great at times.  Excellent pickerel.  I think a few record book fish have come from it, pickerel, gar, and grennel.

 

In summer it is 80 percent covered with duck weed, coontail, and water lily.  Average depth 5 to 8 foot.  Warms up pretty good in summer, I have seen water temps in the low 90's.  It is closed to fishing from Oct thru the end of middle zone duck season for ducks.  Upper half is a refuge area. 

 

Stanley Creek near by on Mingo offers some good fishing too in one of the last bottomland swampy areas in SE MO.


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:57 AM

If I didn't live too far from there, I'd probably hit it, but I don't know if I'd drive farther than an hour to fish it. I have caught bass, crappie, pretty decent bluegill, and a few nice pickerel. But I've never really caught a lot of numbers of fish. Hope that helps.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:37 PM

Yes, good info, thank you
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:42 PM

It is a lake you have to know real well to fish effectly.  Since it is open, small winds kick it up pretty bad.  Lots of stumps and fallen cypress, moss and other things to hang up on.  But it has excellent topwater bass late in the season.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:27 AM

Sneaky petes, or pencil poppers on fly rod will catch good numbers of bass most of the year, and the occasional dinner plate sized red ear that thinks hes a bass.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:23 AM

I imagine, it's the dinner plate sized red ear Tim is interested in.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:03 AM

Then June may be a good time to make a trip lol its like fishing a big pond but the pads with give up a cooler full of HUGE red ears. Black rubber legged dragons and bully spiders are good flies. I dont know if I would make a long trip to fish it or not, Have fished it since I was big enough to hold a rod and still fish it a lot since it is just a few miles from my house, it is more of a convenience for me. But I always catch fish, it would be hard  to imagine not catching any.


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:28 PM

It is a lake of many records.  New State Record Bowfin this week.

 

http://mdc.mo.gov/ne...e-record-bowfin


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:49 PM

Duck Creek is my favorite place to bass fish.  I don't catch a lot of fish, but the fish I do catch are larger than average.  The top water bite during the summer is a lot of fun.  I've also caught a few chain pickerel while bass fishing.



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 02:54 PM

I've never caught either of these fish, so I am uninformed of the species.  What's the difference between a Chain Pickerel and a Pike?


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:54 PM

I've never caught either of these fish, so I am uninformed of the species.  What's the difference between a Chain Pickerel and a Pike?

 

Size and color mainly.  Pickerel don't get very big and have a chain link pattern on the body.


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