Mark Twain Lake

Discussion in 'MISSOURI LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by Hannibal Mike, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. Hannibal Mike

    Hannibal Mike New Member

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    I guess it is just isolated. I hope to fish there more this summer for Big Cats. The locals catch a lot of Flatheads to 50lbs on trotlines and there are blues, but are not fished as much. This morning at a boat show, a park ranger said that there are big blues caught too. I hope to "tap" this quiet opportunity this summer. There is a huge shad population, so the cats are there! Hannibal Mike
     
  2. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Good idea! Think I'll take the family up there this summer for a combo Catfish/Crappie trip!
     

  3. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Some real nice cat in there, also below the dam, hey Skipeye D, Gup was telling me at the leadfest he fishes it quite a bit and to give him a holler for a report on whats going on, :wink:
     
  4. RIVER-RAT

    RIVER-RAT New Member

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    I've caught a few flatheads and bigger channels up there, but I always caught them on limb lines. Now I no longer do that and want to learn how to target them with rod and reel. I have seen some hogs pulled out of there, but the biggest one I personally caught was a 19 pound flathead.

    Gary spends alot of time up there too, I think he uses bankpoles if I remember correctly.

    I would really like to learn how to fish a lake for the big kittens!
     
  5. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Hey.... Gary has a place up there too!:big_smile: We could mooch some free lodging from him, have him show us some fishing holes and make a 'gathering' out of it!:smile2::smile2::smile2:
     
  6. Fishbit

    Fishbit New Member

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    Any information about fishing MTL will be appreciated. I plan to try it this year several times and since it's 3 hrs or so to get there, I need any scrap if help offered.
    Since there is shad there, I guess there is also white bass? The catfish population should also be in good shape with shad for their main forage.
     
  7. RIVER-RAT

    RIVER-RAT New Member

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    Well since you mentioned it...............OKAY!!!:big_smile:
     
  8. Skunk Master

    Skunk Master New Member

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    Hey I'm game, but I'll need a ride in someones boat cause in case you haven't heard... I don't have one...lol
     
  9. micus

    micus New Member

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    I fish MT more than any other place. I generally go for crappie but usually also catch white bass, channel cat, gills, drum (I throw back black bass). The crappie, at least, feed year round. It's just a matter of keeping track of where they are currently at & finding some open water. Which is an incentive to go more often. These days I usually go T,W,TH during the week and stay at Timber Ridge. I tend to leave weekends for the working man.:smile2:
     
  10. melstangman1967

    melstangman1967 New Member

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    been there before big crappie
     
  11. Malichi1970

    Malichi1970 New Member

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    Debbie's been wanting to go up there to try some Crappie fishing and I've heard it's a great place to catch some killer Flatheads so I've been trying to find a way to get up there sometime this spring. With it being only about 2 hours away it's actually a very close alternative.
     
  12. STICKBENDER

    STICKBENDER New Member

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    As a flathead fishery you won't find any better,
    You can limit out on channels about any time there is water running into lake. I know this because I can leave work and be on water with boat in less than thirty minutes, so I look forward to a rainy spring. :)
    As far as blues its pretty poor, there are some good size fish but for some unknown reason they have not reproduced to a level to maintain a fishing population. The consevation has given up on stocking for this reason. The most recent shock surveys resulted in less blues in 2 days than they saw in 1-2 coves at Truman. Hope to see you guys take advantage of this fishery, best to come on weekends, as the fish are pretty scared throughout the week when locals are out, and most of them are nuts anyway. ;)
     
  13. orion_xxvx

    orion_xxvx New Member

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    Mark Twain is a hydroelectric pumpback damn on the salt river in northeast missouri south of West and south of hannibal bout 45 minutes. It is good for crappie channelcat and has a very good flathead population. Im gonna have to make it over there this spring.
     
  14. T.O.CAT

    T.O.CAT New Member

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    which end or arm of the lake is best to fish? I have fished for crappie many times but never catfished.
     
  15. Michael Jake

    Michael Jake New Member

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    Mark Twain Lake is an awesome fishery, crappie, channels and flatheads come to my mind whenever I think of this lake. Most all the catfishing is set lines or jugs, where in spring time there is quite a obstacle course of jugs to have to maneuver through. The catfish are all healthy with a lot of hugh channels and flatheads. Flathead fishing is good from the dam all the way up to the tips of the arms, being solitary by nature and in a reservoir setting there is no concentration other than a small one during the spawn, so the only ones taken on rod and reel are usually caught incidental by crappie and bass fisherman. One person I know of has had luck pulling cranks down by the dam area during pre spawn but each year it is hit and miss. Most all flatheads are taken in the upper arms and creek branches during pre spawn period but can be found through out the lake, seems like the upper arms do hold the most or definitely gets the attention.
    The upper arms is where folks get the blues, cat in the hat here on the boc has taken some on rod and reel up the north fork, other folks I have crossed paths with on the lake have all taken their blues from the upper arm areas (jugs and setlines). Not a lot of blues are taken on MTL.
    Now channels can be caught consistently on rod and reel through out the spring and I might add there’s a lot of trophy channels, I’ve caught several 9 to 11 pound channels and they are all healthy beautiful fish. For eaters (2 to 3 lbs.) will fish with a minnow under a bobber targeting a wind blown knoll with gradual slop mid way in coves. Evening time right outside the grass or brush line and fishing only about 18 inches deep with light gear and it’s a blast. During the day will back out deeper and fish around 5 to 7 ft. deep. Worms will get you dinks, minnows will get you eaters and large shiners will get you the large fish. After water temperature reaches low seventies will start fishing on bottom targeting 5 to 12 feet in the evening and morning hours.
    Hope this helps.
     
  16. T.O.CAT

    T.O.CAT New Member

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    thanks Mike hope to see you up there this year
     
  17. Hannibal Mike

    Hannibal Mike New Member

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    I work most weekends, but hope to meet some of you during the week if you get off. Tuesday is my best day and I work at Ramsey Jones Homes if you ever need to reach me. Hannibal Mike My boat could use a workout.