Wappapello Lake is one of the most popular areas in Missouri for bass fishermen. There are more than 8,000 acres of water for fishing, with the St. Francis River feeding into the lake. If you're in the area and looking for bass fishing, then this is your best bet.
Wappapello Lake was created during the 1930s, and designers removed most of the wood and trees left behind, but there are still stumps in the water. If you can find areas where the tree stumps poke out over the top of the water, you'll likely find bass because the fish like to hide in the stumps for shelter from the sun. You can also find bass in areas near the shoreline, where lay-downs are left.
Time of Day
The best time to visit is during the early mornings and later in the day as the sun is setting. Locals claim this is the best time to fish, and you'll likely spot them sitting along the shore and fishing deeper in the lake. Fishing reports also indicate the most number of catches are recorded during these times.
The right type of lure can also help you catch more bass in Wappapello Lake. Buzz bait, which is dark red or white colored with silver blades and red hears works well. Others prefer the Storm Lures Chug Bugs and Heddon Zara Spooks. Another options is a throwing lure, especially those meant for the top of the water.
Watermelon rind works well in darker areas of the water, and using pumpkin seeds in a plastic worm is another type of bait that works well. Spinner bait is a common type of bait used for catching bass in the area. You can try night crawlers, but be prepared to catch catfish and other types of fish.