Calmer Waters: Fishing Small Lakes in Missouri

During the last week, I had the opportunity to fish several of the smaller lakes of mid-Missouri: Little Dixie near Fulton, Teal Lake and Lakeview Park Lake in Mexico, Sugar Creek near Moberly and Binder Lake outside of Jefferson City.

Scott Pauley- lake sunset

These are lakes you’ve maybe never heard of, but a common thread is they are managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Each has a concrete boat ramp for easy boat launching, and they don’t allow swimming, jet skis, water skiers, or tubers.

All five lakes are no wake or electric motor only, all are great fisheries and all were extremely quiet when I fished them.

I think that, due to the quiet, and the fact the water color was a little stained, the bass continued to remain shallow, as the water temperature was 78 degrees.

I caught some huge bass on a variety of lures: flippin’ jigs, football jigs, plastic worms, big tubes, buzz baits, and shallow crankbaits – they all did the trick.

But the icing on the cake was beautiful sunrises and close-up encounters with two majestic bald eagles and a couple of hungry blue herons.

Scott Pauley- fishing

I love fishing on Missouri’s well-known lakes, but these outings proved you don’t have to fish a big lake to land big bass – they’re closer than you might think.

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