Rathbun Reservoir, Appanoose County

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4/27/16 @ 11:22 AM
FISHING REPORT
BuckEye82
BuckEye82
USER since 1/2/11

MOON PHASE (74%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80º F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
Late report 4/24....Sorry for my delay in the report is because a couple buddies and I have started a company called STUK NATION and can be found at STUKNATION.com and it is a free PODCAST covering just about anything that can be done in the outdoors, new podcasts weekly released on every Wednesday, new topic every week. Check it out www.facebook.com/STUK-1683888768533610/ and give us a like.

First time out on this body of water. Decided to leave the house early at midnight and for me its a 3.5hr drive and wanted to get the most of the day and see if I could catch a big girl up shallow in a positive feeding mode. Launched by the dam and started working the steep vertical ledges near shore where it would drop from 8fow to 15-20fow, with crank baits rattling Smithwick Rogues both 3-way and floaters and now the new trolls to 20's in various colors, even though from my research this system has shad based forage early spring and late fall stick baits seem to do better for me with a slower wabble and action than mid summer cranks like berkly flicker shads.

That being said started off slow and worked a lot of water to find them with only a couple 3-5lb channel catfish to show for all my efforts. Finally as I was about to change my strategy hooked up with a beautiful 29" walleye (released). Immediately marked a waypoint and started making passes as I marked a bunch more fish. Caught a couple more between 15"-22" and a couple of whitebass all before sunrise. The crankin' bite slowed but was still marking fish so I threw out a marker and hit em' with a jigging rapala.

Must have been more tired than I though from a three day fishing binge and all the sun because I quit at 0930 took a nap in the truck and headed home completely exhausted. Great body of water, plenty of eyes, will definitely be coming back this summer when I want to catch some more big girls and take some home for the pan. Other than the ol miss this is the body of water I've been looking for!

Remember to take a kid fishing!

Rathbun Reservoir, Appanoose County Photo
Rathbun Reservoir, Appanoose County Photo
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1/27/16 @ 8:21 PM
deep_structure
deep_structure
USER since 9/19/02
Here is a video to the fishing show that was filmed on Rathbun lake. My son caught a 30.5" walleye here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU2OZFDDZks

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2/19/15 @ 2:59 PM
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TJ56
TJ56
USER since 2/19/15

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
7 inches

AIR TEMP
11° - 15° F
Here it is a fishing report on Rathbun. I'm not sure why others don't report on the lake activity but it would be nice. There is open water in some places but plenty of ice in other areas. The fish were stacked in 20 ft. of water. My Vex was lit up like a Christmas tree. The water was stained and it was a slow bite with brutal wind. I caught a few small crappie and I had a big fish on that got off (I think walleye off the bottom) but you have to aggressively jig jigging raps. good fishing....

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4/13/13 @ 4:55 AM
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DMG1
DMG1
USER since 6/7/12

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F
Was fishing the Buck Creek with the wife and temps were low 40s in the morning on last Sunday. Then the next day temps were 46 and up so by now they may be more preferable for crappie. I marked a lot of fish in the middle/channel but the bite was hard. Only had a few dinks as did other fishermen. We came more than 6hrs. to find the temp was not right and went back Monday... don't know why no one posts very much, seems like that's all they do in Wisconsin. Stayed at the inn and the owner Doug was real helpful on everything else.

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10/16/12 @ 5:44 PM
Shorebound
Shorebound
USER since 5/7/03
Pfisherman, Did you and the boys make it out? If so, how did you do? Thanks

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10/1/12 @ 9:03 AM
Pfisherman
Pfisherman
USER since 9/20/12
Thanks for your suggestions! Though the weather isn't looking too good, we'll give it our best try! Much appreciated!

Pfisherman

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10/1/12 @ 6:52 AM
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Shorebound
Shorebound
USER since 5/7/03
I haven't been to Rathbun since the resort was built but this is what I can share. I don't know how old your sons are but shore fishing is limited. We always had luck fishing around the docks, for crappies, at Buck Creek and South Fork. There are fish structures all over the lake and some are within casting distance from shore. At Bridgeview, straight out from the campground there are some structures you should be able to hit from shore. The marinas used to close for the season on Labor Day so I don’t know if there will be boats to rent. From what I read on the resort web page you could buy a boat for less than what they charge for a day. Another place to check is Ranger Point. The shoreline is very steep but we had our best luck along that shore. We found 1/4oz glow jigs tipped with medium shiners were what the crappies would take. If you want to fish for stripers try in-line spinners like Mepps #2 chrome blades fished off the points. I hope this helps.

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9/20/12 @ 1:48 PM
Pfisherman
Pfisherman
USER since 9/20/12
Hi all! I'm bringing my 3 sons to the lake the first weekend in October and wondering if anyone has tips on what to use for bait and where to fish. We will mainly be fishing from shore, but may also rent a boat from the marina. We're mostly interested in Crappie. Thanks!

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5/16/12 @ 8:23 PM
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lunker99
lunker99
USER since 5/10/12

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
Found three nice walleyes this time pulling minnow and crawler harnesses. Caught and released a 24" and also caught and kept a 19.5" and 18". Caught several cigars also along with catfish, white bass, sheephead, and a few crappie. Sounds like the catfish have moved into the rocks to start spawning and some crappie are also still being found in the shallows.

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