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Popular Fish Species Lake Springfield, MO

Lake Springfield Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Lake Springfield offers good fishing for largemouth bass. Lately the fishing here for bass has been improving. Some big bass roam Lake Springfield, thanks to excellent fisheries management by the Missouri Department of Conservation, as well as the availability of extensive cover for both baitfish and bass. When the bite is good, bass typically move shallow and are quite aggressive. If you find them shallow and they are not tempted to bite, slow down and use smaller, lighter baits. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time fishing Lake Springfield on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Spotted bass also reside here in good numbers.

Lake Springfield Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

The population of channel catfish continues to grow in the fertile waters of Lake Springfield. They can be found, and caught, all around the lake. In Spring channel cats migrate toward incoming water, so stay up river away from the main lake. Night fishing for channel catfish often delivers better results than fishing during the day. In early summer look for rocky banks, the bigger the rocks the better. In summer and winter deeper structure is where to look. The river end of the lake is often the area where the bigger catfish are caught. Fishing for channel catfish is often productive around any kind of structure in the area. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits. Flathead catfish and blue catfish also reside in the lake and fishing for them is often good as well.

Lake Springfield Popular Fish - White Crappie

White Crappie

Plenty of healthy white crappie reside in Lake Springfield, and they are continuing to deliver again this year. The fish population is healthy and crappie fishing is excellent. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate shallow brush and vegetation in Spring and Fall focusing on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out to as deep as 30 to 35 feet, as well as ledges near channels at these depths. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. Black crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redear sunfish and rock bass at Lake Springfield in Missouri.

Located on the southern outskirts of Springfield, MO, Lake Springfield is a 318-acre reservoir offering numerous fishing options. The lake contains significant numbers of submerged trees, brush and vegetation, providing fish and baitfish ample cover.

Lake Springfield is located in the southwestern sector of Missouri and is a popular fishing destination for both locals and visitors. The lake offers a variety of fish species and recreational activities, making it an ideal spot for fishing enthusiasts.

Largemouth and spotted bass are among the most sought-after fish species in Lake Springfield. Anglers can target bass using various techniques such as casting with crankbaits, soft plastic worms, or topwater lures. The lake's structure, including submerged brush piles, rock formations, and fallen trees, provides excellent hiding spots for bass. Anglers can experience the excitement of hooking into a feisty bass while enjoying the scenic beauty of Lake Springfield.

Bluegill and white crappie are popular panfish species in the lake. Anglers can target bluegill using simple techniques such as bobber fishing with live bait or casting small jigs. White crappie can be caught using techniques such as vertical jigging or casting with small jigs or minnows. These panfish species provide anglers with plenty of action and are often a favorite target for families and novice anglers.

Walleye is another prized fish species in Lake Springfield. Anglers can target walleye using techniques such as trolling with crankbaits or casting with jigs. The lake's deeper areas and points are prime locations to catch walleye. Anglers can enjoy the challenge of reeling in a walleye while fishing in the tranquil waters of Lake Springfield.

Channel and flathead catfish are also abundant in Lake Springfield. Anglers can target catfish using techniques such as bottom fishing with cut bait, live bait, or prepared baits. The lake's deeper channels and rocky areas provide ideal habitat for catfish. Anglers can experience the thrill of hooking into a powerful catfish while fishing in Lake Springfield.

Lake Springfield in Missouri is a fantastic destination for anglers seeking largemouth and spotted bass, bluegill, white crappie, walleye, channel and flathead catfish, and other fish species. With its diverse fishery, scenic surroundings, and recreational amenities, Lake Springfield provides an enjoyable fishing experience for anglers of all ages and skill levels.

Catfish and bass draw the most attention from local anglers, but the lake also has plenty of white crappie, walleye and a myriad of sunfish to garner favor with many visitors. Six public boat ramps facilitate boat launching at convenient locations around the lake. Power boats as well as canoes, kayaks, pontoons, sailboats and all types of fishing boats are allowed on the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Springfield

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Largemouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish White crappie Walleye Bluegill Sunfish Longear Sunfish Redear Sunfish Rock Bass

Lake Springfield Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

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In addition to the excellent fishing opportunities, Lake Springfield offers boating and camping facilities. Anglers can explore the lake's waters by motorized boats, canoes, or kayaks, allowing them to access different fishing spots and cover more water.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Southwood Canoe Access
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, south side, off E Timbercrest Road, this is a portage area for kayaks and canoes, with paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Lake Springfield

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Lake Springfield Fishing Video
Fishing License

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The camping facilities near the lake provide opportunities for overnight stays, allowing anglers to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Lake Springfield.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Timbercreek RV Park - 417 881-8001

Stage Stop RV Park - 417 844-6058

Ozark Highlands Mobile Home & RV Park - 417 881-0066

Lake Springfield MO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Springfield
Lake Springfield Park Boathouse & Marina
5324 S Kissick Avenue
Springfield, MO 65804
417 891-1550


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