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About Mark Twain Lake

Mark Twain Lake, located about 120 miles northwest of St. Louis, is a 18,600 acre Corps of Engineers lake. Built for flood control, power generation, and recreation, Mark Twain Lake was filled in 1984, making it one of the newest lakes in Missouri. The Salt River and some of the nearby creeks provide most of the water that feeds the lake. A unique feature of Mark Twain Lake is the re-regulation pool located below Cannon Dam. A river like pool of water extends nine miles below the dam, and is used to pump water back into the main lake for power generation purposes. Boat ramps are available to fish the re-regulation pool.

The Mark Twain Lake area provides numerous recreational activities which include boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing, camping, hunting, and hiking. Primitive and modern camping facilities are available along with numerous lodging facilities near and around the lake. For water sports, there are plenty of boat ramps around the lake along with two marinas, Indian Creek and Black Jack. Both marinas are full service, and provide nearby campgrounds, fuel, storage, tackle, store, and boat rentals.

When Mark Twain Lake was built, most of the trees were left standing and the surrounding shoreline was left undisturbed. The lake is made up of a main body of water with six major arms, each unique in it's own way with many tree lined banks with rock, mud, gravel, and bluffs.

Many of the anglers who fish Mark Twain Lake concentrate on the trees for the fish they're after. The lake offers Black Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Catfish, and Walleye.

Detailed Lake Information:

Type of Lake: Hilland

Average Depth of Lake: 29 feet

Average Water Temperature:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
62
90
80
30

Spring Thaw: March
Fall Turnover: September - October
* Mark Twain Lake will freeze over during hard winters.

Heavy Rains: Affects entire lake with the exception of the Indian and Little Indian Creeks. The rest of the lake takes about 2 weeks to clear up.

Winds:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Windy
Mild
Mild
Windy

Detailed Lake Characteristics:

This information describes the makeup of the bottom, shoreline, structure, and water color for various parts of Mark Twain Lake.

Main Lake Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Rock, Gravel, Clay
Mud, Rock, Bluffs
Bluffs, Trees, Stumps, Falldowns, Roads
Clear to Stained

North Fork:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Clay
Rock, Bluffs
Bluffs, Trees, Stumps, Falldowns
Stained

Middle Fork:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Clay
Mud, Gravel, Bluffs
Bluffs, Trees, Stumps, Falldowns
Stained

South Fork:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Gravel, Clay
Mud, Rock, Bluffs
Bluffs, Trees, Stumps, Falldowns
Stained

Sandy Creek:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Clay
Mud, Rock, Bluffs, Weeds
Bluffs, Trees, Stumps, Falldowns
Clear

Indian Creek:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Gravel Clay
Mud, Gravel, Bluffs
Bluffs, Trees, Stumps, Falldowns, Flats
Clear

Spalding Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Gravel
Mud, Rock, Bluffs
Trees, Stumps
Clear

Lick Creek:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Rock, Gravel
Mud, Rock, Bluffs
Bluffs, Trees, Stumps, Falldowns, Flats
Clear - Stained

Pigeon Roost Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Rock, Clay
Mud, Rock, Bluffs
Bluffs, Trees, Stumps, Falldowns
Clear - Stained

Detailed Fishing Information:

Main Forage: Shad

Average time of year when fish spawn:
Bass:
Crappie:
Bluegill:
Catfish:
Walleye:
June
Late May, Early June
June
Late June
March-April

Best baits to use during seasons:

Bass:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Jig-Pig
Plastic Worm, Crankbaits
Top Water, Spinnerbaits
Jig-Pig
Bassbt

Crappie:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Minnows, Jigs
Minnows
Minnows, Jigs
Minnows
crappbt

Bluegill:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Crickets, Worms
Crickets, Worms
Crickets, Worms
Crickets, Worms
bluebt

Catfish:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Bluegill
Cut Shad
Cut Shad
Cut Shad
catbt

Walleye:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Crankbaits, Jigs
Crankbaits, Jigs
Crankbaits, Jigs
Crankbaits, Jigs
wallybt

Night Fishing Conditions:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Fair
Good
Fair
Poor

For more information contact:
Mark Twain Lake Association
P.O. Box 59, Dept. MT-90
Perry, MO 63462
314-565-2228


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