Mark Twain Lake is located in Ralls County, Missouri and Monroe County, Missouri. It was created by the Clarence Cannon Dam impounding the Salt River and is located about twenty miles (32 km) southwest of Hannibal. Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake provide opportunities for outdoor recreation - boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking and hunting. There are recreation areas equipped with facilities such as campgrounds, beaches, and picnic shelters, as well as areas that are being managed for wildlife habitat. All visitors can enjoy the 54,000 acres (220 km2) of land and water at Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake.
Small crappie fair using jigs and minnows; channel catfish and blue catfish good on cut baits, stinkbaits and sunfish; flathead catfish fair on cut baits, stinkbaits and sunfish; all other species slow.
blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish good on limb lines and trotlines using live baits; largemouth bass fair along shoreline using jigs; crappie fair, but small, on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
Boat ramps are now open; crappie fair on minnows and jigs on banks but running small; channel catfish fair on setlines using goldfish and sunfish; all other species slow.
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