Stockton Lake is located in southeastern Cedar County, northeastern Dade County, and southwestern Polk County, Missouri. The lake is 'V' shaped, and covers 39 square miles (100 km2), with 298 miles (480 km) of shoreline. It has three marinas, and 10 public-use areas. It has a "non-development policy," and is surrounded by unspoiled, tree-covered hills. Its banks are owned and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Stockton Lake is also one of the top 10 lakes in the U.S. for sailing. Stockton lake is one of the top sailing destinations in the entire country. The great sailing conditions are fueled by winds whipping up from Oklahoma and Kansas, consistently blowing from west to east across the lake. About 1 third of the 300 mile lake is accessible to sailboats, the bridges across the lake on Highway 215 and 245 prevent most sail boats from going farther on the lake but this section of lake is still an ideal location for sailing. The Stockton Yacht club holds annual races on the lake that usually draw a large number of boats, with the most prestigious of these races being the Governs Regatta Cup.
84 degrees, clear, 41/2 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleyes fair to good on jigs with night crawlers in 12 to 19 feet of water on the flats; bass fair to good on plastic worms in 12 feet of water in the brush; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 20 feet of water in the brush and timber; catfish good to excellent on a variety of baits in 12 to 19 feet of water on the flats and off long points.
75 degrees, clear, 5 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies good on Flicker Shad crankbaits 15 feet down in 30 feet of water, also good on jigs in the brush in 20 feet of water; walleyes fair to good on jigs with night crawlers in 15 to 35 feet of water off points; bass excellent on topwater lures early and late and plastic worms during the day off main-lake points; catfish good on a variety of baits along riprap, points; white bass good on jigging spoons, topwater lures where fish are surfacing.
74 degrees, clear, 61/2 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: catfish excellent on night crawlers where there is inflow and in the back of creeks; crappies fair on crankbaits 13 feet deep in 40 feet of water and on minnows 20 feet deep in the brush; walleyes fair on jigs and worms 35 feet deep off main-lake points; bass very good on jigs and soft-plastics less than 20 feet deep, good on topwater baits early and late.
Walleye good on jigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers; black bass good on topwater lures and flukes; crappie fair while trolling with crankbaits; catfish fair on nightcrawlers and small bluegill.
black bass good on spinnerbaits and flukes; catfish good on nightcrawlers; walleye good on worm harnesses and bottom bouncers; crappie fair while trolling with small crankbaits and while drifting with minnows.
67 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleyes very good to excellent on jigs with night crawlers in 19 to 22 feet of water; crappies fair to good on crankbaits trolled in 30 feet of water; bass good on plastic baits, jigs in 15 to 20 feet of water off secondary points; catfish fair to good on hot dogs, night crawlers in creek arms.
Walleye good on jigs tipped with nightcrawlers and while trolling with crankbaits; black bass good on crankbaits and floating worms; crappie good on jigs and minnows; white bass fair while trolling with crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
61 degrees, clear, 7 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies poor to fair on jigs in the flooded bushes along spawning banks; walleyes very good on jig heads with night crawlers off points; bass fair to good on jigs, Wiggle Warts in the back of creeks; white bass fair to good on jigs off windy points.
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