It was a tough year for Pomme Chapter members. The cold spring with lots of rain produced high lake levels and dirty water. This equaled poor muskie fishing. For Example:
No fish reported 50" or Over
Only 101 Muskies Caught (Lowest Total in Many Years)
Only 16 People Reported Fish Caught to the Pomme Lunge Log
Pomme Continues to be a Tough Place to Catch Muskie (2015 saw 90 fish caught; 2019 saw 15 fish caught.)
Henry Sever Catch Rate in 2019 was a Disaster (3 fish reported in 2019; 48 fish reported in 2016; 51 fish caught in 2017)
Fellows and Busch continue to have very little activity.
Only Hazel Creek has remained somewhat constant. (37 fish caught in 2019, which is slightly up from last year.)
Another possible reason for poor muskie fishing in Missouri during 2019 could be fish escaping the lakes. We can’t control high dirty water, but maybe we can control the number of fish leaving the lakes through the over-flows. Hazel Creek had multiple fish netted below the dam and returned to the lake. Henry Sever’s wire fish barrier was overwhelmed by high water. It would appear that a lot of fish have escaped. Effective fish barriers approved by MDC should be pursued to improve muskie fishing in Missouri.