: Grand River: Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish good on fresh cut baits and worms; blue catfish fair on fresh cut baits; all other species slow.
Reported by: Missouri Dept of Conservation
Lures & Spinners
Channel catfish are the most sought after fish on Grand River and its major
tributaries. Any type of cover or deep hole attracts channel catfish. Several
baits are effective depending on the time of year. Cut baits such as shad sides
or shad gizzards are especially effective in the late winter or early spring.
Crayfish, night crawlers, or commercially prepared baits are effective
throughout the rest of the year. Fishing with live bait such as goldfish, carp
or sunfish may produce a flathead or blue catfish weighing over 30 pounds. Large
catfish are caught throughout the river; however, the lower Grand is generally
considered trophy waters.