Anglers should look for them in submerged trees, as Bennett and I did. Seldom will you find them deeper than six
feet. A good time to catch them is during their breeding season, which runs from early May through early June. Redear often spawn on the deeper edges of bluegill spawning beds.
Redear in Public Lakes
|Ashland Lake (University of Missouri)||Boone County||12 acres|
|Austin Community Lake||Texas County||22 acres|
|Bilby Ranch Lake||Nodaway County||110 acres|
|Binder Community Lake||Cole County||150 acres|
|Blind Pony Lake||Saline County||195 acres|
|Busch CA Lakes (Nrs. 6 20 21 30 34 35 37 and 38)||St. Charles County|
|Bushwhacker Lake||Vernon County||157 acres|
|Council Bluff Lake (US Forest Service)||Iron County||440 acres|
|Crowder State Park Lake (Mo. DNR)||Grundy County||21 acres|
|Cypress Lake (on Otter Slough Conservation Area)||Stoddard County||95 acres|
|DiSalvo Lake (on Bismarck Conservation Area)||St. Francois County||210 acres|
|Duck Creek Nr. 1||Stoddard County||1,713 acres|
|Happy Holler Lake||Andrew County||62 acres|
|Harmony Mission Lake||Bates County||96 acres|
|Hunnewell Lake||Shelby County||228 acres|
|Indian Creek Lake (on Poosey Conservation Area)||Livingston County||192 acres|
|Jamesport Community Lake||Daviess County||30 acres|
|Kellogg Lake (City of Carthage)||Jasper County||25 acres|
|Lake Girardeau||Cape Girardeau||162 acres|
|Little Dixie Lake||Callaway County||206 acres|
|Lone Jack Lake||Jackson County||35 acres|
|Miller Community Lake||Carter County||27 acres|
|Perry County Community Lake||Perry County||101 acres|
|Rinquelin Trail Community Lake||Maries County||29 acres|
|Sims Valley Community Lake||Howell County||41 acres|
|Sterling Price Community Lake||Chariton County||35 acres|
|Watkins Mill State Park Lake (Mo. DNR)||Clay County||100 acres|
Favorite baits include bits of live worm, euro larvae or crickets. Some anglers even use snails to catch redear. Use tiny gold or black hooks.
Feathered 1⁄100-ounce jigs or small flies also work. Wet flies are preferred, but a redear will occasionally pop a top-water insect. Black or dark brown lures are best. Some anglers maintain that the fish mistake the flies for snails.
Generally, you’ll have better luck fishing lures and baits slowly and just a few inches off bottom. Use small bobbers to keep your bait in front of fish. Redear will drop a lure if they detect resistance. Bites are generally light but, once hooked, a redear is anything but subtle.
Ice fishermen often find redears suspended in deeper water, where they are easily lured by the possibility of an easy meal.