Remarkable Redears

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Published on: Jul. 2, 2005

Last revision: Nov. 22, 2010

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

Lake County Size
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.

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