Regional Reports-Midwest

Stockton Lake

For both size and numbers, Stockton Lake offers some of the finest walleye fishing in the Midwest, and October is the month to score big. Covering 25,000 acres, Stockton Lake sits in the Ozark foothills of Cedar and Dade counties, near the town of Stockton. The best fishing occurs when the skies turn dark and water temperatures fall. That's when walleyes begin feeding aggressively in shallow water. Some of the best areas are off deep, rocky points where large and mid-size tributaries enter the main lake. Because of its north-south orientation, the lake seems always to be choppy, a condition many walleye anglers consider ideal. Excellent places to wet your line this month will be the mouths of Little Sac, Maze and Turnback creeks. The area around the dam, including the riprap, should be productive, too. Bouncing spinner rigs along the bottom is a dependable way to catch Missouri's walleyes. Also catch them by deep-trolling live sunfish. They'll take deep- and medium-diving crankbaits in shallow water, too. Contact: Missouri Department of Conservation (573-751-4115).