Hazel Creek Lake

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Location:
Kirksville, MO
United States United States
Coordinates:
40.2821, -92.6264
Distance:
530 Acres
Description:

Hazel Creek Lake is located 4miles north of Kirksville, Mo. and 2 miles west of Hwy.63. Go north from Kirksville until you see the Hazel Creek CA sign on the east side of the highway, turn left (west) at the gravel road.

With plenty of accessible shoreline and two boat ramps, this is a must fish lake. There are privies at both ramps, MDC posted message boards, and plenty of cover near the ramps.

This 530 acre reservoir fishery is managed and maintaned by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The land around the lake is city owned. With fishery studies done regularly to access the forage and livery of the fish population and sizes.

Hazel creek is a must for serious anglers pursuing serious fish. Loaded with monster bass, fat channel cats, chunky crappie, enormous muskie, and giant carp that will make you absolutely weak in the knees!

Stocking began in 1983 when the lake was made. Muskellunge have been stocked since 1983. A spring 2001 MDC survey declared Hazel Creek one of the best in the state at netting muskies. Daily nets captured an average of 2.3 muskie per day and the largest at 43.5" long!

The largemouth bass are easily catchable throughout the lake. With many timbered coves, and thanks to the rainfall in the last few years we now have shoreline cover. Many rip rap points, islands, bottom channels, and runoff areas to find and catch fish. If your catching bass, watch for Mr. Muskie to be tagging along close behind, you will get some follows.

The crappie are spread everywhere through the lake. Once you find a school of them, stick with them, and you'll clean house. Carp are large and found mostly in the backs of coves out of the wind. A good area is the big cove across from the north boat ramp.

Cover/Structure:

With many timbered coves, and thanks to the rainfall in the last few years we now have shoreline cover. Many rip rap points, islands, bottom channels, and runoff areas to find and catch fish.

Tips/Tactics:

Blue catfish were stocked in 1990 and may be caught using dead shad as bait. Bow fishing for common carp and grass carp is encouraged and can be very exciting throughout the spring and summer months.

The crappie are spread everywhere through the lake. Once you find a school of them, stick with them, and you'll clean house. Carp are large and found mostly in the backs of coves out of the wind. A good area is the big cove across from the north boat ramp.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Shore fishing access, Electric motors only, Restrooms
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Map

Map for 40.2821, -92.6264
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Fishing Reports

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Fish

Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
Bluegill-240-fwsw

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Freshwater
Carpcommon-219-fwsw

Carp, Common (Cyprinus Carpio)

Bluecatfish-240-fw

Catfish, Blue (Ictalurus furcatus)

Freshwater
322
Blackcrappie-240-fwsw

Crappie, Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

Whitecrappie-240-fwsw

Crappie, White (Pomoxis annularis)

782
Muskellungespotted-240-fw

Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy)

Freshwater
358

Guides

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Lodges

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Tournaments

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