Wappappello - Chaonia Landing
Final Results

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 Air temp 68-88
Water temp low 70s
Lake level summer pool
Water stained
38 boats
Reported by Ron Niswonger

The final event of the Anglers’ Choice Wappapello Division was held Saturday 9/24/22 out of host marina Chaonia Landing. As of late the bite on Wappapello had proven to be stingy for most of the regulars of the Southeast Missouri Eight Thousand Acre Reservoir. These anglers seem to always figure out something that works regardless of the conditions. On this day brothers Ron and Dan Niswonger took the win with a five fish limit that weighed 14.47 pounds. “We had a high boat number and we watched just about everybody run down the lake at takeoff this morning, so we started in an area up-river,” said Dan Niswonger. “We got one small keeper there and then started hitting spots working our way down the lake. We got most of our fish down the lake and we caught them on a little of everything. One of our bigger fish hit a soft plastic bait, and the other big one bit a crankbait and we got two on a jig and then got two more on a soft plastic. We only culled once,” he added. “All of our fish were in less than eight feet of water.” The brothers took home $1680 plus trophies for their winning sack of fish.

Second place went to tournament director Ken Owens and partner Matt Allison. “I think we fished just about every creek on the lake,” said Owens. “We didn’t boat our first keeper until 9:15 this morning, and we fished fast and slow baits. Our fish were fairly shallow,” Owens added. “We caught a bunch of fish today.” The second-place team took home $1100 plus trophies. Their limit of fish weighed 13.2 pounds.

Third place went to Adam and Bruce Hutson. They had a limit of fish that weighed 12.4 pounds and earned them $765 plus trophies. They also collected $350 plus trophies for the big bass of the event it weighed 5.81 Pounds. “We fished from Chaonia Landing all the way down the lake,” said Adam Hutson. We fished slow baits and only had six keepers all day.

Warren Manion and partner Billy Deblois took Fourth Place honors by virtue of their 12.35-pound limit of fish. It earned them $465.

Gale Breckenridge and Waco Johnson checked the box on last paying spot with a limit of fish that pulled the scales down to 11.50 pounds. They took home $290.

The father and son team of Paul and Kason Henderson won the points for the third year in a row. To my knowledge that has never been done before in the Wappapello Division of Anglers’ Choice. Congrats to the Hendersons for a job well done.