Apr 25, 2017

Missouri Conservation News

Published Apr 2, 2015, 9:45am
Attention Missouri Fishing Report

Attention Fishing Report

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass may not be possessed from March 1-May 24. During those dates all black bass in those streams must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. For details see Chapter 6 of the Wildlife Code.

PLEASE CHECK REGULATIONS CAREFULLY: Special regulations may apply to designated portions of water bodies; some baits and lures may not be legal for all portions.

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Binder Lake is at normal water level and dingy; largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
2' low and clear; crappie fair in shallow wind-blown bays; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats; bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited; please return boats available for use (at no charge) to the shoreline storage area when done; boats left elsewhere on the lake are unavailable for others to use.
(Reported on: 3/30/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow on spinnerbaits and dark-colored soft plastic worms; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, and spoons; catfish slow on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow on spinnerbaits and dark-colored soft plastic worms; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, and spoons; catfish slow on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 43º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
crappie good on minnows; black bass good on crankbaits; white bass fair on Rooster Tails; catfish good on shad.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 43º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, use cut shad; crappie slow, use minnows and dark jigs; black bass fair on dark plastics; white bass slow, use spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 43º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, use cut shad; crappie slow, use dark jigs with Crappie Nibbles; black bass fair on crankbaits; white bass slow, use spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Paddlefish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
White Bass: Good
normal level and dingy; paddlefish snagging activity has been light, but there have been a few caught in the vicinity of the Blackwater River; most of the paddlefish were in the 28 - 35 inch range; channel catfish have been good on a variety of baits between Harriman Hill Access, and Roberts Bluff Access; white bass good in this area on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 3/30/15)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
low and muddy; blue catfish fair on cut Asian carp; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 3/30/15)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; catfish slow on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all other species fair.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
full pool; black bass slow; channel catfish fair; crappie fair using tube jigs near deep water brush piles; bluegill slow and trout fair using power bait and minnows.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 46º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Slow
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Slow
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
crappie fair using jigs and minnows; catfish fair using fresh cut shad; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Slow
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Slow
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
crappie fair at the dam using jigs and minnows; crappie good in downstream creeks; catfish good using fresh cut shad; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish
Flathead Catfish
water level is steady and muddy; fishing for catfish is slow with the fish beginning to move up onto the flats; blue catfish are beginning to bite on skip jack, shad sides and other cut baits; channel catfish are beginning to bite on shad sides and worms in or near tributaries and all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
all species are slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair on minnows, worms, and leeches; all other species slow
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 40º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
all species of catfish are fair on shad and livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie good on jigs; catfish good on worms and chicken liver; largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass good on crankbaits and rattle type lures; all other species slow
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 42º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish good on worms and cut baits; blue catfish fair on cut baits and freshwater drum good on worms
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Paddlefish: Fair
Paddlefish fair on snagging, all other species reported slow
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
50 degrees, full pool; channel catfish good on cut baits; black bass good on jerkbaits; walleye are on the dam with best fishing at night on crankbaits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
fishing pressure light; largemouth bass are being taken in the shallow coves with dark soft plastic baits, fishing slow in the shallow areas producing the best results; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
walleye good in the shallows at night; crappie fair at the mouths of coves; bass fair on jerkbaits; catfish good on cut bait; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
crappie slow; black bass slow; catfish good; white bass good; walleye fair at the dam.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish fair on fresh cutbait and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Good
flathead catfish and blue catfish are fair on worms; carp good on worms; channel catfish good on worms and fair on dip baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
white bass good on live minnows or swimming minnows; crappie fair on jigs or minnows.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Walleye: Fair
white bass good live minnows or swimming minnows; crappie fair on jigs or minnows; walleye fair on minnows.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species fair.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in approx. 10 feet of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
crappie fair on jigs; all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Warmouth: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie and bluegill fair on minnows, jigs and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; channel catfish slow on dip baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Slow
362.74’ approximately 2.5’ above summer pool elevation; lake level falling; channel catfish good using live baits on jug lines and trotlines at night; all other species slow; anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake; recorded lake level and other information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Mississippi River (Middle)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
river level is 18.6' and falling; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
42.4' and falling; channel catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
channel catfish okay on pole and line and trotlines using worms, stinkbaits and chicken liver; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Fair
white bass fair on live minnows and jigs in the mornings and afternoon; walleye fair on Rogues below powersite dam; crappie fair on live minnows and jigs around stickups and submerged timber; black bass fair on soft plastics and jigs.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
running four generators most days; trout good in upper portion on black/chrome and blue/chrome Rouges, olive/white/black marabou jigs; trout good in lower portion on orange/white/pink Power Baits nuggets.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Good
White Bass: Good
crappie good on upper portions of Lindley Arm, Stinking Creek, and Possum Creek on minnows and tube jigs; walleye good on upper arms of lake on jig and minnow or worms; white bass good up river on small spinner baits; black bass fair on spinner baits off points; catfish fair on shad and cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 43º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and shad guts; white bass good on swimming minnows and tube jigs; black bass fair on crankbaits in main lake; crappie fair on swimming minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 3/30/15)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass good on spoons in the backs of coves; crappie fair on pearl colored flukes, worms, and minnows.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Good
white bass good using small blue crankbaits, white or chartreuse Vibric Rooster Tails while trolling the main channel or cast into gravel points; crappie good using small minnows around stick-ups; small jigs around submerged brush piles; walleye fair using creek chubs minnows or 3" or 4" crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
black bass slow on soft plastic worms in watermelon colors; crappie slow on jigs and minnows; catfish slow on worms; bluegill slow on worms and crickets.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
smallmouth bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and minnows; rock bass are good on nightcrawlers and minnows; trout good below Bennett Springs on bright colored Power Baits.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Slow
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish slow; call the fish stocking hotline for stocking information 636-300-9651.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on worms.
(Reported on: 4/1/15)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on cut baits and livers; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species slow..
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow due to river conditions.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well: Black Caddis, Morning Dun, Gingersnap Marabou, Salmon Marabou, Salmon glo balls, and Bumble Bee Rooster Tails; Zone 3 baits that are popular: Florescent orange or white with glitter Power Baits, and salmon & white worms; weed cutting is scheduled for April 21-22; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; if you have any questions, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Maramec Spring Park


Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
fishing is good; the spring branch has good flow and is stained due to recent rains in the area, fish are biting on green/white rubber leg jigs and trout worms in black/yellow and orange/white; floating doughbaits in white, pink and salmon peach colors fished on the bottom or under a float are producing good fish; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for the month of April are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Kids free fishing day is Saturday May 16th.
(Reported on: 3/30/15)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
water level is normal and running mostly clear; the river is currently at 1.83' at the lower end of the park; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented doughbaits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black, yellow, olive and other dark colors are working well; some colors work better at different times of the day; the best fishing is in the mornings and evenings; April fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 3/31/15)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is in good condition; the water has a greenish look right now and will have for a few weeks, so the dry fly fishing will slowly come back; right now we are fishing dark wooly buggers, prince nymphs, copper johns, lightning bugs, small gold jigs, small thread jigs and brassies; large dry flies will take a few here and there; the fish are still reacting to a hopper or beetle, in some areas, where there is a bit of slow water, glo balls and the San Juan worms, in bright orange and red are also working; buggers with extra mylar in the tails are working good, use 5x and 6x; the water is still up a bit and the use of Power Baits is recommended if you just want to catch a fast limit of trout, the orange, fluorescent yellow and white are all good in the eggs; if you are using the worms, the orange peel, orange, cheese yellow and chartreuse are all working; small gold spoons are really good if you fish them deep and slow; small spinnerbaits still work fine, you may need to add a bit of lead to get them down deep enough; jigs are catching fish, 1/32 and larger are best, but a few people have been catching trout on the white and olive micro jig; larger jigs are working best, in the darker colors, olive, black, black/yellow and dark brown have all been working well; in this type of water the use of 4 lb. and 3 lb. line is recommended; as the water clears we will go back to the 2 lb. line; if you go into zone 3 nightcrawlers and minnows would be good choices, or any of the bright colored Power Baits should work.
(Reported on: 3/30/15)

Fish Management Notice

Trout Stocking

The Conservation Department stocks trout in each of the trout parks every evening from the day before the March 1 opener through Oct. 30. Tag sale estimates determine a daily stocking rate average of 2.25 fish per expected angler. Except on opening day, three fish are stocked for every expected angler. From March 1 to Oct. 31, the parks will collectively sell more than 400,000 tags and stock more than 900,000 fish. These fish will average about 12 inches long over the season, but some variation occurs. Dozens of lunkers weighing upwards of 3 pounds are stocked each year. A few tip the scales at more than 10 pounds.

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