Sunday, April 13, 2014

Archery tournament was a record-breaker

The contest saw the state record broken three times.
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – The sixth Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program
Shelby Winslow, Lee's Summit,
was the high-scoring shooter at the
2014 MoNASP State Tournament.
(MoNASP) tournament at Tan-Tar-A Resort March 28 and 29 turned into a record-fest in which the state record score fell and fell again, and again.
The tournament brought together nearly 1,267 contestants in grades 4 through 12 from 81 schools to test their skills with bow and arrow. Contestants use identical equipment to shoot 15 arrows at targets from 10 meters and another 15 from 15 meters. An arrow in the 3-inch bull’s eye gets the shooter 10 points, so the maximum possible is 300 points.
Going into this year’s tournament, the record stood at 294 points. Eighth-grader Joe Wilder, of St. Peters, edged that figure up to 295 on Friday afternoon. The following morning, Hunter Berry, a 12th-grader from Sarcoxie, nudged it up another notch to 296.  But Lee’s Summit High School Freshman Shelby Winslow had the last word when she raised the bar to 297 points.
“That’s just two points short of the world record,” says Missouri Department of Conservation Education Outreach Coordinator Eric Edwards, who coordinates MoNASP. “She had shot that score before in local tournaments, so a lot of people knew she was capable of doing it. Sustaining the necessary focus at a big, state-wide event can be difficult, but she pulled it off.”
Focus is essential to success in archery. It also takes discipline to follow the steps in drawing and aiming a bow with proper form. These are skills that anyone can develop. They also are fundamental to academic success.
“Teachers are our best spokesmen,” says Edwards. “They tell absolutely remarkable stories about students who struggled with classwork and behavior problems until they got into NASP. The kids get excited about archery, and since participation in the program depends on good behavior in the classroom, their behavior improves. When shooting, they learn how to focus their attention and apply a process to a challenging task. The next thing you know, their grades improve, and seeing their accomplishments in higher shooting scores and better grades boosts their self-esteem. It’s no wonder teachers love NASP.”
MoNASP participation grew at an amazing rate early in the program’s history, and continues to accelerate. Edwards estimates the number of shooters and spectators at this year’s state tournament at more than 10,000. The Osage Beach Police Department had to be called in to direct traffic.
Asked what is behind this remarkable growth, Edward says, “Kids say it’s just fun. They enjoy spending time with their friends and shooting with them. They like the fact that they all use the same equipment, so kids of all sizes and shapes have an equal chance and can succeed. It’s great for spectators, too. You aren’t 100 yards away from the action. You are right there.”
Scores at the state tournament also are on the rise. Edwards says he thinks this is because students who joined the program while in grade school now have years of experience and practice under their belts. Winslow is an example. She has been part of the program since 4th grade. With another three years of practice, a MoNASP shooter could post a perfect score of 300.
“I am so impressed with the scores this year” says Edwards. “Each year the scores just get better and better. Kids from Missouri should have a very strong chance at making the podium at the national tournament in May.”
Missouri will send 500 shooters to the national NASP tournament May 9 and 10 in Louisville, Ky., where they will compete against 10,000 other shooters.
MoNASP is an affiliate of the National Archery in the Schools Program. It is coordinated by the Conservation Department and the Conservation Federation of Missouri in partnership with more than 300 participating schools and numerous state and local supporting organizations.
Sarcoxie R-II High School, whose MoNASP program got started just two years ago, won its team division for the second year in a row. George Guffey Elementary School in Fenton has dominated the team competition, winning first place all six years Missouri has held a state tournament.  Following are other individual and team winners.
High School Team Division
1st: Sarcoxie R-II, Sarcoxie
2nd: Helias High School, Jefferson City
3rd: Crane High School, Crane
Middle School Team Division
1st: Summit Lakes, Lee’s Summit
2nd: Hillsboro Junior High, Hillsboro
3rd: Holy Rosary School, Clinton
Elementary School Team Division
1st: George Guffey Elementary School, Fenton
2nd: Sarcoxie Elementary, Sarcoxie
3rd: St. Joseph Cathedral, Jefferson City
Individual High School Males
1st Hunter Berry, Sarcoxie R-2
2nd Skylar Price, Maries Co. R-2
3rd Colton Fry, Salem High School
4th Micheal Cook, Maries Co. R-2
5th Brice Dobbs, Sarcoxie R-2
Individual High School Females
1st Shelby Winslow, Lee’s Summit west
2nd Lexie Vaught, Crane High School
3rd Ariana Goddard, Sarcoxie R-2
4th Katelyn Stewart, Logan-Rogersville High School
5th Sarah Rains, St. Clair High School
Individual Middle School Males
1st Joe Wilder, St. Peter Inter-parish
2nd Bailey Vanbuskirk, Holy Rosary
3rd Jacob Winslow, Summit Lakes Middle School
3rd Coby Ingram, Summit Lakes Middle School
3rd Ely Lam, Holy Rosary
Individual Middle School Females
1st Lauren Smith, Summit Lakes Middle School
2nd McKenna Rice, Summit Lakes Middle School
3rd Kennedy Covinsky, Summit Lakes Middle School
4th Jenna Newell, Ridgewood Middle School
5th Hayley Hays, Holy Rosary School
Individual Elementary School Males
1st Luke Schroeder, St. Thomas the Apostle
2nd Sylas Stranger, George Guffey Elementary
3rd Zane Compton, Crane Elementary
4th Justin Brooks, Sarcoxie Elementary
5th Mason Crew, George Guffey Elementary
Individual Elementary School Females
1st Sadie Baich, Longview Farm Elementary
2nd Joy Missey, George Guffey Elementary
3rd Dillyn Wood, Windsor
4th Morgan Luebbering, St. Thomas the Apostle
5th Jaden Green, Sarcoxie Elementary
Complete tournament scores are available at: http://bit.ly/1kpwnkl. For more information on MoNASP, visitwww.mdc.mo.gov/node/27685.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Missouri Weekly Fishing Report

English: Black and white crappie (Pomoxis nigr...
by Robert W. Hines 
In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass season will open May 24, 2014, until that date 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: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
the lake is 3' low; all species slow; the lake is closed to private boats and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass closed; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; catfish fair on worms and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie good on minnows and jigs; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish slow on worms, chicken livers, stinkbaits and cut baits; black bass fair on soft plastic worms and crankbaits.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie good, have moved to deeper water because of the rain; black bass good; white bass and catfish slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Good
black bass fair; try using dark plastic lizards or spinnerbaits; crappie good, try using light colored jigs with Crappie Nibbles; catfish good, try using cut shad; white bass good, try using spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
black bass fair, try using soft plastics or crankbaits; crappie good, try using light colored jigs; catfish good, try using cut shad; white bass fair, try using light colored plastics or spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on live minnows; all other species slow; all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
the river is 6' high and falling with a heavy current; all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish and channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and liver; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow, try minnows and jigs; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; catfish fair on worms and chicken liver.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
All other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
water level 1' low; crappie fair using tube jigs near deep water brush piles; trout slow using Power Bait and small jigs.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
All other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
Paddlefish: Slow
crappie good using minnows and jigs; catfish good in shallow water using fresh cut shad.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Walleye: Good
catfish good using cut bait; walleye good using soft plastic baits.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
the water level is steady; catfish are fair, the fish are lethargic with the cooler water temperatures; blue catfish and channel catfish are biting on cut bait and worms; shovelnose sturgeon are active and can be caught best on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
largemouth bass fair using jig and frog; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Fair
crappie good on jigs and minnows near flooded timber; catfish fair on shad and goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows in 10' of water; channel catfish and blue catfish fair in upper arms using stinkbait and cut shad; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish fair on cut baits; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Salt (below Mark Twain)

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 41º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
largemouth bass good on crankbaits; channel catfish good on cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 43º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Walleye: Good
Bluegill: Slow
43 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on natural baits; crappie and walleye good on minnows; bluegill slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
largemouth bass moving to shallow water to spawn; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on cut shad and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 41º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on shad sides and fair on worms; flathead catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
white bass and crappie fair on swimming minnows, jigs, and live bait; black bass fair on a variety of artificial lures.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
white bass good on swimming minnows and jigs; crappie fair on swimming minnows and jigs; black bass fair on a variety of artificial lures.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
rainbow trout good on Power Bait and corn; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on jigs and minnows around mud flats and brush piles; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
largemouth bass good on dark colored soft plastics and crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows; redear sunfish and bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/14)
Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
largemouth bass fair on artificial lures in 2 '- 3' of water; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 2' - 3' of water with mostly smaller fish being caught right now; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
crappie and bluegill fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
crappie fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/14)
Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
crappie good using minnows and jigs; black bass fair using crankbaits; bluegill fair using worms; channel catfish fair using worms; 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: 4/7/14)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/14)
Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
the river is falling at 25.0; channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, live bait and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
crappie good on small jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/14)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbait; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/14)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Walleye: Fair
black bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Alabama Rigs (only 3 hooks allowed); white bass good on white Rooster Tails and swimming minnows; crappie fair on minnows, jigs, and small spoons around brush piles; walleye fair on jerkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/14)
Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion of the lake on white, olive/black 1/16 oz. marabou jigs, fluorescent orange glo balls while drifting with the current on spinning gear, Scuds and San Juan worms with fly rods also working well; trout good in lower portion of the lake on pink, white and orange Power Baits, corn, and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 4/7/14)
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
black bass good on crankbaits while casting along the shoreline and around points; walleye good upstream from lake boundary on yellow and chartreuse jigs; crappie fair on chartreuse jigs around trees and brush piles in 15' - 25' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Walleye: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
crappie good on minnows and white plastic grubs with 1/8 oz. heads in 10' - 12' of water; black bass fair on jerkbaits in various colors, mainly chartreuse on flats and off points in 6' -15' of water; catfish slow, best on liver from banks of coves and points; walleye slow, best on plastic worms and minnows at the edge of bluffs and up into the lake arms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
crappie good on umbrella rigs, tube baits and jerkbaits off main points; crappie fair on white jigs during the day and purple jigs later in the evening around deep cover.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
White Bass: Good
white bass good on white sliders, pearl white swimming minnows, and X-raps that dive to at least 6', live minnows also working well; crappie good on small jigs and minnows; black bass fair on swimbaits and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/14)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie good on 1/16 - 1/32 oz. black and pink jigs in 10' - 20' of water; white bass good on white and pink Road Runners in the morning and evenings; black bass slow, best on stickbaits and spider jigs on secondary points and in the channel; catfish slow, best on minnows and worms.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Fair
rainbow and brown trout fair on brightly colored Power Bait and olive/dark colored flies; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass slow on crankbaits; catfish fair on cut bait, doughbaits, blood baits and livers; bluegill fair on worms; crappie fair on minnows.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish slow on cut bait, doughbait, blood bait and livers; call the "Fish Stocking Hotline" (636) 300-9651 for stocking information.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
All species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Fair
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
All species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
All species slow.
(Reported on: 4/9/14)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well are: salmon, red & white, white, or creamsicle marabou jigs; red holographic or gold Cracklebacks, snow Rooster Tails, blue Rooster Tails, red brassie, multi-colored or gold tinsel mini jigs; Zone 3 baits that are popular are: salmon peach Power Bait and gold Power Bait dust; April fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. April weed cutting is scheduled for April 22 & 23, weed cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream, cutting will begin at 8:00 a.m. and stop around 3:00 p.m. Kids Free Fishing Day will be May 3rd, fishing will start at 6:30 a.m., exhibits will be from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., lunch will be provided to kids 15 and younger.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
Maramec Spring Park

Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Fishing is good, the spring branch has normal flow and the water is clear to dingy due to sporadic rainfall in the area; trout worms in orange, black/yellow, red, green/white, and orange/white are producing good fish; fish are biting on green/white, black/white, and green/yellow rubber leg jigs; remember to use lightweight line and small tackle; fishing hours for the month of April are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Kid's Free Fishing Day is Saturday May 17, 2014. For more information, call 573-265-7801.
(Reported on: 4/7/14)
Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the water level is normal and running clear and the river level is currently 1.59' 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 dough and putty baits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black and yellow, olive colors 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 checkhttp://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440
(Reported on: 4/8/14)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is in good shape, the water level is slowly rising after the recent rains and is starting to get a little dingy; right now using 6X tippet on fly rods and 7X when fishing dry flies; best flies right now are Adams, blue wing olives, caddis fly, zebra midges, pheasant tails, copper johns, burlaps and sow bugs; black, brown, and olive Rooster Tails; small Colorado wooly bugger spinner combos; orange, white, and fluorescent yellow Power Bait eggs; plastic worms in orange, cheese, pink, and orange peel; marabou jig fishing is good right now on a spin or casting reel, with the dingy water it is okay to use shorter leaders with larger line; if you are spin fishing, 4 lb. Maxima or P-line works well right now; still using #10 hooks on the worms and #12 and smaller for the plastic eggs; 3/0 and BB sized sinkers will work best for you right now; Zone 3 fishing is good on Power Bait paste, white has been good and orange has been working; also corn, nightcrawlers and natural eggs have been working.
(Reported on: 4/8/14)

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.