Friday, September 30, 2011

McAdoo Equestrian Trail reopens Oct. 1 at Knob Noster State Park


 JEFFERSON CITYMo., SEPT. 27, 2011 – Three miles of McAdoo Equestrian Trail at Knob NosterState Park near Knob Noster will reopen Oct. 1 to horseback riders and hikers. The new trailhead, located near the entrance to Camp Bobwhite off of Hwy. DD, and 1.5 miles of trail on either side of the trailhead will be open for use.
            The seven-mile trail had been closed temporarily to allow staff to repair or reroute areas of the trail damaged by erosion, and to relocate the trailhead to an area less prone to flooding and less impacted by traffic from Hwy. DD. Additionally, the trail was closed as a precaution because a portion of the trail was located near private property where unexploded ordnances  associated with the former Sedalia Army Airfield Rifle Range were discovered.
            Repairs to approximately three miles of trail as well as construction of the new trailhead, which includes potable water and expanded horse trailer parking, were funded through an $87,000 grant from the federal Recreational Trails Program. Park staff will continue to make repairs to the remaining four miles. The park has applied for an additional Recreational Trails Program grant to assist with funding for trail materials. Because the original trailhead has been relocated and a section of trail located near the area of unexploded ordnances has been closed, the original trailhead and the six-site equestrian campground off of Hwy. 23 have been closed as well. Repairs to the entire seven-mile trail system are anticipated to be completed by fall 2012.
            Knob Noster State Park is located on Hwy. 23, just south of Hwy. 50 and north of Whiteman Air Force Base. For more information about McAdoo Trail or the park, contact the Knob Noster State Park office at660-563-2463 or call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

9/29/2011 MDC Fishing Report

MISSOURI OUTDOOR INFORMATION-CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, AND MORE!
 
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.



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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 72 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.




 (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Blind Pony Lake: 73 degrees, dingy; 2' low; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms; bluegill fair on worms;  largemouth bass fair on tube jigs and plastic worms; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 71 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try dark colored soft plastics and worms; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try  shad, worms, and chicken livers.

 (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 74 degrees, dingy; crappie slow, try minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try crankbaits, buzzbaits, and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish slow, try stinkbaits, worms, and bluegill.
 (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 74 degrees, dingy; crappie slow; black bass fair; catfish good on cut bait; white bass slow.

 (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 74 degrees, dingy; crappie good on jigs and minnows; white bass fair on spinnerbaits;
catfish fair on turkey livers; black bass fair on plastic worms.
 (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 74 degrees, dingy; crappie good on jigs and minnows; white bass fair on spinnerbaits;
catfish fair on turkey livers; black bass fair on plastic worms.
 (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Little Dixie: 74 degrees, clear; the water level is down about 3' so it may be hard to get a boat launched off the boat ramp; catfish good on liver and minnows; largemouth bass fair on plastics; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

    RIVERS

Lamine: normal, muddy; flathead catfish good on setlines baited with minnows near Harriman Hill Access; blue catfish good on setlines below De Bourgmont Access baited with goldfish and bluegill; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Missouri (Middle): falling, muddy; all species fair. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 73 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try dark colored soft plastics and worms; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try  shad, worms, and chicken livers.

 (Report made on 9/28/2011)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 60 degrees, clear; water level 1.5' low; channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Montrose: 71 degrees, low, dingy; black bass good; all other species fair; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 72 degrees, low, clear; crappie fair;  all other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 70 degrees, low, clear; crappie fair;  all other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Truman: 69 degrees, low, clear; crappie good; catfish good; white bass and hybrid bass fair in evenings on wind blown points using topwater jigs and spoons; fishing pressure medium. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Truman Tailwaters: 68 degrees, low, dingy; crappie fair; all other species slow; fishing pressure medium. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: the river is flooded; all species slow. (Report made on 9/27/2011)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 65 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass good on crankbaits; channel catfish fair on Shad Raps; bluegill fair on flies and earthworms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Long Branch: 67 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Mark Twain: 72 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Sever: 65 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair on liver; crappie fair on minnows in the brush; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Thomas Hill: 70 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on setlines using live bait; crappie fair on jigs in deeper water brush piles; all other species slow.  (Report made on 9/28/2011)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 63 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on green sunfish and bluegill; blue catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 67 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on prepared baits; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.  (Report made on 9/28/2011)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 65 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on cut bait; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Mozingo: 65 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on minnows; black bass good; walleye and catfish fair. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Paho: 66 degrees, normal, clear; crappie improving on jigs; largemouth bass improving in 6'-8' of water; channel catfish biting on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.  (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Pony Express: 66 degrees, low, clear; black bass good on artificial worms; crappie good on minnows; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Smithville: 68 degrees, falling, dingy; crappie fair in 8'-12' of water near brush/trees; black bass slow; catfish fair on shad and prepared baits; white bass fair; walleye slow.  (Report made on 9/26/2011)

    RIVERS

Grand: 72 degrees, falling, clear; channel catfish and blue catfish good; flathead catfish good; all other species good. (Report made on 9/27/2011)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 66 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 80 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Norfork: 79 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 71 degrees, normal, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits; channel catfish good on live bait. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Big Piney (Upper): 71 degrees, normal, clear; all species good on soft plastic baits. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Bryant Creek: 71 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Current: 62 degrees, normal, dingy; all species good on artificial baits. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Eleven Point: 57 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 71 degrees, normal, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits; channel catfish good on live bait. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Gasconade (upper): 60 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Jacks Fork: 74 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

North Fork: 68 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow.
 (Report made on 9/28/2011)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 75 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair while trolling; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Council Bluff: 69 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on dark colored soft plastic worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Cypress Lake: 72 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Duck Creek: 68 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass good on shiners; bluegill fair on jigs; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Lake Girardeau: normal, clear; channel catfish fair on worms and cut bait; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Perry County Lake: 70 degrees, clear; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on liver; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 76 degrees, normal, all species slow. (Report made on 9/27/2011)

Wappapello: normal, black bass good on crankbaits and plastic worms; crappie good on minnows and jigs; channel catfish good on live bait using jug lines and trotlines at night; bluegill fair on crickets and worms along shoreline; all other species slow.

Anglers should note the 9" minimum length regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake.  Call the Wappapello Lake Recreation Hotline for updates at 573-222-8139. (Report made on 9/27/2011)

    RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 72 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Castor River (above Zalma): low, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Lower Black River (Clearwater Dam): normal, dingy; black bass good on topwater lures and crankbaits; channel catfish good on live and cut baits; white bass fair on tube jigs; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.

There have been some instances of paddlefish being caught and hooked in the mouth while using traditional fishing methods as of late.  Paddlefish are closed to taking by any method in the Black River except from March 15 through April 30.  If a paddlefish is caught outside of those specified dates it must be released immediately. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Mississippi (below Charleston): low, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/27/2011)

Mississippi River (Cape Girardeau): rising, dingy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms, cut bait and stinkbait; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): 67 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on stinkbait, liver, and worms; flathead catfish fair on live bait, small bluegill, and goldfish; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/27/2011)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 72 degrees, normal, clear; Dam/Swan Creek area: black bass fair on nightcrawlers, jigs, and soft plastic baits; walleye fair on jerkbaits; Beaver Creek area: black bass fair on jigs, soft plastics and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Lake Taneycomo: 57 degrees, normal, clear; rainbow trout good on white or olive/black marabou jigs, Rogues and Rooster Tails, orange and bubble-gum colored Power Baits or nightcrawlers also working well; brown trout fair in the upper portion of the lake on wooly buggers and blue/chrome or black/chrome Rogues in the evening. (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Pomme de Terre: 68 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass slow, best on plastic baits over points and structure; crappie slow, best on jigs and minnows around structure in 10'-15' of water; muskie slow, best while trolling and casting bucktails; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Stockton: 66 degrees, low, clear; black bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in shallow water; walleye good on nightcrawlers near points and flats in 6'-10' of water; crappie fair on minnows in 12'-20' of water over brush piles, also try jigs; all other species slow.  (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Table Rock (James River arm): 78 degrees, normal, clear; crappie good on gray and blue jigs over stumps and stick-ups; white bass fair while trolling crankbaits or vibrating spinners, white or shad colored baits working best; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/27/2011)

Table Rock (main lake): 78 degrees, low, clear; crappie good on gray and blue jigs over stumps and stick-ups; white bass fair while trolling crankbaits or vibrating spinners, white or shad colored baits working best; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/27/2011)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 65 degrees, normal, dingy; trout fair, best on natural baits and Power Baits below Bennett Spring; black bass slow, best on soft plastics; goggle-eye slow, best on soft plastics and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

James River (lower): 70 degrees, low, clear; black bass good on crankbaits, Texas-rigged off of points; crappie good on minnows and soft plastic jigs over brush; white bass fair while trolling with crankbaits and Road Runners; catfish fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.  (Report made on 9/29/2011)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 70 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill slow on worms; black bass slow on plastic worms; channel catfish slow on blood baits; please remove your litter.  (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 70 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish slow on blood baits; limit 4; please remove litter.


 (Report made on 9/29/2011)

    RIVERS

Big River: 70 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and blood bait; black bass slow on plastic worms; bluegill fair on natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 67 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and blood bait; bluegill good on worms and crickets; black bass good on minnows and plastic worms; all other species fair on natural baits.
 (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 69 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass slow on spinners and plastic worms; channel catfish slow on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Meramec (below Eureka): 70 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on  cut baits; black bass slow on plastic worms; carp fair on corn; bluegill fair on crickets, drum fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Missouri (below New Haven): 69 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 57 degrees, clear; the spring level is near normal; Zone 1 and 2 best lures: John Deere colored mini jigs, ginger colored and brown colored bead head Cracklebacks, salmon and brown colored, moss colored, brown and yellow colored marabou jigs, rainbow colored and blue colored Rooster Tails, shrimp colored, easter tri-colored and Jimi Hendrix colored glo balls, red colored and copper colored brassies; Zone 3 best lures: white colored and yellow colored Power Baits, white colored worms, and salmon eggs. September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to  7:15 p.m. October fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Report made on 9/25/2011)

Maramec Spring Park: 57 degrees, normal, fishing is slow; the water is clear; use very light weight line and tackle; dough and putty baits are producing good numbers when fished free floating; throughout the spring branch feather jigs and trout worms in black/yellow, green, white, and pink are producing good numbers of fish; fish are holding in deep holes and below the waterfalls, target these areas for best success. (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Montauk State Park: 58 degrees, the river level is normal; the water is clear; fishing is good on most baits; brown, white, and yellow scented dough and putty baits are working well, as are flies, Rooster Tails and jigs, black and yellow, white, and olive colors are working well. September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. October fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


For up-to-date stream conditions check  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440 (Report made on 9/28/2011)

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees, the water is a little off color; normal to a little high; fishing has been very good early in the day, late in the evening and in shady spots during the day; dry fly fishing is excellent right now; cheese yellow, white fluorescent, orange and brown colors in plastic eggs and worms working well; black, brown, olive and white spinners working well; small crankbaits are working well; marabou and micro jigs are good; olive, white, black/yellow and tan are good; in Zone 3: nightcrawlers, minnows and corn, white, orange or fluorescent yellow Power Bait paste is working well.
 (Report made on 9/29/2011)

Fall hikes planned for Saturdays in October at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

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JEFFERSON CITYMo., SEPT. 26, 2011 -- Discover the beauty of fall in the Missouri River hills forest Saturday mornings this October at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood. Each week, hikers will experience a different trail with hikes departing from the scheduled trail’s trailhead at 9 a.m. Most hikes will take approximately one and one-half hours, will be two miles or less and are free and open to the public. 
Schedule:
Oct. 1 -  Hawthorn Trail
Oct. 8 -  Virginia Day Trail
Oct. 15 -  Woodbine Trail
Oct. 22 -  Paved Bike Trail
Oct. 29 -  Dogwood Trail

             The mornings will be spent enjoying nature by viewing numerous birds, mushrooms and wildlife, and discussing the processes that create Missouri’s colorful fall foliage. Bring your binoculars, cameras and sense of adventure for these fun-filled mornings on Babler State Park’s hiking trails.
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park is located 20 miles west of St. Louis on Highway BA, between U.S. 40 and Highway 100. For more information, call the park directly at 636-458-3813 or by calling the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Informational meeting planned Oct. 1 at Robertsville State Park

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JEFFERSON CITYMo., SEPT., 26, 2011 -- The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting on Oct. 1 at Robertsville State Park near Robertsville. The meeting will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. in Shelter A at the park.
Recent accomplishments at the park and future plans will be highlighted during the meeting. Visitors are invited to share comments on the Robertsville State Park's services and operations.
This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort to ensure citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.
            Robertsville State Park is located seven miles southwest of Pacific off Hwy 0. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling Robertsville State Park at 636-257-3788 or by calling the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.

Wild turkeys make the most of break from weather

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Missouri’s wild turkey flock made significant gains in many areas this year.
JEFFERSON CITY–Given one nesting season free of late freezes or frog-strangling rains, Missouri’s wild turkey flock has pulled off one of the best hatches in several years.
Resource Scientist Jason Isabelle, the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) turkey specialist, today released results of the annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey.  Each year, citizen volunteers and MDC staff record the number of wild turkey hens and recently hatched turkeys, called “poults,” that they observe during June, July and August. Isabelle divides the number of poults by the number of hens to provide a poult-to-hen ratio, which is a measure of turkey nest success and poult survival.
The state-wide poult-to-hen ratio has varied little in recent years, ranging from 1.0 to 1.2. This year’s ratio was 1.7, the highest it has been since 2002.
”This year’s poult-to-hen ratio is certainly a step in the right direction after the poor hatches we’ve had the past several years,” said Isabelle. A statewide ratio of 1.7 for a few years in a row would have a fairly dramatic impact on turkey numbers.”
Isabelle said some hunters already are noticing a substantial difference in turkey numbers and are reporting more birds this summer in areas where young turkeys have been hard to find the last few years.
“A good turkey hatch throughout much of Missouri is certainly great news for fall turkey hunting enthusiasts,” said Isabelle. “Fall hunting provides a tremendous opportunity to pursue wild turkeys in the beautiful fall woods.”
Isabelle noted that only 13,500 hunters bought fall firearms turkey hunting permits last year, compared with spring-turkey permit sales of more than 100,000. The few hunters who do pursue turkeys in the fall often have the woods to themselves.
Hunters harvested 5,928 turkeys during Missouri’s 2010 fall firearms turkey season, compared with 46,000 in the spring. Isabelle said the fall harvest–which comes out to an average of 50 turkeys per county–has no significant impact on the number of turkeys that survive until the following spring.
Wild turkeys and other ground-nesting wildlife have suffered through a series of cold springs and unprecedented summer rainfall over the past five years. In 2007, a freak cold front dragged the mercury into the teens for several days in a row around Easter. In 2008, Missouri experienced record rainfall – more than 80 inches in some areas compared to the annual average of about 40 inches. 2009 was nearly as wet as 2008, and unusually heavy summer rains continued to plague turkeys last year. This year is the first in five with near-average spring temperatures and without repeated, heavy summer rains.
“Missouri’s wild turkeys have suffered through some poor hatches for the last four years in a row,” said Isabelle. “We have always been confident that they would bounce back when the weather returned to normal, and this year they did.”
Turkeys raised the largest broods in northeastern Missouri and the eastern Ozarks, where observers reported seeing 2.1 to 2.3 poults per hen. Counties along the south side of the Missouri River and the west side of the Mississippi River from Cooper County to Pemiscot County showed poult-to-hen ratios of 1.6 to 1.7. The western Ozarks and western Ozarks border counties reported poult-to-hen ratios of 1.5 to 1.6. Missouri’s western prairie counties and the northwest corner of the state had the lowest ratio of 1.4 poults per hen.
To view a detailed Wild Turkey Brood Survey map, visit at http://www.mdc.mo.gov/node/16163.
-Jim Low-

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Open house planned Oct. 1 for Mark Twain State Park and State Historic Site

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JEFFERSON CITYMo., SEPT. 26, 2011 -- The public is invited to bring their ideas to an open house onSaturday, Oct. 1 for Mark Twain State Park and Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site near Stoutsville. The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mark Twain Birthplace Memorial Shrine museum.
Representatives from the facility will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about the facility.  Refreshments will be provided.
The informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort to ensure citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.
The Mark Twain Birthplace Memorial Shrine is located off of Highway U near Florida. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the site directly at 573-565-3440 or by calling the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419(Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visitmostateparks.com.

State Fair Community College students will play vital role in rebuilding dining lodge at historic Camp Pin Oak

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LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo., Sept. 23, 2011 -- A partnership that pairs up a community college career-training program with the award-winning Missouri State Parks system will rebuild a historic dining lodge at one of the state’s most popular parks, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today.
Department Director Sara Parker Pauley led a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for the new Camp Pin Oak dining lodge at Lake of the Ozarks State Park. A fire last September destroyed the original historic dining lodge that was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Representatives from State Fair Community College and the Missouri Department of Economic Development also attended the ceremony.
The dining lodge is being rebuilt through a partnership between State Fair Community College in Sedalia and the department’s Division of State Parks. State Fair Community College(SFCC) is headquartered in Sedalia and has campuses in six other locations in central and western Missouri, including the Lake of the Ozarks. Students enrolled in the construction trades program at SFCC will rebuild the lodge as a yearlong training and education project.
“The beauty of Camp Pin Oak, with its stone buildings, rustic architecture and sturdy craftsmanship make it a one-of-a-kind place,” Gov. Nixon said. “When the historic dining lodge burned last year, Camp Pin Oak lost a piece of its past. Today, we’re proud to announce that it won’t have to lose a piece of its future. The new lodge will continue the legacy of Camp Pin Oak as a place for recreation, celebration and learning, for many, many generations to come.”
“State Fair Community College looks forward to this opportunity to partner with the state to rebuild Camp Pin Oak's dining lodge,” said Dr. Marsha Drennon, SFCC president. “It's a win-win situation. Our students will learn the construction trade in a hands-on environment and help restore a part of Missouri's rich state park history.”
The Civilian Conservation Corps built Camp Pin Oak between 1934 and 1938, and the lodge served as the hub of the group camp activities for generations of youth groups. The dining lodge was considered one of the finest examples of CCC buildings in the state park system because of its rustic architecture and craftsmanship.
“It is very fitting that the new lodge be built by students who are gaining new skills and experience, just as many of the CCC workers did when they built the original lodge in the 1930s,” said DNR Director Sara Parker Pauley. Director Pauley said she expects the new lodge to continue to serve future generations of youth groups.
The new dining lodge will fit within the historical context of the CCC-era camp, while using modern energy-efficient building materials and amenities to serve the needs of today's group camp users. The new dining lodge will have indoor seating for 135 people, a bigger kitchen with modern appliances, and a new outdoor patio. Construction is expected to take approximately one year to complete. Funding for materials, equipment and training to rebuild the camp will come from a $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant authorized by the Department of Economic Development.
For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mo.gov

Monday, September 26, 2011

Informational meeting planned Oct. 1 at Cuivre River State Park


 JEFFERSON CITYMo., SEPT. 26, 2011 - The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Cuivre River State Park near Troy.  The meeting will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the park’s visitor center.
            Representatives from the facility will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about the facility.
            The informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort to ensure citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.
            Cuivre River State Park is located three miles east of Troy on Highway 47.  People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the park directly at 636-528-7247 or by calling the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419(Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.

Informational meeting planned Sept. 30 for Wakonda State Park


 JEFFERSON CITYMo., SEPT. 26, 2011 -- The public is invited to an informational meeting Friday, Sept. 30, to discuss issues related to Wakonda State Park near La Grange. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the park's beach house.
            Representatives from the park will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the current status of the park. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its services.
            The informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort to ensure the public has input on services and facilities provided in state parks and historic sites.
            People requiring special accommodations or services to attend the meeting can call at the park at 573-655-2280 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419(Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For information about state parks and historic sites, visit the web atmostateparks.com.


Runge to host renowned artist and world angler Bob White

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Join global fly fisher, artist, columnist and fly-fishing guide at MDC Nature Center in Jeff City Oct. 15

JEFFERSON CITY Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Runge Nature Center, in partnership with the Capital City Fly Fishers, will host “A Fascination with Fly Fishing” featuring Bob White on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.  The global fly fisher, artist, columnist and fly-fishing guide will share his adventures and experiences fly fishing around the world, including in New Zealand, Seychelles Islands, Australia, Alaska and the Midwest.

White was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Artist in 2009. He was Fly Rod & Reel magazine’s Guide of the Year in 1988. As the 1994 Artist of the Year for the Alaska State Parks Foundation, he produced and donated artwork for the first Alaska State Parks Foundation print. His work has been presented twice in Fly Rod & Reel’s gallery. White has been featured as a guide and artist on ESPN’s Fly Fishing the World and Fly Fishing America. He currently illustrates the closing columns for Fly Rod & ReelDucks Unlimited magazine, Gun Dogmagazine and Hatches magazine. He is a columnist for Midwest Fly Fishing and regularly contributes to many other sporting publications.

For more information on this free community program, call 573-526-5544 or emailkathy.cavender@mdc.mo.gov.

Runge Nature Center is located at 330 Commerce Drive (Rte 179) in Jefferson City. For more information on Runge, visit MDC online at mdc.mo.gov.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Special promotion offers free breakfast at 11 Missouri state parks

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 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Sept21, 2011 -- Eating breakfast in the great outdoors always makes food taste better and Missouri State Parks is giving campers a great breakfast on Sept. 24. With Bed and Breakfast in Missouri State Parks, those who camp Friday evening Sept. 23 in 11 selected state parks will receive a free breakfast on Saturday morning, Sept. 24.
            State parks participating in the free breakfast promotion include Crowder State Park near Trenton; Knob Noster State Park near Knob Noster; Lake Wappapello State Park north of Poplar Bluff; Pomme de Terre State Park near Pittsburg; Robertsville State Park near Robertsville; Stockton State Park near Stockton; Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville; Trail of Tears State Park near Jackson; Harry S Truman State Park near Warsaw; Mark Twain State Park near Stoutsville; and Wakonda State Park near La Grange.
            Breakfasts will vary from park to park but will include such favorites as biscuits and gravy, pancakes and sausages, French toast, Dutch oven egg casseroles, doughnuts, fruit, coffee and juice. Times will vary between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. and locations will range from the campground amphitheater to the dining lodge. The breakfasts will be offered free of charge to registered campers. Lodging guests at Stockton, Thousand Hills and Mark Twain state parks also are invited to participate in the breakfasts.
            More details will be posted in the individual parks and campgrounds or may be found at mostateparks.com. For more information, call the individual parks or call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).

Saturday, September 24, 2011

MDC 9/22 Fishing Reports

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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.


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CENTRAL REGION (573) 882-8388

    LAKES

Binder: 71 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.




 (Report made on 9/20/2011)

Blind Pony Lake: 77 degrees, dingy; 2' low; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms; bluegill fair on worms;  largemouth bass fair on tube jigs and plastic worms; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited. (Report made on 9/20/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater): 72 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try dark colored soft plastics and worms; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try  shad, worms, and chicken livers.

 (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 75 degrees, dingy; crappie slow, try minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try crankbaits, buzzbaits, and dark colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish slow, try stinkbaits, worms, and bluegill.
 (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois): 75 degrees, dingy; crappie slow; black bass fair; catfish good on cut bait; white bass slow.

 (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 75 degrees, dingy; crappie good on jigs & minnows; white bass fair on spinnerbaits;
catfish fair on turkey livers; black bass fair on plastic worms.
 (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 75 degrees, dingy; crappie good on jigs & minnows; white bass fair on spinnerbaits;
catfish fair on turkey livers; black bass fair on plastic worms.
 (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Little Dixie: 78 degrees, clear; the water level is down about 3' so it may be hard to get a boat launched off the boat ramp; catfish good on liver and minnows; largemouth bass fair on plastics; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

    RIVERS

Lamine: falling, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Missouri (Middle): falling, muddy; all species fair. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia): 75 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie slow, try minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try dark colored soft plastics and worms; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; catfish slow, try  shad, worms, and chicken livers.

 (Report made on 9/21/2011)

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KANSAS CITY REGION (816) 655-6254

    LAKES

James A. Reed Area: 62 degrees, clear; water level 16" low; channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass fair; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Montrose: 73 degrees, low, dingy; all species fair; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 70 degrees, low, clear; catfish good; crappie fair;  all other species fair; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 70 degrees, low, clear; catfish good; crappie fair;  all other species fair; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Truman: 72 degrees, low, clear; crappie good using jigs and minnows; catfish fair using cut bait; white bass and hybrid bass fair in evenings using topwater jigs and spoons; black bass fair on crankbaits.  (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Truman Tailwaters: 70 degrees, low, dingy; crappie fair; all other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

    RIVERS

Missouri River: the river is flooded; all species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

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NORTHEAST REGION (660) 785-2420

    LAKES

Hunnewell: 67 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on chicken liver and earthworms; largemouth bass fair on buzzbaits; bluegill fair on Beetle Spins; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Long Branch: 68 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair on crayfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Mark Twain: 79 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Sever: 69 degrees, low, dingy; black bass good on crankbaits near points and rip rap; crappie good while trolling with jigs; carp fair on prepared baits; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Thomas Hill: 70 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair on crayfish and prepared baits; crappie fair along Hwy. T rip rap on jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

    RIVERS

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 69 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on earthworms and stinkbaits; carp fair on corn and worms; drum fair on earthworms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Salt (below Mark Twain): 70 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

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NORTHWEST REGION (816) 271-3100

    LAKES

Bilby Ranch Lake: 75 degrees, normal, clear; channel catfish good on liver; black bass good on crankbaits; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Mozingo: 70 degrees, low, clear; all species good. (Report made on 9/20/2011)

Paho: 67 degrees, normal, clear; crappie improving on jigs; largemouth bass and channel catfish fair; all other species slow.  (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Pony Express: 69 degrees, low, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Smithville: 70 degrees, falling, dingy; crappie fair in 8'-12' of water near brush/trees; black bass slow; catfish fair on shad and prepared baits; white bass fair; walleye slow.  (Report made on 9/19/2011)

    RIVERS

Grand: 73 degrees, falling, clear; channel catfish and blue catfish good; flathead catfish good; all other species good. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Missouri (below Iowa line): 76 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/20/2011)

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OZARK REGION (417) 255-9561

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (East): 80 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Norfork: 79 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

    RIVERS

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 71 degrees, normal, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits; channel catfish good on live bait. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Big Piney (Upper): 72 degrees, normal, clear; all species good on soft plastic baits. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Bryant Creek: 71 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Current: 68 degrees, normal, dingy; all species good on artificial baits. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Eleven Point: 59 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 71 degrees, normal, dingy; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits; channel catfish good on live bait. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Gasconade (upper): 70 degrees, normal, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Jacks Fork: 75 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastics and Beetle Spins. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

North Fork: 68 degrees, normal, clear; all species slow.
 (Report made on 9/21/2011)

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SOUTHEAST REGION (573) 290-5858

    LAKES

Clearwater Lake: 75 degrees, normal, clear; crappie fair while trolling; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Council Bluff: 74 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on dark colored soft plastic worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Cypress Lake: 72 degrees, normal, dingy; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Duck Creek: 73 degrees, normal, clear; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and topwater lures; bluegill fair on crickets and jigs; channel catfish good on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Lake Girardeau: normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on worms and cut bait; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/19/2011)

Perry County Lake: 72 degrees, muddy; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Robert DeLaney Lake: 76 degrees, normal, all species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Wappapello: normal, black bass good on crankbaits and plastic worms; crappie good on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on crickets and worms along shoreline;  channel catfish fair on live bait using jug lines and trotlines at night; all other species slow.

Anglers should note the 9" minimum length regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake.  Call the Wappapello Lake Recreation Hotline for updates at 573-222-8139. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

    RIVERS

Black River (near Annapolis): 72 degrees, low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Castor River (above Zalma): low, clear; all species fair. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Lower Black River (Clearwater Dam): normal, dingy; black bass good on topwater lures and crankbaits; channel catfish good on live and cut baits; white bass fair on tube jigs; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.

There have been some instances of paddlefish being caught and hooked in the mouth while using traditional fishing methods as of late.  Paddlefish are closed to taking by any method in the Black River except from March 15 through April 30.  If a paddlefish is caught outside of those specified dates it must be released immediately. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Mississippi (below Charleston): dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Mississippi River (Cape Girardeau): rising, muddy; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms and cut bait; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/19/2011)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): low, clear; all species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): 70 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair on stinkbait, chicken liver, and worms; flathead catfish fair on live bait, cut bait, and goldfish; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

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SOUTHWEST REGION (417) 895-6881

    LAKES

Bull Shoals (West): 74 degrees, high, clear; Dam/Swan Creek area: black bass fair on nightcrawlers and soft plastic baits; Beaver Creek area: black bass good on jigs, soft plastics and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/20/2011)

Lake Taneycomo: 56 degrees, normal, clear; trout good in upper part of lake on olive, white, black and gray marabou jigs and fluorescent orange glo balls and Rogues, wooly buggers are working well while being stripped on a fly rod at night; trout fair in lower part of lake on corn and bubblegum or chartreuse Power Bait. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Pomme de Terre: 71 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass good on plastic baits over points and structure in 10'-15' of water; crappie good on minnows around structure in 15' of water; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Stockton: 69 degrees, low, clear; crappie good on minnows and jigs in 18'-20' of water over brush piles; white bass good on Rooster Tails, Rattle Traps and small crankbaits in the evening on flats and around points; walleye good on spinners around points; black bass good on topwater lures in shallow water; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Table Rock (James River arm): 79 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair while dragging soft plastic crayfish on points, live nightcrawlers and live crayfish are working well in 25' of water; crappie fair on blue/gray or cricket colors using 16 oz. jigs over brush piles, also try live minnows; all other species slow.  (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Table Rock (main lake): 79 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass fair while dragging soft plastic crayfish on points, live nightcrawlers and live crayfish are working well in 25' of water; crappie fair on blue/gray or cricket colors using 16 oz. jigs over brush piles, also try live minnows; all other species slow.  (Report made on 9/21/2011)

    RIVERS

Big Niangua: 68 degrees, normal, clear; trout slow, best on natural baits and Power Baits below Bennett Spring; black bass slow, best on soft plastics; goggle-eye slow, best on soft plastics and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/21/2011)

James River (lower): 69 degrees, low, clear; black bass fair on crankbaits and live worms off of points; white bass fair while trolling with crankbaits and Road Runners; catfish fair on cut baits and nightcrawlers using trotlines and jug lines; crappie slow, best on minnows over brush. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

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ST. LOUIS REGION (636) 300-1953

    LAKES

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33: 75 degrees, normal, dingy; bluegill slow on worms; black bass slow on plastic worms; channel catfish slow on blood baits; please remove your litter.  (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23: 74 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish slow on blood baits; limit 4; please remove litter.


 (Report made on 9/22/2011)

    RIVERS

Big River: 73 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and blood bait; black bass slow on plastic worms; bluegill fair on natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Bourbeuse (middle, lower, Franklin Co.): 74 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait and blood bait; bluegill good on worms and crickets; black bass slow on minnows and plastic worms; all other species fair on natural baits and minnows.
 (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Meramec (above Sullivan, Crawford Co.): 75 degrees, normal, dingy; black bass slow on spinners and plastic worms; channel catfish slow on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Meramec (below Eureka): 74 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on  cut baits; black bass slow on plastic worms; carp fair on corn; bluegill fair on crickets, drum fair on worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Missouri (below New Haven): 74 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish slow on worms and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

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TROUT PARKS

Bennett Spring State Park: 57 degrees, clear; the spring level is near normal; Zone 1 and 2 best lures: John Deere colored mini jigs, ginger colored and brown colored bead head Cracklebacks, salmon and brown colored, moss colored, brown and yellow colored marabou jigs, rainbow colored and blue colored Rooster Tails, shrimp colored, easter tri-colored and Jimi Hendrix colored glo balls, red colored and copper colored brassies; Zone 3 best lures: white colored and yellow colored Power Baits, white colored worms, and salmon eggs. September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to  7:15 p.m.  (Report made on 9/19/2011)

Maramec Spring Park: 57 degrees, normal, fishing is good; the water is clear; use very light weight line and tackle; dough and putty baits are producing good numbers when fished free floating; throughout the spring branch feather jigs and trout worms in black/yellow, green, white, and pink are producing good numbers of fish; fish are holding in deep holes and below the waterfalls, target these areas for best success; fishing hours for the month of September are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Report made on 9/22/2011)

Montauk State Park: 58 degrees, the river level is normal; the water is clear; fishing is good on most baits; scented dough and putty baits are working well, as are flies, Rooster Tails and jigs, black and yellow, white, and olive colors are working well. The best fishing is during the morning and evening hours. September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.


For up-to-date stream conditions check  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440 (Report made on 9/21/2011)

Roaring River State Park: 58 degrees, the water is fairly clear, normal to a little high; fishing has been very good early in the day, late in the evening and in shady spots during the day; dry fly fishing is excellent right now; cheese yellow, white fluorescent, orange and brown colors in plastic eggs and worms working well; black, brown, olive and white spinners working well; small crankbaits are working well; marabou and micro jigs are good; olive, white, black/yellow and tan are good; in Zone 3: nightcrawlers, minnows and corn, white, orange or fluorescent yellow Power Bait paste is working well.
 (Report made on 9/21/2011)