Saturday, May 4, 2013

Weekly Fishing report

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass season will open May
25, 2013, 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.
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Central

Binder Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Fair Largemouth Bass:?Fair
Temperature:  55?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; largemouth bass fair; all other species
slow.

Blind Pony Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Largemouth Bass:?Fair
Temperature:  53?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
largemouth bass fair on soft plastics; all other?species slow; the lake is
closed to private boats and bait held or transported in containers with water
is prohibited.

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   White Bass:?Fair Crappie:?Slow Catfish:?Good
Temperature:  49?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
black bass?season closed; white bass?fair?using light colored soft
plastics and?crappie jigs; crappie?slow, try minnows and crappie jigs;
catfish good?on shad, cut shad and?worms.

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Fair White Bass:?Fair Crappie:?Good
Catfish:?Fair
Temperature:  54?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
black bass fair?on dark colored soft plastics and?crankbaits; white
bass?fair?using light colored soft plastics and?spoons; crappie good?on
minnows and crappie jigs; catfish?fair?using?cut baits and?stinkbaits.

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Fair Black Bass:?Fair Catfish:?Good White
Bass:?Slow
Temperature:  52?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
crappie fair on bank with minnows; black bass fair on crankbaits; catfish
good on cut shad; white bass slow.

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Fair Crappie:?Good Catfish:?Good White
Bass:?Fair
Temperature:  54?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
black bass fair, try using soft plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie good,
try using soft plastic jigs and marabou jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles;
catfish good, try using cut shad; white bass fair, try using small
spinnerbaits or light colored soft plastic lures.

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Good Crappie:?Good Catfish:?Good White
Bass:?Fair
Temperature:  54?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
black bass good, try using spinnerbaits and soft plastic lures; crappie good,
try using soft plastic jigs; catfish good, try using cut shad; white bass
fair, try using light colored soft plastics.

Lamine River Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Channel Catfish:?Fair
Water Level:  falling
Water Type:  muddy
the river is 3' high and falling; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers with
most success from the mouth of the Blackwater River upstream to Roberts Bluff
Access; all?other?species slow.

Little Dixie Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Fair Channel Catfish:?Fair
Temperature:  58?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
crappie?fair on?minnows; channel catfish fair on chicken liver; all other
species slow;?all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Missouri River (Middle) Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Channel Catfish:?Good Blue Catfish:?Fair
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on cut baits; all
other?species slow.

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   White Bass:?Fair Crappie:?Slow Catfish:?Good
Temperature:  49?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
black bass?season closed; white bass?fair?using light colored soft
plastics and?crappie jigs; crappie?slow, try minnows and crappie jigs;
catfish good?on shad, cut shad and?worms.
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Kansas City

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA) Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Catfish:?Fair Crappie:?Good White Bass:?Fair
Temperature:  64?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  muddy
all other species fair.

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Channel Catfish:?Slow Redear Sunfish:?Slow
Temperature:  62?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  clear
largemouth bass good on crankbaits; bluegill fair on?worms around brush
piles; crappie good on jigs 2' under a bobber near deep water brush.

Missouri River (Kansas City area) Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  59?
Water Level:  falling
Water Type:  muddy
channel catfish and blue catfish good on worms and stinkbaits; all other
species slow.

Montrose Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Catfish:?Fair Crappie:?Fair Black Bass:?Slow Striped
Bass:?Slow White Bass:?Slow
Temperature:  67?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
fishing pressure light for all species.

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA) Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Catfish:?Fair Crappie:?Good White Bass:?Fair Hybrid
Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass):?Fair
Temperature:  64?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
all other species fair.

Truman Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Good Catfish:?Good Smallmouth Bass:?Good White
Bass:?Good Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass):?Good
Temperature:  57?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
Lake level at 716.69; crappie good on minnows; catfish good on cut shad;
black bass good on crankbaits and jigs; white bass and hybrid striped bass
good on swimbaits and spoons.

Truman Lake Tailwaters Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Good White Bass:?Good Catfish:?Good
Paddlefish:?Good Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass):?Good
Temperature:  57?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy

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Northeast

Henry Sever Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  57?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
all species slow.

Hunnewell Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Channel Catfish:?Good Crappie:?Fair
Temperature:  62?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
channel catfish good using stinkbaits and chicken liver; crappie fair on
Little Cleos; all?other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats
and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.

Long Branch Lake Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Channel Catfish:?Good
Temperature:  50?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and cut baits; all other species slow.

Mark Twain Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  52?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
several?ramps are closed due to high water; all species slow.

Mississippi River (upper) Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   :?Good
Temperature:  50?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
all species slow.?

Salt (below Mark Twain) Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  50?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
all?species slow.

Thomas Hill Reservoir Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  59?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
all species slow.
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Northwest

Bilby Ranch Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Channel Catfish:?Fair
52 degrees, rising, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut bait; black bass fair
on jerkbaits; all other species slow.

Grand River Reported on: 5/1/13
64 degrees, dingy; all species fair; boaters should use caution due to the
recent flood, there is still a good amount of logs and snags in the river.

Lake Paho Reported on: 5/1/13
56 degrees, full pool, increase in fish pressure; a few largemouth bass are
being taken in the shallows at the north end on soft plastics; channel
catfish continue to be caught on natural baits.

Missouri River (upper) Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Channel Catfish:?Fair Common Carp:?Fair
46 degrees, dingy, high; channel catfish fair on worms and dip bait; carp
fair on corn; all other species slow.

Mozingo Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Good Black Bass:?Good Channel Catfish:?Good
Bluegill:?Good Walleye:?Fair
57 degrees, cloudy, below normal pool level; crappie, black bass, channel
catfish and bluegill are good; walleye fair.

Pony Express Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Largemouth Bass:?Good Crappie:?Good
54 degrees, low, clear; largemouth bass good on artificial worms in shallow
water; crappie are starting to move to the shallows to spawn and are good on
minnows or jigs.

Smithville Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Fair Catfish:?Fair Largemouth Bass:?Fair White
Bass:?Fair Walleye:?Fair
53 degrees, 16" low; crappie fair, beginning to move towards spawning areas,
try fishing deeper in coves where the warm water is located using assorted
jigs or minnows, black and chartreuse seems to be working the best; catfish
fair on cut shad with a few being caught on liver, nightcrawlers and crappie
sized minnows; largemouth bass fair on suspending baits, jigs and
spinnerbaits; white bass fair in areas around the major docks with a variety
of baits being used; no reports on a white bass run up the Platte River yet;
walleye fair, begin fishing large lake points with Rattle Traps and
crankbaits to catch post spawn fish.
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Ozark

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.) Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  61?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
all species slow.

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.) Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  60?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
all species slow.

Bryant Creek Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  62?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
all species slow.

Bull Shoals Lake (East) Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   White Bass:?Fair
Temperature:  64?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
white bass fair on jigs or minnows.

Current River Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  64?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
all species slow.

Eleven Point River Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Rainbow Trout:?Good
Temperature:  58?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  clear
rainbow trout good on corn and minnows; all other species fair.

Gasconade River (middle) Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  62?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
all species slow.

Gasconade River (upper) Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  58?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  muddy
all species slow.

Jacks Fork River Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  59?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
all species slow.

Norfork Lake Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   White Bass:?Fair
Temperature:  63?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
white bass fair on jigs or minnows.

North Fork of the White River Reported on: 5/1/13
Temperature:  58?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
all species slow.
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Southeast

Black River (above Clearwater Lake) Reported on: 4/30/13
Temperature:  57?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
all species slow.

Black River (below Clearwater Lake) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Fair
Temperature:  66?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs with Crappie Nibbles under a float
below spillway in deeper water; all other species slow.

Castor River (above Zalma) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Channel Catfish:?Slow Bluegill:?Slow
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
all species slow.

Clearwater Lake Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Slow Black Bass:?Slow White Bass:?Slow
Temperature:  68?
Water Level:  rising
Water Type:  dingy
crappie slow on black/chartreuse and silver/white jigs in 10' of water; black
bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.

Council Bluff Lake Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Good Crappie:?Fair
Temperature:  60?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  clear
black bass good on minnows and dark colored soft plastics;?crappie fair on
minnows and jigs; all other species slow.

Cypress Lake Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Good Largemouth Bass:?Fair Bluegill:?Fair Redear
Sunfish:?Fair Channel Catfish:?Fair
Temperature:  63?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
crappie good on minnows, goldfish and jigs in 1' - 3' of water; bluegill and
redear sunfish fair in 1' - 3' of water on jigs, crickets and worms;
largemouth bass fair in 1' - 3' of water on minnows, jigs, plastic worms and
crankbaits; channel catfish fair in 2' - 8' of water on worms, crickets and
stinkbait; all other species slow.? NEW CRAPPIE REGULATION: no length limit
on crappie on Cypress Lake, the daily limit of 15?remains in effect.

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1 Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Largemouth Bass:?Fair Crappie:?Fair Channel Catfish:?Fair
Temperature:  64?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  clear
largemouth bass fair on spinners; crappie fair on minnows; channel catfish
fair on chicken livers; all other species slow.

Lake Girardeau Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Largemouth Bass:?Good Bluegill:?Good Crappie:?Good
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie good on minnows, worms and jigs;?all
other species fair.

Mississippi River (Middle) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Channel Catfish:?Fair Blue Catfish:?Fair Flathead
Catfish:?Fair
Water Level:  falling
Water Type:  muddy
channel catfish, flathead catfish?and blue catfish fair on worms, cut
baits?and stinkbaits; all other species slow.

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Slow Largemouth Bass:?Slow
Water Level:  rising
Water Type:  muddy
all?species slow.

Perry County Lake Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Good Sunfish:?Good Largemouth Bass:?Fair Channel
Catfish:?Slow
Temperature:  64?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  clear
crappie good on chartreuse jigs; sunfish good on red wigglers; largemouth
bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.

Robert DeLaney Lake Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Crappie:?Fair Bluegill:?Fair Black Bass:?Fair
Temperature:  71?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
all species fair.? NEW CRAPPIE REGULATION: no length limit on crappie on
DeLaney Lake, the daily limit of 15 remains in effect.

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Green Sunfish:?Fair Longear Sunfish:?Fair
Temperature:  60?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
sunfish fair on Beetle Spins and small minnows; all?other species slow.?
REMINDER: black bass season remains closed on the Upper St. Francis River
until May 25, 2013.

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Channel Catfish:?Good Flathead Catfish:?Good Black
Bass:?Fair Crappie:?Fair
Temperature:  66?
channel catfish?good on stinkbait and chicken liver; flathead catfish good
on live bait and chicken liver; black bass fair on artificial baits; crappie
fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.

Wappapello Lake Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Slow Crappie:?Fair Channel Catfish:?Fair
Bluegill:?Slow
Temperature:  59?
Water Level:  high
crappie fair using minnows and jigs;?channel catfish fair using
nightcrawlers and live bait;?all other species slow. Anglers should note the
9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake. Recorded
lake level and other infomation can be received by calling the Wappapello
Lake Information Hotline at?573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.
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Southwest

Bull Shoals Lake (West) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Good White Bass:?Good Crappie:?Good
Walleye:?Fair
Temperature:  58?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
black bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits on windy points, soft
plastics, and jigs; white bass good on Alabama Rig (three hooks only) with
white plastic grubs, white swimming minnows, and?small Rapalas, also try
trolling?in the main lake, Swan Creek,?and Beaver Creek; crappie?good on
minnows and 1/16th oz. jigs near brush piles; walleye fair on jerkbaits; all
other species slow.?

James River Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Catfish:?Good White Bass:?Fair Black Bass:?Fair Northern
Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye):?Good
Temperature:  57?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
catfish good on nightcrawlers; goggle-eye good on small plastics, white
spinnerbaits or live bait; black?bass fair on football jigs in pumpkin seed
colors, males showing up on beds?around structures; crappie fair on jigs and
minnows over brush piles.

Lake Taneycomo Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Rainbow Trout:?Good
Temperature:  52?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  clear
trout good on?black, white and olive marabou jigs when drifting with the
current, also try orange, chartreuse, white/pink Power Baits, corn or
nightcrawlers; all other species slow.?

Niangua River Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Fair Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye):?Fair
Rainbow Trout:?Fair
Temperature:  54?
Water Level:  normal
Water Type:  dingy
black bass?fair on live minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on
minnows and soft plastics; trout fair on bright colored Power Baits.?

Pomme de Terre Reservoir Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Good Crappie:?Slow Walleye:?Slow White
Bass:?Slow Muskellunge:?Slow
Temperature:  59?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
black bass good on?spinnerbaits and plastics in brush; crappie?slow, best
on minnows?in 10' - 15' of water; all other species slow.?

Stockton Lake Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   White Bass:?Good Crappie:?Fair Walleye:?Good Black
Bass:?Good Catfish:?Fair
Temperature:  54?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
white bass good on?minnows and spinnerbaits; walleye good on jigs tipped
with nightcrawlers or worm harness; black bass good on crankbaits or large
swimming grubs; catfish fair on nightcrawlers; crappie fair on jigs and
minnows.

Table Rock Lake (James River arm) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Good White Bass:?Good Crappie:?Good
Temperature:  59?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
black bass good on Wiggle Warts while fishing rocky banks, also try?green or
brown jigs, soft plastic worms in dark colors or soft plastic green crayfish;
white bass?good below Galena?on spinnerbaits, try using white Vibric
Rooster Tails or small crankbaits, purple, smoke, and blue swimming minnows
with 1/16 or 1/18 oz. jigs are also working well, fish just before dark or
right after sunset for best results; crappie?good on live minnows, soft
plastic minnows and jigs near the bank; all other species slow.?

Table Rock Lake (main lake) Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Largemouth Bass:?Fair Smallmouth Bass:?Fair Northern Rock
Bass (Goggle-Eye):?Fair
Temperature:  60?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  clear
largemouth bass fair on soft stickbaits and white spinnerbaits in 10' - 17'
of water; smallmouth bass fair on Carolina rigged crayfish; goggle-eye fair
on live minnows; all other species slow.
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St. Louis

Big River Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Fair Bluegill:?Fair Catfish:?Fair
Crappie:?Fair
Temperature:  58?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
?Catfish fair on livers; black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on
jigs; bluegill fair on worms.

Bourbeuse River Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Slow Catfish:?Fair Bluegill:?Slow
Crappie:?Slow
Temperature:  54?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
Catfish fair on natural baits; fishing difficult due to high water.

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33 Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Catfish:?Slow Bluegill:?Fair Crappie:?Fair Black
Bass:?Fair
Temperature:  56?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  clear
Catfish slow on doughbait and livers; black bass fair on plastic worms;
crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23 Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Catfish:?Slow Black Bass:?Fair Bluegill:?Fair
Temperature:  56?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  clear
Black bass fair on plastic worms; bluegill fair on worms.? Please remove
your litter.

Meramec River (Crawford Co.) Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Catfish:?Good Black Bass:?Slow Crappie:?Slow
Bluegill:?Slow
Temperature:  54?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
Catfish good on minnows; all other species slow.

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.) Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Channel Catfish:?Good Black Bass:?Slow Crappie:?Slow
Bluegill:?Slow
Temperature:  56?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
Channel catfish good on minnows; all other species slow.

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region) Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Catfish:?Slow Crappie:?Slow Bluegill:?Slow Crappie:?Slow
Temperature:  52?
Water Level:  rising
Water Type:  muddy
All species slow.

Missouri River (Lower) Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Black Bass:?Slow Bluegill:?Slow Catfish:?Slow :?Slow
Crappie
Temperature:  52?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  muddy
All species slow.
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Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Rainbow Trout:?Good Brown Trout:?Fair
Temperature:  55?
Water Level:  high
Water Type:  dingy
Zone1 and 2 best lures: gingersnap colored marabou jigs;?blue colored and
green colored, and gold colored Cracklebacks; John Deere colored and
bedspread colored?mini-jigs;?brown glittered colored and solid black
colored Rooster Tails; tan colored scuds; original colored glo balls; Zone 3
best lures: white colored Power Bait; white floating salmon eggs; black and
yellow colored and orange and black colored Beetle Spins.? April fishing
hours are from 7:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.? Saturday May 4 is the Bennett
Spring Annual Kids Free Fishing Day.? May fishing?hours are 6:30
a.m.?until 8:15 p.m. ?All kids 15 and younger will be allowed to fish for
free and lunch will be provided for the kids.? We will have many
exhibits?that are open from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the kids to look
at.? For questions call 417-532-4418.?

Montauk State Park Reported on: 4/30/13
Fish Reported:   Rainbow Trout:?Good
Temperature:  56?
the river level is high and gradually falling, the water is dingy; with the
water color sight fishing is a little difficult, 2 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; the best fishing is in the mornings and
evenings.? May fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.? For up-to-date
stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440

Roaring River State Park Reported on: 5/1/13
Fish Reported:   Rainbow Trout:?Good
Temperature:  58?
Water Type:  dingy
the stream?is running high and most of the holes are very deep this spring;
more weight is needed in a lot of these holes and you will need at least one
3/0 and maybe 2 of them to get to the bottom; best colors on the soft
plastics have been, pink, orange peal, orange, white and chartreuse; when the
water is high, black, brown and skunk colored Rooster Tails will always catch
a few trout;?fluorescent orange and fluorescent pink are doing well; orange,
white, cheese, fluorescent yellow power eggs and power worms are working
well; hatch brown works very well in the hatchery area; jig fishing with tan,
black/yellow, white, olive green and dark brown are working well; flies
working well are black wooly buggers, dark brown, and olive wooly buggers are
also working well; nymphs to use would be copper johns, pheasant tails, sow
bugs, prince nymphs, and burlaps; in Zone 3 use nightcrawlers, corn, Power
Bait paste and nuggets with heavy weight.

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.