Friday, September 27, 2013

Missouri Weekly Fishing Report

English: Black and white crappie (Pomoxis nigr...
English: Black and white crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus & P. annularis), by Robert W. Hines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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
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Lakes
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Binder Lake
Information:  573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Blind Pony Lake
Information:  573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
the lake is 1.5' low; all species slow; the lake is closed to private boats
and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 9/23/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)
Information:  573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Slow Black Bass: Slow White Bass: Slow Catfish: Slow
crappie slow, try minnows and jigs; black bass slow, try worms and dark soft
plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; catfish slow, try
cut shad, chicken livers and worms. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)
Information:  573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Fair Black Bass: Slow White Bass: Slow Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; black bass slow, try dark colored soft
plastics and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastic and
spoons; catfish fair on worms, stinkbaits and cut baits. (Reported on:
9/24/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)
Information:  573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Black Bass: Fair White Bass: Slow Crappie: Fair
catfish fair on cut shad; black bass fair on soft plastic worms; white bass
slow; crappie fair on minnows. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)
Information:  573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Crappie: Fair Catfish: Good White Bass: Fair
black bass good, try using dark colored plastic worms or spinnerbaits;
crappie fair, try using minnows or light colored jigs; catfish good, try
using cut shad or worms; white bass fair, try using light colored lures.
(Reported on: 9/24/13)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)
Information:  573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Good Catfish: Good White Bass: Fair
black bass fair, try using dark colored plastics; crappie good, try using
minnows or light colored jigs; catfish good, try using cut shad or worms;
white bass fair, try using dark colored soft plastics. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Little Dixie Lake
Information:  573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow; all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4
a.m. (Reported on: 9/24/13)
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Rivers
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Lamine River
Information:  573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Good Channel Catfish: Good
the river is 3' low; crappie good at Old Highway 50 Access using live
minnows; channel catfish good on cut baits at night at the mouth of the
Blackwater River; all other species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Missouri River (Middle)
Information:  573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on stinkbait; all
other species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)
Information:  573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Slow Black Bass: Slow White Bass: Slow Catfish: Slow
crappie slow, try minnows and jigs; black bass slow, try worms and dark soft
plastics; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; catfish slow, try
cut shad, chicken livers and worms. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

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Kansas City
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Lakes
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Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)
Information:  660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Crappie: Fair Black Bass: Fair
All other species fair. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
Information:  816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Largemouth Bass: Fair Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow Crappie: Fair
water level 1' low; channel catfish fair on chicken liver and cut baits;
largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and jig and pig; bluegill fair on worms
around brush piles; redear sunfish slow on small jigs; crappie fair on jigs
2' under a bobber near deep water brush. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Montrose Lake
Information:  816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Slow
All other species slow; fishing pressure light. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)
Information:  660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Crappie: Fair Black Bass: Fair
All other species fair. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Truman Lake
Information:  660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: White Crappie: Good White Bass: Good Catfish: Good Hybrid
Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Catfish good on minnows and jigs; all other species fair; fishing pressure
fair. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Truman Lake Tailwaters
Information:  660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: White Bass: Slow Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass):
Fair Catfish: Fair
White and hybrid striped bass good in early morning and late evening; all
other species fair; fishing pressure fair. (Reported on: 9/25/13)
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Rivers
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Missouri River (Kansas City area)
Information:  816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
the water level is steady; blue catfish good on cut baits; small flathead
catfish biting on worms; channel catfish continue to bite on stinkbaits and
worms; all other species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

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Northeast
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Lakes
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Henry Sever Lake
Information:  660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Hunnewell Lake
Information:  660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Largemouth Bass: Fair Bluegill: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair using crankbaits; bluegill fair using earthworms and
crickets; channel catfish fair using chicken liver; all other species slow;
the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in
containers with water is prohibited. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Long Branch Lake
Information:  660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Good
crappie good on minnows and jigs; all other species slow. (Reported on:
9/25/13)

Mark Twain Lake
Information:  660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow. (Reported on:
9/25/13)

Thomas Hill Reservoir
Information:  660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on worms, liver and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/13)
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Rivers
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Mississippi River (upper)
Information:  660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Salt (below Mark Twain)
Information:  660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Good Freshwater Drum: Good Black Bass: Fair:
Good
channel catfish good on prepared baits; drum good on nightcrawlers; black
bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

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Northwest
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Lakes
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Bilby Ranch Lake
Information:  816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Good
Mid 70's, normal, clear; channel catfish good; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/25/13)

Lake Paho
Information:  816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Catfish: Fair
Black bass are biting on jigs and plastic worms in deep water around
structures; catfish good on stinkbait late in the evening; all other species
slow. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Mozingo Lake
Information:  816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Largemouth Bass: Fair Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair Walleye: Fair
Mid 70's, low, clear; largemouth bass fair, crappie fair over deep brush or
standing timber in coves; bluegill fair; channel catfish fair on cut bait or
chicken liver; walleye fair. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Pony Express Lake
Information:  816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Largemouth Bass: Fair Common Carp: Fair
All species fair. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Smithville Lake
Information:  816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Crappie: Fair Largemouth Bass: Fair White Bass: Fair Catfish:
Good Walleye: Slow
crappie fair near brush piles and tree rows in 10' of water; catfish good in
shallow water using dip baits and nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair near
grass or woody cover using crankbaits. (Reported on: 9/25/13)
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Rivers
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Grand River
Information:  816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
77 degrees, falling, murky; all species good. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Missouri River (upper)
Information:  816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Flathead Catfish: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair Blue Catfish:
Fair Common Carp: Fair
Flathead catfish fair on worms and good on cut bait; channel catfish fair on
worms; blue catfish good on cut bait and fair on worms; carp fair on worms
and corn. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

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Ozark
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Lakes
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Bull Shoals Lake (East)
Information:  417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on trotlines or jugs. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Norfork Lake
Information:  417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: White Bass: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on trotlines or jugs; white bass fair on swimming minnows.
(Reported on: 9/24/13)
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Rivers
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Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)
Information:  417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
black bass and goggle-eye good on 4" plastic worms and crayfish style
crankbaits. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)
Information:  417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Bryant Creek
Information:  417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Current River
Information:  417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species good. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Eleven Point River
Information:  417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species good. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Gasconade River (middle)
Information:  417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good Channel
Catfish: Fair
black bass and goggle-eye good on 4" plastic worms and crayfish style
crankbaits; channel catfish fair on minnows. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Gasconade River (upper)
Information:  417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Jacks Fork River
Information:  417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species good. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

North Fork of the White River
Information:  417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

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Southeast
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Lakes
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Clearwater Lake
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Crappie: Fair White Bass: Slow Bluegill: Slow Largemouth Bass:
Slow Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs; all other species slow. (Reported on:
9/24/13)

Council Bluff Lake
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Largemouth Bass: Good Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass good on dark colored soft plastics during low light periods;
channel catfish fair on liver after dark; all other species slow. (Reported
on: 9/24/13)

Cypress Lake
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Slow Largemouth Bass: Slow Bluegill: Slow Redear
Sunfish: Slow Channel Catfish: Slow
largemouth bass slow in 1' - 3' depths on minnows, jigs, and plastic worms;
bluegill and redear sunfish slow in 1' - 3' depths on jigs, crickets and
worms; crappie slow in 1' - 3' depths on minnows and jigs; channel catfish
slow in 2' - 8' depths on worms, crickets and stinkbaits; all other species
slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Warmouth: Slow Crappie: Slow Channel Catfish: Slow Bluegill:
Slow Redear Sunfish: Slow (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Lake Girardeau
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Largemouth Bass: Fair Bluegill: Slow Crappie: Slow Channel
Catfish: Slow Redear Sunfish: Slow
largemouth bass fair on worms and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/13)

Perry County Lake
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair Crappie: Good
crappie good on minnows; all other species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Robert DeLaney Lake
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Bluegill: Fair Black Bass: Fair Crappie:
Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and livers; bluegill, black bass and
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow. NEW CRAPPIE
REGULATION: no length limit on crappie on DeLaney Lake, the daily limit of 15
remains in effect. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Wappapello Lake
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair Bluegill:
Fair
channel catfish fair using live bait and nightcrawlers at night; black bass
fair using plastic worms and crankbaits early and late; bluegill fair using
crickets; crappie fair using minnow and jigs; 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: 9/24/13)
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Rivers
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Black River (above Clearwater Lake)
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 72º
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: 9/24/13)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Crappie: Slow Black Bass: Fair Channel Catfish: Fair Bluegill:
Slow
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; black bass fair on assorted soft
plastic lures; all other species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Castor River (above Zalma)
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Sunfish: Good
black bass good on minnows; sunfish good on small crankbaits; all other
species good. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Mississippi River (Middle)
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Blue Catfish: Fair Flathead Catfish:
Slow
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut bait, worms and stinkbait; all
other species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on cut bait and worms; all other species slow. (Reported
on: 9/24/13)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Slow Sunfish: Good
sunfish good on small Beetle Spins, minnows and worms; all other species
slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)
Information:  573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Channel Catfish: Fair Flathead Catfish: Fair Black Bass: Slow
channel catfish fair on pole and line and trotlines with stinkbaits and
chicken liver; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with live bait (sunfish and
goldfish); all other species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

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Southwest
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Lakes
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Bull Shoals Lake (West)
Information:  417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Walleye: Fair Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on soft plastics, jigs and topwater baits early in the
morning and late evening; crappie fair on minnows near brush piles; walleye
fair on spoons, large minnows, and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/13)

Lake Taneycomo
Information:  417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Fair
trout fair in upper portion of the lake on flies such as scuds and San Juan
worms during the day and black/olive or white wooly buggers at night; trout
fair in lower portion of the lake on orange, chartreuse, pink and white Power
Baits, nightcrawlers and corn. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir
Information:  417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Crappie: Good Black Bass: Good Walleye: Good
crappie good on minnows over brush in 12' of water; black bass good on
plastics; walleye good while trolling over flats; muskie good in the evenings
in the back of coves. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Stockton Lake
Information:  417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Good Walleye: Fair Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Fair
catfish good while drifting with shad and nightcrawlers; black bass fair on
crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows in brush piles; walleye fair on jigs and
nightcrawlers on points. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)
Information:  417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Catfish: Good
black bass good on soft plastic crayfish and crankbaits that mimic the
movement of swimming crayfish, fish as close to the bottom as possible;
catfish good on live crayfish, shrimp, cut shad, live large minnows and small
sunfish, fish in at least 10' of water; all other species slow. (Reported on:
9/24/13)

Table Rock Lake (main lake)
Information:  417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good
black bass good on topwater lures in the early morning, try UV finesse worms
on drop-shot later in the day; all other species slow. (Reported on: 9/24/13)
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Rivers
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James River
Information:  417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Catfish: Good Bluegill: Good Crappie: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
black bass good on topwater buzzbaits and off of points with Texas rigs and
soft plastics; crappie good on jigs and minnows, best in brushy areas;
goggle-eye good on spinners and plastic jigs around rocks and structure;
catfish good on cut baits, minnows and nightcrawlers; bluegill good on worms
and crickets. (Reported on: 9/24/13)

Niangua River
Information:  417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Good Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good Rainbow
Trout: Good
black bass good on soft plastics and minnows; goggle-eye good on soft
plastics and minnows; trout good on bright colored Power Baits. (Reported on:
9/24/13)

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St. Louis
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Lakes
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Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33
Information:  636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Bluegill: Fair Catfish: Fair Crappie: Slow
black bass fair on crankbaits; catfish fair on cut bait, doughbaits, blood
baits and livers; bluegill fair on worms; crappie slow on minnows. (Reported
on: 9/25/13)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23
Information:  636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Slow Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on cut bait, doughbait, blood bait and livers. (Reported on:
9/25/13)
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Rivers
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Big River
Information:  636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Fair Bluegill: Fair
Catfish fair on cut bait, blood bait and livers; black bass fair on
crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on worms. (Reported on:
9/25/13)

Bourbeuse River
Information:  636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Slow Bluegill: Fair Black Bass: Fair Crappie: Slow
(Reported on: 9/25/13)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)
Information:  636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Catfish: Slow Black Bass: Fair Bluegill: Slow Crappie: Slow
Catfish slow on livers; black bass fair on plastic worms. (Reported on:
9/25/13)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)
Information:  636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Black Bass: Fair Catfish: Fair Bluegill: Fair Crappie
Catfish fair on livers, cut bait and worms; black bass fair on plastic worms;
bluegill fair on worms. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)
Information:  636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Slow Freshwater Drum: Slow
All species slow. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Missouri River (Lower)
Information:  636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: Catfish: Fair Freshwater Drum: Slow
All species slow. (Reported on: 9/25/13)

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Trout Parks
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Trout Parks
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Bennett Spring State Park
Information: Park  417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Good Brown Trout: Fair
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well are: salmon colored and salmon and
white colored marabou jigs; roe colored and apricot colored glo balls; yellow
brassie; sulfur colored and olive colored Cracklebacks; ginger colored and
red and black colored wooly buggers; orange colored and olive colored scuds;
bumblebee colored and skunk colored Rooster Tails; Zone 3 baits that are
popular are: fluorescent orange colored and white colored Power Bait.
September fishing hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 7:15 p.m. October fishing
hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. (Reported on: 9/23/13)

Maramec Spring Park
Information:  573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Good Brown Trout: Good
Fishing is good, the spring branch has good flow and the water is clear;
trout worms in black/yellow, pink, 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 light weight line and small
tackle; fishing hours for the month of September are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.;
For more information call  573-265-7801. (Reported on: 9/23/13)

Montauk State Park
Information:  573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Good
The water level is normal and the water is clear; the river level is 1.26 at
the lower end of the park, 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, some colors work better at different times of the day; the best fishing
is in the mornings and evenings. 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 (Reported on: 9/25/13)

Roaring River State Park
Information:  417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: Rainbow Trout: Good
The river is in great condition, the water has cleared and visibility is
excellent, the dry fly fishing is back; right now we are fishing dark wooly
buggers, prince nymphs, copper johns, lightning bugs, small gold jigs, small
thread jigs and brassies; large dry flies will take a few here and there; the
fish are still reacting to a hopper or beetle; glo balls and the San Juan
worms in bright orange and red are also working; the water is back to normal
and the use of Power Bait is recommended if you just want to catch a fast
limit of trout, the orange, brown and white are all good in the eggs; if you
are using the worms, the orange peel, black/yellow, John Deere green,
electric chicken and cheese are all working; small gold spoons are really
good if you fish them deep and slow; small spinners still work fine; jigs are
catching fish, 1/32 and smaller are best, a few people have been catching
trout on the white and olive micro jig; larger jigs are working best, in the
darker colors, olive, black, black/yellow and dark brown have all been
working well; in the clear water the use of 2 lb. line is recommended; if you
go into Zone 3 nightcrawlers and minnows would be good choices or any of the
bright colored Power Baits should work. (Reported on: 9/23/13)
Trout Notice
=============== Summer 2013 Advisory
Due to the record number of flood events (six total) in spring, rainbow trout
growth-rates at Department?s Montauk Hatchery near Licking have slowed during
the late spring and early summer. Reduced growth rates are a response to the
warmer, more turbid water conditions associated with flooding. As a result,
anglers will notice a small and temporary reduction in the length of fish
stocked at Montauk State Park and at Maramec Trout Park near St. James. With
improving conditions, the size of fish stocked should return to normal
lengths during August. Thanks to recent hatchery improvements and the hard
work and dedication of staff at Montauk, the impacts to anglers will be
minimal and short term.

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.