Thursday, April 9, 2015

Missouri Fishing Report

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

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

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
normal water level and dingy; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
2.5' low and clear; all species slow; the lake is closed to private boats; bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited; please return boats available for use (at no charge) to the shoreline storage area when done; boats left elsewhere on the lake are unavailable for others to use.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair on jerkbaits and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; catfish slow on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair on jerkbaits and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; catfish slow on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 43º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow, best on jigs; black bass fair on crankbaits; white bass fair on Rooster Tails; catfish slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 43º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, best on cut shad; crappie slow, best on minnows and dark-colored jigs; black bass slow, best on dark-colored worms; white bass slow, best on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 43º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, best on cut shad; crappie fair on dark jigs with Crappie Nibbles; black bass slow, best on crankbaits; white bass slow, best on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
crappie fair on bobber jig and minnows; largemouth bass fair on jigs; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
The Lamine River is muddy and starting to rise; all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
low but rising and muddy; all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; catfish fair on worms and cut shad.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
white bass and hybrid striped fair on plastic lures and flies; crappie fair on jigs; catfish fair using fresh cut shad; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Brown Trout: Good
full pool; black bass fair; channel catfish fair; crappie good on tube jigs near brush piles; bluegill slow; rainbow trout slow, best on Power Baits; brown trout good using minnows and artificial lures.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass good using plastic lures; crappie fair using jigs and minnows; catfish good using fresh cut baits; all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 46º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
bass good using spinnerbaits; crappie good using jigs and minnows; catfish good using fresh cut baits; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
white bass and hybrid striped bass good using soft plastics; crappie good using jigs and minnows; catfish good using fresh cut shad; fishing pressure high.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
water level is rising and muddy; catfish beginning to move up onto the flats; blue catfish are beginning to bite on skip jack, shad sides, and other cut baits; channel catfish are beginning to bite on shad sides and worms in or near tributaries; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
largemouth bass fair using spinnerbaits; all species are slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and worms; channel catfish fair on worms, leeches and minnows; all other species slow
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 46º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
catfish are fair using shad and skipjack; crappie fair in arms of the lake on black and chartreuse jigs and with minnows on the hook; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
crappie good on jigs across the south side of the lake using minnows and jigs; north parts of the lake have been hit or miss as water temps are in the low 50's; largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass good on crankbaits and rattle type lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish good on worms and cut baits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Paddlefish: Good
paddlefish good on snagging; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Fair
channel catfish good on liver, worms, or cut baits; black bass good on jerkbaits; walleye slow; crappie fair in mid-depths; bluegill slow; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass fair on short arm spinnerbaits; crappie fair on tube jigs fished with a bobber; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
walleye slow; crappie fair, staging in mid-depths; black bass fair on jerkbaits; catfish good on cut baits; bluegill fair over deeper structure; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on spinner baits; crappie slow, best on jigs; catfish slow, best on worms and cut baits; fishing pressure is light.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
Walleye: Fair
crappie fair; black bass fair; catfish good; walleye fair at the dam.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish good on fresh cut baits and worms; blue catfish fair on fresh cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Good
flathead catfish and blue catfish are fair on worms; carp good on worms; channel catfish fair on worms and dip baits.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
white bass good on live minnows or swimming minnows; crappie fair on jigs or minnows.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Walleye: Fair
white bass good on live minnows or swimming minnows; crappie fair on jigs or minnows; walleye fair on minnows.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
Chain Pickerel: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
water level is at 346.4; largemouth bass fair on jigs and shiners; crappie fair on jigs; chain pickerel fair on Rapalas; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
bluegill fair on minnows and crickets; crappie fair on worms and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)
Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
lake level 360.2'; black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill slow; channel catfish fair using live baits on jug lines and trotlines at night; anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake; recorded lake level and other information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
smallmouth bass slow, best on crankbaits and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
river level is 20.5' and falling; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits and worms; flathead catfish fair on live baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
21.4' and rising; channel catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Fair
white bass fair on live minnows, purple/blue/smoke colored swimming minnows, white sliders, Blue Buck tail jigs, and white or black 1/80 oz jigs in the mornings and evenings; walleye fair on Rogues and live bait below powersite dam and in the Beaver Creek area; crappie fair on live minnows and jigs around stickups and submerged timber; black bass fair on soft plastics and jigs.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)
Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
running four generators most days; trout good in upper portion on Rouges, olive/white/black marabou jigs and Rooster Tails; trout good in lower portion on orange/white/pink Power Baits nuggets, corn, and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Good
White Bass: Good
Catfish: Fair
white bass good on small spinnerbaits up river; crappie good on minnows and tube jigs on the upper portion of the lake; walleye good on jig and minnow or worms on upper arms of lake; black bass fair on spinnerbaits off points; catfish fair on shad and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Walleye: Good
walleye good on jigs with nightcrawlers at the dam; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and shad guts; black bass fair on crankbaits in main lake; crappie slow on swimming minnows; white bass slow on swimming minnows and tube jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
black bass good on jerkbaits and Wiggle Warts back in coves and off main lake banks; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; catfish fair on cut baits and worms.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
white bass good on small blue crankbaits, white or chartreuse Vibric Rooster Tails while trolling the main channel or cast into gravel points; crappie good on small minnows around stick-ups or small jigs around submerged brush piles; walleye fair on large creek chub minnows or 3" - 4" crankbaits; black bass fair on white and chartreuse spinnerbaits with a gold spinner, also try a Wiggle Wart when fishing against rock ledges; or all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Paddlefish: Good
paddlefish good and are starting to move up river; black bass slow, best on soft plastic worms in watermelon colors; crappie slow, best on jigs and minnows; catfish slow, best on worms; bluegill slow, best on worms and crickets.
(Reported on: 4/6/15)
Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
black bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics and minnows; goggle-eye bass fair on nightcrawlers and minnows; trout fair below Bennett Spring.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Slow
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish slow; call the fish stocking hotline for stocking information 636-300-9651.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on cut baits and blood baits; black bass slow, best on plastic worms; crappie slow, best on minnows; bluegill fair on worms.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
catfish slow, best on cut baits, blood baits and minnows; bluegill slow, best on worms; black bass slow, best on spinners; crappie slow, best on minnows.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow due to river conditions.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
all species are slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well: black caddis, gingersnap marabou, white marabou, pink and white marabou, flame tri-color glo balls, and all colors of zebra midge; Zone 3 baits that are popular: florescent orange or red Power Baits, and florescent orange or pink worms; fishing hours for April are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; weed cutting is scheduled for April 21-22; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; Kids Free Fishing Event is scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd; if you have any questions, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Maramec Spring Park

Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
fishing is good; the spring branch has good flow and is stained due to recent rains in the area, fish good on orange/white rubber leg jigs and trout worms in red, red/white, and orange/white; floating doughbaits in yellow, purple, and salmon peach colors fished on the bottom or under a float are producing good fish; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for the month of April are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Kids free fishing day is Saturday May 16th.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
water level is normal and running mostly clear; the river is currently at 1.96' at the lower end of the park; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented doughbaits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black, yellow, olive and other dark colors are working well; some colors work better at different times of the day; the best fishing is in the mornings and evenings; April fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 4/7/15)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Kids Fishing Day is May 16th; the river is in good condition and the water level has dropped about 4 inches in the last week; the water has a greenish look right now and will have for a few weeks, so the dry fly fishing will slowly come back; right now we are fishing dark wooly buggers, prince nymphs, copper johns, lightning bugs, small gold jigs, small thread jigs and brassies; large dry flies will take a few here and there; the fish are still reacting to a hopper or beetle, in some areas, where there is a bit of slow water, glo balls and the San Juan worms, in bright orange and red are also working; buggers with extra mylar in the tails are working good, use 5x and 6x; the water is still up a bit and the use of Power Baits is recommended if you just want to catch a fast limit of trout, the orange, fluorescent yellow and white are all good in the eggs; if you are using the worms, the orange peel, orange, cheese yellow and chartreuse are all working; small gold spoons are really good if you fish them deep and slow; small spinnerbaits still work fine, you may need to add a bit of lead to get them down deep enough; jigs are catching fish, 1/32 and larger are best, but a few people have been catching trout on the white and olive micro jig; larger jigs are working best, in the darker colors, olive, black, black/yellow and dark brown have all been working well; in this type of water the use of 4 lb. and 3 lb. line is recommended; as the water clears we will go back to the 2 lb. line; if you go into zone 3 nightcrawlers and minnows would be good choices, or any of the bright colored Power Baits should work.
(Reported on: 4/8/15)

Fish Management Notice

Trout Stocking
The Conservation Department stocks trout in each of the trout parks every evening from the day before the March 1 opener through Oct. 30. Tag sale estimates determine a daily stocking rate average of 2.25 fish per expected angler. Except on opening day, three fish are stocked for every expected angler. FromMarch 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.