Thursday, May 7, 2015

Missouri State Fishing Report

Gasconade River
In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky bass) may not be possessed from March 1 through the Friday before the fourth Saturday in May. 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: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
water level is normal and dingy; crappie good; bluegill good; largemouth bass fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
1' low and clear; crappie fair; largemouth bass fair; all other 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: 5/6/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
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 spoons; catfish slow, best on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
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 spoons; catfish slow, best on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Slow
crappie slow on minnows; black bass fair on crankbaits; catfish fair on cut baits; white bass slow on crankbaits.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, best on cut shad; crappie good dark-colored jigs and minnows; black bass fair on crankbaits; white bass slow, best on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair on cut shad; crappie good on dark jigs and minnows; black bass slow, best on spinnerbaits; white bass slow, best on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass fair on plastics; channel catfish fair; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
the river is at normal level and muddy; channel catfish good on set lines and pole and line methods from the mouth of the Lamine up to Roberts Bluff Access; blue catfish fair on cut shad near the mouth of the Lamine; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
water level is rising and muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on cut carp; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow, best on minnows and crappie jigs; white bass fair, best on light-colored soft plastics, crappie jigs, and Rooster Tails; catfish fair on worms and cut shad; please remember that black bass season is closed on most streams south of the Missouri River until May 23.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
bass fair on spinnerbaits; catfish fair on cut baits; crappie fair on jigs; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
lakes are full; black bass good; channel catfish fair; crappie fair on tube jigs near brush piles; bluegill and redear sunfish good using worms under a bobber; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on spinnerbaits; catfish good on cut baits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Good
catfish good using cut baits and goldfish; black bass fair using spinnerbaits; walleye fair using crankbaits; crappie good using jigs and minnows; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
white bass and hybrid bass good on spinnerbaits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; catfish fair on cut baits; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
water level is steady and muddy; fishing for catfish is picking up; blue catfish fair on set lines using cut Asian carp and on pole and line with some success using livers and shrimp; channel catfish slow with some success on dip bait and worms in or near tributaries; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Muskellunge: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
largemouth bass good on crankbaits and soft plastic baits; crappie good on minnow and jigs; muskellunge fair on crankbaits; bluegill fair on jigs; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass good using jig and frog, crappie fair on jigs, channel catfish fair on 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: 5/5/15)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
Walleye: Good
crappie good on minnows and jigs; freshwater drum good on worms and jigs; walleye good on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
55-59 degrees in the main channel and 60-64 degrees in the upper arms of the lake; lake level is at 606.88 feet and cloudy; crappie has slowed from last week, the crappie are mostly be caught on the banks at a depth between 3-6 feet; largemouth bass are fair and being caught off the points and on the banks in the arms of the lake; white bass are good in the rivers and are being caught on small, soft-plastic minnows and small crankbaits; catfish are good on goldfish, sunfish, bluegill and shad; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
crappie good on minnows and jigs; channel catfish good on worms and stink bait; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 573-248-2530

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
crappie good; black bass good; catfish good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie are being taken on minnows and bobbers as well as small spinners, fished 10' - 15' from the bank with rocky areas especially productive; channel catfish are spotty with cut shad and nightcrawlers producing the best results; largemouth bass are being caught in the 3-5 lb range consistently.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Fair
crappie good; black bass good; channel catfish good; bluegill and walleye fair.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
crappie good on jigs; catfish good on worms, cut baits, and chicken livers; bass good on spinner baits and worms.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Walleye: Slow
White Bass: Good
crappie good; black bass good; catfish good; walleye slow; white bass good.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish fair on fresh cut baits and worms; blue catfish fair on fresh cut baits; common carp fair on worms; freshwater drum fair on worms.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
channel catfish and common carp fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
white bass good on jigs or minnows; crappie fair on jigs or minnows; black bass fair on artificial baits.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Walleye: Fair
white bass good on jigs or minnows; crappie fair on jigs or minnows; black bass fair on artificial baits.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
goggle-eye good on soft plastic grubs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Black Bass: Good
goggle-eye and black bass good on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species fair on plastics.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
goggle-eye good on soft plastic grubs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Black Bass: Good
Sunfish: Good
goggle-eye, black bass, and sunfish good on soft plastics and live baits.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good on soft plastic.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on crankbaits and jigs; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair on dark-colored plastics and crankbaits during low light periods; channel catfish fair on liver; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; bluegill and redear fair on crickets and jigs; bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs; catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Warmouth: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
water level is 346.2'; largemouth bass fair on shiners; bluegill, crappie, warmouth sunfish and redear fair on crickets and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
redear and bluegill fair on crickets and worms; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass fair on artificial worms and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie excellent on minnows; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
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
Bluegill: Fair
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; bluegill fair on crickets, wax worms, and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
lake level 359.74'; black bass fair on crankbaits and soft plastics; crappie good on minnows and jigs; bluegill good on crickets and worms; catfish good using live bait on juglines 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: 5/5/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on spinnerbaits or cube baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs; catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; white bass fair on jigs and assorted lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
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 15.9' and falling; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on stinkbaits, worms, and cut baits; flathead catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
27.6' at Cairo; catfish fair on worms and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Fair
at Chalkbluff CA channel catfish good on pole and trotlines using worms, stinkbaits, and chicken liver; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with live bluegill and goldfish; crappie fair on pole and line with minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
crappie good on live minnows, soft plastics, and jigs; black bass good on soft plastics, jigs, and spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion on Rouges, olive/white/black marabou jigs and Rooster Tails when generators are running, try scuds and San Juan worms when water is not running; trout good in lower portion on chartreuse, orange, white, and pink Power Baits nuggets, corn, minnows, and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
crappie good on minnows and white tube jigs in 10' - 12' of water; black bass good on plastic baits and brown tube jigs in 5' - 10' of water; walleye good off points on jig and worm or jig and minnow while bottom bouncing; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
crappie good on chartreuse roadrunners while trolling in 10' - 15' of water or use minnows 2' under bobbers off rock/gravel banks or pea gravel banks in coves; white bass good on swimming minnows; walleye good while trolling with flicker shad; black bass good while trolling with flicker shad; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass good on watermelon seed centipedes off of sloping gravel banks in 8' - 12' of water; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
black bass good, smallmouth are being caught on jigs with peanut butter and jelly colored crayfish trailer, fish gravel banks in 5' - 15' of water; crappie good on small plastic jigs, try white, red, and black or chartreuse colored jigs. Live small minnows also working well, fish submerged brush piles or stick-ups in 3' - 20' of water; white bass good while trolling flats with shiny colored, deep diving crankbaits; walleye fair on large minnows, spinnerbaits, and rattle trap type crankbaits, fish in 15' - 25' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
black bass good on soft plastic salamanders and green pumpkin worms on Texas rig; goggle-eye good on jigs and minnows near the bank; catfish good on worms and minnows; blue gill fair on worms and crickets.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Niangua River
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 417-895-6880

St. Louis

Lakes

August A. Busch Memorial and Weldon Spring Conservation Areas
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 636-441-4554
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
catfish good on doughbaits and livers; black bass fair on plastic worms; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill good on worms.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Crappie: Fair
catfish good on doughbaits and livers; black bass fair, best on plastic worms; crappie fair, best on minnows; bluegill good, best on worms; call the fish stocking hotline for recent stocking information 636-300-9651; please remove your trash.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
catfish good on cut baits and worms; black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie fair, best on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on worms.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on cut baits,doughbaits, and worms; bluegill fair on worms; black bass good on plastic worms; crappie slow, best on minnows.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair, best on cut baits, blood baits, and livers; black bass slow, best on plastic worms; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on worms; rainbow trout fair on flies.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on worms; black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie slow, best on minnows; bluegill fair on worms; in most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass may not be possessed in most streams south of the Missouri River from March 1 - May 22; 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.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
all catfish fair, best on cut baits.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
all catfish fair, best on cut baits; freshwater drum fair on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well: ginger marabou, black & olive marabou, red and white marabou, light roe with red dot or white with red dot glo balls, white Rooster Tails, and turquoise Cracklebacks; Zone 3 baits that are popular: chunky cheese or salmon peach Power Baits, and white worms; fishing hours for May are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.; weed cutting is scheduled for May 19th - 20th; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; if you have any questions, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 5/6/15)
Maramec Spring Park

Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
fishing is good; the spring branch has good flow and is the water is clear; fish are hitting on doughbaits in yellow, white, and salmon peach colors fished on the bottom or under a float; trout worms in yellow, black/white, and orange/white rigged 18 inches below a small split shot are doing well; green/white rubber leg jigs fished above riffles 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 May are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m; Kids Free Fishing Day is Saturday May 16th. For more information call 573-265-7801.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
water level is normal and running clear; the river is currently at 1.82' 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; 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.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Kids Fishing Day is May 16th; the river is normal for this time of year and is clear; right now Cracklebacks, Adams, beetles, ants, hoppers and caddis flies are all good; leaders are 9' with 6X or 7X tippets; fish are still being caught on nymphs, pheasant tails, copper johns, black, brown and gray zebra midges, sow bugs, burlaps, hares ears and small prince nymphs; glo balls, San Juan worms, black, brown, olive and tan buggers and leeches work well most of the day, fish are still being caught on the baby buggers in the same colors; plastic eggs and worms are still catching lots of fish, orange, orange/white, cheese, white, and fluorescent yellow have all been good; spinners are still working in the early mornings black, brown, white, olive and skunk have all been working well; jig fisherman are really doing well right now, the water is good for sight fishing and the jig fisherman are catching trout on olive, black, brown, white and tan; if you are using Micro Jigs, tan, olive and black/yellow have been the best colors.
(Reported on: 5/5/15)

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. 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.