Friday, July 17, 2015

Missouri Fishing Report

Eleven Point River
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: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair; bluegill and channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; 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: 7/14/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using whole or cut shad, or stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow using worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow using worms, cut baits, or hot dogs; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair using buzzbaits and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics and spoons.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair on cut baits; crappie slow; black bass slow; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using cut shad or stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows; black bass good using crankbaits or topwater lures; white bass fair using spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using cut shad or stinkbaits; crappie good using dark jigs or minnows; black bass good using spinnerbaits or topwater lures; white bass fair using spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastics; channel catfish fair cut baits, live baits, and livers; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
7' high at DeBourgmont Access with moderate flow; 5' high at Harriman Hill Access with little to no flow; channel catfish fair at Roberts Bluff Access upstream to Shackelford Bridge; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
flathead catfish good on live sunfish; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut carp; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using whole or cut shad and stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow, best using worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, best using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all species fair; crappie hitting best on jigs; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
lakes are full; black bass fair early and late in the day; channel catfish fair with floating cut baits 2' under a bobber; bluegill and redear sunfish fair using worms under a bobber; crappie slow with some success using tube jigs near brush piles; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
bass and crappie are slow; catfish fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all species fair; crappie best on jigs; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
catfish good on cut baits, goldfish, and perch; crappie and bass are scattered with bass hitting best using spinnerbaits and buzzbaits; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using cut baits, goldfish, and perch; bass hitting best on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
water level is steady; water clarity is muddy with debris in the flow; blue catfish and flathead catfish good on or near the tributaries; flathead catfish are being caught on bluegill and green sunfish; blue catfish are also being caught in the holes behind the wing dams on live baits and cut baits, with Asian carp working the best.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
largemouth bass good on topwater lures, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits; blue catfish and channel catfish good on stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
redear sunfish good using earthworms; largemouth bass fair using crankbaits; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats; bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on stinkbaits, livers, and minnows in flooded areas and standing timber on setlines; blue catfish good on goldfish and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
Black Bass: Fair
high water level at 629.21; be aware of floating debris in the water; water level is falling; catfish have been good on cut baits and stinkbaits but expected to slow as water level falls; carp good in the high waters but expected to slow with falling waters; black bass fair on soft plastics on the flooded banks; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on stinkbaits and livers; all others species slow.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
Common Carp: Good
freshwater drum and common carp good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
bass good during low light conditions on topwater; channel catfish good on liver; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
north end of the lake is turbid due to recent rains; channel catfish good on stinkbaits at the spillway and road tubes; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
full pool, murky on north end with best fishing during morning hours; bass good on topwater lures; crappie fair on minnows; channel catfish good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
crappie slow; bass slow; catfish fair.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
the lake has blue green algae conditions at this time. there are no reports of people becoming sick from eating fish caught during a bloom, however the recommendation is to refrain from doing so due to the undetermined risk it may pose; crappie fair; black bass fair; white bass fair; catfish good.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)

Rivers

Grand River
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 816-271-3100
Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Good
river is still flowing high with the rock dikes just now becoming exposed; channel catfish fair on worms and dip baits; common carp fair on worms and corn; blue catfish good on cut baits and fair on worms; flathead catfish fair on goldfish and bluegill, good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species fair.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good on soft plastic baits.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
White Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair during low light periods on dark-colored soft plastics; channel catfish fair on livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
bluegill and readear sunfish slow, best on crickets and jigs; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Warmouth: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass good on plastic worms; bluegill good on crickets and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms and stinkbaits; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
363.58'; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits early and late in the day; channel catfish good using live baits and worms 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: 7/15/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Longear Sunfish: Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass good on minnows; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
39.8'; all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
36.1' at New Madrid; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish good on stinkbaits and chicken livers; flathead catfish good on small bluegill; all other specie slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Striped Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
catfish good on trotlines and jug lines using live bluegill, green sunfish, chicken liver, or other live baits; black bass good on soft plastic worms, crayfish, jigs, and spinnerbaits in brush piles; striped bass fair on live baits and large swimbaits.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
due to recent rains and power needs, water is running through the spillways most days; a flow advisory is in effect; trout good in upper portion on green or orange glo balls drifted with the current, 1/8 oz. and 1/16 oz., white and black marabou jigs, and Rooster Tails; trout good in lower portion on chartreuse, orange, white, and pink Berkley Gulp salmon eggs, corn, minnows, and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
black bass fair on deep divers and tube jigs; catfish fair on live shad; crappie fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Fair
catfish good on flats using worms, livers, shrimp, or cut baits; crappie fair on minnows in 10' - 20' of water over brush piles and near bridge piers; walleye fair while trolling with flicker shad in 15' - 20' of water at 2' - 3' off bottom; black bass slow, best on topwater lures.
(Reported on: 7/13/15)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on spinnerbaits and spoons around deep cover; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on deep diving crankbaits, jig bite is slowing down but still working over gravel points in 15' - 20' of water; also try brown, soft plastic crayfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/15)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish good on worms and minnows; goggle-eye fair on crayfish-colored crankbaits and minnows; black bass fair on soft plastics, Texas rigged worms, crankbaits, and topwater on buzzbaits and spooks; bluegill fair on worms, small jigs, and crickets; crappie fair on green and white jigs and minnows around brush piles.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
water extremely high; trout fair below Bennett Spring on bright-colored Power Baits; black bass fair on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on nightcrawlers and minnows.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)

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: 80º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
bluegill fair on worms or crickets; catfish fair on blood bait and livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on worms and blood baits; bluegill fair on worms or crickets; all other species slow; call the fish stocking hotline for recent stocking information 636-300-9651; please remove your trash.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair : Slow
catfish good on blood baits, cut baits, and livers; black bass fair, best on crankbaits; crappie slow, best using minnows; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
catfish fair on cut baits and minnows; black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits; crappie slow, best using minnows; bluegill good using worms; all other species slow, best using worms.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on cut baits and worms; black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms; bluegill fair on worms and crickets.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
the river is above flood stage; all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
river is in flood stage; all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Flies that are working well: red or blue holographic, Aqua cracklebacks, weighted crackleback, brown or black weighted woolly bugger with spinner, mega worm, possum hair. Zone 1&2 lures: 1/8 ounce marabou - pink & white, moss, gingersnap, Brown roach, Maribou- gingersnap, white, black & yellow, peach, tinsel sparkle jig, Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg, white with red dot or pink dot, dark red, rooster tails: brown sparkle, black sparkle. Zone 3 baits that are popular: Red worms, pink mouse tail, chunky cheese or chartreuse PowerBait. Fishing hours for July are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; weed cutting is scheduled for July 28-29; 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: 7/16/15)
Maramec Spring Park

Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
fishing is good; the spring branch has slightly above normal flow and the water is stained due increased spring flows from recent rains; fish are hitting white and silver marabou jigs, silver tinsel jigs, and green rubber leg jigs; doughbaits in white, pink, and hatchery brown colors are producing good fish when fished on a small treble hook and suspended under a float; green and orange trout worms rigged on a single point hook, 18" below a small split shot and floated in the current are doing well; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for the month of July are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for more information call 573-265-7801.
(Reported on: 7/15/15)
Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the water level is up slightly from last week and is currently at 2.23' at the lower end of the park; the level has subsided considerably from the last rise on July 10th; water clarity is still dingy and using 6 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is usually good on all baits with white, brown, and yellow scented doughbaits working well in the bait zones; white glo balls, holograph Cracklebacks, and holograph green, root-beer, and ruby midges continue to work well; some anglers are having some success using elk hair caddis, mosquito dry flies, olive leach, Rooster Tails, jigs in John Deere green, black, yellow, olive, and other dark colors; the best fishing is in the morning and evening; fishing hours for July are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 7/14/15)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is coming off a flood event last week; the river came up 9’ but has now receded to about 2’ above normal; the water has a muddy 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, with large dry flies taking 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 Bait 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 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: 7/14/15)

Trout Stocking

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.