Thursday, July 23, 2015

Missouri Fishing Report

Smallmouth Bass
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: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Sunfish: Fair
bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and sunfish fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 81º
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: 7/21/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
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: 7/21/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
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: 7/21/15)
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: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
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: 7/21/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
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-colored jigs or minnows; black bass good using spinnerbaits or topwater lures; white bass fair using spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Good
largemouth bass fair in deeper water; channel catfish fair on cut baits, livers, and shrimp; bluegill good on worms and crickets; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 7/20/15)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
the river is near flood stage; channel catfish were good downstream from the mouth of the Blackwater River before the rise in water level; all species are slow at this time.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
flood stage; all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
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 using worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): normal
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; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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 or chicken liver 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: 7/22/15)
Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
bass and crappie are slow; catfish good; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 90º
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; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
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; crappie and bass are scattered, with bass hitting best using spinnerbaits and buzzbaits; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
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 are fair using buzzbaits and spinnerbaits; crappie are scattered; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
water level is falling; water clarity is muddy with debris in the flow; flathead catfish slow with some success on bluegill and green sunfish; blue catfish slow with some success on a variety of live baits and cut baits, with Asian carp working the best.
(Reported on: 7/22/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
blue catfish and channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and topwater lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/22/15)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
redear sunfish and bluegill good using earthworms; largemouth bass fair using crankbaits; channel catfish fair using chicken livers; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats; bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on stinkbaits, worms, and livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
water level at 627.05; be aware of floating debris in the water; water level is cresting on 7/21/2015; catfish have been good on cut baits and stinkbaits; black bass fair on soft plastics and topwater lures on the flooded banks; white bass good using shad at the top of the water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/22/15)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, worms, and livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and cut baits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
catfish good on cut baits and live baits; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
water is flowing over the spillway; channel catfish good on livers and stinkbaits; hybrid striped bass good on livers; largemouth bass over 18" fair on Rattle Traps and crankbaits near submerged brush piles at a depth of 6' - 10'; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/15)
Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
bass good; channel catfish good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
crappie slow; bass slow; catfish slow but are biting on livers and worms best.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
catfish good on cut baits, live baits, and worms; black bass good; white bass good; crappie fair.
(Reported on: 7/22/15)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
river is above flood stage and extremely muddy; all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
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: 7/22/15)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
smallmouth bass good on soft plastic baits and nightcrawlers; goggle-eye slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species fair.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
black bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and live baits.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
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: 7/21/15)
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: 7/21/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
White Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
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: 7/21/15)
Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
bluegill and redear sunfish slow, best on crickets and jigs; largemouth bass slow, best on spinnerbaits and jigs, channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 88º
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: 7/21/15)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
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; blue catfish and channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
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 livers; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
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 wax worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
360.58'; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits early and late in the day; channel catfish fair using live baits and worms on juglines and trotlines at night; bluegill are fair using crickets and worms; 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: 7/21/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
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
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
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: 7/21/15)
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
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass good on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
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
36.4'; all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
35.5' at New Madrid; channel catfish and blue catfish good on stinkbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish good on pole and line and trotlines using worms, stinkbaits, and chicken livers; flathead catfish are fair on trotlines with live bluegill; all other specie slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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; striped bass fair on live baits and large swimbaits.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion of lake on green or orange glo balls drifted with the current; black/chrome and blue/chrome Rogues, 1/16 and 1/8 oz olive, white and black marabou jigs, and Rooster Tails working well when water is running; scuds and San Juan worms working well when water is not running; trout good in lower portion of the lake on chartreuse, orange, white, and pink Berkley Gulp salmon eggs, corn, minnows, and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
black bass slow, best on spinnerbaits in 20' of water by trees in coves; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Good
catfish good on flats using worms, livers, shrimp, or cut baits; walleye good on nightcrawlers in 20' - 25' of water on flats or long points; crappie fair on minnows in 10' - 20' of water over brush piles and pole timber; black bass slow, best on crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on spoons and crankbaits around cover in 20' - 25' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
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: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on worms and minnows; goggle-eye fair on crankbaits and minnows; black bass fair on soft plastics, 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: 7/21/15)
Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
trout good; black bass good on live minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye good on light-colored jigs.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

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): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
bluegill slow on worms or crickets; catfish fair on blood bait and livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish fair on liver and blood baits; bluegill slow 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: 7/21/15)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair : Slow
catfish fair on cut baits and liver; black bass slow, best with plastic worms; crappie slow, best using jigs; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish fair on cut baits, worms, and minnows; black bass slow on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; crappie slow, best using minnows; bluegill slow using worms and crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
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: 7/22/15)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish good on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
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
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 popular lures are: red, blue, or aqua Cracklebacks; pink and white, moss, or gingersnap marabou; Jimi Hendrix, or Easter egg glo ball; brown sparkle or black sparkle rooster tails; Zone 3 baits that are popular: red worms, pink mouse tail, chunky cheese, or chartreuse Power Baits; 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: 7/22/15)
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: Slow
fishing is good; the spring branch has slightly above normal flow and the water is cloudy due to increased spring flows; fish are hitting green, black, and gray marabou jigs; doughbaits in salmon and hatchery brown colors are producing good fish when fished on a small treble hook and suspended under a float; 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: 7/22/15)
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 slightly above normal for this time of year and is currently at 2.11' at the lower end of the park; the level has subsided considerably from the 1.1' rise on July 20th; 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; single hook Rooster Tails also a good choice in all zones; anglers are having some success with cream jigs, glo balls, red zebra midge, and olive leech; fish are hitting light making it hard to diagnose a strike; 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 checkhttp://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is coming back to normal and is about 1’ above normal; the water has become more clear in the last week but still has a dingy color; 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: 7/22/15)

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.