Friday, August 7, 2015

Missouri state fishing report for week of 8/7/2015

Bourbeuse River: photo credit www.family-outdoors.com
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: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Sunfish: Fair
bank fishing is difficult at this time due to aquatic weeds and algae; sunfish fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish 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: 8/4/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 573-346-2210
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 573-346-2210
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): rising
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: 8/5/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using hot dogs or stinkbaits; crappie slow using minnows; black bass slow using plastic worms or Rooster Tails; white bass fair using light-colored plastics.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using hot dogs or stinkbaits; crappie slow using minnows; black bass slow using plastic worms or Rooster Tails; white bass fair using light-colored plastics.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair in deep water on plastics and crankbaits; channel catfish fair on cut baits and livers; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
the river is 3' high and falling; all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)
Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Good
blue catfish good on cut carp; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; flathead catfish good on live sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 573-346-2210

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: 8/4/15)
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
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 good using worms under a bobber, find a shady area; crappie slow with some success using tube jigs near brush piles; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
catfish fair; bass fair, crappie slow; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
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: 8/4/15)
Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 87º
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 Sassy Shad and cut baits; crappie fair using jigs; bass good on the topwater lures using Sassy Shad and spoons; fishing pressure medium to high.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)
Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
catfish good on cut baits and Sassy Shad; crappie fair on jigs; bass good using Sassy Shad and spoons; fishing pressure medium to high.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)

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
water level is falling; water is muddy with debris in the flow; blue catfish slow with some success using cut baits, with Asian carp working the best; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
largemouth bass good on crankbaits and soft plastic lures; channel catfish and blue catfish good on stinkbaits, cut baits, and nightcrawlers; crappie good on jigs and minnows.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
largemouth bass good using crankbaits, channel catfish and blue catfish good using chicken liver and earthworms; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 8/6/15)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie good on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair on minnows, worms, stinkbaits, and livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
high water level at 621.88 but is dropping slowly; be aware of floating debris in the water; catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; black bass fair on large soft plastic lures in the flooded trees and shrubs and along the bluffs; white bass good on shad at the top of the water; crappie fair on jigs tipped with minnows; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie
lake level is 713, one foot above normal pool; clarity is dingy but clearing; all species are slow; crappie are intermittent along Highway T rocks; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
fishing pressure light; all species fair.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Common Carp: Good
channel catfish good near the road tubes on stinkbaits and livers; twilight conditions, along with topwater buzzbaits and jerkbaits, are producing largemouth bass action; carp good on jello-flavored doughbaits.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
bass good early and late in the day; crappie fair over deep brush piles; channel catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
crappie fishing has picked up over the last week and are fair on worms and jigs; bass are fair on crankbaits and rattle lures; catfish fair on livers and worms.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
crappie good; black bass good; white bass good; catfish good.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
river is at flood stage and falling; all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 79º
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 good on worms; blue catfish good on cut baits, fair on worms; flathead catfish good on goldfish and bluegill, fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)

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: 8/5/15)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
black bass fair on soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Suckers: Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits; suckers good on worms.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species fair.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Sunfish: Fair
black bass, goggle-eye, and sunfish fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good on soft plastic baits.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
White Bass: Slow
497.5'; all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
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: 8/5/15)
Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 88º
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 on crickets and jigs; largemouth bass slow on spinnerbaits and jigs; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
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: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie
Warmouth
Redear Sunfish
largemouth bass good on topwater lures; bluegill fair on crickets, jigs, and worms.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish good on worms and stinkbaits; black bass fair on plastic worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Slow
bluegill good on wax worms; blue catfish and channel catfish good on cut baits.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
359.81'; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits early and late in the day; channel catfish fair using live baits and worms on jug lines and trotlines at night; bluegill fair on 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: 8/5/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
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: 8/5/15)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
black bass fair on assorted lures; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Longear Sunfish: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Good
all species good on minnows.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
30.3'; blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish
31.5'; blue catfish and channel catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
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: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on assorted lures; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish good on pole and line and trotlines using worms, stinkbaits, and chicken livers; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with live bluegill; black bass fair on topwater baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Striped Bass: Good
Catfish: Fair
striped bass good at night on live baits and large swimbaits when water is running at Powersite Dam; black bass fair on soft plastic worms, crayfish, jigs, and spinnerbaits; catfish fair on trotlines and jugs using live bluegill, green sunfish, chicken livers, crayfish, and other live baits.
(Reported on: 8/3/15)
Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
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 white Rooster Tails working well when water is running; scuds, San Juan worms, and jig and float 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: 8/3/15)
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
black bass fair on spinnerbaits and Rattle Traps in 20" of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Good
Bluegill: Good
walleye good on jig and nightcrawlers; black bass good on crankbaits in 15' - 22' of water or topwater lures in shallow water; white bass good while trolling with spinnerbaits; catfish and bluegill good on worms; crappie slow, best on minnows in 15' - 20' of water over brush piles and around pole timber.
(Reported on: 8/3/15)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Bluegill: Fair
black bass good in 10' - 15' of water around brush piles using jigs early morning then move to drop shot; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on deep diving crankbaits, bites on jigs is slowing down but still working over gravel points in 15' - 20' of water and soft plastic brown crayfish; crappie fair 30' using chartreuse jigs, fish with 1/16 ounce jig heads; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Bluegill: Good
black bass good on soft plastic lures, Texas rigged worms, football jigs, and crayfish crankbaits, topwater on buzzbaits and spooks; crappie good on minnows and pumpkin color or purple jigs; goggle-eye good on spinnerbaits, crayfish colored crankbaits, and minnows; catfish good on worms and minnows; bluegill good on worms, crickets, and small jigs.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
black bass good on live minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye good on light-colored jigs; trout good.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)

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: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
bluegill slow on worms or crickets; catfish fair on doughbaits, blood baits, and livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crankbaits; crappie slow on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
bluegill slow on worms or crickets; catfish fair on doughbaits, blood baits, and livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crankbaits; all other species slow; call the fish stocking hotline for recent stocking information 636-300-9651; please remove your trash.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Good : Slow
catfish fair on cut baits and livers; black bass fair with topwater lures; bluegill good with natural baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Good
catfish fair on cutbaits and livers; black bass fair with topwater lures; bluegill good with natural baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on crankbaits.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits and blood baits; black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish are fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 8/5/15)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 popular lures are: crown with red tip or aqua Cracklebacks, copper Hot Shot, yellow or red and white brassies, gingersnap, white, black and yellow, or yellow marabou, bumble bee black and white Rooster Tails; Zone 3 baits that are popular: red worms, Power Bait scented red meal worms, chunky cheese, yellow, or salmon peach Power Baits; August fishing hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. August weed cutting is scheduled for the 25th - 26th; 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: 8/5/15)
Maramec Spring Park

Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
fishing is fair; the spring branch is back to normal flow and the water has cleared up; the weeds have been freshly cut so there are many open areas to fish; very light line is a must to be successful, 1-2lb test if you are fishing during the mid day sun; fish are hitting green and white, black, and gray marabou jigs; doughbaits in salmon peach 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: 8/5/15)
Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the water level is still slightly above normal at 1.59' at the lower end of the park and dropping slowly; water clarity is clear: using 6 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on all baits with white, brown, and yellow scented doughbaits working well in the bait zones; single hook Rooster Tails in black, yellow, and white are good choices in all zones; anglers are having success with jigs, glo balls, red zebra midge, and olive leech; black and yellow and black and white jigs are also a good choice; the best time to fish during hot weather are in the morning and evening; fishing hours for August are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Kids Fishing Day is August 15th, the river is up about one foot and the water is still dingy but becoming more clear each day, Cracklebacks, Adams, beetles, ants, hoppers, and caddis flies are all working well; leaders are 9' with 6X or 7X tippets; fish are 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 being caught on the baby buggers in the same colors; plastic eggs and worms; orange, orange/white, cheese, white, and fluorescent yellow have all been good; spinnerbaits are working in the early mornings in black, brown, white, olive and skunk; the water is becoming better for sight fishing and the jig fisherman are catching trout on olive, black, brown, white, and tan; micro jigs in tan, olive, and black/yellow have been the best colors.
(Reported on: 8/4/15)

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.