Friday, August 14, 2015

Missouri Weekly Fishing Report 8/14/2015

English: picture of largemouth 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: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Sunfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
bank fishing is difficult at this time due to aquatic weeds and algae; sunfish and bluegill fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 88º
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: 8/11/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using whole and cut shad or stinkbaits; crappie slow using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair using worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow using worms, cut baits, or hot dogs; crappie slow 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: 8/11/15)
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: 8/11/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish fair using hot dogs or stinkbaits; crappie slow using minnows; black bass fair using crankbaits or Rooster Tails; white bass fair using light-colored plastics.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using whole and cut shad or stinkbaits; crappie slow using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass fair using worms or dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, or crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
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
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass fair in deep water during the day and shallow water during the night on crankbaits and plastic baits; channel catfish fair on cut baits and livers; crappie slow in deep water on minnows; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
the river is 1' high; channel catfish fair on livers and cut baits; flathead fair on live sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
blue catfish good on cut Asian carp; channel catfish fair on worms; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using whole and cut shad or stinkbaits; crappie slow using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair using worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, or crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 84º
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: 8/11/15)
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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: 8/12/15)
Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
bass fair; crappie slow; catfish good; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 84º
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: 8/11/15)
Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
bass fair using spoons, buzzbaits, sassy shad and crankbaits; crappie good using jigs and minnows; catfish good using cut baits and Sassy Shad; fishing pressure high.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on cut baits and Sassy Shad; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; bass fair using Sassy Shad and spoons; fishing pressure medium to high.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
water level is rising; 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: 8/12/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
largemouth bass good on crankbaits, soft plastic lures, and topwater lures; crappie good on jigs and minnows; channel catfish and blue catfish good on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
redear sunfish and bluegill good on earthworms; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on nightcrawlers and chicken livers; crappie fair on black and chartreuse jigs; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie good on jigs and minnows in 12' - 14' of water near brush piles and standing timber; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, worms, and crayfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
83-85 degrees, water level getting close to normal and is at 617.75 and falling slowly, dingy water; catfish good on stinkbaits; black bass fair on large soft plastics where shrubs are still under water; white bass good and are chasing shad at the top of the water; crappie fair on jigs tipped with minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
lake is 715; catfish are good on worms; crappie are fair on hwy T rocks; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish fair on stinkbait; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
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: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
bass good early and late; channel catfish good on liver; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Slow
channel catfish good on cheese and blood baits adjacent to any flowing water; a few largemouth bass are being taken in the newly flooded vegetation on soft plastics impregnated with salt; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
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 on topwater lures early and late in the day; crappie fair on minnows over deep brush piles; bluegill good over deep brush on worms; channel catfish good on cut baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
crappie are slow on worms and jigs; bass are fair on crankbaits and rattle baits; catfish good on livers and worms.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
crappie good; black bass good; white bass good; catfish good.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
river is near flood stage and falling; all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on worms and fair on dip baits; common carp good on worms and corn; blue catfish good on cut baits, fair on worms; flathead catfish good on goldfish and bluegill and worms.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass good on minnows.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
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: 8/12/15)
Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
White Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
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 plastics; channel catfish fair on livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
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: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie
Warmouth
Redear Sunfish
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbaits; black bass fair on artificial worms in early morning and late evening; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair on buzzbaits; channel catfish fair on livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms; black bass fair on artificial jigs, lures, and worms; bluegill good on wax worms and crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
359.91'; 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 near the river channel; bluegill fair on crickets and worms along shoreline; 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: 8/11/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
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: 8/11/15)
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
smallmouth bass good on minnows.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
25.0'; blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish
34' at New Madrid; blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
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 fair on trotlines with live bluegill; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)

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: Fair
Striped Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
striped bass fair 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 jug lines using live bluegill, green sunfish, chicken livers, crayfish, and other live baits.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
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 1/16 or 1/8 oz 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: 8/11/15)
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
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/10/15)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Good
Bluegill: Good
walleye good on jig and nightcrawlers around 20' of water; catfish and bluegill good on worms; black bass slow, best on crankbaits in 15' - 22' of water; white bass slow, best while trolling with spinnerbaits; crappie slow, best on minnows in 15' - 20' of water over brush piles and around pole timber.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
bluegill good on worms and Beetle Spins; black bass fair on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/10/15)
Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on deep-diving crankbaits or soft plastic, soft crayfish, bites on jigs is slowing down but still working over gravel points in 15' - 20' of water; crappie fair 30' using chartreuse jigs, fish with 1/16 ounce jig heads; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): high
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 or purple colored 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: 8/10/15)
Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
trout good 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: 8/11/15)

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: 85º
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: 8/12/15)
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
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: 8/12/15)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Good : Slow
catfish good on cut baits and blood baits; black bass fair with crankbaits; bluegill good with natural baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits and minnows; black bass slow with crankbaits and plastic worms; bluegill fair with natural baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
black bass fair on crankbaits.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 8/12/15)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
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: 8/12/15)

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: aqua or green holographic Cracklebacks, copper Hot Shot, gingersnap, white, black and yellow or yellow marabou, and bumble bee or brown glitter Rooster Tails; Zone 3 baits that are popular: red worms, 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: 8/11/15)
Maramec Spring Park

Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
fishing is fair; the spring branch is slowly rising due to increased flow from recent rains; the aquatic vegetation has been recently cut so there are many open areas to fish; very light line is a must to be successful, 1-2 lb. test if you are fishing during the mid day sun; fish are hitting green/white and yellow/orange marabou jigs; doughbaits in white, 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 August are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; for more information call 573-265-7801.
(Reported on: 8/11/15)
Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Montauk experienced a 7' rise on Monday, August 10th; the water level has fallen from yesterday's high of 8.5' to currently 2.66' and is still dropping; water clarity has gone from muddy to very dingy and will continue to clear some daily; using 6 lb. test fishing line or lighter is still recommended; before the rise, anglers were having some success with white, brown, and yellow scented doughbaits in the bait zones; single hook Rooster Tails in black, yellow, and white colors in all zones; and chartreuse tube midge, and olive leech flies in the fly only zone; the morning and evening hours continue to be best times to fishduring hot weather; 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: 8/11/15)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Kids Fishing Day is this Saturday; the river is just above average for this time of year; the water is clear; right now, Cracklebacks, Adams, beetles, ants, hoppers, and caddisflies 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; 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 great for sight fishing and the jig fishermen 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: 8/12/15)

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 2.25fish 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 900,000fish. 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.