Thursday, September 17, 2015

Missouri weekly fishing report 9/17/2015

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: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Sunfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
bluegill and sunfish fair on worms; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/14/15)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
the lake is 5" low and clear; 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: 9/16/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, try using worms or cut baits; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass fair using buzzbaits and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastics or spoons.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow, try using worms or cut baits; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass fair using buzzbaits or dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics or spoons.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
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 on plastic worms; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using livers or cut shad; crappie fair using minnows or dark-colored jigs; black bass fair using crankbaits or Rooster Tails; white bass fair using light-colored plastics.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
catfish good using cut shad or shrimp; crappie fair using minnows; black bass fair using spinnerbaits; white bass good using light-colored plastic baits.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; channel catfish good on cut baits and livers; crappie slow on jigs; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 9/14/15)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish and channel catfish fair on setlines using live baits from Imhoff Bridge to I-70; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/14/15)
Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
blue catfish, flathead catfish, and channel catfish good on live baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/14/15)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
catfish slow, try using whole or cut shad and stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows, grubs, or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms or dark-colored soft plastics; white bass fair using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, or crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): low
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: 9/15/15)
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
lakes are full; black bass good on plastic worms near brush; channel catfish fair using cut baits or chicken livers; bluegill and redear sunfish good using worms under a bobber, find a shady area; crappie fair using tube jigs near brush piles; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair in the reservoirs, slow in the tributaries; crappie slow; catfish fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 72º
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: 9/15/15)
Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
bass are scattered and fair, best in early morning using crankbaits and spinnerbaits; crappie fair using minnows; catfish good using fresh cut shad; fishing pressure light to medium.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
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
crappie fair using minnows; bass are scattered and best in the evening using Sassy Shad and crankbaits; catfish good on rod and reel, jugs, and trotlines using fresh cut shad; fishing pressure light to medium.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
water level is steady; water clarity is muddy; blue catfish and flathead catfish fair using live baits such as bluegill and using creek chubs on setlines; channel catfish slow, try using worms and dip baits in or near tributaries; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
largemouth bass good on soft plastics and topwater lures; crappie good on jigs and minnows; channel catfish and blue catfish good on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass good using crankbaits; bluegill fair using earthworms; crappie fair using jigs; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats; bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
channel catfish fair using crayfish, goldfish, and stinkbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
water level is normal at 605.06; water is cloudy; catfish fair on stinkbaits; white bass good on points and embankments; crappie good on dark-colored jigs with minnows around good structure; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
crappie remain good along Hwy T rocks and deeper water brush piles using both jigs and minnows; catfish are good using natural baits; all other species slow; fishing pressure remains light.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish good on stinkbaits; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
catfish good on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good : Good
channel catfish good on livers; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
fishing pressure light; largemouth bass in shallow water, fair using plastic worms in submerged vegetation; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
bass fair on jigs and plastics; bluegill good on worms over deep brush piles; crappie fair on minnows over deep brush; channel catfish good on cut bait; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
crappie slow, try using worms and jigs; bass slow, try using crankbaits; catfish fair on livers and doughbaits.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
crappie good; catfish good; black bass good; white bass good.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on worms and fair on dip baits; flathead catfish good on goldfish and bluegill, fair on worms and cut baits; blue catfish good on cut baits and fair on worms; carp fair on worms and corn.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Suckers: Good
smallmouth bass good on soft plastics; suckers good on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
all species fair.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
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 baits.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species fair.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastic lures.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 75º
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 on dark-colored soft plastics; channel catfish fair on liver; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
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: 9/16/15)
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie
Warmouth: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; bluegill fair on crickets and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
black bass fair on artificial worms and lizards; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and chicken livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut baits; bluegill fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
359.90'; black bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits early and late in the day; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; 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: 9/16/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 72º
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: 9/16/15)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
black bass fair on assorted lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Longear Sunfish: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass good on minnows; longear sunfish good on worms and small crankbaits.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
flathead catfish fair on live sunfish and gizzard shad; blue catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
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
5.3' at New Madrid; blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut baits and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Striped Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
striped bass fair 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: 9/14/15)
Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion of lake on glo balls drifted with the current; Rogues, marabou jigs, Rooster Tails, scuds, San Juan worms, and jig and float working well when water is not running; trout good in lower portion of the lake on Berkley Gulp salmon eggs, corn, minnows, and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 9/14/15)
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Muskellunge: Slow
crappie fair on jigs and minnows using 1/32 - 1/16 oz jigs in 15' - '20' of water over brush piles and around standing timber; catfish fair on jug lines using hot dogs and cut baits; black bass slow, best on soft plastics in 20' - 25' of water off main lake points; muskellunge slow, best on single and double bladed bucktail lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Good
Bluegill: Good
walleye good on crankbaits while trolling or bottom bouncers with worms in 15' - 17' of water on flats or main points; catfish and bluegill good on worms or liver; white bass good while trolling with Rooster Tails or fishing wind points; black bass slow, best on crankbaits in 15' - 22' of water; crappie slow, best on jigs in 12' - 20' of water over brush piles.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
bluegill good on worms and Beetle Spins; black bass good on spinnerbaits off sloping gravel banks, try Ned Rig later in the day in 10' - 20' of water; crappie good on live minnows; catfish good on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Catfish: Good
catfish good on live baits such as crayfish, creek chubs, and nightcrawlers, also try using trotlines with small bluegill or sunfish; black bass fair on deep-diving crankbaits, Shakey Heads with a watermelon-colored worm working well on gravel points in 20' - 25' of water or try crayfish-colored Rattle Traps; goggle-eye fair on crappie jigs and small soft plastic crayfish using 1/16 oz jigs, try fishing around large rocks; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)

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: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Bluegill: Fair
goggle-eye good on spinnerbaits, crayfish-colored crankbaits, and minnows; catfish good on worms and minnows; black bass fair on soft plastic lures, Texas rigged worms, football jigs, and crayfish crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in purple; bluegill fair on worms, crickets, and small jigs.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 66º
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 below Bennett Spring on bright-colored Power Baits; black bass good on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on nightcrawlers and minnows.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)

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): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
bluegill slow, try using worms or crickets; catfish slow, try using doughbaits, blood baits, or livers; black bass slow on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crankbaits.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish slow, try using doughbaits, blood baits, or livers; black bass slow, try using spinnerbaits, plastic worms, or crankbaits; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow; please remove your trash.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair : Slow
catfish fair on cut baits and blood baits; black bass fair, try using crankbaits; bluegill fair with crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
bluegill good using natural baits; catfish fair on doughbait.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on livers; black bass slow on spinnerbaits and plastic worms; bluegill fair on crickets.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
bluegill slow on worms and crickets; black bass slow on plastic worms; catfish slow on doughbaits.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live bait; freshwater drum fair on worms.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 9/16/15)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 popular lures: aqua or chartreuse Cracklebacks, copper Hot Shot, gingersnap, or black and yellow marabou, and olive zebra midge; Zone 3 popular baits: orange Power Baits and pink or red worms; September fishing hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; September weed cutting is scheduled for the 22nd - 23rd; 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: 9/16/15)
Maramec Spring Park

Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
fishing is good; the spring branch has good flow and very good clarity; best fishing times are the first couple of hours shortly after the morning whistle; very light line is key to success, 1 - 2 lb. test is preferred; fish are hitting doughbaits in white, salmon peach, and hatchery brown colors when fished on a small treble hook and suspended under a float; plastic worms in orange, yellow, white, and red have all been proving good; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for the month of September are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is running clear and normal for this time of year; the level is currently at 1.37'; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; all colors of scented doughbaits work well in the bait zones; single hook Rooster Tails in olive, black, black and yellow, and black and white colors are good choices in all zones; caddis dry flies, black zebra midges, olive zebra midges, olive leech, white thread jigs, John Deere green thread jigs, holographic Cracklebacks and peach glo balls are good choices in the fly-only zone; the morning and evening hours continue to be the best times to fish during the hot summer months; September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 9/15/15)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
We have received four inches of rain in the last week, the river is up about a foot and the water is dingy; 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, 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 great 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: 9/16/15)

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.