Thursday, September 3, 2015

Missouri weekly fishing report 9/3/2015

English: Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)...
Channel catfish (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Sunfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
sunfish and bluegill fair; largemouth bass fair; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
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: 8/31/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
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 plastic baits; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastic baits or spoons.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

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 and spoons.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
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, try using minnows; black bass slow, try using soft plastic worms; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
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: 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: 9/2/15)
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: 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: 9/2/15)
Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair; channel catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 8/31/15)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good after dark at Harriman Hill Access and Roberts Bluff Access; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/31/15)
Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish good on setlines baited with cut Asian carp; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/31/15)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Fair
catfish fair using whole or cut shad and stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows, grubs, and crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms or dark-colored soft plastics; white bass fair using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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: 9/1/15)
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
lakes are full; black bass fair early and late in the day; channel catfish fair with floating cut baits or chicken livers 2' under a bobber; bluegill and redear sunfish good using worms under a bobber, find a shady area; crappie fair using tube baits near brush piles; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
catfish slow; bass fair in the reservoir, good in tributaries and Deepwater Creek; crappie slow in reservoir, fair in tributaries; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow; all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Walleye: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
bass are scattered and fair; good early in the day if fishing topwaters; crappie good using jigs and minnows; catfish good using cut baits; walleye good; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
crappie good using jigs and minnows; catfish good using cut baits and Sassy Shad; bass are scattered and slow; topwater bass fishing fair in the early part of the day; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): falling
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; blue catfish also fair on cut baits such as Asian carp and skipjack; channel catfish slow, try using worms and dip baits in or near tributaries; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 81º
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: 9/1/15)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
largemouth bass good on plastic worms; bluegill good on 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: 9/1/15)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs suspended around cover; largemouth bass fair on lures; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, cut shad, and livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
78-80 degrees; water level is at 606.07; catfish good on stinkbaits; black bass fair on large soft plastics; white bass good and chasing shad, also being caught off of the shallow points around bridges and cove entrances; crappie fair on red and green jigs tipped with minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
lake is 712; crappie good along Highway T rocks and deeper water brush piles using light-colored jigs; catfish good using natural baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish good on stinkbaits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)

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
bass good early and late in the day; channel catfish good on livers; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
channel catfish good adjacent to shallow aquatic vegetation on both livers and commercial stinkbaits in low-light conditions; hybrid striped bass good on rattletraps adjacent to brush piles in 5' - 10' of water during direct sunlight periods and on jerkbaits in low light conditions; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Good
bass good on topwater lures early and late in the day; crappie fair on minnows over deep brush piles; bluegill good on worms over deep brush piles; channel catfish good on cut baits; walleye fair on deep humps and points; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
crappie slow on worms and jigs; bass slow on crankbaits; catfish fair on livers and doughbaits.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
all species good.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and doughbaits; blue catfish fair on fresh cut baits; flathead catfish fair on sunfish; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
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, bluegill, and worms, fair on cut baits.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)

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: 9/1/15)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish good on live baits.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
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: 9/1/15)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good on plastics.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish good on live baits.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
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: 9/1/15)
Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species fair.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
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 plastics.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)

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: Fair
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
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 livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie
Warmouth: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
bluegill fair on wax worms and crickets; black bass fair on artificial worms and lizards; channel catfish fair on worms, livers, and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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 stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
bluegill good on wax worms; blue catfish and channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
359.76'; black bass good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits early and late in the day; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in the river channel; channel catfish fair using live baits and worms on jug lines and trotlines at night; bluegill good 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: 9/1/15)

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: 9/1/15)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
black bass fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
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: 9/1/15)
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
17.8' (Cape Girardeau); flathead catfish fair on livers, gizzards, shad, and sunfish; blue catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish
5.8' at New Madrid; blue catfish and channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
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 artificial baits such as plastic worms and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Striped Bass: Good
Catfish: Fair
striped bass good on live baits and large swimbaits; 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: 9/2/15)
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 also working well, 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: 9/1/15)
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Good
bluegill good on crickets; black bass slow, best on soft plastics in 20' of water off main lake points and rock bluffs; crappie slow, best on minnows and jigs over brush piles in 25' of water; catfish slow, best on jug lines or trotlines using live baits or cut baits; walleye slow, best on minnows and nightcrawlers in 20' of water while trolling.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Good
Bluegill: Good
walleye good on crankbaits while trolling or bottom bouncers in 15' - 17' of water on flats; catfish and bluegill good on worms; black bass good on worms and spoons in 15' - 22' of water; crappie slow, best on jigs in 12' - 20' of water over brush piles and around pole timber; white bass slow, best while trolling with spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 8/31/15)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
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: 9/1/15)
Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
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: 9/1/15)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
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: 9/1/15)
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): Good
trout good below Bennett Spring on bright-colored Power Baits; black bass good on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye good on nightcrawlers and minnows.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)

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: Slow
Crappie: Slow
bluegill slow, try using worms or crickets; catfish slow, try using doughbaits, blood baits, or livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crankbaits; crappie slow, try using minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
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 on doughbaits, blood baits, and livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crankbaits; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow; call the fish stocking hotline for recent stocking information 636-300-9651; please remove your trash.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair : Slow
catfish good on cut baits and blood baits; black bass slow, try using crankbaits; bluegill fair with crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
black bass slow, try using crankbaits or plastic worms early morning and evening; bluegill fair using natural baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
catfish fair on livers; black bass fair on plastic worms; bluegill fair on crickets.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 77º
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 baits and fresh cut baits; freshwater drum fair on worms.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 9/2/15)

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 are: aqua or green holographic Cracklebacks, olive copper Hot Shot, ginger, gingersnap, olive marabou, olive/orange marabou, and metallic gold spot or yellow dalmatian Rooster Tails; Zone 3 baits that are popular: orange Power Baits, and trout magnet pink; August fishing hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 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: 8/28/15)
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 good; the spring branch has good flow; cutting of aquatic vegetation in the spring branch is complete; 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; spinnerbaits are working in the early mornings in white and green colors; 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 eggs and worms in orange/white, yellow, white, and fluorescent yellow have all been 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.; Ladies' Free Fishing Day is Saturday, September 12th; for more information call 573-265-7801.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)
Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is running clear and has normal flow for this time of year and is currently at 1.42', down slightly from last week; 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; olive leech, black zebra midge, 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: 9/1/15)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the area has not received any significant rainfall in the last week; the river is up about six inches above normal for this time of year; the water is clear; right now, 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 in 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; in the clear water the use of 2 lb. line is recommended; if you go into Zone 3, nightcrawlers or minnows would be good choices, or any of the bright colored Power Baits are working.
(Reported on: 9/1/15)

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.