Friday, May 6, 2016

Missouri Fishing Report week of 5/6/2016

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Central

Lakes

Binder Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
crappie good using a tube jig below a bobber; bluegill good using earthworms; reminder, 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: 5/4/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Good
catfish slow, try using cut baits, worms, or chicken livers; crappie fair using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using dark-colored soft plastics or buzzbaits; white bass good using light-colored soft plastics, spoons, or Rooster Tails.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Good
catfish slow, try using cut baits, worms, or chicken livers; crappie fair using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using dark-colored soft plastics or buzzbaits; white bass good using light-colored soft plastics, spoons, or Rooster Tails.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish fair using cut baits; crappie fair using jigs; black bass fair; white bass fair.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish fair using cut shad; crappie fair, try using minnows or dark-colored jigs; bass fair using crankbaits or dark-colored worms.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
catfish fair using cut shad or livers; crappie good using minnows; bass good using crankbaits or jerkbaits.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows; 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: 5/4/16)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
the Lamine River has been at flood stage this past week; the Lamine River is currently 4' high and dropping; all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish fair on fresh shad and cut asian carp; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
White Bass: Fair
catfish slow, try using stinkbaits, cut baits, or chicken livers; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; white bass fair using light-colored soft plastics or crappie jigs; black bass season closed.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass good on crankbaits near cover; channel catfish fair on cut bait or worms; crappie fair near brush piles and weedbeds using tube jigs and minnows; bluegill and redear sunfish good on worms and small jigs; largemouth bass are finishing up on spawning, bluegill and redear sunfish are starting to find spawning beds.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Fair
black bass fair: crappie good; catfish fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
white bass and hybrid striped bass fair over the humps using crankbaits and spoons; crappie slowing down with some bank activity; catfish good using cut shad; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
white bass and hybrid striped bass good; crappie fair; catfish good on cut shad; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
water level is rising and above flood stage with debris in the flow; all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
bluegill fair on worms; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
crappie fair using jigs; largemouth bass fair using swimbaits; bluegill fair using flies; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
flathead catfish good on setlines using live bluegill; channel catfish fair on minnows, livers, and worms; common carp fair on worms; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; largemouth bass fair on minnows and lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
temperature is at 63-66 degrees in the arms; temperature a will be colder in the main channel water is a bit murky in certain arms because of the rain received; catfish good on cut shad and live bluegill; flathead catfish are starting to bite; crappie slow, try using jigs tipped with minnows or Power Baits on the banks and along bluffs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
crappie good using minnows and light-colored jigs along all rocky shores; catfish good on nightcrawlers; largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass good on rattle lures; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
freshwater drum good on worms; channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
catfish good on worms; freshwater drum good on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
channel catfish good on cut baits; crappie fair on jigs along the dam and in the back of small coves; black bass good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
full pool with turbid water conditions; fishing pressure light; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers fished near running water in road culverts and ditches emptying into the lake: largemouth bass fair on Rattle Traps; crappie fair on in line spinnerbaits and tube jigs.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
north end dingy, south end clear; black bass good; crappie good, just starting to stage in shallow depths and you can still find some over medium depth brush and at mouths of coves; catfish good on cut baits or worms; bluegill good on small worms; walleye fair on crankbaits or small plastics.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
crappie good on jigs; channel catfish fair on cut baits and chicken livers; black bass slow, try using spinnerbaits or crankbaits.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Good
Walleye: Slow
(Reported on: 5/4/16)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
river is falling and extremely muddy; all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish: Slow
river is 3.5 feet above flood stage and unable to fish due to flood conditions this past week.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; black bass fair on a variety of artificial lures; white bass fair on swimming minnows.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; black bass fair on a variety of artificial lures; white bass fair on swimming minnows.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
goggle-eye good on natural-colored soft plastic grubs.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 62º
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: 5/4/16)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Rainbow Trout: Slow
black bass and goggle-eye good on artificial lures; rainbow trout slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
goggle-eye good on natural-colored soft plastics grubs.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good with live bait.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on grubs and soft plastics.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 59º
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: 5/4/16)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Good
black bass good at night on spinnerbaits and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass good in low-light periods on topwater lures; crappie fair on jigs in 3' - 4' water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
largemouth bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics and worms during low-light periods; bluegill good on worms and crickets; redear sunfish good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/2/16)
Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
crappie fair on minnows and jigs ;bluegill and redear sunfish fair on jigs, crickets, worms, and waxworms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/2/16)
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Crappie: Slow
Warmouth: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Good
bluegill and redear sunfish good on crickets and bream bugs; largemouth bass fair on shiners, hula poppers and chug bugs; bowfin fair on cut bait; warmouth fair on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
crappie good on jigs and minnows; black bass good on plastic worms and spinnerbaits; sunfish fair on crickets and waxworms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
crappie good on blue and white jigs; channel catfish good on worms; bluegill good on crickets.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
crappie good on minnows; bluegill fair on crickets; black bass fair on tube jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
black bass fair on soft plastic baits and crankbaits early and late in the day; crappie good on minnows and jigs near the bank; bluegill good on crickets and worms; channel catfish fair on live bait and worms on jug lines and trotlines at night; anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie; 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: 5/2/16)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 62º
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: 5/2/16)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Suckers: Slow
Crappie: Fair
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/2/16)
Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
channel catfish, blue catfish, and flathead catfish fair on cut baits and live sunfish; all other species slow; the water level at Cape Girardeau is 29.8'
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Slow
blue catfish good on cut Asian carp; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Suckers: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; black bass fair topwater on soft plastics; catfish fair on live baits and stinkbaits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers; crappie fair on blue, white, red, or chartreuse colored jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
white bass good on live minnows, white sliders, blue bucktail jigs, and white or black 1/80 oz. jigs; walleye good on Rogues, jigs, and live baits below Powersite Dam and in the Beaver Creek area; crappie good on live minnows, soft plastics, and jigs around submerged timber, some also being caught closer to the bank; black bass fair on soft plastics and jigs.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good on marabou jigs, Rooster Tails, and Rapalas when the water is running, scud pattern flies and San Juan worm flies, 1/16oz white and black Rooster Tails with gold or chrome spinners in the upper portion when water is shut off; trout good in lower portion of the lake on orange, chartreuse, pink, or white Gulp nuggets, nightcrawlers, and corn.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Slow
black bass good on spinnerbaits in less than 10' of water; crappie good on minnows in 6' - 10' of water; catfish good on live baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Good
White Bass: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
white bass good on crankbaits, jigs, and swimbaits off rocky points; largemouth bass good on plastic worms, minnows, and spinnerbaits in 2' - 10' of water off of points and near submerged structure, also good on plastic worms in upper stretches of creek arms and shallow coves; smallmouth bass good on plastic worms in 2' - 10' of water; crappie good on minnows, swimbaits, small crankbaits, and jigs in the upper stretches of creek arms, shallow coves, and near deep submerged structure; walleye good on swimbaits, minnows, and jigs in coves; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
bluegill good off gravel slopes on Beetle Spins; black bass good on Ned rig and shaky head finesse lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on small jigs in white and chartreuse, purple and black, or all chartreuse, use 1/16 or 1/8 oz jig heads; white bass fair on XRap crankbaits, pearl and chartreuse swimming minnows, white sliders with a chartreuse tail, and live minnows; black bass fair on spinnerbaits when fishing rocky bluffs and on purple and brown jigs when fishing gravel points; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/2/16)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Fair
White Bass: Good
black bass good over beds on jerkbaits, purple rock shad, Texas rigged black and purple worms, crankbaits, Wiggle Wart in crayfish colors, and purple/white spinnerbaits; crappie good on minnows and shad baits; white bass good on minnows, white Road Runners, and jigs; catfish good on live baits and livers; bluegill fair on worms, crickets, and small jigs.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
trout fair below Bennett Spring on Power Baits; black bass fair using live baits and soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
catfish slow, try using doughbaits, blood baits, or livers; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on worms and natural bait.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, and 7

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
catfish slow, try using blood baits or livers.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair : Slow
catfish slow, try using worms and livers; black bass fair on minnows; crappie slow on minnows; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish fair on cut baits and livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on minnows, worms, and crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
crappie fair on minnows, crickets, and worms.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Slow
catfish fair on cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on livers and doughbait.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
Zone 1 and 2 popular lures: gingersnap, white, or black and yellow marabou, John Deere mini jig, bumble bee or brown glitter Rooster Tails, red or pink brassies, copper hot shots; Zone 3 popular baits: worms, minnows, or orange egg Power Bait; May fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.; May weed cutting is scheduled for May 24 - 25; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; for up-to-date stream conditions check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?06923500; trout cam -https://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam; Bennett Spring’s annual Kid’s Free Fishing day will be held on Saturday, May 7; kids 15 years of age and younger can fish for free; educational programs 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; free lunch for kids 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; for more information, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
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: Fair
fishing is good; the spring branch has good flow and good clarity; best fishing times are the first couple of hours shortly after the morning whistle, but fish can be caught throughout the day; very light line is key to success, 2-4 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; Rooster Tails in black/white, green, brown, and purple; 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 April are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. fishing hours for the month of May are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Kid's Free Fishing Day is May 14th. Aquatic vegetation will be cut within the spring branch on May 4th and May 5th.
(Reported on: 5/4/16)
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 up slightly from last week and is currently at 1.70'; 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 light or white colors are good choices in all zones; Cracklebacks , leeches , midges, mini jigs in black and gold and white and glo balls seem to be working in the fly-only zone; the morning hours are the best times to fish but fish can be caught throughout the day; May fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 5/3/16)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the dredging will continue this week mostly in the fly fishing area; Kids Fishing Day is May 14th;the area has received moderate rainfall in the last week; the river about 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: 5/3/16)

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.