When I think about the conservation areas near to where we live in Warren County, two of the three offer some pretty darn good fishing, and it seems that this feature is often overlooked. So, with a very little bit of research, you might find some outstanding opportunities you'd not considered.
|A lake in Busch Memorial |
It's pretty likely that if you are an avid Missouri fisherperson, you have looked up fishing on various bodies of water around the state and researched how to fish them. That is awesome, and I do the same thing.
|First results of web search for Hariison County, Missouri Fishing.|
So when you get the results, for conservation areas (which are not always labeled as conservation areas...like Harrison Lake), often, there will be a "Fishing Reports" page for one or more of the areas in the county, and there will be pages for each of the conservation areas. Both are helpful.
|List of fish species available in area from MDC site. |
Note also the camping and canoeing listing.
Sometimes, a conservation area is just an access to a body of water, such as river access points. Often these are places to launch a boat or canoe, but they also can make very good fishing spots. Rivers like the Missouri and Osage, just to name a couple, are dotted with MDC access.
There certainly are MDC areas that are without fishing opportunities, or where they are limited, so do your research before going. But if you are looking for someplace to fish, or just somewhere new, give MDC conservation areas a try. You will be glad you did!
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