Friday, July 15, 2016

Missouri Weekly Fishing Report 7/15/2016

Central Lakes

Binder Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
largemouth bass, crappie, and sunfish fair; channel catfish good at night on worms, stink baits, and sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
channel catfish fair using prepared bait; bluegill fair using nightcrawlers; all other species slow; 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: 7/12/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

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 using cut baits, chicken livers, worms, or cut shad; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms or dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, or crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

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 using cut shat, bluegill, worms, and chicken livers; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using dark-colored soft plastics or buzzbaits; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastics, spoons, Rooster Tails, or crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish good on hot dogs; crappie slow; black bass slow; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish fair using cut shad or live bluegill; crappie slow, try using minnows; bass fair using plastics.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
catfish fair using cut shad or live bluegill; crappie slow, try using minnows; bass good using plastics or crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
Channel Catfish
bluegill and redear sunfish good on worms; channel catfish good on worms and prepared bait; crappie good on minnows in deep water; all other species slow; reminder that Little Dixie Lake is pole and line method only; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Good
channel catfish have been fair from Harriman Hill Access upstream to Roberts Bluff Access on cut shad; blue catfish have been good on set lines baited with goldfish downstream from DeBourgmont Access; all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Missouri River (Middle)

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and livers; blue catfish fair on fresh shad; flathead catfish fair on live bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

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 using cut baits, chicken livers, worms, or cut shad; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms or dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, or crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 660-885-6981
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass good on soft plastics near cover early and late in the day; channel catfish fair on cut baits and chicken liver floated under a bobber 2' - 3' deep; crappie slow, try using tube jigs and minnows near brush piles and weedbeds; bluegill and redear sunfish fair on worms and small jigs.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Montrose Lake
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 816-622-0900
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 660-885-6981
Truman Lake
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 660-885-6981
Truman Lake Tailwaters
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 660-885-6981

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
blue catfish slow; flathead catfish fair on live baits; channel catfish slow, try using worms and stinkbaits in tributaries; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
bluegill fair on worms and minnows; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, Power Baits, minnows, and plastic worms; catfish good on stinkbaits, blood baits and hot dogs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
channel catfish fair on chicken livers and stinkbaits; bluegill fair 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: 7/12/16)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Common Carp: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, worms, and leeches; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; largemouth bass fair on lures; hybrid striped bass fair on lures resembling shad; carp fair on doughbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
water level is at 609.56; temperatures are at 76-80 degrees depending on where you are at; we have received a good amount of rain in the last week and the water in the arms has become a little dingy; catfish fair on cut shad and live sunfish or goldfish; crappie are fair in brush piles and standing timber; also try trolling for crappie; largemouth bass are fair on bluffs and points; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
catfish good on nightcrawlers; crappie fair on blue and white jigs on deeper water structures; largemouth bass slow due to poor clarity; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake
No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 573-248-2530

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
channel catfish good on cut bait; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
bass fair on soft plastics; catfish good on natural baits; crappie and bluegill good on natural and artificial baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
black bass fair; catfish good on cut baits or worms; crappie fair over medium depth brush; bluegill good on small worms; walleye fair.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Slow
crappie slow on jigs; channel catfish good on worms, chicken livers, and doughbaits; black bass slow on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
black bass good on buzzbaits jigs and creature baits; catfish good on all baits in shallow water; crappie fair on brush piles using jigs and minnows.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish and flathead catfish fair on live baits; channel catfish fair on dip baits or worms; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
channel catfish good on worms; flathead catfish good on goldfish and worms; blue catfish good on cut bait and goldfish, fair on worms; carp good on doughbaits and fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
largemouth bass good on topwater lures.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
largemouth bass good on topwater lures.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
black bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and small crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species fair.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics and crankbaits; goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and grubs.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
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: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Sunfish: Slow
all species are slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
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 during low light periods; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 81º
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 chicken livers, worms, and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Crappie: Slow
Warmouth: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Good
bluegill and redear sunfish good on crickets; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
black bass good on soft plastics; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
bluegill good on worms and crickets; channel catfish good on liver and nightcrawlers; black bass good on plastic crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Slow
channel catfish good on worms and cut baits; bluegill food on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
black bass good on crankbaits and soft plastics early and late in the day; channel catfish good on live baits and worms on jug lines and trotlines at night; bluegill fair on crickets and worms near brush; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deeper water; lake level is approximately 1.3' above summer pool elevation; 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: 7/12/16)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
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: 7/12/16)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Suckers: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
black bass fair on rubber worms; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; all other species slow; discharge rate 1000cfs.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Longear Sunfish: Fair
Black Bass: Good
black bass and goggle-eye good on minnows and soft plastics; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
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
Black Bass: Slow
blue catfish fair on cut baits and worms; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
21.8 at New Madrid and dropping; channel catfish and blue catfish good on worms and cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Suckers: Slow
channel catfish good on live bait; black bass good on soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish good on goldfish and small sunfish; flathead catfish good stinkbaits and chicken liver; black bass fair on top water baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
black bass good on soft plastics, jigs, nightcrawlers, and topwater lures in the early morning; crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles; white bass fair on white Rooster Tails and swimming minnows; walleye fair on nightcrawlers using split shot rig or bottom bouncing, and spoons; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
due to power needs, generators are running water most days; trout good on white, olive, and black 1/16 oz. marabou jigs, orange and chartreuse glo balls floated with the current, black or white 1/16oz Rooster Tails, and black/chrome or blue/chrome Rogues in the upper portion; trout good in lower portion of the lake on orange, chartreuse, or pink Gulp eggs, Power Baits, worms, and corn.
(Reported on: 7/11/16)
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on plastic baits in 15' - 20' of water; crappie fair in 15' to 20' of water; catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
largemouth bass good on plastic worms, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers in 5' - 10' of water off of points and submerged structure, fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures; bluegill good on nightcrawlers and topwater lures; walleye good on spoons and nightcrawlers along the bottom in 10' - 20' of water, fair on deep diving crankbaits; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, and minnows; flathead catfish good on live baits in 5' to 10' of water; smallmouth bass good on plastic worms and crankbaits in 2' - 10' of water off rocky points; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; carp good while bowfishing in coves; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 7' - 15' of water near deep submerged structure; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/11/16)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
bluegill good on Beetle Spins and worms; black bass fair on crankbaits in 10' of water off rocky points in the early morning; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Good
bluegill good on crickets when fished around bridge piers, standing timber, and boat docks; black bass fair on deep diving crankbaits around docks and rock shelf bluffs in at least 16' of water, topwater lures in 4' of water in early morning also working well; catfish fair on shrimp and small perch, channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, blood baits, and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/11/16)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
black bass good on swimbaits, grubs, crankbaits, Wiggle Warts, topwater Spooks, and drop shot method on grubs and spoons around brush and submerged timber; goggle-eye good on minnows, small jigs, and spinnerbaits; catfish good on live baits, cut baits, livers, shrimp, and worms using pole and line or trotlines; bluegill fair on worms, crickets, and small jigs; crappie slow, best on minnows and shad baits.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on soft plastics and live baits; trout fair below Bennett Springs on Power Baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
catfish fair on doughbaits, blood baits, or livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits or crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, and 7

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair using bloodbaits, doughbaits, or livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
black bass fair on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on doughbaits; black bass slow, try using crankbaits; crappie slow, try using minnows.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair, try using cut baits; black bass fair on crankbaits; bluegill fair on worms; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on worms and livers; crappie fair try using minnows; black bass fair try using plastic worms; bluegill fair using crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
blue catfish slow, try using cut baits; channel catfish fair on dip baits.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
blue catfish slow, try using cut baits; channel catfish fair using dip baits and cut baits; flathead catfish slow, try using live baits.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
Zone 1 and 2 popular lures: black and yellow, fuchsia and black, black, and black and white marabou, bumble bee, brown glitter, or black with gold spinner Rooster Tails, black caddis, John deere, black zebra midge; Zone 3 popular baits: white trout magnet, UV salmon eggs, or orange glitter or white Power Baits; July fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. July weed cutting is scheduled for July 26-27; 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; for more information, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
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 normal flow and the water is fairly clear; best fishing times are the first couple of hours shortly after the morning whistle but fish can be caught throughout the day if you change locations when fishing slows down; fish are biting very light so use a small float, 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 July are 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)
Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
water level is currently at 1.56', down slightly from 1.59' last week, and is running clear; most of the heavy rain this past week again was south of the park; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; orange, yellow, and green doughbaits, plastic worms, and eggs have been working in the bait zones; Cracklebacks, leeches, midges, mini jigs in black, gold, and white and glo balls are good choices in the fly-only zone; Rooster Tails in black and yellow, black and white, and all white are good choices in all zones; the morning and evening hours are the best times to fish, but fish can be caught throughout the day; July fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; hatchery staff will be cutting aquatic vegetation in the catch and release area and spring branch on July 19th and 20th.; for up-to-date stream conditions check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 7/13/16)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is up about six inches after the four inch rain we received last week; right now using 6X tippet on fly rods and 7X when fishing dry flies; best flies right now are #14-#22 Adams, #14-#22 blue wing olives, #14-#20 caddis fly, and smaller, pheasant tails, copper johns, burlaps, sow bugs and hares ears all #14's and smaller; black, brown, and the olive Rooster Tails; small Colorado wooly bugger spinner combos; orange, green, and florescent yellow Power Bait eggs; plastic worms in orange, black, and orange peel were good all last week and unless we get a water change these colors should remain good; marabou jig fishing is good right now on a spin or casting reel, you will be ok using 3 or 4 lb. line in the dingy water, p-line, Maxima, or mean green will work well; still using #10 hooks on the worms and #12 and smaller for the plastic eggs; 3/0 and BB sized sinkers will work best for you right now; Zone 3 is fishing good on white or orange Power Bait paste; corn, nightcrawlers, and natural eggs have also been working.
(Reported on: 7/12/16)

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.