Thursday, July 28, 2016

Missouri weekly fishing report 7/28/2016

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
largemouth bass good; channel catfish good at night; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
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: 7/27/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 90º
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: 7/27/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using cut shad, cut bluegill, worms, or 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, Roosters Tails, or crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish good using cut bait or worms; crappie slow; black bass slow; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using cut shad, live bluegill, or doughbaits; crappie slow, try using minnows; black bass fair using crankbaits; white bass fair using crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using cut shad, live bluegill, or chicken livers; crappie fair using dark-colored plastics; black bass fair; white bass fair.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
bluegill fair on worms; channel catfish fair in the evenings and early mornings on worms and prepared bait; crappie fair; 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: 7/27/16)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Lamine is at normal level with water temperatures ranging from 88 degrees at DeBourgmont Access 91 degrees at Harriman Hill Access 93 degrees at Roberts Bluff Access and 87 degrees at Swinging Bridge Access; all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
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; flatheads fair on live bait all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 90º
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: 7/27/16)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass fair 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: 7/26/16)
Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
black bass fair on tributaries, slow in the reservoir; crappie slow; catfish fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
bass fair using spoons; crappie good using minnows early in the day; catfish fair using live baits and Sassy Shad; pressure light
(Reported on: 7/28/16)
Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
blue catfish slow, try using cut baits; flathead catfish slow, try using live baits; channel catfish slow, try using stinkbaits in tributaries; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 87º
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, Power Baits, minnows, and plastic worms; catfish good on stinkbaits and blood baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
largemouth bass good using jerkbaits; bluegill and redear sunfish good on earthworms; channel catfish 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: 7/26/16)
Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
channel catfish good on shrimp, cut baits, and stinkbaits; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
water level is at 607.31; temperatures are at 77-81 degrees, depending on where you are; water is still stained in some of the arms but clearing up; catfish fair on cut shad and live sunfish or goldfish; crappie good in brush piles and standing timber; largemouth bass fair on bluffs and points; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
catfish good on natural baits, leeches, and nightcrawlers along shores; largemouth bass slow, try using Texas rigged worms or jig and pig combinations; hybrid striped bass good when trolling; heat has kept fishing pressure low; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Freshwater Drum: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
freshwater drum good on worms; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
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: 7/27/16)
Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
largemouth bass slow; bluegill and crappie good; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
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; bluegill good on small worms; walleye fair.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
hot weather has slowed fishing activity; channel catfish fair; common carp fair; crappie and largemouth bass slow, but try fishing in submerged brush piles and old tree stumps.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
white bass good around the dam and using Rattle Traps where fish are busting shad groups; catfish good where water is running into the back of the coves on dip baits, chicken livers, and cut baits; crappie fair on brush piles using jigs and minnows.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair while wading using dip bait; blue catfish and flathead catfish fair using live baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
channel catfish good on worms; flathead catfish fair on live bait and worms; blue catfish good on cut bait and fair on worms; carp good on doughbaits and on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on soft plastics and topwater lures.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
black bass fair on soft plastics and topwater lures; walleye fair on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass and goggle-eye good on jigs and small crankbaits; channel catfish fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
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 live bait both early and late in the day.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 84º
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: 7/27/16)
Current River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species fair on artificial lures.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
rainbow trout good on minnows and corn; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass and goggle-eye good on jigs and small crankbaits; channel catfish fair on live bait.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good on live bait.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass good on soft plastics and crankbaits; goggle-eye good on soft plastics and grubs.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
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: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)

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 slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
largemouth bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics during low light periods; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, liver, and worms; bluegill fair on waxworms and crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Warmouth: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
all species are slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
black bass fair on soft plastics and some topwater lures in early morning and late evening; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on worms and cutbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair on jig and pig; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 93º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits; bluegill good on crickets and worms near brush in coves; channel catfish fair on live baits and worms on jug lines and trotlines at night; lake level is approximately .5' 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: 7/26/16)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
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: 7/26/16)
Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Suckers: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
black bass fair on rubber worms; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow; discharge rate 850cfs.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
black bass and goggle-eye fair on minnows and crankbaits; catfish fair on live baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Mississippi River (Middle)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
blue catfish and channel catfish fair on stickbaits, cut baits, and worms; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish and goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
channel catfish good on stinkbaits; blue catfish fair on cut Asian carp; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Suckers: Slow
channel catfish good on live bait; black bass fair on minnows and soft plastics; other species fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
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 on stinkbaits and chicken livers; black bass fair on topwater baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
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: 7/27/16)
Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
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. or 1/8 oz. marabou jigs, orange and chartreuse glo balls floated with the current, black or white 1/16 oz. Rooster Tails, and black/chrome or blue/chrome Rogues in the upper portion; when water is not running, try scud and San Juan worm fly patterns; trout good in lower portion of the lake on orange, chartreuse, or white/pink Power Bait eggs, Power Bait putty floated 18" off the bottom, live worms, minnows, and corn.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Fair
black bass good on plastic baits in 15' - 20' of water; crappie good on minnows in 20' of water over brush piles; catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Walleye: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
largemouth bass good on plastic worms, deep-diving crankbaits, and nightcrawlers in 10' - 20' of water near submerged structure, fair on topwater lures and spinnerbaits at night; 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' - 20' of water; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers and spoons; white bass good on deep diving crankbaits; smallmouth bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits in 10' - 20' of water off rocky points, fair on topwater lures; carp fair while bowfishing in coves; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 10' - 20' of water near deep submerged structure; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/25/16)
Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
bluegill good on live baits; black bass fair on spoons and live baits in the early morning; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
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: Good
Bluegill: Good
bluegill good on crickets when fished around bridge piers, standing timber, and boat docks; catfish good on Catalpa worms, shrimp, and small perch, channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, blood baits, and cut baits; black bass fair on 12" purple worms rigged Carolina or Texas style in 20' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/25/16)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
goggle-eye good on worms, crickets, and small jigs in black or crayfish colors; catfish good on live baits, cut baits, livers, shrimp, and worms using pole and line or trotlines; bluegill goof on worms, crickets, and small jigs in black or crayfish colors; black bass fair on topwater lures or crankbaits in crayfish or green pumpkin colors around gravel and Texas rig in deep water; crappie slow, best on minnows and shad baits over deep brush piles.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
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: 7/25/16)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
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: 7/27/16)
Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, and 7

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair using bloodbaits, doughbaits, or livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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: 7/27/16)
Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Good
catfish fair on doughbaits; black bass good, on crankbaits; bluegill good on worms.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
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: 7/27/16)
Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on worms and livers; crappie fair on minnows; black bass fair on plastic worms; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Fair
blue catfish and channel catfish fair using cut baits; Freshwater drum are fair on worms.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)
Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
blue catfish fair, try using cut baits; channel catfish fair using dip baits and cut baits; flathead catfish slow, try using live baits.
(Reported on: 7/27/16)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
Zone 1 and 2 popular lures: black and olive, black and yellow, yellow and white, and pink and red and black marabou, dark-colored cracklebacks; Zone 3 popular baits: bubble gum or salmon peach Power Baits; July fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; August fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; August weed cutting is scheduled for August 30-31; 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 athttp://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: 7/26/16)
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 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.; fishing hours for the month of August are 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; aquatic vegetation will be cut in the spring branch on Monday, August 1st thru Wednesday, August 3rd.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
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 1.55' and is running clear; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; any color doughbaits, white plastic worms, and orange eggs have been working in the bait zones; Cracklebacks, leeches, midges, and wooly boogers in black or olive green, and white glo balls are good choices in the fly-only zone; gold tinsel jigs and 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.; August fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions, check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)
Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Kids Fishing Day is August 20th; the river is normal for this time of year and is clear; right now, Cracklebacks, Adams, beetles, ants, hoppers, and caddis flies are all good; leaders are 9' with 6X or 7X tippets; fish are still 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 still being caught on the baby buggers in the same colors; plastic eggs and worms are still catching lots of fish, orange, orange/white, cheese, white, and fluorescent yellow have all been good; spinnerbaits are still working in the early mornings black, brown, white, olive, and skunk have all been working well; jig fishermen are really doing well right now, the water is good for sight fishing and the jig fishermen are catching trout on olive, black, brown, white, and tan; if you are using Micro Jigs, tan, olive, and black/yellow have been the best colors; Zone 3 is fishing good on white or orange Power Bait paste; corn, nightcrawlers, and natural eggs have also been working.
(Reported on: 7/26/16)

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.