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April 14, 2016

n most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky bass) may not be possessed from March 1 through the Friday before the fourth Saturday in May. During those dates all black bass in those streams must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. For details see Chapter 6 of the "Wildlife Code of Missouri", or website athttp://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/regulations/black-bass-stream-restric....

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Central

Lakes

Binder Lake


Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Binder Lake is at a normal level and dingy; all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
all 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: 4/13/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
catfish slow, try using worms or cut baits; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass fair using buzzbaits or dark-colored soft plastics; white bass fair, try using light-colored soft plastics or spoons.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Slow 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Slow 
White Bass: Slow 
catfish slow, using , cut baits, and chicken livers; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow , using dark-colored, soft plastic baits, buzz baits; white bass slow, using light-colored, soft plastic baits, spoons, and Rooster Tails.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Slow 
White Bass: Slow 
catfish slow on cut baits; crappie fair on jigs; black bass slow; white bass slow 
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
catfish good using cut shad; crappie fair on minnows or dark-colored crappie jigs; black bass fair on dark-colored, soft, plastic crankbaits; white bass fair on light-colored, soft, plastic baits, spoons, and Rooster Tails.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
catfish good using cut shad or liver; crappie fair using dark jigs with Crappie Nibbles; black bass fair using crankbaits or spinnerbaits; white bass fair on light-colored soft plastics, spoons, and Rooster Tails.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Paddlefish: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Good 
normal level and dingy; paddlefish fair from De Bourgmont Access to the Imhoff Bridge; channel catfish good from Harriman Hill Access up stream to Roberts Bluff on worms and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Level (Range): normal
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, liver, and shad; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900 
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Bluegill: Good 
Redear Sunfish: Good 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Good 
black bass fair on plastic worms near brush; channel catfish fair on cut bait or worms; crappie good near brush piles and weedbeds using tube jigs and minnows; bluegill and redear sunfish good on worms.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900 
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Catfish: Fair 
black bass and crappie are fair; catfish good using pole and line with live bait; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Catfish: Fair 
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
White Bass: Good 
Black Bass: Good 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Slow 
bass good in shallow water using jigs and spinnerbaits; catfish good using fresh cut and live baits; crappie slow; fishing pressure light. 
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
White Bass: Good 
Black Bass: Good 
Crappie: Slow 
Catfish: Good 
Walleye: Fair 
bass fishing good using spinnerbaits and jigs in shallow waters; crappie slow; catfish are good with blue catfish starting to move, use fresh baits; fishing pressure light. 
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900 
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Blue Catfish: Slow 
Flathead Catfish: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
water level is steady; blue catfish slow, try using cut baits; channel catfish slow, try using worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow. 
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
largemouth bass fair on plastic worms; crappie fair on jigs; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats; bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
channel catfish fair on liver and worms; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow. 
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
catfish good on cut shad and live bluegill; white bass are in the rivers; all other species slow. 
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
crappie good along Hwy T rocks using light-colored jigs; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530 
Water Surface Temp: 46º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
freshwater drum good on worms; channel catfish fair on worms and chicken livers; white bass good on gigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake


Information: 573-248-2530 
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow. 
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Walleye: Slow 
channel catfish good on cut baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
recent cold fronts have limited both fishing pressure and success; channel catfish fair on cut baits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Walleye: Good 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Catfish: Fair 
black bass fair with some big fish caught on jerkbaits; crappie fair, not staging yet but some being caught over medium depth brush; catfish fair on cut baits; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
crappie slow; channel catfish slow, try using cut baits; black bass slow.
(Reported on: 4/6/16)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Slow 
Catfish: Fair 
Walleye: Fair 
crappie fair; catfish fair; black bass fair; catfish fair; walleye fair.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: -none-
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Common Carp: Fair 
Blue Catfish: Fair 
channel catfish good on worms; blue catfish fair on cut baits; carp fair on worms.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
White Bass: Fair 
black bass good; white bass fair using minnows or jigs.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
White Bass: Good 
Walleye: Fair 
black bass good; white bass good on minnows or jigs; walleye fair on minnows or worms.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 64º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Smallmouth Bass: Fair 
smallmouth bass fair on soft plastic baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
Black Bass: Good 
Rainbow Trout: Fair 
goggle-eye and black bass good; rainbow trout fair.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow, try using soft plastic baits.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Fair 
Brown Trout: Fair 
rainbow trout and brown trout fair on natural and artificial baits.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Largemouth Bass: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
lake level 1' high; all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Redear Sunfish: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
largemouth bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics; crappie fair on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
Redear Sunfish: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 1' to 3' depths; bluegill and redear fair on jigs, crickets, and worms in 1' to 3' depths; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, minnows, jigs, and plastic worms in 1' to 3' depths; channel catfish slow on worms, crickets, and stinkbaits in 2' to 8' depths.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Largemouth Bass: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Crappie: Fair 
Warmouth: Slow 
Redear Sunfish: Slow 
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Redear Sunfish: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
crappie slow on jigs and minnows; black bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/11/16)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Largemouth Bass: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Largemouth Bass: Slow 
crappie fair on jigs and minnows; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Good 
Bluegill: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
black bass fair on soft plastic baits and crankbaits; crappie good on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair 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: 4/11/16)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 56º
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: 4/12/16)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Black Bass: Slow 
Suckers: Slow 
Crappie: Fair 
crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; all other species slow; the river has a discharge rate of 900cfs.
(Reported on: 4/11/16)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Slow 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow 
Longear Sunfish: Slow 
Smallmouth Bass: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Mississippi River (Middle)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Blue Catfish: Slow 
Flathead Catfish: Slow 
channel, blue, and flathead catfish slow on cut baits and live sunfish; all other species slow; the water level at Cape Girardeau is 25.1'.
(Reported on: 4/11/16)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Blue Catfish: Good 
Flathead Catfish: Slow 
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on cut carp; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Suckers: Fair 
crappie fair on minnows and assorted jigs in 5' to 7' water; black bass fair on stinkbaits and soft plastics in 7' to 10' water; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Bluegill: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
channel catfish fair on livers, worms, and nightcrawlers; black bass fair on topwater baits and spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 51º
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: 4/11/16)

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 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: 4/12/16)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
Crappie: Good 
Catfish: Fair 
White Bass: Good 
Walleye: Fair 
black bass good on crankbaits along bluffs; white bass good on upper end of lake; crappie good on minnows in 10' to 12' of water; walleye fair along the dam; catfish fair on cut bait.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Walleye: Fair 
White Bass: Good 
Largemouth Bass: Good 
Crappie: Good 
white bass good on crankbaits and swimbaits on rocky, windswept shallows and points; largemouth bass good on plastic worms in 6' to 10' of water off of points and near submerged structure; crappie good on minnows, swimbaits, small crankbaits, and jigs in the upper stretches of creek arms and shallow coves; walleye fair on crankbaits and swimbaits on rocky shallows at dusk and while trolling deep crankbaits during the day; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Bluegill: Good 
Crappie: Good 
bluegill good on worms and Beetle Spins; crappie good on live baits around offshore cover; black bass fair on Ned Rig and crayfish baits around sloping gravel banks on main lake and in spawning coves.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
White Bass: Good 
Crappie: Good 
Walleye: Fair 
white bass good on crankbaits, pearl and chartreuse swimming minnows, pearl white sliders, and live minnows; black bass good on Wiggle Warts and spinnerbaits; crappie good on small jigs in white and chartreuse, purple and black, or all chartreuse, use 1/16 or 1/8 oz jig heads; walleye fair on white or gray grubs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/11/16)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
Crappie: Good 
Catfish: Slow 
Bluegill: Good 
White Bass: Good 
black bass good on jerkbaits, purple rock shad, crankbaits, Wiggle Wart in crayfish colors, and purple/white spinnerbaits; crappie good on minnows and shad baits; bluegill good on worms, crickets, and small jigs; white bass good on minnows, white Road Runners, and jigs; catfish slow, try worms or minnows.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
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 on natural baits and soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

St. Louis

Lakes

August A. Busch Memorial and Weldon Spring Conservation Areas

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 636-441-4554

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Bluegill: Slow 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
catfish fair, try using doughbaits, blood baits, or livers; black bass fair on top water lures; crappie and bluegill slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lakes 3, 4, 5, 7, and 23


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 61º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
catfish fair using blood baits or livers.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Good 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair : Slow 
catfish good on worms and livers; black bass fair on minnows; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Black Bass: Slow 
Crappie: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
catfish fair on cut baits and livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 54º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 47º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Slow 
Freshwater Drum: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418 
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
Brown Trout: Fair 
Zone 1 and 2 popular lures: black and gold, brown, or gray marabou, John Deere or gray Deere, bumble bee, brown, or skunk Rooster Tails, red or red and white brassies; Zone 3 popular baits: worms, minnows, or orange Power Bait worms; April fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; April weed cutting is scheduled for April 19 - 20; 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; if you have any questions, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

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 good flow and good clarity; best fishing times are the first couple of hours shortly after the morning whistle; very light line is key to success, 1 - 2 lb. test is preferred; 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.; Kid's Free Fishing Day is May 14th. 
(Reported on: 4/13/16)

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 1.68'; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; all colors of scented doughbaits work well in the bait zones; single hook Rooster Tails in olive, black, black and yellow, or black and white colors are good choices in all zones; olive and black jigs, woolly bugger, midges, and tube midges 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; April fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 4/12/16)

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 work on the river will continue this week; there will be muddy water at times; Kids Fishing Day is May 14th; 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 fisherman are really doing well right now, the water is good for sight fishing and the jig fisherman 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: 4/12/16)

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. From March 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.


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