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August 27, 2015

Attention Fishing Report Subscribers:

In 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."

PLEASE CHECK REGULATIONS CAREFULLY: Special regulations may apply to designated portions of water bodies; some baits and lures may not be legal for all portions.

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Sunfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
sunfish and bluegill fair; largemouth bass fair; channel catfish fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish fair; all other species slow; 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: 8/24/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
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 slow, try using light-colored soft plastics or spoons.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
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 slow, try using light-colored soft plastics or spoons.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


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 on cut baits; crappie slow, try using minnows; black bass slow, try using soft plastic worms; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using livers or cut shad; crappie fair using minnows or dark-colored jigs; black bass fair using crankbaits or Rooster Tails; white bass fair using light-colored plastics.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
catfish good using cut shad or shrimp; crappie fair using minnows; black bass fair using spinnerbaits; white bass good using light plastic baits.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits; channel catfish good on cut baits and livers; crappie slow on minnows; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 8/24/15)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
blue catfish good on setlines; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish good on Asian carp; flathead catfish fair on live bluegill; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/24/15)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using whole and cut shad or stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, or crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
lakes are full; black bass fair early and late in the day; channel catfish fair with floating cut baits or chicken livers 2' under a bobber; bluegill and redear sunfish good using worms under a bobber, find a shady area; crappie fair using tube baits near brush piles; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Good
catfish fair; crappie slow; black bass good; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Fair
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
catfish good using Sassy Shad and cut baits; crappie fair using minnows and jigs; bass fair using spinnerbaits and jigs; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
crappie and catfish fair; all other species slow; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
water level is steady; water clarity is muddy; blue catfish and flathead catfish fair using live baits (especially bluegill) and using creek chubs on setlines; channel catfish slow, with some success using worms and dip baits in or near tributaries; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
largemouth bass good on soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures; crappie good on jigs and minnows; channel catfish and blue catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats; bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie good on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass fair on artificial lures; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, worms, and cut shad; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
75-77 degrees; water level is at 607.38; cloudy water; catfish good on stinkbaits and goldfish; black bass good on large soft plastics near bluffs; white bass good off of the shallow points around bridges and cove entrances; crappie fair on jigs tipped with minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
lake is at 714; catfish good on nightcrawlers; crappie fair along Highway T rocks and deep water brush piles using minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits; blue catfish fair on cut baits; freshwater drum good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
catfish good on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Good
bass good early and late in the day; channel catfish good on livers; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Fair
channel catfish good adjacent to shallow aquatic vegetation on stinkbaits in low-light conditions; largemouth bass fair around brush piles in 5' - 10' of depth with coffee flavored plastic worms producing good results; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Good
bass good on topwater lures early and late in the day; crappie good on minnows over deep brush piles; bluegill good on worms over deep brush piles; channel catfish good on cut baits; all other species good.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
crappie slow on worms and jigs; bass slow on crankbaits and rattle baits; catfish fair on livers and doughbaits.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
all species good.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, doughbaits, and fresh cut baits; blue catfish fair on fresh cut baits and shad sides; flathead catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
Flathead Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on worms and fair on dip baits; common carp good on worms and corn; blue catfish good on cut baits, fair on worms; flathead catfish good on goldfish, bluegill, and worms.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
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 soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass good on soft plastic lures and minnows; goggle-eye good on soft plastic and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass good on minnows.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
trout good on corn and minnows; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
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 soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Sunfish: Fair
black bass, goggle-eye, and sunfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
goggle-eye fair.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
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; channel catfish fair on livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
all species slow; currently pumping into the lake.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
Crappie
Warmouth: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits; bluegill, redear sunfish, and warmouth sunfish good on crickets and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
bluegill fair on worms and crickets; black bass fair on artificial lures; channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbaits.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
bluegill good on wax worms; largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fair on jigs; blue catfish and channel catfish good on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
360.07; black bass fair on soft plastics and spinnerbaits early and late in the day; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; channel catfish fair using live baits and worms on jug lines and trotlines at night near the river channel; bluegill fair on crickets and worms along shoreline; anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake; 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: 8/25/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
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: 8/25/15)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
black bass fair on assorted lures; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Longear Sunfish: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass good on minnows.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

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
19.6' (Cape Girardeau); flathead catfish fair on live shad and bluegill; blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish
8.0' at New Madrid; blue catfish and channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: : Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
black bass fair on assorted lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
channel catfish good on pole and line and trotlines using worms, stinkbaits, and chicken livers; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with live bluegill; black bass are fair on artificial baits such as plastic worms and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Striped Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
striped bass fair at night on live baits and large swimbaits when water is running at Powersite Dam; black bass fair on soft plastic worms, crayfish, jigs, and spinnerbaits; catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines using live bluegill, green sunfish, chicken livers, crayfish, and other live baits.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion of lake on green or orange glo balls drifted with the current; black/chrome and blue/chrome Rogues, 1/16 and 1/8 oz olive, white and black marabou jigs, and 1/16 or 1/8 oz black or white Rooster Tails with chrome or gold spinnerbaits, San Juan worms, and jig and float working well when water is not running; trout good in lower portion of the lake on chartreuse, orange, white, and pink Berkley Gulp salmon eggs, corn, minnows, and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Good
Bluegill: Good
walleye good on jig and nightcrawlers around 20' of water, also try bottom bouncers with worms; catfish and bluegill good on worms; black bass good on crankbaits in 15' - 22' of water; crappie good on jigs in 12' - 20' of water over brush piles and around pole timber; white bass slow, best while trolling with spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
bluegill good on worms and Beetle Spins; black bass fair on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Catfish: Good
catfish good on live baits such as crayfish, creek chubs, and nightcrawlers, also try using trotlines with small bluegill or sunfish; black bass fair on deep-diving crankbaits, Shakey Heads with a watermelon-colored worm working well on gravel points in 20' - 25' of water or try brown, soft plastic crayfish; crappie fair on chartreuse jigs in 30' of water, fish with 1/16 oz jig heads; goggle-eye fair on crappie jigs and small soft plastic crayfish using 1/16 oz jigs, try fishing around large rocks; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Bluegill: Good
black bass good on soft plastic lures, Texas rigged worms, football jigs, and crayfish crankbaits, topwater on buzzbaits and spooks; crappie good on minnows and jigs in pumpkin or purple; goggle-eye good on spinnerbaits, crayfish-colored crankbaits, and minnows; catfish good on worms and minnows; bluegill good on worms, crickets, and small jigs.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
trout good below Bennett Spring on bright-colored Power Baits; black bass fair on minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye fair on nightcrawlers and minnows.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

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: 85º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
bluegill slow on worms or crickets; catfish slow on doughbaits, blood baits, and livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crankbaits; crappie slow on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish slow on doughbaits, blood baits, and livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crankbaits; all other species slow; call the fish stocking hotline for recent stocking information 636-300-9651; please remove your trash.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair : Slow
catfish good on cut baits and blood baits; black bass slow with crankbaits; bluegill fair with natural baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
black bass slow, try using crankbaits or plastic worms early morning and evening; bluegill fair with natural baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish are fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
channel catfish and blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish are fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 8/26/15)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 popular lures are: aqua or green holographic Cracklebacks, olive copper Hot Shot, ginger, gingersnap, olive, or olive and orange marabou, and metallic gold spot or yellow dalmatian Rooster Tails; Zone 3 baits that are popular: orange Power Baits, and trout magnet pink; August fishing hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; September Fishing hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; September weed cutting is scheduled for the 22nd - 23rd; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; if you have any questions, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

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: Slow
fishing is good; the spring branch has good flow; Hatchery staff will be cutting aquatic vegetation in the spring branch starting at 9am from Tuesday, September 1st thru Thursday, September 3rd; best fishing times are the first couple of hours shortly after the morning whistle; very light line is a must to be successful, 1 - 2 lb. test is preferred; spinnerbaits are working in the early mornings in black, brown, and olive colors; fish are hitting doughbaits in white, salmon peach, and hatchery brown colors when fished on a small treble hook and suspended under a float; plastic eggs and worms in orange, orange/white, cheese, white, and fluorescent yellow have all been good; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for the month of August are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Ladies' Free Fishing Day is Saturday, September 12th; for more information call 573-265-7801.
(Reported on: 8/24/15)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river level is back to normal flow for this time of year; the water level is currently at 1.53' and running clear; using 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; any color scented dough baits work in the bait zones; single hook Rooster Tails in olive and black colors in all zones; olive leech, black zebra midge, and peach glo balls in the fly-only zone; the morning and evening hours continue to be best times to fish during hot weather; August fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 8/25/15)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the area received three inches of rain last week but did not become dirty; the river is up about six inches above normal for this time of year; the water is clear; right now, Cracklebacks, Adams, beetles, ants, hoppers, and caddis flies are all working well; leaders are 9' with 6X or 7X tippets; fish are being caught on nymphs, pheasant tails, Copper Johns, black, brown, and gray zebra midges, sow bugs, burlaps, hares ears, and small prince nymphs; glo balls, San Juan worms, black, brown, olive, and tan buggers, and leeches work well most of the day; fish are being caught on the baby buggers in the same colors; plastic eggs and worms in orange, orange/white, cheese, white, and fluorescent yellow have all been good; spinnerbaits are working in the early mornings in black, brown, white, olive, and skunk; the water is great for sight fishing and the jig fisherman are catching trout on olive, black, brown, white, and tan; micro jigs in tan, olive, and black/yellow have been the best colors; in the clear water the use of 2 lb. line is recommended; if you go into Zone 3, nightcrawlers or minnows would be good choices, or any of the bright colored Power Baits are working.
(Reported on: 8/24/15)

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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