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September 9, 2014

In most streams south of the Missouri River, black bass may not be possessed from March 1-May 24. 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.

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Central

Lakes

Binder Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
the lake is 2' low; all species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and 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: 9/9/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow on worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, spoons and crappie jigs; catfish slow on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on crappie jigs and minnows; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish fair on worms, hot dogs and cut baits; black bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics and buzzbaits.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on minnows; black bass slow on soft plastic worms; white bass slow; catfish slow on cut baits.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on cut shad and livers; crappie fair on minnows; black bass good on dark plastics; white bass fair on jigs with spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on worms and livers; crappie fair on minnows; black bass good on dark plastics; white bass fair on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
largemouth bass good on plastic worms; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bigmouth Buffalo: Good
Common Carp: Good
channel catfish fair on worms between Roberts Bluff Access and Bryant Bottom Bridge; bigmouth buffalo and common carp good from the bank at Harriman Hill Access using homemade doughbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
flood stage; all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow on worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow on light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, spoons and crappie jigs; catfish slow on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on fresh cut shad; crappie fair on minnows; bass fair on topwater lures; all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
full pool; black bass fair using plastic worms or jig and pig near brush piles and weedbeds early and late in the day; channel catfish good on chicken livers and cut baits 3' under a float over deep water; crappie fair using tube jigs and minnows near deep water brush piles; bluegill slow on worms and small jigs under a bobber.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
all other species fair; medium fishing pressure.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
black bass fair on crankbaits and jigs; white bass and hybrids good on Rooster Tails; spoons and crankbaits; crappie good on minnows in shallow waters; catfish good on fresh cut shad; all other species fair; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Good
Black Bass: Fair
white bass and hybrid striped bass good on Rooster Tails, spoons and crankbaits; crappie good in shallow water using minnows; black bass fair using jigs and crankbaits; catfish good using fresh cut shad; all other species fair; fishing pressure medium.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
water level is normal, steady and muddy; blue catfish fair on cut baits and goldfish; flathead catfish fair on cut Asian carp and bluegill; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; all catfish are being caught on setlines in and near tributaries; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
crappie good on jigs; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on doughbait; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
lake level 603.6; crappie fair on pink and red jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Salt (below Mark Twain)


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
76 degrees, normal pool; channel catfish good; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
73 degrees, full pool; largemouth bass good on topwater lures in low light conditions; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and crayfish; crappie fair on smaller spinnerbaits adjacent to submerged brush piles; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Walleye: Fair
78 degrees, high and muddy; fish seem scattered due to high water; all species fair.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
74 degrees, full pool and dingy; channel catfish good on cut baits.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
no report submitted; please contact the Northwest Regional Office, located in St. Joseph, at 816-271-3100 for additional information.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Blue Catfish: Slow
due to flooding and muddy conditions, all species are slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
76 degrees, high and muddy; all species slow due to high water conditions.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on topwater baits; catfish fair on trotlines or jug lines.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
black bass fair on topwater baits; catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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: 9/10/14)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Suckers: Good
Black Bass: Good
suckers good on worms; black bass good on grubs.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species fair.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs; channel catfish fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and crayfish imitations.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 71º
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: 9/10/14)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics during low light periods; channel catfish fair on livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow; during teal season, which is September 6 - 21, the area is closed to fishing until 1:00 p.m.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Warmouth: Fair
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; bluegill, warmouth sunfish and readear sunfish fair on crickets and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair on artificial worms and spinnerbaits; channel catfish fair on worms; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/8/14)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/8/14)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms; black bass fair on artificial lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
black bass good using crankbaits and spinnerbaits early and late in the day; bluegill fair using crickets and worms; channel catfish fair using live baits on jug lines and trotlines at night; crappie fair using minnows and jigs; all other species slow; 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: 9/8/14)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 74º
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
channel catfish slow on stinkbaits; smallmouth bass slow on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

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): Fair
Longear Sunfish: Fair
black bass good on minnows; goggle-eye and longear sunfish fair on minnows and Rebel Crayfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/8/14)

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
river level is 20.7' and falling; channel catfish and blue catfish fair on worms and cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/8/14)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
21.1 and dropping; channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits, all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
black bass good on large minnows in the deeper holes; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/8/14)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass
Bluegill
channel catfish fair using worms, cut baits and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on trotlines using goldfish and small sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on jigs, soft plastics, nightcrawlers, or topwater lures at dawn and dusk; crappie fair on minnows around heavy structure; walleye fair on nightcrawlers and crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
water has been running most afternoons due to power needs; trout good in upper portion of the lake on marabou jigs, Rapala-type stickbaits; Rooster Tails and glo balls on spinning gear; flies such as scuds and San Juan worms on fly rods and chartreuse, black or white Rooster Tails or 1/8 oz white, black or olive jig and float on spinning gear working well when not running water; trout good in lower portion of the lake on chartreuse, pink, white, or fluorescent orange Power Baits, corn, nightcrawlers or minnows.
(Reported on: 9/8/14)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Slow
Muskellunge: Good
black bass good on topwater lures early in the morning; fish with plastic baits around points in 15' - 25' of water; muskie good while trolling and casting shallows with bucktails on cloudy days; walleye slow, best while drifting flats with nightcrawlers in 13' of water; crappie slow, best on minnows and jigs around cover in 8' - 20' of water.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Slow
catfish fair on liver over flats in 20' of water; black bass fair on large worms in 20' of water in brush piles; crappie slow on minnows in 20' of water; walleye slow on artificial worms in 20' - 25' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/9/14)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Bluegill: Good
Catfish
bluegill good on live baits; black bass good on topwater baits in the early morning; catfish good on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
black bass good on large purple colored soft plastic worms after dark; use a circle hook tipped with a large minnow to catch feeding bass in 15' - 18' of water; also try vertically jigging spoons in 40' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
goggle-eye good on spinnerbaits and worms around rocks; bluegill good on worms and crickets; catfish good on minnows, cut baits and worms; black bass good in top water on spooks and Rebel Pop-R's; in deep water, try brown or watermelon-colored football jigs; crappie slow, but best on green jigs and minnows around trees; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/8/14)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Fair
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics; rainbow trout and brown trout fair on bright-colored Power Baits and dark-colored flies; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow due to river conditions.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow due to river conditions.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow due to river conditions.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
all species slow due to river conditions.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
Common Carp: Slow
all species slow due to river conditions.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Slow
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well: black zebra midges, Easter egg or Jimi Hendrix glo balls, ginger Cracklebacks; Zone 3 baits that are popular: yellow glitter Power Baits, florescent orange or white gulp salmon eggs; weed cutting is scheduled for September 16 - 17; 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: 9/8/14)

Maramec Spring Park


Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
fishing is good; the spring branch has good flow and is clear, recent rains have had very little impact on water conditions here at the park; fish are biting rubber leg jigs and trout worms in green/white, black/yellow and orange/white; floating doughbaits in white and brown fished on the bottom or under a float are producing good fish; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; the 9th annual fall Ladies' Free Fishing Day is Saturday, September 13th, 2014; call 573-265-7801 for more details.
(Reported on: 9/10/14)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
water level is low and running clear; the river is currently at 1.33' at the lower end of the park, which is slightly down from last week; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is good on most baits; white, brown and yellow scented doughbaits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black, yellow, olive and other dark colors are working well; some colors work better at different times of the day; the best fishing is in the mornings and evenings; 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: 9/8/14)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the river is down about a foot in the last week despite last weeks rains, the water has remained clear, 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; 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.
(Reported on: 9/8/14)

Fish Management Notice

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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