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July 29, 2015

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."

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Central

Lakes

Binder Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish are all 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: 7/28/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using whole or cut shad, or stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow using worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
catfish slow using worms, cut baits, or hot dogs; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass fair using buzzbaits and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics and spoons.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair on cut baits; crappie slow; black bass slow; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 7/24/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using cut shad or stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows; black bass good using crankbaits or topwater lures; white bass fair using spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good using cut shad or stinkbaits; crappie good using dark-colored jigs or minnows; black bass good using spinnerbaits or topwater lures; white bass fair using spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 92º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass slow in deep water on plastics; channel catfish fair on cut bait and liver; bluegill fair on crickets and worms; crappie slow in deep water on minnows; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
the river is 2' high and falling; channel catfish are good at Roberts Bluff in the early morning on nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on setlines below Shakelford Bridge using goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
blue catfish good on cut Asian carp; channel catfish fair on livers and stinkbaits; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
catfish fair using whole or cut shad and stinkbaits; crappie fair using minnows and crappie jigs; black bass slow using worms and dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, and crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/21/15)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): normal
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: 7/28/15)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Redear Sunfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
lakes are full; black bass fair early and late in the day; channel catfish fair with floating cut baits or chicken liver 2' under a bobber; bluegill and redear sunfish good using worms under a bobber; crappie slow with some success using tube jigs near brush piles; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
catfish fair; bass fair in the tributaries but slow in the reservoir; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
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: 7/28/15)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
catfish good on cut baits; crappie slow; bass fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on cut baits; crappie slow; bass fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
water level is rising; water clarity is muddy with debris in the flow; flathead catfish slow with some success on bluegill and green sunfish; blue catfish slow with some success on a variety of live baits and cut baits, with Asian carp working the best; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
blue catfish and channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and topwater lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Good
Bluegill: Good
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
redear sunfish and bluegill good using topwater flies; largemouth bass good using crankbaits; channel catfish good using chicken livers and earthworms; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats; bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
channel catfish good in the northern end of lake on cut shad; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deep water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
water level at 625.06 and slowly dropping; dingy water; be aware of floating debris in the water; channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbaits; black bass fair on soft plastics and topwater lures on the flooded banks; white bass good on chasing shad at the top of the water; crappie fair in deeper water on pink and chartreuse jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, worms, and livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
flathead catfish good on live baits; blue catfish good on live baits and cut baits; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and worms; carp good on doughbaits and corn; freshwater drum good on worms; shovelnose sturgeon good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/15)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake


Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
catfish good on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
very little fishing pressure; all species fair.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 85º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
water is flowing over spillway; all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
bass good early and late; crappie fair over deep brush piles; channel catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
crappie slow; bass slow; catfish slow, best on livers and worms; most fish have moved to deeper, cooler waters.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
crappie fair; black bass good; white bass good; catfish good.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Rivers

Grand River

No report submitted. Please contact the appropriate regional office for additional information.
Information: 816-271-3100

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Good
river is still flowing high with the rock dikes just now becoming exposed; channel catfish fair on worms and dip baits; common carp good on worms and corn; blue catfish good on cut baits and fair on worms; flathead catfish fair on goldfish, bluegill and good on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
black bass fair on soft plastics and buzzbaits; goggle-eye slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
all species fair.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

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 bait.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good on soft plastic baits.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
White Bass: Slow
497.5'; all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair during low light periods on dark-colored soft plastics; channel catfish fair on livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
bluegill and redear sunfish slow on crickets and jigs; largemouth bass slow on spinnerbaits and jigs; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Warmouth: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
All species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Redear Sunfish: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
black bass slow on plastic worms and topwater lures in the early morning and evening hours; channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Sunfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on livers; largemouth bass fair on buzzbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Largemouth Bass: Slow
blue catfish and channel catfish good on worms and cut baits; bluegill fair on crickets and wax worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
359.60'; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastics early and late in the day; channel catfish fair using live bait and worms on juglines and trotlines at night; bluegill are fair using crickets and worms; 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: 7/28/15)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 77º
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: 7/28/15)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 82º
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: 7/28/15)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
Smallmouth Bass: Good
smallmouth bass good on minnows and soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Mississippi River (Middle)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Slow
34.1'; blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut baits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Slow
31.5'; blue and channel catfish good on cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
black bass fair on assorted lures; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
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; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Striped Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines using live bluegill, green sunfish, chicken liver, or other live baits; black bass good on soft plastic worms, crayfish, jigs, and spinnerbaits; striped bass fair on live baits and large swimbaits.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): low
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 Rooster Tails working well when water is running; scuds and San Juan worms 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: 7/28/15)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
black bass fair on spinnerbaits and Rattle Traps in 20" of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/15)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
Walleye: Fair
Bluegill: Good
black bass slow with crankbaits; catfish good using worms; bluegill good using worms; crappie slow on minnows at 15' - 20' over brush piles and around pole timber; walleye fair trolling flicker shad.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
black bass fair 10' - 15' around brush piles using jigs early morning then move to drop shot; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/15)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on deep diving crankbaits, jig bite is slowing down but still working over gravel points in 15' - 20' of water and soft plastic brown crayfish; crappie fair 30' using chartreuse jigs, fish with 1/16 ounce jig heads; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/27/15)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish fair on worms and minnows; goggle-eye fair on crankbaits and minnows; black bass fair on soft plastics, crankbaits, and topwater; bluegill fair on worms, small jigs, and crickets; crappie fair on green and white jigs and minnows around brush piles.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Black Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
black bass good on live minnows and soft plastics; goggle-eye good on light-colored jigs; trout good.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

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: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
bluegill slow on worms or crickets; catfish fair 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: 7/28/15)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
bluegill slow on worms or crickets; catfish fair 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: 7/28/15)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair : Slow
catfish fair on blood baits and livers; black bass slow with topwater lures; bluegill fair with natural baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
catfish fair on cut baits, worms, and minnows; black bass slow on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; crappie slow, best using minnows; bluegill slow using worms and crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
black bass fair on crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish good on cut baits and blood baits; black bass fair with plastic worms and crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair with cut baits.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

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: possum roach yellow brassies, or red & white brassies marabou: gingersnap, white, black & yellow, yellow glo balls, Jimi Hendrix, Easter egg, and apricot supreme Rooster Tails: bumble bee, black & white, brown (trout nugget) glo balls; Zone 3 baits that are popular: red worms, Power Bait scented red meal worms, chunky cheese, yellow or salmon peach Power Baits; fishing hours for July are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; August fishing hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. August weed cutting is scheduled for the 25th - 26th; 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: 7/29/15)

Maramec Spring Park


Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Slow
fishing is fair; the spring branch is back to normal flow and the water has cleared up; the weeds have been freshly cut so there are many open areas to fish; very light line is a must to be successful, 1-2lb test if you are fishing during the mid day sun; fish are hitting green and white, black, and gray marabou jigs; doughbaits in salmon peach and hatchery brown colors are producing good fish when fished on a small treble hook and suspended under a float; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for the month of July are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for more information call 573-265-7801.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the water level is still slightly above normal at 1.76' at the lower end of the park and dropping slowly; water clarity is still dingy but improving: using 6 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; fishing is still good on all baits with white, brown, and yellow scented doughbaits working well in the bait zones; single hook Rooster Tails are also a good choice in all zones; anglers continue to have some success with cream jigs, glo balls, red zebra midge, and olive leech; fish are hitting light making it hard to diagnose a strike; the best time to fish during hot weather are in the morning and evening; fishing hours for July are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and for August are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 7/28/15)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Kids Fishing Day is August 15th; the river is in good condition and the water level has dropped about 5 inches in the last week; the water has a greenish look right now and will have for a few weeks, so the dry fly fishing will slowly come back; right now we are fishing dark wooly buggers, prince nymphs, copper johns, lightning bugs, small gold jigs, small thread jigs and brassies; large dry flies will take a few here and there; the fish are still reacting to a hopper or beetle, in some areas, where there is a bit of slow water, glo balls and the San Juan worms, in bright orange and red are also working; buggers with extra Mylar in the tails are working good, use 5x and 6x; the water is still up a bit and the use of Power Baits is recommended if you just want to catch a fast limit of trout, the orange, fluorescent yellow and white are all good in the eggs; if you are using the worms, the orange peel, orange, cheese yellow and chartreuse are all working; small gold spoons are really good if you fish them deep and slow; small spinnerbaits still work fine, you may need to add a bit of lead to get them down deep enough with the current; jigs are catching fish, 1/32 and larger are best, but a few people have been catching trout on the white and olive micro jig; larger jigs are working best, in the darker colors, olive, black, black/yellow and dark brown have all been working well; in this type of water the use of 4 lb. and 3 lb. line is recommended; as the water clears we will go back to the 2 lb. line; if you go into zone 3 nightcrawlers and minnows would be good choices, or any of the bright colored Power Baits should work.
(Reported on: 7/29/15)

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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