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September 25, 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: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
the lake is 2.5' 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: 9/24/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
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 fair on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
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, stinkbaits and cut baits; black bass slow on dark-colored soft plastics, crankbaits and buzzbaits.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
crappie fair on minnows; black bass fair on dark plastic worms; white bass fair on spinnerbaits; catfish good on worms and stinkbaits.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
catfish good on cut shad and shrimp; crappie fair on minnows and dark jigs; black bass fair on dark plastics; white bass fair on jigs with spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Good
catfish good on worms and cut shad; crappie fair on minnows; black bass fair on dark plastics; white bass good on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
channel catfish good on chicken livers; all other species slow; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
the river is 2' high; channel catfish fair on worms between Bryant Bottom Bridge and Roberts Bluff Access; flathead catfish fair on setlines using live baits downstream from DeBourgmont Access; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; blue catfish fair on cut carp; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
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 fair on worms, cut shad, stinkbaits and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Fair
all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
full pool; black bass fair using plastic worms or jig and pig near brush piles and weedbeds; channel catfish slow on chicken livers and cut baits; crappie fair using tube jigs and minnows near brush piles and weedbeds; bluegill slow on worms and small jigs under a bobber.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
all other species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

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: 9/23/14)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
Crappie: Slow
hybrid bass fair in shallow water with topwater lures and Sassy Shad; all other species slow; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
hybrid bass fair in shallow water using Sassy Shad and topwater lures; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
water level is normal, steady and muddy; blue catfish fair on a variety of cut baits and Asian carp; flathead catfish fair on bluegill; all catfish are being caught on setlines in and near tributaries; channel catfish and all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
blue catfish good on cut baits; crappie good on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
largemouth bass fair on Rattle Trap and jigs; 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: 9/24/14)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
lake level 608.2; all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 66º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Salt (below Mark Twain)


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
channel catfish good on prepared baits; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
68 degrees, normal pool; channel catfish good; light fishing pressure; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
74 degrees, full pool; largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass good on top water jerk baits, look for schools of shad working the surface; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
68 degrees, high and muddy; fish seem scattered due to high water; all species fair.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
65 degrees, high and clear water conditions; channel catfish good on cut baits; crappie good on minnows around structure; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Good
White Bass: Slow
81 degrees, normal and muddy; crappie good; black bass slow; catfish good; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Good
water level is above normal, falling and muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits and small live baits; blue catfish fair on live baits (gold fish) and cut baits (fresh shad); flathead catfish fair on live baits and cut baits; common carp fair on whole kernel corn and nightcrawlers; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
65 degrees, high and muddy; flathead catfish fair on worms and live baits; channel catfish fair on worms; carp fair on corn and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

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 lures; catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

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 lures; catfish fair on trotlines and jug lines.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 68º
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: 9/24/14)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

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: 9/24/14)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species fair.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 68º
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: 9/24/14)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 67º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Sunfish: Good
black bass and sunfish good on soft plastics and nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

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 plastic baits.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair : Fair
black bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 70º
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
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Warmouth: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Redear Sunfish: Slow
largemouth bass fair on topwater lures; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish
Crappie
Channel Catfish
largemouth bass fair on white spinnerbaits with a crawdad tail; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

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: Slow
black bass good using crankbaits and spinnerbaits early and late in the day; bluegill slow 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: 9/23/14)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Smallmouth Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 74º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
Longear Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

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 22.8' and falling; channel catfish and blue catfish good on worms and hot dogs; flathead catfish fair on live baits and worms.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
12.4' and falling; channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 63º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 68º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Flathead Catfish: Slow
Black Bass
Bluegill
all species slow.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass good on jigs, soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures; crappie fair on minnows around heavy structure; walleye fair on nightcrawlers and crankbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
water has been running most days due to power needs; trout good in upper portion of the lake on black, white, and olive colored marabou jigs, black/chrome and blue/chrome Rapala-type stickbaits; Rooster Tails and glo balls on spinning gear; flies such as scuds, wooly buggers, and San Juan worms on fly rods and chartreuse, black or white Rooster Tails or 1/80oz 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: 9/22/14)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Slow
Muskellunge: Good
Channel Catfish: Slow
black bass good on topwater lures early in the morning; fish with plastic baits around points in 15' - 25' of water; muskie good casting shallows with bucktails; 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; channel catfish slow, best on shad.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Slow
black bass fair in 20' of water in brush piles using large worms; crappie slow using minnows in 20' of water; catfish fair using liver on flats in 20' of water; walleye slow in 20' - 25' of water using artificial worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
black bass good early morning on football jigs and topwater baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Walleye: Fair
black bass fair on vertical jigging spoons in 60' of water, bass will be suspended in 20' - 40'; walleye fair on large creek chub-type minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Good
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
black bass good on spooks and Pop-R's in top water in early morning or evening and on football jigs and brown or watermelon colored, big soft plastic worms in deep water; crappie good on green and white jigs and minnows around trees; catfish good on minnows, cut baits and worms; bluegill good on worms and crickets; goggle-eye slow, best on spinnerbaits and worms around rocks.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 66º
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: 9/23/14)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Catfish: Fair
catfish fair on blood baits and cut baits; bluegill good on worms.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
catfish slow; black bass fair; bluegill good; stockings are complete for the year.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 77º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Slow : Fair
catfish fair on blood baits, cut baits and livers; black bass fair on topwater lures and crankbaits; bluegill fair on worms and crickets.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 73º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Black Bass: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits and livers; bluegill good on worms and crickets; black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
all species slow due to river conditions.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 72º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Good
black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms; bluegill good on worms and crickets; catfish fair on livers.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
catfish fair; carp and freshwater drum fair on worms.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
Common Carp: Fair
catfish fair on cut baits; freshwater drum and carp fair on worms.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 58º
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, original or green holographic Cracklebacks, rainbow, snow, or brown glitter rooster tail; Zone 3 baits that are popular: orange or pink Power Bait worms, yellow Xtra Scent Power Baits; weed cutting is scheduled for October 14 - 15; 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: 9/22/14)

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: Good
fishing is good; the spring branch has good flow and is clear, fish are biting on green/white rubber leg jigs and trout worms in black/yellow and orange/white; floating doughbaits in white, pink, brown and salmon peach colors 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; weed cutting in the spring branch was recently completed on September 9th and 10th; fishing hours for the month of September are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; October fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m; Fall Derby Day will be held on Saturday, October 25th.
(Reported on: 9/24/14)

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 1.28' at the lower end of the park; 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.; we will be cutting weeds in the Catch & Release, Spring Branch, Mill Dam Hole, and White Oak Hole on September 29th and 30th; for up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 9/23/14)

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 has leveled out and is low for this time of year, the water has remained clear, we have not received any rain in the last week; 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: 9/23/14)

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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