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Central

Lakes

Binder Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Blind Pony Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): -none-
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.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow on minnows and crappie jigs; black bass closed; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; catfish fair on worms and chicken livers.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
crappie good on minnows and jigs; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and spoons; catfish slow on worms, chicken livers, stinkbaits and cut baits; black bass fair on soft plastic worms and crankbaits.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on jigs in deeper water; black bass fair on plastic worms; white bass slow; catfish fair on cut bait.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
White Bass: Fair
black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie good, try using light colored jigs with Crappie Nibbles; catfish good, try using cut shad; white bass good, try using spinnerbaits; white bass fair using spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Fair
White Bass: Fair
black bass fair, try using soft plastics or crankbaits; crappie good, try using light colored jigs; catfish fair, try using cut shad; white bass fair, try using light colored plastics or spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Little Dixie Lake


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
crappie fair on live minnows; largemouth bass fair on plastics; all other species slow; all use including fishing is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Rivers

Lamine River


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
the river is 1' high; no paddlefish activity to report; all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Missouri River (Middle)


Information: 573-815-7900
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Blue Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
blue catfish good on cut shad; channel catfish fair on cut baits and liver; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)


Information: 573-346-2210
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass
White Bass: Slow
Catfish: Fair
crappie slow, try minnows and jigs; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and crappie jigs; catfish fair on worms and chicken liver; black bass closed.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
All other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
water level 1' low; crappie fair using tube jigs near deep water brush piles; trout slow using Power Bait and small jigs.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Montrose Lake


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
All other species slow; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
All other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Truman Lake


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Catfish: Good
crappie good using spider rigging; catfish good using shad with rod and reel, trotlines and jug lines.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Truman Lake Tailwaters


Information: 660-885-6981
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Catfish: Good
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair
White Bass: Fair
crappie fair on jigs; catfish good using cut shad.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)


Information: 816-622-0900
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
fishing for catfish remains slow with cooler water temperatures; channel catfish are biting on shad sides, Asian carp sides and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Hunnewell Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass fair using spinnerbaits; crappie fair using chartreuse jigs; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Long Branch Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
largemouth bass good on lures and plastic worms; crappie fair on minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Mark Twain Lake


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deeper water close to main channels; channel catfish fair close to shore on nightcrawlers and natural baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Thomas Hill Reservoir


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
crappie good on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; freshwater drum fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Salt (below Mark Twain)


Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 45º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
55 degrees, normal and clear; largemouth bass good on crankbaits; channel catfish good on cut bait; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Lake Paho


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
54 degrees, full pool and clear; crappie fishing improving during low light periods adjacent to riprap; black bass being taken on soft plastics in shallow areas less than 3' in depth;
(Reported on: 4/14/14)

Mozingo Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Walleye: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
44 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish fair on cut shad; crappie and bluegill fair on jigs; black bass good on jerkbaits; walleye slow - finishing spawn.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Pony Express Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
48 degrees, low and dingy; all species fair.
(Reported on: 4/14/14)

Smithville Lake


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
White Bass: Fair
52 degrees, low and muddy; crappie and black bass slow; catfish slow, but fair on minnows; white bass fair up towards Plattsburg.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Rivers

Grand River


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
rising and muddy; channel catfish fair on cut shad and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Missouri River (upper)


Information: 816-271-3100
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Fair
Channel Catfish: Good
Common Carp: Fair
46 degrees, normal and clear; channel catfish good on shad sides and fair on worms; flathead catfish fair on worms; carp fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
white bass and crappie fair on swimming minnows, jigs, and live bait; black bass fair on a variety of artificial lures.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Norfork Lake


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Black Bass: Fair
white bass good on swimming minnows and jigs; crappie fair on swimming minnows and jigs; black bass fair on a variety of artificial lures.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair
goggle-eye fair on jigs and small crankbaits.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Bryant Creek


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Current River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Eleven Point River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
rainbow trout good on Power Bait and corn; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Gasconade River (middle)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Gasconade River (upper)


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Jacks Fork River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

North Fork of the White River


Information: 417-256-7161
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
crappie slow on pink and white jigs on the flats; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Council Bluff Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
largemouth bass good on dark colored soft plastics and crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows; redear sunfish and bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Cypress Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
largemouth bass fair on artificial lures in 2 '- 3' of water; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 2' - 3' of water with mostly smaller fish being caught right now; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 60º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
Redear Sunfish: Slow
bluegill fair on crickets and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Lake Girardeau


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Largemouth Bass: Fair
Crappie: Slow
largemouth bass fair on plastic worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Perry County Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Largemouth Bass: Slow
crappie fair on jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Robert DeLaney Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair and improving on jigs and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Wappapello Lake


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
Channel Catfish: Fair
Bluegill: Slow
crappie good using minnows and jigs; black bass fair using crankbaits; channel catfish fair using worms; 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: 4/15/14)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
White Bass: Slow
Smallmouth Bass: Fair
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Slow
smallmouth bass fair on orange and pearl white spinnerbaits with a slow presentation; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Castor River (above Zalma)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Sunfish: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Mississippi River (Middle)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Blue Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
the river is falling at 22.7; channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish fair on stinkbait and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Slow
all species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)


Information: 573-290-5730
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Channel Catfish: Fair
Flathead Catfish: Fair
channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbait; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Good
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Walleye: Fair
black bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Alabama Rigs (only 3 hooks allowed); white bass good on white Rooster Tails and swimming minnows; crappie fair on minnows, jigs, and small spoons around brush piles; walleye fair on jerkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Lake Taneycomo


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 48º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
trout good in upper portion of the lake on white, olive/black 1/16 oz. marabou jigs with light water flow, use 1/8 or 1/4 oz. jigs if water flow is high, fluorescent orange and chartreuse glo balls on spinning gear while drifting with the current and fly patterns on fly rods also working well; trout good in lower portion of the lake on pink, white and orange Power Baits, corn, and nightcrawlers, also try minnows.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Walleye: Good
black bass good on crankbaits while casting along the shoreline and around points; walleye good on yellow and chartreuse jigs or Rogues on shallow points; crappie good on chartreuse jigs around brush piles in 4' - 15' of water and backs of coves; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/14/14)

Stockton Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 51º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Walleye: Slow
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
crappie good on minnows and white plastic grubs with 1/8 oz. heads in 10' - 12' of water; black bass fair on jerkbaits in various colors, mainly chartreuse on flats and off points in 6' -15' of water; catfish slow, best on liver from banks of coves and points; walleye slow, best on plastic worms and minnows at the edge of bluffs and up into the lake arms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Table Rock Lake


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Fair
black bass fair on stickbaits and Wiggle Warts around secondary points; crappie fair on smoke or white colored swimming minnows in 8' of water; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Crappie: Good
White Bass: Good
Walleye: Fair
white bass good on white sliders, pearl white swimming minnows, and X-raps that dive to at least 6', live minnows and Alabama Rigs with three hooks are also working well; crappie good on small jigs and minnows; black bass fair on swimbaits and spinnerbaits, Alabama Rigs with three hooks also working well, try smoke or shad colored baits that mimic a small school of fish and cast along rocky bluffs that have some submerged tree tops; walleye fair on spinnerbaits, shad crankbaits and live minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/14/14)

Rivers

James River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
White Bass: Good
Crappie: Good
Black Bass: Good
Catfish: Good
black bass good on Wiggle Warts and stickbaits in shallow water; crappie good on 1/16 - 1/32 oz. black or pink jigs and minnows in 5' - 15' of water; white bass good on minnows and white, pink and black Rapalas in the morning and evening; catfish good on minnows and worms in open channels of warm water.
(Reported on: 4/14/14)

Niangua River


Information: 417-895-6880
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Fair
Brown Trout: Fair
rainbow and brown trout fair on brightly colored Power Bait and olive/dark colored flies; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

St. Louis

Lakes

Busch Memorial Conservation Area Lake 33


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 53º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Crappie: Fair
black bass slow on plastic worms; catfish slow on doughbaits; bluegill fair on worms; crappie slow on minnows.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

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


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 52º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish slow on cut bait, doughbait, blood bait and livers; call the "Fish Stocking Hotline" (636) 300-9651 for stocking information.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Rivers

Big River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Slow
Bluegill: Fair
channel catfish fair on cut bait.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Bourbeuse River


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Crappie: Fair
crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Black Bass: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Fair
Brown Trout: Good
crappie fair on jigs; all other species slow; brown trout good on flies and spoons.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 49º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Slow
Catfish: Slow
Bluegill: Slow
Crappie: Slow
All species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
All species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Missouri River (Lower)


Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 50º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Slow
Freshwater Drum: Slow
All species slow.
(Reported on: 4/16/14)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park


Information: Park 417-532-4418
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Fair
Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well are: white, powder pink or gingersnap marabou jigs; blue holographic or red Cracklebacks, red, copper brown or candy cane brassie; Zone 3 baits that are popular are: salmon peach Power Bait and red or pink plastic worms; April fishing hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. April weed cutting is scheduled for April 22 & 23, weed cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream, cutting will begin at 8:00 a.m. and stop around 3:00 p.m. Kids Free Fishing Day will be May 3rd, fishing will start at 6:30 a.m., exhibits will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., lunch will be provided to kids 15 and younger.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Maramec Spring Park


Information: 573-265-7801
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
Brown Trout: Good
Fishing is good, the spring branch has normal flow and the water is clear; fish are biting on green/white, black/white, and green/yellow rubber leg jigs; trout worms in orange, black/yellow, red, green/white, and orange/white are producing good fish; remember to use lightweight line and small tackle; fishing hours for the month of April are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Kid's Free Fishing Day is Saturday May 17, 2014. For more information, call 573-265-7801.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Montauk State Park


Information: 573-548-2585
Water Surface Temp: 56º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
the water level is slightly below normal and running clear, the river level is currently 1.44' 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 dough and putty baits are working well in the bait zones; most flies, Rooster Tails and jigs in black and yellow, olive colors 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. April fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For up-to-date stream conditions check http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

Roaring River State Park


Information: 417-847-2430
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported:
Rainbow Trout: Good
The river is in good shape, the water level is normal and clear; right now using 6X tippet on fly rods and 7X when fishing dry flies; best flies right now are #14-#22 Adams, #14-#22 blue wing olives, #14-#20 caddis fly, zebra midges #18's and smaller, pheasant tails, copper johns, burlaps, sow bugs and hares ears, all #14's and smaller; black, brown, and the olive Rooster Tails; small Colorado wooly bugger spinner combos; orange, white, and fluorescent yellow Power Bait eggs; plastic worms in orange, cheese, pink, and orange peel are all good; marabou jig fishing is good right now, on a spin or casting reel you will need 2 or 3 lb. line, p-line, maxima, or mean green will work well; still using #10 hooks on the worms and #12 and smaller for the plastic eggs; 3/0 and BB sized sinkers will work best for you right now; Zone 3: fishing is good on Power Bait paste, white has been good and orange has been working; also corn, nightcrawlers and natural eggs have been working.
(Reported on: 4/15/14)

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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