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July 21, 2016

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", or website at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zkz.

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

Central

Lakes

Binder Lake

Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Surface Temp: 89º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Good 
largemouth bass and crappie fair; channel catfish good at night on worms, stink baits, and sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Blind Pony Lake

Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
channel catfish fair using prepared bait; bluegill fair using nightcrawlers; all other species slow; reminder, 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: 7/20/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Bagnell Tailwater)

Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
White Bass: Slow 
catfish fair using cut baits, chicken livers, worms, or cut shad; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms or dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, or crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize)

Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
White Bass: Slow 
catfish fair using cut shad, cut bluegill, worms, and chicken livers; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using dark-colored soft plastics or buzzbaits; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastics, spoons, Rooster Tails, or crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Gravois) 

Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Slow 
catfish fair using cut baits; crappie slow; black bass fair using soft plastic worms; white bass slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua)

Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
catfish good using cut shad, live bluegill, or doughbaits; crappie slow, try using minnows; bass fair using plastic baits or crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage)

Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
catfish good using cut shad, live bluegill, or chicken livers; crappie fair using dark-colored plastic baits; bass fair using plastic baits.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Little Dixie Lake

Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Bluegill: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Good 
bluegill fair on worms; channel catfish good on worms and prepared bait; crappie good on minnows; all other species slow; reminder that Little Dixie Lake is pole and line method only; all use, including fishing, is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Rivers

Lamine River

Information: 573-815-7900 
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
2' high and falling downstream from the Blackwater River; the river is normal or slightly below normal upstream from the Blackwater River; all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

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 and livers; blue catfish fair on fresh shad; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Osage (lower, at Tuscumbia)

Information: 573-346-2210 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
White Bass: Slow 
catfish fair using cut baits, chicken livers, worms, or cut shad; crappie slow, try using minnows or crappie jigs; black bass slow, try using worms or dark-colored soft plastics; white bass slow, try using light-colored soft plastics, Rooster Tails, or crappie jigs.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Kansas City

Lakes

Atkinson Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
all species fair; fishing pressure low.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Information: 816-622-0900 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
Redear Sunfish: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
largemouth bass fair on soft plastics near cover early and late in the day; channel catfish fair on cut baits and chicken liver floated under a bobber 2' - 3' deep; crappie slow, try using tube jigs and minnows near brush piles and weedbeds; bluegill and redear sunfish fair on worms and small jigs.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Montrose Lake

Information: 816-622-0900 
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Schell Lake (Schell-Osage CA)

Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Catfish: Fair 
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Truman Lake

Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
White Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Truman Lake Tailwaters

Information: 660-885-6981 
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
White Bass: Fair 
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass): Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Catfish: Fair 
all species fair; fishing pressure light.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Rivers

Missouri River (Kansas City area)

Information: 816-622-0900 
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Blue Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
blue catfish fair on cut baits; flathead catfish fair on live baits, especially bluegill and worms; channel catfish fair on cut baits and stinkbaits in tributaries; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Northeast

Lakes

Henry Sever Lake

Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Bluegill: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Largemouth Bass: Good 
Catfish: Good 
bluegill fair on worms and minnows; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; largemouth bass good on crankbaits, Power Baits, minnows, and plastic worms; catfish good on stinkbaits and blood baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Hunnewell Lake

Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Largemouth Bass: Good 
Bluegill: Good 
largemouth bass good on jerkbaits; bluegill good on earthworms; all other species slow; the lake is closed to private boats, and bait held or transported in containers with water is prohibited.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Long Branch Lake

Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms; largemouth bass fair on lures; crappie fair on lures and minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Mark Twain Lake

Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
water level is at 608.08; temperatures are at 76 - 80 degrees depending on where you are; water is a little stained but clearing; catfish fair on cut shad and live sunfish or goldfish; crappie fair in brush piles and standing timber; also try trolling for crappie; largemouth bass fair on bluffs and points; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Thomas Hill Reservoir

Information: 660-785-2420 
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Rivers

Mississippi River (upper)

Information: 573-248-2530 
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): -none-
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Freshwater Drum: Good 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
freshwater drum good on worms; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Salt River - Downstream of Mark Twain Lake

Information: 573-248-2530 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: : Good 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Northwest

Lakes

Bilby Ranch Lake

Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Good 
Walleye: Good 
channel catfish good on cut bait; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Lake Paho

Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Largemouth Bass: Good 
Crappie: Good 
Bluegill: Good 
bass fair on soft plastics; catfish good on natural baits; crappie and bluegill good on natural and artificial baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Mozingo Lake

Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Walleye: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Catfish: Good 
Bluegill: Good 
black bass fair; catfish good on cut baits or worms; bluegill good on small worms; walleye fair.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Pony Express Lake

Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Black Bass: Slow 
crappie slow, try using jigs; channel catfish good on worms, chicken livers, and doughbaits; bass slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Smithville Lake

Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
white bass good primarily in early morning and late evenings on spoon and Rattle Traps where shad are congregating; catfish good on all baits in shallow water especially where water is running in; crappie fair on brush piles using jigs and minnows.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Rivers

Grand River

Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: -none-
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
channel catfish fair on dip baits over rootwads and logs; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Missouri River (upper)

Information: 816-271-3100 
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Flathead Catfish: Good 
Blue Catfish: Good 
Common Carp: Good 
channel catfish good on worms; flathead catfish fair on goldfish and worms; blue catfish good on cut bait and goldfish, fair on worms; carp good on doughbaits and fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Ozark

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (East)

Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
black bass fair on soft plastics and topwater baits.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Norfork Lake

Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Walleye: Fair 
black bass fair on soft plastics and topwater baits; walleye fair on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Rivers

Big Piney River (lower, Pulaski Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Smallmouth Bass: Good 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Big Piney River (upper, Texas Co.)

Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 81º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair 
black bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics and small crankbaits.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Bryant Creek

Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
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: 7/19/16)

Current River

Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Smallmouth Bass: Good 
Suckers: Good 
smallmouth bass are good on topwater baits; suckers are good on nightcrawlers.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Eleven Point River

Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 62º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
rainbow trout good on cheese and corn; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Gasconade River (middle)

Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 76º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Smallmouth Bass: Good 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye good on soft plastic baits and jigs.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Gasconade River (upper)

Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 75º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
all species good on live bait.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Jacks Fork River

Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Smallmouth Bass: Good 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
smallmouth bass good on soft plastics and crankbaits; goggle-eye good on soft plastics and grubs.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

North Fork of the White River

Information: 417-256-7161 
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Smallmouth Bass: Fair 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Fair 
smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fair on soft plastics.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Southeast

Lakes

Clearwater Lake

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Sunfish: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Council Bluff Lake

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Redear Sunfish: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
largemouth bass fair on dark-colored soft plastics during low light periods; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Cypress Lake

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Redear Sunfish: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
Largemouth Bass: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Duck Creek C.A. Pool #1

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Warmouth: Slow 
Redear Sunfish: Fair 
bluegill and redear sunfish fair on minnows; largemouth bass fair on topwater plugs and soft plastics; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Lake Girardeau

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 91º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Redear Sunfish: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Bluegill: Slow 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
black bass fair on topwater and soft plastic lures in early morning and late evening light; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Perry County Lake

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 88º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
Black Bass: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Slow 
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Robert DeLaney Lake

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 86º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Largemouth Bass: Fair 
channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; bluegill fair on worms; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures at dawn and dusk; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Wappapello Lake

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 90º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
Channel Catfish: Good 
black bass good on crankbaits and soft plastics early and late in the day; channel catfish good on live baits and worms on jug lines and trotlines at night; bluegill good on crickets and worms near brush; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deeper water; lake level is approximately .8' above summer pool elevation; anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie; 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: 7/19/16)

Rivers

Black River (above Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 78º
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: 7/19/16)

Black River (below Clearwater Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Suckers: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Slow 
black bass fair on plastic worms; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut baits; all other species slow; discharge rate 600cfs.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Castor River (above Zalma)

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
Longear Sunfish: Good 
Black Bass: Good 
black bass and goggle-eye good on minnows; longear sunfish good on worms; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

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 
Black Bass: Slow 
blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut baits and worms; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish and goldfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Mississippi River (Ohio River to Arkansas)

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Blue Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Fair 
Black Bass: Slow 
channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait; blue catfish fair on cut skipjack and Asian carp; flathead catfish fair on live sunfish; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

St. Francis River (above Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 78º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Suckers: Slow 
channel catfish good on live bait; black bass fair on crankbaits and soft plastics; other species fair on live baits.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

St. Francis River (below Wappapello Lake)

Information: 573-290-5730 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Flathead Catfish: Good 
Black Bass: Fair 
Bluegill: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
channel catfish good on goldfish and small sunfish; flathead catfish good stinkbaits and chicken liver; black bass fair on topwater baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Southwest

Lakes

Bull Shoals Lake (West)

Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
White Bass: Fair 
Walleye: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Black Bass: Good 
black bass good on soft plastics, jigs, nightcrawlers, and topwater lures in the early morning; crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles; white bass fair on white Rooster Tails and swimming minnows; walleye fair on nightcrawlers using split shot rig or bottom bouncing, and spoons; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Lake Taneycomo

Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 55º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
Brown Trout: Good 
due to power needs, generators are running water most days; trout good on white, olive, and black 1/16 oz. or 1/8 oz. marabou jigs, orange and chartreuse glo balls floated with the current, black or white 1/16oz Rooster Tails, and black/chrome or blue/chrome Rogues in the upper portion; trout good in lower portion of the lake on orange, chartreuse, or pink Gulp eggs, Power Baits, Power Bait putty, live worms, and corn.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Pomme de Terre Reservoir

Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 83º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
Crappie: Good 
Catfish: Good 
White Bass: Fair 
black bass good on plastic baits in 15' of water; crappie good on minnows in 20' of water over brush piles; catfish good on jugs; white bass fair on white Rooster Tails while trolling; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Stockton Lake

Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Walleye: Good 
Channel Catfish: Good 
Largemouth Bass: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
Bluegill: Good 
largemouth bass good on plastic worms, deep-diving crankbaits, and nightcrawlers in 5' - 10' of water near submerged structure, fair on topwater lures; bluegill good on nightcrawlers and topwater lures; walleye good on spoons and nightcrawlers along the bottom in 10' - 20' of water, fair on deep diving crankbaits; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, and minnows; flathead catfish good on live baits in 5' - 20' of water; freshwater drum good on nightcrawlers and spoons; smallmouth bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits in 5' - 10' of water off rocky points, fair on topwater lures; carp fair while bowfishing in coves; crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 7' - 15' of water near deep submerged structure; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Table Rock Lake

Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Bluegill: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
bluegill good on worms; black bass fair on spoons and crankbaits around steep rock in the early morning and late evenings; crappie fair on live baits around cover; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Table Rock Lake (James River arm)

Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 87º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Fair 
Catfish: Good 
Bluegill: Good 
Smallmouth Bass: Fair 
bluegill good on crickets when fished around bridge piers, standing timber, and boat docks; catfish good on Catalpa worms, shrimp, and small perch, channel catfish fair on stinkbaits, blood baits, and cut baits; black bass fair on deep diving crankbaits around docks and rock shelf bluffs in at least 16' of water, topwater lures in 4' of water in early morning also working well; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Rivers

James River

Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Black Bass: Good 
Crappie: Fair 
Catfish: Good 
Bluegill: Fair 
Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye): Good 
black bass good on swimbaits, grubs, crankbaits, Wiggle Warts, topwater Spooks, and drop shot method on grubs and spoons around brush and submerged timber; goggle-eye good on minnows, small jigs, and spinnerbaits; catfish good on live baits, cut baits, livers, shrimp, and worms using pole and line or trotlines; bluegill fair on worms, crickets, and small jigs; crappie fair, best on minnows and shad baits.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Niangua River

Information: 417-895-6880 
Water Surface Temp: 69º
Water Level (Range): high
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Fair 
Brown Trout: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
black bass fair on soft plastics and live baits; trout fair below Bennett Springs on Power Baits; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

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: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
Catfish: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
catfish fair on doughbaits, blood baits, or livers; black bass fair on spinnerbaits or crankbaits; crappie fair on minnows; bluegill fair on worms; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

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

Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
catfish fair using bloodbaits, doughbaits, or livers; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Rivers

Big River

Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Fair 
black bass fair on spinnerbaits.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Bourbeuse River

Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 79º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Black Bass: Slow 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Fair 
catfish fair on doughbaits; black bass slow, try using crankbaits; crappie slow, try using minnows.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Meramec River (Crawford Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Slow 
Bluegill: Fair 
catfish fair, try using cut baits; black bass fair on crankbaits; bluegill fair on worms; all other species fair.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Catfish: Fair 
Black Bass: Fair 
Crappie: Fair 
Bluegill: Fair 
catfish fair on worms and livers; crappie fair on minnows; black bass fair on plastic worms; bluegill fair on crickets; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)

Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported: 
Blue Catfish: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Slow 
blue catfish slow, try using cut baits; channel catfish fair on dip baits.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554 
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Blue Catfish: Slow 
Channel Catfish: Fair 
Flathead Catfish: Slow 
blue catfish slow, try using cut baits; channel catfish fair using dip baits and cut baits; flathead catfish slow, try using live baits.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Trout Parks

Trout Parks

Bennett Spring State Park

Information: Park 417-532-4418 
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
Brown Trout: Fair 
Zone 1 and 2 popular lures: black and olive, yellow, yellow and white, and pink and white marabou, bumble bee Rooster Tails, black or tan caddis, John Deere, black zebra midge; Zone 3 popular baits: white and red trout magnet, salmon, peach, or yellow Power Baits; July fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; July weed cutting is scheduled for July 26-27; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; for up-to-date stream conditions check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?06923500; trout cam - https://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam; for more information, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Maramec Spring Park

Information: 573-265-7801 
Water Surface Temp: 57º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
Brown Trout: Fair 
fishing is good; the spring branch has normal flow and the water is fairly clear; best fishing times are the first couple of hours shortly after the morning whistle but fish can be caught throughout the day if you change locations when fishing slows down; fish are biting very light so use a small float, very light line is key to success, 2-4 lb. test is preferred; fish are hitting doughbaits in white, salmon peach, and hatchery brown colors when fished on a small treble hook and suspended under a float; Rooster Tails in black/white, green, brown, and purple; plastic worms in orange, yellow, white, and red have all been proving good; remember that all brown trout less than 15" in length must be returned to the water immediately; fishing hours for July are 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. 
(Reported on: 7/19/16)

Montauk State Park

Information: 573-548-2585 
Water Surface Temp: 59º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
water level is currently at 1.57' and is running clear; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; orange, yellow, and green doughbaits, plastic worms, and eggs have been working in the bait zones; Cracklebacks, leeches, midges, mini jigs in black, gold, and white and glo balls are good choices in the fly-only zone; Rooster Tails in black and yellow, black and white, and all white are good choices in all zones; the morning and evening hours are the best times to fish, but fish can be caught throughout the day; July fishing hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check USGS water data website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07064440.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

Roaring River State Park

Information: 417-847-2430 
Water Surface Temp: 58º
Water Level (Range): low
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported: 
Rainbow Trout: Good 
Kids Fishing Day is August 20th; the river is still dingy from the rains we received; the river has fallen 5 inches from last week; 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, 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; pink, brown, and florescent yellow Power Bait eggs; plastic worms in black/yellow, black, and pink were good all last week; marabou jig fishing is good right now on a spin or casting reel, you will be okay using 3 or 4 lb. line in the dingy water, 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 is fishing good on white or orange Power Bait paste; corn, nightcrawlers, and natural eggs have also been working.
(Reported on: 7/20/16)

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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